Regulations for entry and exit
- Overview of the status of entry regulations
- Return travel regulations depend on the country of origin
Obligatory registration before entering Austria
If registration is required prior to entry into Austria, this must be done electronically at the earliest 72 hours prior to entry (Pre-Travel Clearance - PTC). Here you can find the PTC registration form in German and in English. The registration confirmation must be presented electronically or printed out in the event of a check.
For commuters, electronic registration is only necessary once every 28 days or as soon as the registered data changes.
Entry into Austria
1. Entry from states with a low incidence of infection (Annex 1): certificate, no quarantine
From these countries any kind of entry - also for tourist purposes - is possible:
Andorra, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Principality of Liechtenstein, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, South Korea, Taiwan, Czech Republic, Hungary, Uruguay, Vatican, Vietnam, Cyprus.
A current certificate Tested | Vaccinated | Convalescent is required for entry.
If this cannot be presented, registration must be carried out and a test must be carried out immediately, but in any case within 24 hours.
Special provision for entry by air from Cyprus:
Persons entering Cyprus by air must carry a negative result of a PCR test (maximum 72 hours old) or proof of full immunisation (from the second partial vaccination or, in the case of a vaccine where only one vaccination is scheduled, 21 days after vaccination).
If no proof is available, registration must be carried out and a PCR test must be carried out immediately at the airport. If, due to special circumstances (e.g. landing outside the operating hours of the testing station at the airport), immediate testing at the airport is not possible, a PCR test can be carried out within 24 hours in exceptional cases.
2. Entry from virus-variant countries (Annex 2): PCR test, registration and quarantine
As before, entry from virus-variant states is only possible to a very limited extent. These include:
Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica and Suriname
Essentially, only Austrian citizens and persons with residence or habitual abode in Austria are allowed to enter. Entry on humanitarian grounds or in the compelling interest of the Republic is also possible.
For persons entering from a virus variant area or who have stayed in such an area in the past ten days, the following applies as before: Entry is only possible with a negative molecular biological test result (e.g. PCR). The testing obligation also applies to vaccinated and recovered people. In addition, registration must be carried out and a ten-day quarantine must be started immediately.
Free testing: Early termination of quarantine by a negative PCR or antigen test is possible at the earliest on the 5th day after entry at one's own expense. It is allowed to leave the quarantine site to perform the test.
Exempted from quarantine are entries for professional reasons to visit an international institution or in the overriding interest of the Republic of Austria. These persons may enter the country without the obligation of quarantine upon presentation of a negative PCR or antigen test. As before, the time of swabbing may not be more than 72 hours in the case of a PCR test, and only 48 hours in the case of an antigen test.
The form for the health certificate can be downloaded here in German and here in English. In addition, the professional nature of the journey must be proven. Further information on the exemption rules can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection.
3. Entry from other countries: certificate, registration and quarantine
Persons entering the country from another country (not listed above) or who have stayed in such a country for the past ten days must carry a certificate Tested | Vaccinated | Recovered, register and immediately enter a ten-day quarantine. The quarantine can be terminated early if a negative PCR or antigen test is carried out at the earliest 5 days after entry. Persons carrying proof of full immunisation are exempt from quarantine.
Current travel, border and traffic information
Further information can be found on the following websites: