Entry into Austria and pre-travel clearance
The numbers of infections are going down in many countries, so alongside the reopening of public life here it is also possible to relax some of the rules regarding entry into Austria. The cornerstone of the new 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.
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 can be provided by a document written in Latin characters issued in German or English (e.g. a yellow vaccination pass) mentioning 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: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia- and Herzegovina, Brunei, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, the Duchy of Liechtenstein, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Canada, Qatar, Kosovo, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Czech Republic, Hungary, the Vatican, USA, Vietnam, Cyprus.
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’).
Appendix 2: Botswana, Brazil, Eswatini, India, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Russia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Uruguay and the United Kingdom.
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.Vaccinated persons (full Immunisation is considered given 14 days after the second vaccination, or 21 days after the first vaccination in the case of vaccines which only require one dose), do not have to self-isolate or register upon entering the country, but persons who ‘only’ have a test result or evidence of recovery do have to go into quarantine. However, quarantine can be ended earlier by obtaining a new negative test result (e.g. PCR) on the fifth day after entry (whereby the day of entry counts as ‘day zero’). There are also other exceptions from the obligation to register and self-isolate.
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 amendment to the COVID-19 Einreiseverordnung 2021 came into effect on Thursday 8 July at 0.00. The regulation is currently valid until 31 August 2021 (inclusive).
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