UPDATED: What are the rules for entering Austria right now?

This report was last updated on October 21st.

The rapidly improving pandemic situation has allowed Austria to further relax its entry rules, although the circumstances under which you can enter will depend largely on your vaccination or recovery status.

The changes came into place on June 10th, with further coming into effect on July 1st. Austria already removed the quarantine obligation for most arrivals on May 19th.

You’ll need to fill out a form if coming to Austria in most cases. More information about the form is available here.

Children under ten do not need to be tested, vaccinated or recovered, provided of course they are travelling with an adult who is in compliance with the rules.

Here’s what you need to know.

What are the rules for entering Austria right now?

There are two main areas to consider: where you are coming from and whether or not you can show adherence to the 3G Rule.

People are deemed to be 3G compliant where they have been fully vaccinated against Covid, have contracted and recovered from the virus in the past six months or tested negative.

‘3G Rule’: How to prove you have been vaccinated, tested or recovered from Covid in Austria

Those in Appendix A are allowed to enter without restriction, although everyone arriving will need to comply with the 3G rule which is laid out below. The official list is available here.

While the countries are mostly inside the Schengen region, there are around a dozen from further afield, including Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

These ‘low incidence’ countries are almost all countries within the European Union/EFTA states, along with the following: Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Jordan, Macau, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Uruguay and Vietnam.

The United States was removed from this list on September 15th.

Entry from one of these countries is possible provided you can prove vaccination, recovery from the virus (in the previous six months) or show a negative test.

If you do not have one of these, you can take a negative test upon arrival in Austria.

Arrivals from countries not on the above list will need to be fully vaccinated in the past year, or have recovered from the virus in the previous six months.

Those in the second group – Appendix B2 – are ‘virus variant’ countries, i.e. countries where variants of the virus are prevalent.

As at October 11th, these countries are Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica and Suriname.

READ MORE: Austria to remove UK and India from Covid variant list from Sunday

Entry from virus variant countries is only allowed for Austrian residents or citizens, European residents or citizens, people entering for business or study purposes, or diplomats.

No tourism is allowed from these countries, until further notice.

Arrivals who are permitted to enter need to provide evidence of a negative test and will need to quarantine for ten days, although you can leave quarantine after the fifth day with a negative PCR test.

What do vaccinated people need to show to enter?

Arrivals can show this by being consistent with the so-called ‘3G rule’.

READ MORE: Can I travel to Austria if I’ve been vaccinated?

This rule states that those who have been vaccinated, along with those who have recently recovered from the virus and who have tested negative, can enter Austria.

As has been indicated in the following article, this can be demonstrated either with paper evidence, a QR code on paper or a mobile, or by signing up to the EU immunity card system, which will be rolled out in July.

‘3G Rule’: How to prove you have been vaccinated, tested or recovered from Covid in Austria

Everyone entering Austria will need to be consistent with the 3G rule, regardless of where they enter from.

Which vaccines are accepted?

In Austria, you are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after your second shot of a two-shot vaccine (or 22 days after the one-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine).

You are considered fully vaccinated for a year (360 days) after your second shot.

To enter, you must have been vaccinated with an EMA approved vaccine or one approved from the WHO.

The WHO approval requirement is also relatively rare in Europe, as it means vaccines from more manufacturers are accepted. This includes:

Comirnaty (BioNtech/Pfizer), Vaxzevria/AstraZeneca, and Covishield from Serum Institute of India COVID-19, Vaccine Janssen from Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Moderna, Sinopharm SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine (Vero Cell), Inactivated (InCoV) and Sinovac-CoronaVac vaccine, SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine (Vero Cell), Inactivated.

You can also enter if you have recovered from the virus in the past 180 days.

Testing

You can also show evidence of a negative test to arrive if you come from a low incidence country, although this does get a little complicated due to the variety of tests on offer.

There are two broad categories of test and they apply for different time periods.

The antigen tests, which you can get done at pharmacies, doctors and testing centres (aka test streets) across the country, are valid for 48 hours.

PCR tests – which take longer but are considered the ‘gold standard’ when it comes to testing – apply for 72 hours.

If you do not have a test, you can do one within 24 hours in Austria.

Keep in mind that those entering with a test (i.e. who have not been vaccinated or recovered from the virus) will need to quarantine for ten days, although they can leave after five days with another negative test.

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