Covid-19 Information

Last updated: 06/09/2021

***   Effective January 26, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.  This can be a PCR or Antigen “Shnell” test, paper or electronic copy, bearing your name, date of birth and lab name.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  This is a MANDATORY REQUIREMENT, regardless if you have already been fully vaccinated.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions. 

Country-Specific Information:

  • The Department of State has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Austria, advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to Austria due to COVID-19.
  • On May 19, Austria’s new entry rules went into effect, allowing leisure travelers from certain, low-risk countries.  THE UNITED STATES IS NOT ON THIS LIST. 
  • U.S. residents remain banned from entering Austria except for very specific purposes. Tourism travel from the United States to most EU countries is still not possible. For the latest entry requirements, visit the Austrian government’s official travel portal at Austria.info, or contact your nearest Austrian Embassy. The U.S. Embassy cannot interpret Austrian entry requirements or give you permission to enter.
  • U.S. citizens who reside in a low-risk country may now freely enter Austria but require Pre-Travel Clearance registration, and either proof of COVID vaccination, a negative COVID test, or proof of recovery from COVID (the so-called “three-G rule”/ geimpft, getestet, genesen).  This proof can be a doctor’s certificate, a test result, a vaccination certificate/vaccine passport, or an official/medical certificate proving a past infection, either in German or English. If you are unable to show any of these documents, you are required to take a PCR or antigen test within 24 hours of arriving in Austria.
  • On May 19, Austria reopened hotels, restaurants, bars, gyms, sport, leisure and cultural facilities, with strict protective measures in place. To enter public venues such as restaurants and theaters, patrons must show proof of vaccination, a negative COVID test or proof of recent recovery from COVID.  For details see Austria.info.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Austria?  Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours?  Yes
  • COVID-19 tests are readily available throughout Austria at airports, “Apotheke” (pharmacies), public and private labs, government testing centers, and pop-up kiosks.  Antigen (Antigen-Schnelltest) rapid tests provide results within 15 minutes. PCR tests are more accurate, but more expensive with results taking 12 – 24 hours. Your test result must show your name, date of birth and signature or stamp from the testing lab.
  • COVID-19 tests are free for U.S. citizen who possess an eCard (Austrian national healthcare system).
  • Travelers without Austrian health insurance may incur charges for COVID-19 tests. Average costs are $30 for antigen rapid tests and $100 for a PCR test.
  • U.S. citizens can obtain COVID-19 tests upon arrival at Vienna International Airport.
  • The City of Vienna offers free antigen tests at the Vienna International Center for all residents of Vienna.
  • Click here to see a list of nationwide labs offering COVID-19 testing in Austria (in German).
  • Test results are usually delivered by text message or e-mail, but you may request a paper copy from the lab. Your test result must show your name and date of birth to be accepted by airlines.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Austria approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes.
  • Are vaccines available in Austria for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes.
    • All residents of Austria who possess an eCard (Austrian national healthcare system) are eligible to receive free COVID-19 vaccines.
    • U.S. citizens without Austrian health insurance must pay.
  • What vaccines are available in Austria? AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson.
  • As of June 9, more than 5.81 million vaccines have been administered in Austria (50.7% of the population above 16 have received at least one dose; 23.9% are fully vaccinated).
  • For more information, visit the Austrian Ministry of Social Affairs, Health Care and Consumer Protection website.
  • U.S. citizens who are residents of Vienna can register for COVID-19 vaccinations at impfservice.wien (German and English). Residents of other provinces should check with local health department for information.
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No (with a few exceptions, see below).
    • U.S. citizens are not permitted to enter Austria from the United States unless they meet one of the few, narrow exemptions. For specific questions about Austria entry qualifications or if you need clarification, please contact the Austrian Embassy in Washington, D.C., or the Austrian Consulates General in New York or Los Angeles (Austria.org).
    • On May 19, new entry rules went into effect that will allow travelers from specific, low-risk countries to enter Austria for tourism and leisure purposes. The United States is NOT on the list of low-risk countries!
    • U.S. citizens who reside in a low-risk country may freely enter Austria but require Pre-Travel Clearance registration, and either proof of COVID vaccination, a negative COVID test, or proof of recovery from COVID.
    • The U.S. Embassy cannot give you permission to enter Austria, nor can the Embassy clarify or interpret Austrian immigration laws, or intervene in the decisions of Austrian immigration officials or airline personnel.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
    • As of May 19, travelers from low-risk countries can enter Austria with either a negative COVID test, proof of vaccination, or proof of recovery from COVID.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • Is a COVID test required to transit only through Vienna airport? No
    • Other European airport hubs such as Frankfurt and Amsterdam have stricter requirements and will only accept certain COVID tests to transit. Research your destination carefully and contact your airline for details.
  • For up-to-date entry and exit requirements to/from Austria, please visit the Austrian government’s official Travel Portal at Austria.info.
  • As of January 15, 2021, all travelers to Austria must obtain Pre-Travel Clearance (PTC). Click here to complete the electronic registration form.
  • U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to take direct flights between Vienna and the United States to avoid third-country COVID travel restrictions that differ from Austria. If you must transit another European airport, ensure you review the entry/transit requirements for that country.
  • Travel FROM Austria to the United States: As of January 26, 2021, all U.S.-bound air passengers age 2 or older are required to present to the airline a negative COVID-19 test result (PCR or antigen, paper or electronic copy) taken within 72 hours of departure or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19.
  • As of January 26, 2021, all travelers to the United States are required to self-quarantine per CDC guidelines. Many U.S. cities, states and counties have additional local restrictions. See the CDC website for details.
  • On January 26, 2021, Presidential Proclamation 10143 went into effect which suspends entry into the United States by non-U.S. citizens who were physically present within the Schengen Area (including Austria), the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Brazil or South Africa during the 14-day period preceding entry or attempted entry to the United States. See the U.S. Embassy Vienna visas page on potential exemptions/exceptions to these restrictions, including immediate family exemptions.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No (businesses must close by 10 p.m., increasing to midnight on June 10).
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No (as of May 19)

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
  • U.S. citizens traveling from high-risk areas (including the United States) are required to quarantine for 10 days. For details visit the Austrian Travel Portal here.
  • Travelers may end quarantine after 5 days by obtaining a new negative PCR or antigen test. Click here for current quarantine rules.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
  • Austrian airports are open, but with reduced service. For current information on Vienna International Airport operations, click here.
  • A landing ban for flights from Brazil, India, and South Africa is in effect.
  • Vienna’s public transportation system – Wiener Linien – is operating normally.
  • Medical grade masks (FFP-2, N95, KN-95 standards) are mandatory on all public transport including trains, trams, buses, taxis and planes.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Violations of mask mandates, social distancing, movement restrictions, or other anti-COVID measures may be prosecuted as an administrative offense, punishable with a fine of 90 Euros per incident.

Consular Operations:

  • U.S. Consular Section Vienna is open with limited appointments for American Citizen Services, Non-Immigrant Visas and Immigrant Visas. Appointments are required for all services.
  • The Consulate is located at Parkring 12A (Marriott Hotel building, plaza side entrance), 4th floor, Vienna, Austria.
  • If you are a U.S. citizen with urgent travel plans, please e-mail ConsulateVienna@state.gov or call +43-1-31-339-7535.
  • Non-Immigrant Visa (NIV) applicants: If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, or you have other visa-related questions, please contact our visa support team at  (0043) (0)72011 6000, Mon. – Fri., 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (local Austrian time) or support-austria@ustraveldocs.com.
  • We only accept appointments from applicants who are physically present in Austria due to Austrian government entry restrictions, and U.S. Embassy staffing limitations. If you live in another country, please contact your nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
  • All visitors to the Consular Section age 6 and over are required to wear masks and maintain a safe distance from other customers.

Local Resources:

  • Please call 1450 if you believe you may have the virus. You will be given further instructions regarding testing.  Private testing may also be available in consultation with your doctor.
  • If you have a medical emergency, you should continue to use the 1-1-2 emergency number for a life-threating illness.
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