COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 2/8/2021

 

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Country-Specific Information: 

  • The Department of State has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Austria, advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel due to COVID-19. Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.   
  • Austria remains under a nationwide lockdown. Travel for tourism is not possible. For the latest information on the Coronavirus Situation in Austria, visit the Austrian government’s official travel portal at Austria.info.

Entry and Exit Requirements: 

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No (with few exceptions, see below). 
  • U.S. citizens are currently prohibited from entering Austria, unless they meet one of the few, limited exemptions. For details click here
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
  • 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
  • For up-to-date entry and exit requirements to/from Austria, please visit the Austrian government’s official Travel Portal at Austria.info.
  • U.S. citizens are not permitted to enter Austria unless they meet one of the few, narrow exemptions. For specific questions about Austria entry qualifications or 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).  The U.S. Embassy cannot give you permission to enter Austria, nor can the embassy interpret Austrian immigration laws, or intervene in the decisions of Austrian immigration officials or airline personnel.
  • As of January 15, 2021, all travelers to Austria must obtain Pre-Travel Clearance (PTC). Click here to complete the electronic registration form.
  • 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 (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 US Embassy Vienna and CDC website for details.
  • As of 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.

Movement Restrictions: 

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes 
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes 
  • All hotels and restaurants remain closed. For details, please click here.

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.

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 
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html 
  • U.S. citizens can obtain a COVID-19 test at Vienna International Airport. Click here to see a list of nationwide labs offering COVID-19 testing in Austria. The City of Vienna offers free antigen rapid tests at the Vienna Center for residents with eCards.  
  • Most PCR test results are valid for 24 hours, but some “rapid” test results are only valid for 24 hours – plan travel accordingly.

COVID-19 Vaccines:  

  • Has the government of Austria approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes.   
  • 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. 
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination
  • Residents of Vienna can pre-register for COVID-19 vaccinations at impfservice.wien (German and English).

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.
  • Vienna’s public transportation system – Wiener Linien – is operating normally. FFP2 masks are mandatory while riding trains, buses, trams, metro and inside stations. For details click here (German only).

Consular Operations: 

  • U.S. Consular Section Vienna has limited appointments for American Citizen Services, and certain classes of Non-Immigrant Visa (NIV) and Immigrant Visa (IV) applications.  
  • Presidential Proclamation 10143 suspends entry to the United States by foreign nationals traveling all Schengen Area countries, including Austria, unless you have a National Interest Exemption (NIE). For details visit the Embassy visas page.
  • Non-Immigrant Visa (NIV) applicants: If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, or you have other questions, you may contact us at  (0043) (0)72011 6000, Mon. – Fri., 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (local Austrian time) or support-austria@ustraveldocs.com.
  • Due to Austrian entry and quarantine restrictions, U.S. Embassy Vienna Consular Section will only accept applicants who are physically present in Austria. If you live in a different country, please contact your nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
  • All visitors to the Consular Section 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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