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COVID-19 Information
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August 5, 2022

Last updated: 8/3/2022

 

Country-Specific Information:

  • AUSTRIA COVID-19 UPDATE:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Austria has a high level of COVID-19. Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.  U.S. Embassy Vienna has received numerous reports of American visitors who tested positive immediately before their return flight to the United States and subsequently had to quarantine in Austria at their expense, typically for 5 to 10 days. If you have tested positive or are experiencing COVID symptoms, or considering traveling to Austria, please scroll down to “RESOURCES” and read our detailed page, Traveling to Austria During COVID.
  • TRAVELING TO AUSTRIA: On May 14, Austria dropped most COVID entry restrictions. Proof of vaccination, recovery or a test are no longer required to enter Austria. Scroll down and review the Entry/Exit requirement summary. On August 1, Austria dropped the mandatory quarantine requirements – travelers who test positive may now leave their hotel or lodging but must wear a mask when indoor public places, but should not travel if you are recently positive and experiencing symptoms. For the latest official Austrian entry requirements and COVID restrictions please visit Austria.info (Austrian government’s official travel portal) or Austria.org (Austrian Embassy in Washington, DC).  
  • FFP2/KN95 masks remain MANDATORY on public transportation and health facilities in the City of Vienna. This includes airplanes, airports, trains, train stations, metro / subway, trams, buses, taxis, Uber, pharmacies, hospitals and doctor offices. For current COVID restrictions in Vienna, click here. Elsewhere in Austria, masks are no longer required in shops and public transport. 
  • Have a COVID Backup Plan: All travelers should have a backup plan in case they must extend their stay due to COVID illness. Before traveling, make sure you have adequate medical and travel insurance and financial resources to cover a possible quarantine of up to 14 days. U.S. Medicare and Medicaid programs do NOT provide coverage abroad. Bring at least one extra week’s worth of prescription medications.
    • U.S. Embassies and Consulates generally do NOT provide medical care or financial assistance and cannot assist you with leaving quarantine or Austria early. 
  • Entry requirements and COVID restrictions change frequently, sometimes with little advance notice. It is your responsibility to stay up-to-date on the latest entry requirements for every country you intend to visit. 
  • The U.S. Embassy cannot give you permission to enter Austria, nor clarify or interpret the rules, nor intervene in the decisions of immigration officers, health officials or airline personnel.

COVID-19 Testing:

On June 10, 2022, the CDC rescinded the order requiring travelers to present a negative COVID test prior to boarding a flight to the United States. For your own safety and the safety of your fellow passengers, we still recommend testing before and after any travel. 

Do NOT travel if you are experiencing COVID symptoms or recently tested positive.  Austrian law requires individuals who test positive to quarantine for five days, or longer if you are still experiencing symptoms. 

Archived testing information (no longer updated):

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
    • “AntigenSchnell” rapid tests are available in 15 minutes.
    • PCR test results take 12-24 hours.  
  • COVID-19 tests are available throughout Austria at airports, “Apotheken (pharmacies), public and private labs, government testing centers, and pop-up kiosks. 
  • The City of Vienna website maintains a list of testing options for visitors. Other pharmacies offering antigen rapid tests include:
    • International Apoteke, Kartner Ring 17 (across from the Hotel Imperial). 
  • PLAN AHEAD – Most testing locations are CLOSED ON SUNDAYS AND HOLIDAYS! 
  • The following Vienna testing centers are open daily, including Sundays and holidays:
  • Salzburg: Testing centers at Salzburg International Airport and Salzburg Hauptbahnhof main train station offer limited appointments for PCR tests on Sundays EXCEPT holidays.
  • Innsbruck: Click here for testing locations in Innsbruck and Tyrol. 
  • Visitors may incur charges for COVID-19 tests at private labs or pharmacies; average costs are $10-$30 for Antigen rapid tests and $50-$100 for a PCR test. Residents of Austria with eCards (Austrian national healthcare system) can get free COVID-19 tests.
  • 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). 
  • 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
  • On May 14, Austria removed all entry restrictions. Proof of vaccination, recovery or testing are no longer required. 
  • COVID restrictions can change frequently, sometimes with little advance notice. For the latest official Austria entry requirements and COVID restrictions, please visit Austria.info (Austrian government’s official travel portal) or Austria.org (Austrian Embassy in Washington, DC). 
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No  
  • 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

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
    • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?  Not for entry.
  • U.S. citizens who test positive while visiting Austria will be required to quarantine for 5 days, or longer if so ordered by health officials. For more information, see the “Resources” section below and read our detailed page, Traveling to Austria During COVID.

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 Vienna public transportation including airplanes, airports, trains, train stations, metro (underground / subways), trams, buses, taxis, Uber and other ride shares. 

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Violations of mask mandates are punishable by 500 Euros fines. 

Consular Operations:

  • U.S. Consular Section Vienna is open for all services, but with reduced appointments.
  • 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.
  • 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 144 (from within Austria) or 112 (general Europe-wide emergency number). 
  • What to do if you test positive for COVID in Austria

Please read our detailed page, Traveling to Austria During COVID. 

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