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Austria Reopening Borders – Current Travel COVID Restrictions

Austria’s second COVID-19 wave prompts the strengthening of national restrictions while neighbors instate additional requirements for Austrian visitors 

Due to the rapid spread of a second COVID-19 wave, Sebastian Kurz, Chancellor of Austria, has decided to strengthen restrictions as of September 21. Almost all tourism facilities will continue to reopen but changes in their operation are expected. Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, and Cyprus have issued a warning for travelers coming from Vienna. From this week on, visitors will have to observe an extra set of restrictions.

So, who is currently allowed entry and what are the new restrictions for Austrian travelers? Keep reading to learn about it.

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What are the current travel restrictions for traveling to Austria?

Unfortunately, travelers coming from Vienna will be subjected to new restrictions when landing in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, and Cyprus. (check the list below)

  • If you are traveling from Vienna to Germany, you must submit proof of a negative Covid-19 test (not older than 48 hours). Otherwise, you will be quarantined for two weeks.
  • Travelers entering Switzerland from Vienna must undergo a 10-day quarantine, even with proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
  • If you travel to Belgium, you will need to take a PCR test in that country because authorities are not accepting “foreign tests” and even if you get a negative result, you will need to observe a 14-day quarantine.
  • If you want to travel to Denmark you must undergo a Covid 19 test on arrival.
  • Sadly, Cyprus is no longer welcoming Austrian visitors since it declared it as a high-risk territory. 

We advise you to check your embassy website for further information.

Which countries are allowed to enter Austria? 

Austrian Federal Government has assessed these countries’ epidemiology situation as safe so their residents are allowed to enter Austria with simplified to no requirements at all.

  • Andorra
  • Belgium
  • Belgium
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Switzerland
  • Spain (consult for current restrictions)
  • United Kingdom
  • The Vatican 

Keep in mind that new entry regulations for travellers are being reintroduced with little to no prior notice.

Foreign nationals who are allowed entry WITH restrictions

  • You must submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 prior arrival or you will need to undergo a 10-day quarantine.

If you are coming from any of the following countries, you will need to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival, a 10-day quarantine is NOT an option for you. 

  • Albania, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Ecuador, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kosovo, Mexico, Moldavia, Montenegro, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Province of Hubei (People’s Republic of China), Romania, Russian Federation, Spain (mainland and Balearen) Sweden, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States.

If you are a Austrian national, resident or a EU or EEA member traveling from any of the countries above you can take a COVID-19 test on site at the airport. Results will be emailed to you and until then you will need to observe quarantine.  

Find more information on entry requirements and restrictions issued by Austrian authorities  and airports.

Evolution of the second COVID-19 wave in Austria

Source: World Health Organization (WHO)

With 38,557 confirmed cases and 766 deaths, Austria’s Chancellor has recently confirmed the country is experiencing a second wave of COVID-19 infections. As of today, 8,375 people in Austria are infected, and more than 500 positive cases are being reported every day. Currently, Austria has 364 patients in hospital, 67 of them in intensive care units. Over the last 24 hours, Lower Austria reported the most cases (172), followed by Upper Austria (66), Vorarlberg (42), Tyrol (33), Carinthia (15), Salzburg (14), Styria (32), and Burgenland (8).

With election day approaching fast in Vienna, safety measures are being put in place for voting on October 11, 2020. Consult health restrictions here.

Our suggestion

Rules are changing in Austria as you read this article.  Many accommodations are currently offering very flexible cancellation conditions, so we recommend you to consult about these offers before you book a flight or reserve a hotel room.