COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 11/16/2020


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Country-Specific Information:

  • Austria is at a State Department Travel Advisory level 3, which means “RECONSIDER TRAVEL.”  Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Austria due to COVID-19.  For the latest information on the Coronavirus Situation in Austria, click here.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No
  • 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
  • For up-to-date entry and exit requirements, please visit the Austrian government’s official Travel Portal website at

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
  • On November 15, Austrian authorities announced a nationwide lockdown, effective from November 17 to December 6.  A 24-hour curfew/stay-at-home order is in place, with exceptions only for grocery shopping, exercise, caring for another person, or commuting to essential workplaces. All retail businesses, shopping centers, schools, restaurants, bars, cafes, museums, theaters are closed. All hotels are closed to tourists. Only essential businesses are open such as grocery stores, pharmacies, drug stores, gas stations, post offices, banks and “Tabak-Trafik” convenience shops. For details, please click here.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
  • U.S. citizens are required to quarantine for 14 days. For details visit the Austrian Travel Portal here.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • U.S. citizens who are exempt from travel restrictions can obtain a COVID-19 test at Vienna International Airport. Visit the Vienna airport website for details.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
  • Austrian airports are open, but with reduced service. For current information on operations at Vienna International Airport, please click here.
  • Vienna’s public transportation system – Wiener Linien – is operating normally. Masks are mandatory when riding on all trains, buses, trams, metro and while inside stations. For details click here (German only).

Consular Services:

  • U.S. Consulate Vienna is open for emergencies only during the government-mandated lockdown period, Nov. 17 – Dec. 6
  • All routine American Citizen Service and Visa appointments are cancelled until further notice. Applicants with previously-scheduled appointments will be contacted to reschedule.
  • The Consular section will only process passport applications for U.S. citizens whose passports will expire before Dec. 31, 2020, have already expired, or for first-time issuances. 
  • U.S. Citizens in Austria: If you have an urgent matter or need to travel immediately, please email to discuss your situation.
  • 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
  • National Interest Exemption (NIE) from COVID travel restrictions will only be issued to applicants with an existing U.S. visa or ESTA approval. Contact to request an NIE. 
  • Appointments for Renunciation of Citizenship are suspended worldwide until further notice.
  • U.S. Embassy Vienna’s Consular Section is only able to assist applicants who are physically present in Austria. If you live in a different country, please contact your nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
  • Please note that we require all visitors to wear masks while in the Consulate, and to maintain a safe distance while queuing.

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.
  • The American Citizen Services Section of the U.S. Embassy Consular Section remains open. Please contact us at should you need further assistance.

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