COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 09/13/2021

 

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***   All airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel, regardless if you have already been fully vaccinated.  This can be a PCR or Antigen “Shnell” rapid test, paper or electronic copy, bearing your name, date of birth and lab name.  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 3 Travel Advisory for Austria, advising U.S. citizens to Reconsider Travel to Austria due to high rate of COVID-19 cases.
  • Effective September 15, only FULLY-VACCINATED travelers from the United States may enter Austria without quarantine requirements. There are rare exceptions for certain categories of travel, such as to attend a funeral, urgent medical care, business reasons, etc.
  • Effective September 15, unvaccinated travelers age 12 or older must observe MANDATORY QUARANTINE FOR 10 DAYS, pre-register your trip, and present a negative COVID test upon entering. For complete details, visit Austria.org (Austrian Embassy in Washington, D.C.), or the Austrian government’s official Travel Portal, Austria.info.
  • As of September 13, the number of new COVID cases per 100,000 residents over the past week is 159.  Up-to-date information on the COVID situation in Austria can be found on the Austrian government’s official travel portal, Austria.info.  Austria has re-instituted mask and crowd size restrictions in eastern Tyrol province.
  • Austrian businesses such as restaurants, bars, hotels and cultural facilities follow the “3G Rule” (short for German “geimpft, getestet, genesen” – vaccinated, tested, recovered). All patrons age 6 and over must comply.
  • For visitors who were fully vaccinated in the United States, most businesses will accept a digital photo of your CDC card or WHO Yellow vaccination card. There is currently no simple process for U.S. visitors to add their CDC card to the EU Green Pass in Austria.

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 available throughout Austria at airports, “Apotheke” (pharmacies), public and private labs, government testing centers, and pop-up kiosks commonly found in city centers.
  • Most airlines will accept either a PCR test or Antigen (Antigen-Schnelltest), paper or digital copy. The test must show your name, date of birth and laboratory name.
  • Travelers may incur charges for COVID-19 tests. Residents may have access to free COVID-19 testing. Average costs are $30 for Antigen rapid tests and $100 for a PCR test.
  • U.S. citizens can obtain COVID-19 tests at Vienna International Airport.
  • Residents of Vienna can obtain free antigen tests at the Vienna International Center.
  • Click here to see a list of nationwide private labs offering COVID-19 testing in Austria (in German).
  • Test results are usually 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). 
  • As of September 13, 62.8% of the total Austrian population has received one dose; 59.3% are fully vaccinated.
  • For more information, visit the Austrian Ministry of Social Affairs, Health Care and Consumer Protection website.
  • U.S. citizen 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.
  • 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, with restrictions based on vaccination status and/or purpose of travel. 
    • As of September 15, 2021, only fully-vaccinated persons age 12 and older will be allowed to travel from the United States to Austria without having to quarantine.  
    • Persons traveling to Austria for specific, approved purposes (business travel, emergency family reasons, diplomats, etc) are exempt from mandatory quarantine, regardless of vaccination status.
    • As of September 15, 2021, UNVACCINATED travelers may still enter Austria, but must pre-register, present a negative COVID test upon arrival, and remain in MANDATORY QUARANTINE for 10 days at a hotel or residence, at your expense. Quarantine may end after 5 days with a negative PCR test.
    • U.S. citizens traveling from a high-risk, virus-variant country are prohibited from entering Austria.  Please click here to see the list of low-risk and high-risk countries.
    • TRANSIT PASSENGERS are not subject to COVID-19 entry restrictions or mandatory quarantine.
    • For the latest entry requirements, visit the website of the Austrian Embassy in Washington, D.C., or the Austrian government’s official travel portal at Austria.info.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Maybe. It depends on your vaccination status and country where travel originated.  
  • 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
  • For up-to-date entry and exit requirements to/from Austria, please visit the Austrian government’s official Travel Portal at Austria.info.

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?  It depends on your vaccination status and country where travel originated.   
    • Those who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine unless they have recently traveled to a virus-variant area.
    • Unvaccinated travelers are required to quarantine for 10 days. Quarantine can be ended early by obtaining a negative COVID test five days after arrival.
    • Cruise ship passengers: U.S. citizens who test positive during mandatory ship-board testing will be required to disembark and quarantine at a hotel for 10 days at your own expense.

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.

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. Businesses may be fined up to 1,500 Euros for failing to follow “3G” anti-COVID measures.

Consular Operations:

  • U.S. Consular Section Vienna is open with reduced appointments for American Citizen Services, Non-Immigrant Visas and Immigrant Visas.
  • 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  (0043) (0)72011 6000, Mon. – Fri., 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (local Austrian time) or support-austria@ustraveldocs.com.
  • We only accept appointments from applicants who are physically present in Austria. If you live in another country, please contact your nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
  • All visitors to the Consular Section age 6 and over are required to wear masks and maintain a safe distance from other customers.

Local Resources:

  • Please call 1450 if you believe you may have COVID. 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.
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