Entry into Austria and pre-travel clearance
The numbers of new infections are going down in many countries, so alongside the reopening of the economy it is also possible to introduce a relaxation of the rules regarding entry into Austria. The key element of the amended COVID-19-Einreiseverordnung (COVID-19 Entry Regulation) 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. 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. When entering from so-called virus variant states there are even stricter rules.
The COVID-19-Einreiseverordnung principally contains three categories, whereby no state is currently in Appendix B1:
1. Entry from states with a low incidence of infections (Appendix A): Three means of verification of non-infection are allowed, no quarantine
These states are listed in Appendix A of the COVID-19-Einreiseverordnung; 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 none of these can be presented, a test has to be taken immediately, or at the latest within 24 hours after arrival. Evidence of vaccination can be provided by a document 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 IGerman text for vaccines. Evidence of recovery from COVID-19 must take the form of confirmation in German or English from a doctor or a public authority (such as an official self-isolation order) of having recovered from the infection in the last six months. Evidence of neutralising antibodies (an antibody test) is also considered to be proof of recovery, but should be no more than three months old.
The following states are currently in Appendix A: Andorra, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, the Duchy of Liechtenstein, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, South Korea, Czech Republic, Hungary, the Vatican.
2. Entry from ‘virus variant states’ (Appendix B2: PCR test and quarantine)
The opportunity to enter Austria from ‘virus variant states’ (Appendix B2, currently Brazil, India, South Africa and the United Kingdom) is still very 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 also possible to enter for humanitarian reasons or for compelling reasons in the interests of the Republic.
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. Austrian citizens and persons who have a place of residence in Austria who have been in a virus variant state in the last ten days may enter the country, but have to take a molecular test (such as PCR test) within 24 hours. The test result has to be presented to the authorities if a check is carried out.
Appendix B2: Brazil, India, South Africa and the United Kingdom
Entering from other countries which are not listed in either Appendix A or B2 is, as previously, principally not allowed apart from the existing exceptional cases such as those for EU/EEA citizens or persons who are normally resident in an EU/EEA state. In these cases, evidence of a test, a vaccination or recovery has to be provided. Persons who have been vaccinated or who have recovered from COVID-19 do not have to go into quarantine, but those persons who have only been tested do have to self-isolate. Quarantine can be ended by obtaining a new negative test result on the fifth day after entry (whereby the day of entry counts as ‘day zero’). The same applies to persons who are entering the country for work-related reasons (regardless of their citizenship or normal place of residence), but with the difference that these persons – if they cannot provide evidence of a test, vaccination or recovery – can end the period of quarantine at any time with a negative test result.
The exemptions for commuters remain unchanged and, as previously, do not apply to entry from virus variant areas.
The obligation to self-isolate applies to children up to the age of ten too, but is waived when their parents or guardians are exempted from quarantine.
It is principally necessary for all persons wishing to enter the country 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 in Appendix A 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. This means that persons who only have a test carried out after they have arrived in Austria still have to register in advance using the pre-travel clearance form.
The last amendment to the COVID-19 Einreiseverordnung came into effect at midnight on Thursday 10 June 2021 and provisionally applies until 30 June 2021 (inclusive).
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