Entry into Austria and pre-travel clearance
The cornerstone of the COVID-19-Einreiseverordnung 2021 (COVID-19 Entry Regulation 2021) is the focus on means of verification that you are not infected 2G+: proof of vaccination or recovery with additional negative PCR test is required for any type of entry. 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 second dose of vaccines and any subsequent vaccination will be recognised for up to 270 days after they are received.
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 two categories:
1. Entry from states and regions that are not virus variant areas: proof of vaccination or recovery with additional negative PCR Test, no quarantine
These states and regions include EU/EEA states as well as third countries. Every type of entry into the country is possible from these countries – including tourist travel.
A valid 2G+ proof (Vaccinated or recovered and a negative PCR test) is required for entry. If there is no proof of a negative PCR test at the time of entry, registration via the pre-travel clearance must be made and home quarantine must be started immediately until a negative test result is available.
Persons who have already received a "booster" vaccination do not need to carry a PCR test.
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. The EU Digital COVID Certificates, which are provided with an EU-compliant QR code, also count as proof of vaccination. 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.
Entering citizens and persons residing in Austria as well as EU/EEA citizens and persons residing or habitually resident in an EU/EEA state who cannot provide valid 2G proof must register via the pre-travel clearance and enter quarantine for 10 days. Quarantine can be terminated from the fifth day after entry (day of entry = day "zero") with a negative molecular biological test result (e.g. PCR test).
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.
In the case of entries within the framework of regular commuter traffic for professional purposes, for participation in school and study, for family purposes or for the visit of a life partner, proof must be provided in the sense of the 3-G. In These cases, the result of an antigen test for SARS-CoV-2, except one for self-testing, or a medical certificate of such, is also considered proof of a low epidemiological risk
This also applies to the so-called Ninja pass (from school testing) for persons in compulsory schooling. The results of antigen/lateral flow tests for SARS-CoV-2 and medical certificates relating to such tests lose their validity when the sample for them was taken more than 24 hours before the time of entry into Austria. The validity of a molecular (e.g. PCR) test for the commuters mentioned above has now been reduced to 72 hours.
Minors traveling in the company of an adult:
- Up to the age of twelve: no separate proof required (the adult's proof also applies to the minor);
- Between six and fifteen years of age: Fulfilment of the testing interval of the "Ninja" passport replaces any proof of low epidemiological risk; this means that proof of two PCR tests and one antigen test in a five-day period is sufficient in itself and no further proof needs to be provided; this replaces the otherwise required 2G+ proof;
- Ages 15 and older: The general entry regime applies, and therefore the minor must provide the required proof on his or her own.
Minors traveling alone:
- (Between 0 and six years of age: According to the regulation, the general entry regime applies here; however, we assume that this has no scope of application, as this group of persons can de facto only travel under supervision);
- Between twelve and fifteen years of age: fulfilment of the testing interval of the "Ninja" passport replaces any evidence of low epidemiological risk; this means that the detection of two PCR tests and one antigen test in the period of five days is sufficient in itself and no further evidence needs to be provided; this replaces the otherwise required 2G+ detection;
- Ages 15 and older: The general entry regime applies, which means that the minor must provide the required proof him/herself.
It is principally necessary for all unvaccinated persons and people who fail to provide a PCR-test 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. 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.
2. Entry from virus variant areas and states (Appendix 1): pre-travel clearance form, molecular test (e.g. PCR) and quarantine
Entry from virus variant areas and countries is only possible to a very limited extent. Essentially, only Austrian citizens and EU/EEA citizens and persons with residence or habitual abode in Austria may enter the country. Entry for humanitarian reasons or in the compelling interest of the Republic is also possible. In addition, there are further exceptions.
Appendix 1: Currently there are no countries listed on Appendix1
The latest amendments to the COVID-19 Einreiseverordnung 2021 comes into effect on Monday 24th January 2022 at 00:00. The regulation is currently valid until (inclusive) 28th February 2022.
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