Date Updated

04/14/2021



  • • Travelers must complete a pre-travel clearance form online within 72 hours before entry, and must present a copy of the form upon entry
    - Certain essential travel purposes are exempt, as detailed in the online guidance
    - Regular commuters must renew the form every 28 days, and if circumstances change or they receive new test results

    • A general health assessment including a temperature check is performed upon arrival in Austria; the health authority may question travelers regarding their travel history and contact with COVID-19 patients

    • For all travelers, a negative COVID-19 PCR test, issued no more than 72 hours before entry, or antigen test issued no more than 48 hours before entry, or a COVID-19 PCR or antigen test within 24 hours of entry
    - Regular commuters entering from EU core countries may carry a negative COVID-19 test issued no more than 7 days before entry if they have not stayed in a high-risk country in the 10 days before entry; if they stayed outside an EU core country or in a high-risk country in the 10 days before entry, the standard policy applies
    - Travelers who have only stayed in Austria and/or low-risk countries in the 10 days preceding entry, travelers entering for compelling reasons (including maintenance of cargo and transport, animal care, transportation flights or land transportation, among others) are exempt
    - Test results must be in German or English, and must show the name and birth date of the tested person, date and time of the test, test result and signature of the person conducting the test; tests must be stamped by the testing institute
    - There is no exemption for recovered individuals; these travelers are also required to submit a negative COVID-19 test result

    • 10-day home quarantine at home or a pre-booked accommodation for all permitted travelers, except:
    - Individuals who have demonstrably stayed only in low-risk countries during the 10 days preceding entry
    - Transport staff, individuals travelling for compelling reasons, regular commuters for professional reasons, school and study, family reasons, or visiting a life partner, and individuals in transit
    - Travelers entering for professional reasons, who must prove this by providing documents such as employer confirmations, purchase or delivery orders, or job interview confirmations
    - Those entering and exiting Austria at least once a month based on a ZKO 3 or ZKO 4 notification (except personal caretakers)
    - Travelers can leave quarantine after obtaining the results of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test conducted on the fifth day after entry

    • Other relevant considerations for quarantine include the following:
    - Individuals required to quarantine must carry proof of suitable accommodation booking
    - Individuals can reduce the quarantine duration by completing a COVID-19 antigen or PCR test on the fifth day of entry - or at any time for individuals entering for professional reasons - and can cease quarantine upon receiving a negative test result; no in-country test is required for children under 10
    - Individuals may only depart during quarantine if carrying proof that the risk of infection is minimized as much as possible upon departure


  • • Austria has partially reopened its immigration authorities
    - Prior appointments are required  In Vienna, biometrics can only be scheduled after arrival; applicants submit a passport stamp or flight ticket to confirm their arrival date, and a negative COVID-19 test result; this causes delays in obtaining residence permits
    - Extension applications should still be submitted via email, if possible
    - Approved residence permits are being delivered via regular mail

    • Some consular posts have reopened; please check with your consular post before visiting as some reopened consular posts only allow for urgent applications

    • Other consular posts continue to accept only family hardship-related applications. Travel Restrictions:

    • Until 19 April, suspension of flights arriving from Brazil and South Africa, except cargo, emergency, repatriation flights, and/or flights carrying seasonal workers, care-takers and medical staff

    • Austria uses the following country classification for entry permissions:
    - Low risk countries: Australia, Iceland, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and Vatican City
    - High-risk countries: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Sweden
    - European core countries: European Union/European Economic Area countries, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland and Vatican City
    - Risk countries: any other country than the low-risk countries

    • The following categories of traveler are permitted entry:
    - Persons entering from a low-risk country, who can document stay in a low-risk country in the 10 days preceding entry
    - Persons entering for professional reasons
    - Transport staff (in case of transit, carrying documents securing exit from Austria); those with compelling travel reasons; individuals in transit (carrying documents securing exit from Austria)
    - Regular commuters for professional reasons, school and study purposes, family reasons or to visit a life partner
    - Austrian/EU/European Economic Area/Swiss citizens and their cohabiting family members
    - European core country residents and their cohabiting family members
    - Austrian D visa, residence permit or residence document holders (including Article 50 filing confirmation)
    - Individuals entering to start or proceed with studies or with research
    - Pupils who are in school in Austria

    • Medical certificate and quarantine requirements may apply for those permitted entry; please see below for further details

    • Border checks at the land borders with the Czech Republic and Slovakia until 29 April (midnight local time); with Hungary and Slovenia until 11 May


  • • Virtual services only where possible

    • In-person property viewings are restricted


  • • Property available


  • • Staggered reopening of schools will begin 4 May, with most returning by 18 May

    • Schools are operating on a reduced, rotational schedule and safety regulations are in place

    • Primary school children are minded at schools on school free days


  • • As of 1 May, all shops, shopping centers and hairdressers have been allowed to reopen

    • Gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed

    • Cafes, bars, and restaurants reopened on 15 May

    • Hotels have reopen as of 29 May

    • No large or public events are to take place until the end of June

    • Mask-wearing is compulsory in shops and public transport

    • All government offices are closed


  • • Public transport available
  • Household Goods

    Survey (Video/In-person)
    • Video

    Packing/Delivery Services (After Customs Clearance) Available?
    •Yes, but restricted to small operations

    Freight Availability/Cost
    • Air: Limited number of flights (case-by-case), high rates
    • Sea: Normal service at present

    Road Availability
    • Limited trucking capacity available; high
    rates

    Can packing/delivery take place without customer, or nominated representative?
    • No, customer must sign waiver if nominating a representative

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