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Last updated: 10/13/2022

COVID-19 Information for Austria

The CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.  

 

Country-Specific Information:

  • AUSTRIA COVID-19 UPDATE:  Visit the Center for Disease Control’s Travel Health Notice for Austria. U.S. Embassy Vienna has received numerous reports of American visitors who tested positive and subsequently had to quarantine or seek medical attention in Austria, at their expense. If you have tested positive or are experiencing COVID symptoms, or considering traveling to Austria, please see our page on Traveling to Austria During COVID.
  • TRAVELING TO AUSTRIA: For the latest official Austrian entry requirements and COVID restrictions please visit Austria.info (Austrian government’s official travel portal).  
  • VIENNA CITY MANDATORY MASK REQUIREMENT: FFP2 medical grade masks (known as KN-95 in the United States) 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. FFP2 masks are widely available in airports, train stations, pharmacies, and grocery stores. For current COVID restrictions in Vienna, click here. Elsewhere in Austria, masks are no longer required, but strongly recommended per Vienna rules.
  • Have a COVID Backup Plan: All travelers should have a backup plan in case they must extend their stay due to COVID or other illness. Before traveling, make sure you have adequate medical and travel insurance and financial resources to cover a possible quarantine / hospitalization. 
    • U.S. Embassies and Consulates generally do NOT provide medical care or financial assistance.
    • U.S. Medicare and Medicaid programs do NOT provide coverage overseas!
    • Contact your private U.S. health insurance company to ensure you are fully covered in Austria. 
    • Medical evacuation (medevac) insurance is strongly recommended; the average cost of an air ambulance to the United States is $100,000.
    • Bring at least one extra week’s worth of prescription medications.  
  • 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.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
    • 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

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?  No.
    • On August 1, 2022, Austria dropped the mandatory quarantine requirements for individuals who test positive. Travelers who test positive may leave their hotel or lodging but must wear a mask at indoor public places.
    • Do NOT travel if you are experiencing COVID symptoms or tested positive in the previous 5 days.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • PCR and/or antigen COVID-19 tests are widely available throughout Austria at airports, “Apotheken (pharmacies), public and private labs, government testing centers, and pop-up kiosks. 
  • The City of Vienna operates several free COVID testing centers. Click here for English language information and details: https://coronavirus.wien.gv.at/faq-english/#Testangebote
  • 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. 
  • Test results are delivered by text message or e-mail, or you may request a paper copy from the lab.
  • PLAN AHEAD – Most testing locations in Austria are CLOSED ON SUNDAYS AND HOLIDAYS!

COVID-19 Vaccine Information: 

  • 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. citizen visitors may obtain vaccinations at private hospitals or pharmacies, but will be required to pay upfront.
  • 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.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.

Fines for Non-Compliance: 

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

Local Resources:

  • If you have a medical emergency, dial 144 (from within Austria) or 112 (general Europe-wide emergency number). 

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