Entry into Austria and pre-travel clearance

The cornerstone of the COVID-19-Einreiseverordnung 2021 (COVID-19 Entry Regulation 2021) is the focus on 3 means of verification that you are not infected: for all types of entry into the country, evidence of a vaccination, a current test, or recovery from COVID-19 is required. This also includes the EU Digital COVID Certificates, which contain an EU-compliant QR code. As evidence of vaccination, all of the vaccines which have been authorised by the EMA or have successfully passed the evaluation process of the WHO are recognised. Stricter rules apply to entry from so-called virus variant regions and states.

Until now, evidence of having received the second dose of a vaccine was valid for 270 days. In future, the second dose of vaccines and any subsequent vaccination will be recognised for up to 360 days after they are received. The third dose of a vaccine will from now on also be accepted as evidence in accordance with the 3-G rule (vaccinated, recovered or tested).

In the case of persons who have recovered from COVID-19 and are given a second vaccination and those who receive the second dose of a single-dose vaccine, the second vaccination will also be considered as valid proof in line with the 3-G rule. Between the first and second vaccination a period of at least 14 days must have passed, and between a second and third vaccination there must be a gap of at least 120 days.

The COVID-19-Einreiseverordnung 2021 stipulates three categories:

1. Entry from states and regions with a low epidemiological risk (Appendix 1): 3 forms of verification, no quarantine

These states and regions are listed in Appendix 1 of the COVID-19-Einreiseverordnung 2021; they include EU/EEA states as well as third countries with a low incidence of COVID-19. Every type of entry into the country is possible from these countries – including tourist travel.

For entry into the country, a current test or evidence of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 is required. If you cannot provide such proof, you need to register using the pre-travel clearance form and to have a test carried out promptly or at least within 24 hours of entering Austria. Evidence of vaccination as defined in the entry regulation can only be provided by a document written in Latin characters issued in German or English (e.g. a yellow vaccination pass) mentioning vaccination with a vaccine which has been authorised by the EMA or which has completed the WHO’s EUL process (Emergency Use Listing Procedure). See Appendix CGerman text for vaccines. Evidence of recovery from COVID-19 must take the form of confirmation in German or English (in Latin characters) from a doctor or a public authority (such as an official self-isolation order) of having recovered from the infection in the last 180 days. Evidence of neutralising antibodies (an antibody test) is also considered to be proof of recovery, but may be no more than 90 days old at the time of entry into the country.

The following states are currently in Appendix 1: Andorra, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia- and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, the Duchy of Liechtenstein, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Jordan, Canada, Qatar, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, South Korea, Taiwan, Czech Republic, Hungary, Uruguay, the Vatican, Vietnam, Cyprus*.

Special provision for entry into Austria by air from certain states or regions in Appendix 1

Since Wednesday 15 September 2021 at 00:00, persons arriving in Austria on direct flights from Cyprus are obliged to present a negative molecular (PCR) test, a vaccination certificate, a certificate of recovery, or a medical certificate on either of these.

If you cannot provide such proof, you need to register using the pre-travel clearance form and have a free molecular test carried out immediately at the airport.  If, due to special circumstances, it is not possible to have a test carried out immediately at the airport, this can be done within 24 hours in exceptional cases. You do not need to go into quarantine during the period until the result of the test is available.

The obligation to bring a negative result of a molecular test with you or a medical certificate confirming such a test does not apply to persons who have recovered from COVID-19 and can present a medical certificate in accordance with Appendix H or Appendix I.

2. Entry from virus variant areas and states (Appendix 2): pre-travel clearance form, molecular test (e.g. PCR)  and quarantine

Entry from virus variant areas and states is still highly restricted. Essentially, only Austrian citizens and persons who have a place of residence or are normally resident in Austria may enter the country. However, it is possible to enter for humanitarian reasons or for compelling reasons in the interests of the Republic. There are also other exceptions.           

For persons entering from a virus variant area, or who have been in such an area during the last ten days, the following applies as previously: entry is only possible with a negative molecular test result (e.g. a PCR test). In this case, obligatory testing also applies to persons who have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19. The result of the molecular test has to be presented to the authorities if a check is carried out. In addition, a pre-travel clearance form has to be filled in online and a ten-day period of self-isolation has to be completed. However, quarantine can be ended earlier by obtaining a new negative molecular test result (e.g. PCR) on the fifth day after entry (whereby the day of entry counts as "day zero") or in the case of a positive molecular test result (PCR) by presenting an additional medical certificate in line with Appendix H or Appendix I.

The obligation to bring a negative result of a molecular test with you or a medical certificate confirming such a test does not apply to persons who have recovered from COVID-19 and can present a medical certificate in accordance with Appendix H or Appendix I.

The obligation to self-isolate, however, remains.

Appendix 2: Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Suriname.

3. Entry from other states and regions: pre-travel clearance form, 3 forms of verification, quarantine, exemptions for persons who have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19

Entry from other states and regions which are not in either Appendix 1 or Appendix 2 is principally allowed. When entering the country, evidence of a current test, vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 has to be provided, and you need to register using the pre-travel clearance form. Persons who have been vaccinated or have recovered and can present evidence of this or a medical certificate do not have to self-isolate or register with the pre-travel clearance form upon entering the country, but persons who only have a test result do have to register and go into quarantine. However, quarantine can be ended earlier by obtaining a new negative molecular test result from the fifth day after entry (whereby the day of entry counts as "day zero") or in the case of a positive molecular test result (PCR) by presenting a medical certificate in accordance with Appendix H or Appendix I.

The exemptions for commuters remain unchanged but, as previously, do not apply to entry from virus variant areas and states.

The obligation to self-isolate also applies to minors up to their twelfth birthday, but is waived when the adult travelling with them is exempt from quarantine.

It is principally necessary for all persons wishing to enter the country from states and regions which are not listed in Appendix 1 to complete an online registration form (pre-travel clearance) before each entry into Austria. This can be filled in 72 hours before entry at the earliest. Commuters can use them more than once but have to renew them every 28 days. Obligatory registration via the pre-travel clearance form is not required for entry from a state or region in Appendix 1 if the person can present evidence of a test, vaccination or recovery when arriving in the country. This also applies to commuters from these countries and regions. This means that persons who have a test carried out after they have arrived in Austria still have to register in advance online using the pre-travel clearance form.

The latest amendments to the COVID-19 Einreiseverordnung 2021 come into effect on Wednesday 15 September at 00:00. The regulation is currently valid until (inclusive) 31 October 2021.

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Last update: 15 September 2021

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