Austria officially reopened its borders for tourism to welcome travelers as of June 16, 2020.
Allowing all of the European Economic Area nations, with the exception of the UK, Sweden, Portugal to visit. Visitors from approved EU countries can visit Austria without a quarantine period or testing required.
Here are the current COVID-19 entry requirements and restrictions you should be aware about if planning to travel to Austria.
Who Can Visit Austria?
Travelers from the following countries can visit Austria without tests and/or quarantine:
On the other hand, as of August 18, Spain and Croatia now need a 72-hour negative PCR test to enter Austria.
Here’s the list of countries that require a COVID-19 PCR Test taken at most 72 hours prior to arrival:
Travelers have to be a resident of one of the above-approved countries and have physically been in one of the approved countries for the past 14-days.
Is There A Mandatory Tests and/or Quarantine?
No. However, The Austrian government has made a new rule in order to stop EU citizens from returning to Austria from high-risk countries. That is to say, EU/EEA/Swiss citizens arriving from high-risk areas are obligated to produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of arrival.
The following are considered high-risk areas by Austrian Government:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- North Macedonia
- People’s Republic of China
- Russian Federation
- South Africa
To clarify, this is only for EU/EEA/Swiss Citizens. Residents and nationals of the above high-risk countries cannot enter as of yet.
Safety Measures and Health Protocols in Austria
- Social distancing of 1-meter between strangers
- Avoiding of hugging, kissing, or handshaking as greetings
- Frequent hand-washing
- Face masks have to be worn on public transport, taxis, indoor areas of ships on lake and river cruises, so museums, supermarkets, indoor shops, and indoor events
What’s Open in Austria?
- Hotels and other accommodation facilities are generally open again.
- Restaurants, inns, pubs, and ice cream parlors have reopened but require social distancing
- Since 1 August, indoor events for up to 500 people and outdoor events for up to 750 people have been permitted.
- Larger events may be permitted but under specific circumstances and subject to an official permit
- Museums, sights, swimming pools, zoos, and other leisure facilities are generally open as usual.
Check the detailed restriction/reopening details of Austria on our live map.