COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 05/03/2021

 

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***   Effective January 26, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test (PCR or antigen, paper or electronic copy bearing your name) taken within three calendar days of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information:

  • The Department of State has issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory for Austria, advising U.S. citizens not to travel to Austria due to COVID-19.
  • Austria remains under a nationwide lockdown, with non-essential travel prohibited. Travel to Austria for tourism is not possible. U.S. citizens remain banned from traveling to Austria unless they meet specific exemptions. For the latest information on the Coronavirus Situation in Austria, visit the Austrian government’s official travel portal at Austria.info.
  • On May 3, Vienna’s hard lockdown was partially relaxed with the reopening of non-essential stores, museums and cultural facilities. Restaurants and hotels remain closed.
  • On May 19, the government of Austria plans to re-open services and change entry rules. Details are still being drawn up.  It is not yet known if travelers from the United States will be included among the foreign tourists allowed to enter.  Up-to-date entry requirements are posted at Austria.info.

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 readily available throughout Austria at airports, “Apotheke” (pharmacies), public and private labs, government testing centers, and pop-up kiosks.  Antigen “schnell” (rapid) tests provide results within 15 minutes. PCR tests are more accurate, but more expensive with results taking 12 – 24 hours.
  • COVID-19 tests are free for U.S. citizen who possess an eCard (Austrian national healthcare system).
  • Travelers without Austrian health insurance may incur charges for COVID-19 tests. Average costs are $30 for antigen rapid tests and $100 for a PCR test.
  • U.S. citizens can obtain COVID-19 tests upon arrival at Vienna International Airport.
  • The City of Vienna offers free antigen tests at the Vienna International Center for all residents of Vienna.
  • Click here to see a list of nationwide labs offering COVID-19 testing in Austria (in German).
  • Test results are usually delivered by text message or e-mail, but you may request a paper copy from the lab. Your test result must show your name to be accepted by airlines.

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 system) are eligible to receive free COVID-19 vaccines.
    • U.S. citizens without Austrian health insurance must pay.
  • What vaccines are available in Austria? AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson.
  • As of May 3, 3.18 million vaccines have been administered in Austria (30.9% of the population above 16 have received at least one dose; 11.3% are fully vaccinated).
  • For more information, visit the Austrian Ministry of Social Affairs, Health Care and Consumer Protection website.
  • U.S. citizens 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.
  • 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. 

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No (with a few exceptions, see below).
    • 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 immigration officials or airline personnel.
  • 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.
    • Other European airport hubs such as Frankfurt and Amsterdam have stricter requirements and will only accept certain COVID tests to transit. Research your destination carefully and contact your airline for details.
  • For up-to-date entry and exit requirements to/from Austria, please visit the Austrian government’s official Travel Portal at Austria.info.
  • As of January 15, 2021, all travelers to Austria must obtain Pre-Travel Clearance (PTC). Click here to complete the electronic registration form.
  • U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to take direct flights between Vienna and the United States to avoid third-country COVID travel restrictions that differ from Austria. If you must transit another European airport, ensure you review the entry/transit requirements for that country.
  • 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 (PCR or antigen, 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 CDC website for details.
  • On 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, including immediate family exemptions.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes.
    • Restrictions vary by province.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes.
  • Several Austrian provinces require negative COVID-test to enter or exit their borders. Please research your destination carefully.

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.

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.
  • A landing ban for flights from Brazil, India, and South Africa is in effect
  • Vienna’s public transportation system – Wiener Linien – is operating normally.
  • Medical grade masks (FFP-2, N95, KN-95 standards) are mandatory on all public transport including trains, trams, buses, taxis and planes.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Violations of mask mandates, social distancing, movement restrictions, or other anti-COVID measures may be prosecuted as an administrative offense, punishable with a fine of 90 Euros per incident.

Consular Operations:

  • The Consular section is open but operating at reduced capacity due to COVID restrictions. We have limited appointments for American Citizen Services, Non-Immigrant Visas and Immigrant Visas. Appointments are required for all services.
  • The Consular Section is located at Parkring 12A (Marriott Hotel building), 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 to discuss your situation.
  • 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  (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, we will only accept appointments from 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 age 5 and over are required to wear masks and maintain a safe distance from other customers.

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