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COVID-19 Information
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May 17, 2022

Covid-19 Update logo     Last updated: 5/16/2022

**All air passengers, regardless of vaccination or citizenship status, must show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the United States. Please click here for latest requirements for air travel to the United States. 

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 for 5 to 14 days, at their expense. 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.
  • Please review our page on 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. Please scroll down and review the Entry/Exit requirements. 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 essential businesses. This includes airplanes, airports, trains, train stations, metro / subway, trams, buses, taxis, Uber, grocery stores, pharmacies, hospitals and doctor offices, post offices, government buildings – including the U.S. Consulate). For current COVID restrictions in Vienna, click here.
  • Have a COVID Backup Plan: All travelers should have a backup plan in case they must extend their stay. 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 or no 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:

  • 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. An antigen test result that clearly reads “Not Detected” is required to board your return flight to the United States. 
    • PCR test results take 12-24 hours.  
  • Airlines will accept EITHER an “AntigenSchnellTest” (antigen rapid test) or PCR test, in paper or digital format. The test must clearly show the passenger name, date of birth and laboratory name. Bring your passport or U.S. driver’s license to the testing center.
  • 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.  English is spoken at most Vienna testing centers.
  • PLAN AHEAD – Most testing locations are CLOSED ON SUNDAYS AND HOLIDAYS, especially outside of Vienna and in rural areas. 
  • The following Vienna COVID 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) have access to free COVID-19 testing at most locations.
  • 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 no longer required. 
  • COVID restrictions can change frequently, sometimes with little to no  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 5-10 days or longer, at your own expense, until you obtain a negative antigen rapid test or cleared by Austrian health officials. The Embassy does not provide lodging, medical care, or financial assistance with quarantine-related costs. See “Resources” section below for more information.

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

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

If you have COVID-19 symptoms or have already tested positive, dial 1450 from an Austrian phone (or +43-1-1450 from a U.S. phone). If you need assistance in English, stay on the line through the German recording, wait for a live person to answer, then request an English-speaking assistant. 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 10 days, at your own expense, until you test negative or until cleared by medical authorities. Unless otherwise ordered, you are permitted to temporarily leave quarantine after 5 days for the sole purpose of obtaining a new COVID test.

Austrian mobile testing teams will generally visit you every 48-72 hours to conduct a new PCR test to determine your caseload and whether you are still contagious. A PCR test cycle threshold of 30 or above is generally considered “fit for travel” and released from quarantine. Please note that a PCR test may show positive results for up to 3 months after infection. Your airline may require a negative AntigenSchnell (rapid antigen) test, or a “fit to fly” doctor’s note. Click here for a list of English-speaking doctors in Austria. 

IMPORTANT: 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 leave quarantine early or board an aircraft. The fines for circumventing quarantine restrictions are severe.

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.

If you need to obtain provisions whilst in quarantine, many Austrian grocery stores, drug stores and apotheke (pharmacies) provide delivery service. Mjam and Lieferando are the two popular food delivery apps.  

Optional: If you wish to report your quarantine to the Embassy, please send an email to ConsulateVienna@state.gov with the names of all members of your party affected, dates of birth, and contact information in Austria. 

  • 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 many U.S. health insurance policies have limited or no coverage abroad.

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