19th May, 2021

Austria’s borders are open, on 19 May, entry rules will change, and travellers will be able to travel to Austria for holidays again.

All travellers entering Austria must register digitally in advance to obtain a so-called “pre-travel clearance” (PTC)

In addition to pre-travel clearance anybody entering Austria has to show one of 3 documents: a negative COVID test, proof of vaccination, or proof of a past COVID infection

  • You need to show a PCR test no older than 72 hours OR an antigen test no older than 48 hours. Tests need to be issued by a medical authority; self-tests are not valid. Children under 10 do not need to show a test.
  • All vaccines approved by EMA/WHO are recognised. You are considered “vaccinated” starting on the 22nd day after your first dose, lasting for 3 months. After the second dose, the validity extends for another 6 months. Vaccines that only require one dose are valid from the 22nd day after that dose.
  • You can enter Austria for 6 months after a SARS-CoV-2 infection. Proof of antibodies is valid for 3 months from the test date.

Travellers from countries with a low incidence rate who can show the above documents can enter the country without needing to self-isolate. This currently includes most European countries and some non-European countries. You need to have spent the past 10 days within these countries only.

Travellers from Brazil, India, and South Africa need to show a negative PCR test no older than 72h and they have to observe a 10-day quarantine, but they can take PCR test after 5 days to end quarantine early.

If travellers from all other countries can show proof of vaccination or past infection, they do not need to self-isolate and if they only show a negative test, they need to quarantine for 10 days (can take PCR test after 5 days to end quarantine early).