During the coronavirus pandemic, the European Union (EU) has issued an electronic document allowing travel throughout the bloc's member states, including Austria. The European Commission (EC) has finally named it "EU Digital COVID Certificate" after previously referring to it as a "Digital Green Certificate," "Digital Green Pass," or "Vaccination Passport."
Apart from a green pass for Austria, all travellers from non-Europe countries must acquire a Pre-travel clearance for Austria at least 72 hours prior to their intended date of arrival.
Anyone entering Austria must present one of the following documents:
Negative COVID Test
You must present a PCR test taken only 72 hours before or an antigen test taken only 48 hours before your departure. Self-tests are only valid for a day/ 24 hours if the results are entered into an official data processing system. Tests must be issued by a medical officer. Children under 12 years old are exempt from taking the test.
BioNtech/Pfizer, AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria and Covishield), Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Sinovac, and Sinopharm vaccines are recognized only. Remember that this only applies to entry into the country. Sinovac/Sinopharm is not valid for entry into Austrian hotels, restaurants, or other establishments.
You will be considered immunized:
- If you've had both doses of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria or Covishield), BioNtech/Pfizer, Moderna, Sinopharm, or Sinovac; or
- Beginning on the 22nd day following your one Johnson & Johnson dose; or
- If you had a COVID infection and received only one vaccination dose ( with proof of past infection)
For 2-dose vaccines, the vaccine certificate is valid for 360 days after the second dose. It is valid for 360 days after the first dose in people who have had a previous infection and one vaccination.
If you have received a third/additional/booster vaccination, it is valid for 360 days from the date of the third injection.
The vaccine certificate is valid from the 22nd day for 270 days after vaccination for vaccines that only require one dose.
Proof of past infection
After being infected with COVID, you can enter Austria for 180 days. Proof of neutralizing antibodies is valid for 90 days from the date of testing.
- A doctor's certificate, a vaccination certificate/vaccination card/vaccine passport (including a pdf of an electronic vaccine passport, or as a hard copy), an official test, or an official/medical certificate proving a past infection, in either German or English, can all be used as evidence of a negative test, vaccination, or past infection. Use this official health certificate in English or German as proof of your original certificate if yours is not in English or German.
- If you can't show any of these documents, you must go through a PCR or antigen test within a day/ 24 hours of your arrival in Austria. Please note that you will need to show proof when checking into a hotel. In this case, however, you must register digitally before traveling to obtain pre-travel clearance, and you must show proof of it at the border, either digital or a hard copy.
Who can enter Austria?
1. Travellers from the safe country with the low incidence rate
Travellers from low-incidence countries (see list below) who can show proof of a negative test/ vaccination/ past infection can travel to the country for tourism purposes without the need to self-isolate. This currently includes the majority of European countries as well as some non-European countries.
2. Travellers from countries with high epidemiological risk
Travellers from high-risk countries can travel for specific purposes only, e.g., business, medical; and not for tourism. To obtain pre-travel clearance, travellers must first register digitally and show proof of registration at the border (either digital or a hard copy). A negative PCR test result (NOT antigen test) no older than 72 hours is required. And quarantine for ten days; however, one can take the test after 5 days to end quarantine early.
3. Travellers from all other countries
All visitors must show proof of full vaccination or proof of the previous infection or a negative COVID-19 test. Travellers who can show evidence of full vaccination or a previous infection are exempt from registering for pre-travel clearance and are not required to self-isolate. Those who have shown a negative test, not a vaccine certificate or proof of a previous infection, must register digitally ahead of time to obtain pre-travel clearance and need to self isolate for 10 days (tests can be taken after 5 days to end quarantine sooner). Children under the age of 17 can enter Austria without being quarantined if accompanied by fully vaccinated or recovered adults. Still, children between the ages of 12 and 17 must show proof of a negative test/past infection/vaccination.
Check for the list of countries to fulfill travel requirements for Austria.