Information in connection with COVID-19 [as of December 25th, 2021]

Visa and Residence titles

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Actual entry conditions for Austria

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  • Only PCR tests and antigen tests are accepted.

    A list of laboratories where a PCR test can be done can be found here and here.

    You can also do this test at the Vienna Airport.

  • For entry to Austria the following tests are accepted:

    • molecular biological test for SARS-CoV-2 (PCR, LAMP); valid for 72 hours since sample extraction
    • antigen test for SARS-CoV-2; valid for 24 hours since sample extraction and only for commuters, who enter Austria for study, professional or family purposes regularly.
       

    Test results should contain the following data:

    • name and surename of the tested person
    • date of birth of the tested person
    • date and time of the sample extraction
    • test result
    • signature of the person carrying out the test and stamp of the institution carrying out the test or a barcode or a QR code

     

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    Before you enter Austria you need to register online (pre travel clearance) first.

    The registration has to be done 72 hours before entry at the earliest.

    The confirmation (in digital or printed out form) you will receive after registration has to be shown upon request by the authority.

    In case it is not possible for your to register online, you can use the filled in and printed out pre travel clearance form instead.

    Further information about the pre travel clearance system can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry for Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection.

     

  • Depending on the used COVID-19 vaccine the vaccination certificate or the medical certificate, which confirms a vaccination with an accepted COVID-19 vaccine, an entry to Austria is possible. If a second vaccination is required for full immunisation, one vaccination is no longer sufficient! Information about accepted COVID-19 vaccines can be found below.

    • 2nd inoculation: The vaccination certificate should not be older than 270 days starting from the day of the 2nd inoculation and between the 1st and 2nd inoculation a minimum of 14 days has passed. (full immunisation)
       
    • Vaccine, which needs only one inoculation (e.g. Johnson&Johnson): on the 22nd day after the inoculation. The vaccination certificate should not be older than 270 days starting from the day of the inoculation. (full immunisation)
       
    • Recovered and vaccinated Persons: a presented positive PCR test at least 21 days before the vacciniaton or proof of neutralising antibodies (e.g. ELISA-Test, Neutralisationstest) before the vaccination. The vaccination certificate should not be older than 270 days starting from the day of the inoculation. (full immunisation)
       
    • A booster vaccination should not be older than 270 days starting from the previous vaccination.
      At least 120 days must have passed between the last vaccination and the booster vaccination.
      14 days must have been gone by between the last vaccination with a vaccince which requires only one vaccination and the booster vaccination.

     

  • COVID-19 vaccination, testing and recovery certificates from the following countries are recognized as equivalent to EU certificates:

    Albania ("Albanian Covid 19-Test- und Vaccinationregister"), Andorra (system "Andorra Health QR Server Module") and Panama (system "Certificado de Vacunación Digital Nacional")
     

    COVID-19 vaccination and testing certificates from the following countries are recognized as equivalent to EU certificates:

    Faroe Islands ("FODGC"-system) and Morocco ("SGC’Cov"-system)
     

    COVID-19 vaccination and recovery certificates from the following countries are recognized as equivalent to EU certificates:

    Israel ("Ramzor"-system)
     

  • A vaccination certificate or a medical certificate, which confirms a COVID-19 vaccination, about the following COVID-19 vaccines are accepted:

    • Comirnaty/BNT162b2/Tozinameran (INN) from BioNTech/Pfizer: 2 doses
    • ChAdOx1_nCoV-19/ChAdOx1-S/AZD1222/Vaxzevria/ COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca from AstraZeneca, and Covishield from Serum Institute of India: 2 doses
    • COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen from Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Pharmaceuticals/Ad26.COV2.S Janssen (US + NL-Sites): 1 dose
    • Covid-19 Vaccine Moderna/mRNA-1273 from Moderna: 2 doses
    • Sinopharm / BIBP (Beijing Bio-Institute of Biological Products Co-Ltd.) SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine (Vero Cell), Inactivated (InCoV): 2 doses
    • Sinovac-CoronaVac vaccine, SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine (Vero Cell), Inactivated: 2 doses
    • COVAXIN/BBV152 von Bharat Biotech International Ltd: 2 doses
    • COVOVAX/NVX-CoV2373 von Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd: 2 doses
    • NUVAXOVID/NVX-CoV2373 von Novavax CZ a.s.: 2 doses

    for the entry to Austria.

    Note: Only with the COVID-19 vaccines from BioNTech/Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna it is possible to gain access (2-G rule) to restaurants, activities, OeAD Regional Offices and so on.
    Please note that universities, universities of applied sciences and colleges of teacher education have their own entry rules.

    Further information about the coronavirus vaccination can be found on the website of the Austrian Integration Fund and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection.

     

  • The entry from an other country (all countries except for those listed in annex 1*) is possible under the following conditions:

    1. Presentation of one of the following documents: If none of these documents can be shown a test has to be done within 24 hours after entry to Austria and additionally .
      Further information about the online registration can be found above.
      • a negative test result or a medical certificate (in German or English), which confirms a negative test result, and is valid at the moment of entry to Austria.
        Further information about accepted tests and their validity period can be found above.
        OR
      • proof of a booster vaccination or 2-fold valid proof of vaccination with valid proof of recovery .
        Further information about accepted vaccines and the validity period of vaccination certificates can be found above.
         
    2. Additionally:
      • a vaccination certificate or medical certificate (in German or English), which confirms the vaccination with an accepted vaccine, and is valid at the moment of entry.
        Further information about accepted vaccines and the validity period of vaccination certificates can be found above.
        OR
      • proof of recovery or a medical certificate (in German or English), which confirms the recovery from the COVID-19 desease in the past 180 days.
      • otherwise:
        • an online registration (pre travel clearance) had be done before entry to Austria and
        • a self-monitored quarantine of 10 days will be undergone.
          On the 5th day after entry to Austria a molecular biological test can be done in order to finish the quarantine sooner if the test result is negative.
          The day of entrance is considered as day "zero".
           
    3. Make it plausible that you have not been in a country listed in annex 1* in the past 10 days.

     

    *countries listed in annex 1: Angola, Botswana,Denmark, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Zambia, United Kingdom and Zimbabwe

  • In principle, the entry to Austria from a country listed in annex 1 is not permitted.
    Besides a landing ban in Austria for airplaines from those countries is in force too.

    However, an entry is still possible if you fall under the regulation for exempted groups of persons.

    An exemption is made to:

    • nationals from an EU or EEA member country or Switzerland as well as (third country* nationals) persons, who live with them together in the same household
    • persons with a residence (or habitual residence) in an EU or EEA member country, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the Vatican or Switzerland as well as (third country* nationals) persons, who live with them together in the same household
    • British nationals and their (third country* nationals) family members, who hold a confirmation about the application for the residence title "Article 50 TEU"
    • persons with a valid residence title from Austria
    • persons, who come to Austria for professional purposes
    • persons, who come to Austria in order to begin or continue studies or research
       

    Those exempted persons have to consider the the following points:

    1. An online registration (pre travel clearance) has to be done before entry to Austria.
      Further information about the online registration can be found above.
       
    2. Presentation of one of the following documents:
      • a negative molecular biological test result or a medical certificate (in German or English), which confirms a negative molecular biological test (e.g. PCR-, LAMP-test), which is valid at the moment of entry.
        Further information about accepted tests and their validity period can be found above.
        OR
      • a medical certficate about recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 illness if the infection with SARS-CoV-2 had been in the past 90 days and requirements listed in the medical certificate are met.
        OR
      • proof of a booster vaccination.
        Further information about accepted vaccines and the validity period of vaccination certificates can be found above.
         
    3. Furthermore
      • a vaccination certificate or medical certificate (in German or English), which confirms the vaccination with an accepted vaccine, and is valid at the moment of entry.
        Further information about accepted vaccines and the validity period of vaccination certificates can be found above.
        OR
      • proof of recovery or a medical certificate (in German or English), which confirms the recovery from the COVID-19 desease in the past 180 days.
         
    4. Additionally, a self-monitored quarantine of 10 days has to be undergone.
      On the 5th day after entry to Austria a molecular biological test can be done in order to finish the quarantine sooner if the test result is negative.
      In case of a positive test result, the quarantine can be still finished sooner if a new medical certificate about recovery from SARS-CoV-2 in compliance with the requirements listed in this medical certificate can be presented.
      The day of entrance is considered as day "zero".

    ATTENTION: The quarantine and registration obligation does not apply if you have received a booster vaccination and can also present a negative test result (validity: 48 hours) upon entry!

    *all countries except for Switzerland and member states of EEA and EU

  • If you commute to Austria to your study place an a regular basis (at least once a month) and you can make it plausible that you have not been in the past 10 days in a country listed in annex 1*, the following conditions have to be observed:

    1. Documents (e.g. residence registration, confirmation of enrollment, flight confirmation, stamp in the passport) that make it plausible that you enter Austria on a regular basis.
       
    2. Make it plausible that you have not stayed in a country listed in annex 1* in the past 10 days.
       
    3. Presentation of one of the following documents:
      • a vaccination certificate or medical certificate (in German or English), which confirms the vaccination with an accepted vaccine, and is valid at the moment of entry.
        Further information about accepted vaccines and the validation of vaccination certificates can be found above.
        OR
      • proof of recovery or a medical certificate (in German or English), which confirms the recovery from the COVID-19 desease in the past 180 days.
        OR
      • a negative test result or a medical certificate (in German or English), which confirms a negative test result, and is not older than 72 hours (PCR test, LAMP test) or 24 hours (ELISA test, neutralisation test) at the moment of entry to Austria.
        Further information about accepted tests can be found above.
         
      In case none of these documents can be shown or the sample collection had been done prior than 72 hours or 24 hours before the entry, an entry to Austria is not permitted.
       

    *countries listed in annex 1: Angola, Botswana, Denmark, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, United Kingdom, Zambia and Zimbabwe

  • If you commute to Austria to your study place an a regular basis (at least once a month) between Austria and a country listed in annex 1 (Angola, Botswana, Denmark, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia,Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, United Kingdom, Zambia and Zimbabwe), the following entry conditions have to be observed:

    1. Documents (e.g. residence registration, confirmation of enrollment, flight confirmation, stamp in the passport) that make it plausible that you enter Austria on a regular basis.
       
    2. An online registration (pre travel clearance) has to be done before entry to Austria.
      Further information about the online registration can be found above.
       
    3. Presentation of one of the following documents:
      • a vaccination certificate or a medical certificate (in German or English), which confirms the vaccination with an accepted vaccine, and is valid at the  moment of entry.
        Further information about accepted vaccines and the validation of vaccination certificates can be found above.
        OR
      • proof of recovery or a medical certificate (in German or English), which confirms the recovery from the COVID-19 desease in the past 180 days.
        OR
      • a negative test result or a medical certificate (in German or English), which confirms a negative test result and is not older than 72 hours (PCR test, LAMP test) or 24 hours (ELISA test, neutralisation test) the moment of entry to Austria since sample extraction.
        Further information about accepted tests can be found above.
         
      In case none of these documents can be shown or the sample collection has been done prior than 72 hours or 24 hours before the entry, an entry to Austria is not permitted.