Information in connection with COVID-19 [as of April 15th, 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.

    Please note that you have to present the PCR test or the antigen test in this specific form (medical certificate).

    Instead of the medical certifcate a test result (in German or English) can be presented as well. Please note that the test result contains the following information:

    • name and surename of the tested person
    • birth date
    • date and time of sampling
    • test result (negative or positive)
    • signature of the person carrying out the test and stamp of the institution carrying out the test or a bar code or a QR Code
  • 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.

  • Before you enter Austria you need to register online (pre travel clearance) first.
    Further information about the online registration can be found above.

    If you can demonstrate that you have been in:

    Australia, Iceland, New Zealand, Singapur, South Korea or the Vatican

    for the past 10 days, you can enter Austria without a PCR test and do not have to undergo a quarantine.

    In case you cannot demonstrate this (e.g. residence registration, hotel booking), an entry to Austria is still possible under the following conditions:

    1. A medical certificate, which confirms a negative PCR or antigen test, or a negative test result needs to be shown upon request. The PCR test should not be older than 72 hours at the moment of entry to Austria and the antigen test should not be older than 48 hours.
      In case a PCR or antigen test cannot be shown or the test is older than 72 hours (PCR test) or 48 hours (antigen test), a PCR or antigen test has to be done within 24 hours after entry to Austria.
    2. Additionally a self-monitored quarantine of 10 days has to be undergone. On the 5th day after entry to Austria a PCR test or antigen test can be done in order to finish the quarantine sooner. The day of entrance is considered as day "zero".
  • Before you enter Austria you need to register online (pre travel clearance) first in any case.
    Further information about the online registration can be found above.

    If you can demonstrate that you have been in one of those countries or in Iceland or the Vatican for the past 10 days, you can enter Austria without a PCR test or an antigen test and do not have to undergo a quarantine.

    In case you cannot demonstrate this (e.g. residence registration, hotel booking), you cannot enter Austria, unless you fall within an exemption.

    An Exemption is made to the following group of persons:

    • 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 in 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 visa D or 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 following points additionally:

    1. A medical certificate, which confirms a negative PCR or antigen test, or a test result needs to be shown upon request. The PCR test should not be older than 72 hours at the moment of entry to Austria and the antigen test should not be older than 48 hours.
      In case a PCR or antigen test cannot be shown or the test is older than 72 hours (PCR test) or 48 hours (antigen test), a PCR or antigen test has to be done within 24 hours after entry to Austria.
    2. Additionally, a self-monitored quarantine of 10 days has to be undergone. On the 5th day after entry to Austria a PCR test or antigen test can be done in order to finish the quarantine sooner. The day of entrance is considered as day "zero".

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

  • In principle, the entry to Austria is not permitted.

    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 visa D or 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. A medical certificate, which confirms a negative PCR or antigen test, or a test result needs to be shown upon request. The PCR test should not be older than 72 hours at the moment of entry to Austria and the antigen test should not be older than 48 hours.
      In case a PCR or antigen test cannot be shown or the test is older than 72 hours (PCR test) or 48 hours (antigen test), a PCR or antigen test has to be done within 24 hours after entry to Austria.
    3. Additionally, a self-monitored quarantine of 10 days has to be undergone. On the 5th day after entry to Austria a PCR test or antigen test can be done in order to finish the quarantine sooner. The day of entrance is considered as day "zero".

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

  • The entry for professional purposes is possible under the following conditions:

    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. The professional purpose should be made plausible (e.g. work contract, confirmation of the employer, appointment confirmation for the job interview).
    3. A medical certificate, which confirms a negative PCR or antigen test, or a test result needs to be shown upon request.
      The PCR test should not be older than 72 hours at the moment of entry to Austria and the antigen test should not be older than 48 hours.
      In case you do not have a PCR test or antigen test or the test is older than 72 hours (PCR test) or 48 hours (antigen test) at the moment of entry to Austria, you will have to undergo a self-monitored quarantine of 10 days.
      If you provide a negative PCR or antigen test during the quarantine time, the quarantine can be finished sooner.
  • For students, who commute on a regular basis (at least once a month) between Austria and Australia, Iceland, New Zealand, Singapur, South Korea or the Vatican, the following conditions apply:

    1. if you can make it plausible (e.g. residence registration, confirmation of enrollment) that you have stayed in the past days in Austria, Australia, Iceland, New Zealand, Singapur, South Korea or the Vatican, you can enter Austria without a PCR test or an antigen test and do not need to quarantine yourself.
    2. However, the online registration (Pre Travel Clearance) has still to be done before entry to Austria.
      A new registration has to be done too in case certain data (address of residence, country or region of departure, the stay in the past 10 days) has changed.
      Further information about the online registration can be found above.
  • 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 B (Bulgaria, Estonia, France, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Hungary or Cyprus) or any other country (except for EU or EEA member states, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or the Vatican), the following conditions have to be observed:

    1. An online registration (pre travel clearance) has to be done before entry to Austria.
      The registration has to be redone if you have a new medical certificate or a new test result or certain data (address of residence, country or region of departure, the stay in the past 10 days) has changed.
      Further information about the online registration can be found above.
    2. Documents (e.g. residence registration, confirmation of enrollment) that make it plausible that you enter Austria on a regular basis.
    3. A medical certificate, which confirms a negative PCR or antigen test, or a test result needs to be shown upon request. The PCR test should not be older than 7 days at the moment of entry to Austria.
      In case a PCR test or an antigen test cannot be shown or the test is older than 7 days, a PCR or antigen test has to be done within 24 hours after entry to Austria.
    4. Make it plausible that you have not stayed in a country listed in annex B (Bulgaria, Estonia, France, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Hungary or Cyprus) or in a in any other country (except for EU or EEA member states, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or the Vatican) in the past 10 days.
  • 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 B (Bulgaria, Estonia, France, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Hungary or Cyprus) or any other country (except for EU or EEA member states, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or the Vatican), the following conditions have to be observed:

    1. An online registration (pre travel clearance) has to be done before entry to Austria.
      The registration has to be redone if you have a new medical certificate or a new test result or certain data (address of residence, country or region of departure, the stay in the past 10 days) has changed.
      Further information about the online registration can be found above.
    2. Documents (e.g. residence registration, confirmation of enrollment) that make it plausible that you enter Austria on a regular basis.
    3. A medical certificate, which confirms a negative PCR or antigen test, or a test result needs to be shown upon request.
      The PCR test should not be older than 72 hours at the moment of entry to Austria.
      In case a PCR test or an antigen test cannot be shown or the test is older than 72 hours, a PCR or antigen test has to be done within 24 hours after entry to Austria.