COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 12/3/2021

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COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Requirements for Travel to the United States

New U.S. travel requirements went into effect on November 8, 2021. Please click here for details.

Country-Specific Information:

  • AUSTRIA NATIONWIDE LOCKDOWN: On November 22, the Government of Austria instituted a nationwide lockdown, in effect until at least December 13. All non-essential businesses and tourism facilities are CLOSED including hotels, restaurants, bars, museums, cultural facilities, Christmas markets, shopping malls, barber shops, hairdressers, etc.  Essential businesses that are open include grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, post offices, food delivery or take-out services. Public transport services are operating normally including airports, trains, metro, buses and taxis.
  • The lockdown does not affect entry/exit restrictions for travelers from the United States. However, travelers entering Austria solely for tourism will not be permitted to enter, as overnight stays in hotels for tourist purposes are not allowed. Travelers staying with family or friends in Austria may be permitted to enter, but must adhere to all lockdown restrictions.
  • On October 4, the Department of State issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory for Austria, advising U.S. citizens not to travel to Austria due to very high levels of COVID-19 cases.
  • As of December 3, the total number of new COVID cases per 100,000 residents over the past 7 days is 787. The first Austrian case of COVID variant Omicron was detected on November 28.
  • If you decide to travel to Austria, ensure you have adequate health and travel insurance including air evacuation (medevac) coverage; most U.S. health insurance policies and Medicare/Medicaid do NOT provide coverage abroad. U.S. Embassies do not provide medical care or financial assistance for medical or quarantine costs.
  • VACCINATED travelers to Austria: FULLY VACCINATED persons and persons who recently recovered from COVID-19 arriving from the U.S. are allowed to enter Austria without being subject to mandatory quarantine regardless of their travel purpose. Proof of vaccination/recovery (see requirements below) must be presented upon entry. No pre-travel-registration is necessary. For details, visit Austria’s official travel portal, Austria.info.
  • UNVACCINATED persons arriving from the U.S. will be allowed to enter Austria but MUST pre-register, present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR/NAAT test only, no rapid/antigen test) upon arrival and subsequently observe 10 days of mandatory quarantine.
  • Children up to the age of 17 may enter Austria with no need to quarantine if accompanied by fully vaccinated or recovered adults, but adolescents ages 12 to 17 must also show proof of either vaccination, negative COVID test or recovered from COVID.
  • For visitors who were fully vaccinated in the United States, most businesses will accept a digital photo of your CDC card or WHO Yellow vaccination card. There is currently no simple process for U.S. visitors to add their CDC card to Austria’s “Green Pass.”
  • FFP2 or KN95 medical-grade masks are mandatory in all businesses and public transport.
  • For the latest Austria entry requirements, visit Austria.org (Austrian Embassy in Washington, D.C.), or the Austrian government’s official Travel Portal, Austria.info. Rules change frequently. It is your responsibility to carefully research the entry requirements for any country you plan to visit. The U.S. Embassy cannot give you permission to enter Austria or intervene in the decisions of immigration officers, health officials or airline personnel.

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 available throughout Austria at airports, “Apotheken (pharmacies), public and private labs, government testing centers, and pop-up kiosks commonly found in city centers.
  • Most airlines will accept either a PCR test or Antigen Schnelltest (rapid test), paper or digital copy. The test must show your name, date of birth and laboratory name.
  • Residents with eCards (Austrian national healthcare system) have access to free COVID-19 testing. Visitors may incur charges for COVID-19 tests. Average costs are $30 for Antigen rapid tests and $60 for a PCR test.
  • U.S. citizens can obtain COVID-19 tests at Vienna International Airport.
  • Residents of Vienna can obtain free antigen tests at several city government locations including the Vienna International Center.
  • Test results are delivered by text message or e-mail, or you may request a paper copy from the lab.

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) are eligible to receive free COVID-19 vaccines. U.S. citizens on visitor status may be required to pay.
  • What vaccines are available in Austria? Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and AstraZeneca (phased out).
  • As of December 3, 71.4% of the total Austrian population has received one dose; 67.3% are fully vaccinated (24.1% of those have received a booster shot).
  • For more information, visit the Austrian Ministry of Social Affairs, Health Care and Consumer Protection website.
  • U.S. citizen 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. More information is available here.
  • 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.
  • Please see visit Travel.State.Gov for Vaccine Information for U.S. Citizens Abroad.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes, with restrictions based on vaccination status, embarkation point, and/or purpose of travel.
    • FULLY VACCINATED visitors age 12 and older or recently recovered may travel from the United States to Austria without testing or quarantine requirements.
    • UNVACCINATED visitors may enter Austria, but must pre-register, present a negative COVID test upon arrival, and remain in MANDATORY QUARANTINE for 10 days at a hotel or residence, at your expense. Quarantine may end after 5 days with a negative PCR test.
    • Persons traveling to Austria for specific, approved purposes (business, emergency family reasons, diplomats, etc) are exempt from quarantine, regardless of vaccination status.
    • U.S. citizens traveling from a high-risk, virus-variant country are prohibited from entering Austria.  Please click here to see the list of low-risk and high-risk countries.
    • TRANSIT PASSENGERS are not subject to COVID-19 entry restrictions or mandatory quarantine.
    • For the latest entry requirements, visit the website of the Austrian Embassy in Washington, D.C., or the Austrian government’s official travel portal at Austria.info.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Maybe. It depends on your vaccination status and country where travel originated. 
  • 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.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes
    • Austria is under a full lockdown from November 22 until at least December 13.  All hotels, restaurants, bars, museums, Christmas markets, cultural facilities are closed.
    • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?  It depends on your vaccination status and country where travel originated.   
    • Those who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine unless they have recently traveled to a virus-variant area.
    • Unvaccinated travelers are required to quarantine for 10 days. Quarantine can be ended early by obtaining a negative COVID test five days after arrival.
    • U.S. citizens who test positive while visiting Austria will be required to quarantine for 10 days or longer, at your own expense. The Embassy does not provide lodging, medical care or financial assistance with quarantine-related costs.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
  • Medical grade masks (FFP2, KN95) covering the mouth and nose are required at all times on public transportation, retail stores, museums and other cultural facilities.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Violations of mask mandates are punishable by 90 Euros fines. Unvaccinated people caught at a restaurant or other business covered by the current lockdown will be fined 500 Euros, and a fine of up to 30,000 Euros will be levied on that business owner.

Consular Operations:

  • U.S. Consular Section Vienna has reduced operations during the hard lockdown. We will honor previously-scheduled appointments and remain open for emergencies only.
  • 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 +43 (0)72011 6000, Mon. – Fri., 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (local Austrian time) or emial support-austria@ustraveldocs.com.
  • We only accept visa appointments from applicants who are residents of  Austria. 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 medical grade FFP2 / KN95 masks and maintain a safe distance from other customers.

Local Resources:

  • If you have a medical emergency or life-threating illness, dial 112.
  • If you believe you have COVID-19 or have tested positive: Please call 1450 — stay on the line through the German recording, wait for a live person to answer, then ask for an English speaker if needed. Your case officer will assist with scheduling further testing and conduct contact-tracing at your hotel or home. Persons who test positive for COVID-19 must quarantine in Austria for up to 14 days, at your own expense, until you receive a negative COVID test or cleared by medical authorities. Please note that PCR tests may show positive results for up to 3 months after infection; most airlines will accept a negative AntigenSchnell (rapid) test to board a flight to the United States. Your case officer or airline may also require a “fit to fly” doctor’s note to leave quarantine and confirm you are no longer contagious. Click here for a list of English-speaking doctors.  The Embassy cannot intervene in the quarantine and testing requirements of Austrian health and immigration officials, health care professionals, or airline personnel, nor give you permission to board an aircraft. The fines for circumventing quarantine restrictions are severe.
  • Money matters: U.S. citizens are responsible for all costs incurred when traveling abroad. U.S. Embassies and Consulates generally do not provide medical care, lodging, or financial assistance for quarantine or hospitalization costs.
  • Insurance: Always ensure you have adequate health and travel insurance when traveling abroad, including medical air ambulance evacuation (medevac) coverage. U.S. Medicaid and Medicare plans do NOT provide coverage outside of the United States, and most U.S. health insurance policies have limited or no coverage abroad.
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