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Austria vacation: entry, incidence and current corona rules

Austria vacation: Due to the high number of infections, Austria has tightened its corona rules. What vacationers should know upon arrival and on site.

  • New development 1: Austria from November 14th high risk area
  • New development 2: Lockdown for unvaccinated people may soon be nationwide
  • Entry with corona test, vaccination or recovery certificate
  • Current incidence: 742.5 infected people per 100,000 population in the last seven days
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Austria Vacation: The current corona situation

▶ From Sunday, November 14th, Austria (with the exception of the municipalities Mittelberg and Jungholz and the Rissal in the municipal area of ​​Vomp and Eben am Achensee) is a high-risk area.

▶ There is a travel warning from the Foreign Office. When you return to Germany, this means: a  10-day quarantine obligation, from which you can take off on the fifth day at the earliest. In addition to the  digital entry  registration,  a corona test (PCR or antigen rapid test) is mandatory before entering Germany

Vaccinated and convalescent people are exempt from the test and quarantine obligation.

The new corona infection rate in Austria has increased significantly. The incidence (new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days) nationwide is 742.5 (as of November 12, source: Johns Hopkins University) – this is significantly higher than currently in Germany. The Corona traffic light is now red across the country.

Entry into Austria

▶ No travel warning

There is currently no travel warning issued by the Federal Foreign Office for this country.

Travel warningno
Corona risk areano
High incidence areano
Virus variant areano
Registration for entryno
Corona test upon entryYes – a PCR or antigen test is mandatory
Corona test for vaccinated peopleno
Quarantine obligation after entryNo – no quarantine requirement
Quarantine obligation on returnno

▶ A negative corona test is required to enter Austria. PCR tests (max. 72 hours old) or rapid antigen tests (max. 48 hours old) are permitted.

▶ If no negative test can be presented upon entry, this must be done in Austria within 24 hours. Electronic registration must then be made prior to entry .

Fully vaccinated or convalescent people do not need a negative test. Details on the rules for vaccinated and convalescent as well as the Austrian definition of the terms are available on the website of the Austrian Ministry of Health.

Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the obligation to test.

Commuters must re-register every 28 days unless they have recovered, tested, or vaccinated.

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Small border traffic

Even for short stays of less than 24 hours in Austria, travelers need a negative test or proof of vaccination or recovery. The Austrian entry form does not have to be filled out.

▶ When returning to Germany after short stays of less than 24 hours, neither digital entry registration nor quarantine are currently required. However, you have to  be able to prove a current  corona test,  vaccination  or  recovery.

Return from Austria to Germany

  • Obligation to report  before return:  NO (by November 13th)
  • Test obligation  to return:  YES (for exceptions see below)

Rules for returning to Germany

All travel returnees  have the following documents can present even at the entry to Germany one: a  current Corona – test, the detection of a  full vaccination  or a  convalescent – proof. Children under the age of twelve are exempt from the obligation to test. 

The following regulation applies from Sunday, November 14th:

  • Obligation to register  before return:  YES  (digital entry registration)
  • Test obligation  to return:  YES  (for exceptions see below)

For returnees from Austria (with the exception of the municipalities Mittelberg and Jungholz and the Rissal in the municipality of Vomp and Eben am Achensee), a 10-day quarantine obligation applies in Germany  , from which one can take off on the fifth day at the earliest. In addition to the  digital entry  registration,  a corona test (PCR or antigen rapid test) is mandatory before entering Germany . Vaccinated and convalescent people are exempt from the test and quarantine obligation.

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Transit through Austria

The transit through Austria without stopover without restrictions possible. Transit travelers are exempt from the test requirement. 

When entering Italy, the country’s entry rules must be observed.

Important for rail and air travelers

Cross-border rail traffic runs in regular operation .

Austrian Airlines and other airlines offer flights to and from Austria, but cancellations at short notice are possible. Passengers should therefore check the flight status.

The most important corona rules in Austria

The Corona traffic light is now “red” in all federal states. Uniform, stricter corona rules apply throughout Austria :

  • The following areas of public life are only accessible to those who have been completely vaccinated and those who have recovered (2G rule):
    – Restaurants, cafes, clubs, discos and other catering establishments
    – Hotels, guest houses and other accommodations
    – Theaters, cinemas and cultural institutions (except museums)
    – Sports and leisure facilities
    – Events with more than 25 people
    – Body-hugging services (e.g. hairdressers, cosmetic studios, etc.)
  • Exceptions and transitional regulations :
    – Children under 12 years of age are not subject to the 2G rule
    – In a four-week transition phase (until December 6th), people who can only show a primary vaccination and also present a negative PCR test also meet the 2G rule
  • There is an FFP2 mask requirement in all public transport, shops and generally accessible buildings
  • The exit controls that had previously applied locally in some federal states have been lifted

If necessary, the Austrian federal states can adopt additional measures that go beyond the nationally applicable rules: The federal states of Upper Austria and Salzburg will introduce lockdown for unvaccinated persons on November 15th. Without a first vaccination, people are only allowed to leave their home to meet daily needs, go to work or take other urgent tasks. Many events are banned. The regulation is expected to be extended to all of Austria in the near future.

2G proof

Vaccinated or convalescent people from Germany have the following options to provide proof of 2G :

  • Vaccination certificate: Confirmation of vaccination status by means of a digital EU certificate or yellow WHO vaccination certificate
    Important: The vaccination certificate is only valid for up to twelve months (except for Johnson & Johnson: 9 months) after the last required vaccination. A booster vaccination is then required. From December 6th, it is planned to reduce the validity of a vaccination to nine months.
  • Proof of recovery : digital EU certificate or medical confirmation of an infection that occurred in the past six months and has currently expired

The EU-wide valid Covid certificate is called the “Green Pass” * in Austria . Those who have had the certificate issued in Germany can use it to prove their vaccination, recovery or testing in Austria.

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