COVID-19 Reopening Matrix
• Vaccinated travelers or recovered travelers, or travelers with proof of antibodies, need not carry a negative COVID-19 test or quarantine if they fall in any of the following categories:
- Travelers from low-risk countries, who have only stayed in these countries in the 10 days before entry.
- Travelers from other/grey countries, who are entering for exceptional, urgent family reasons or for professional purposes.
- Austrian/EU/European Economic Area/Swiss nationals and residents, and their cohabiting family members, entering from other/grey countries.
- Austrian D visa, residence permit or residence document holders (including Article 50 filing confirmation), entering from other/grey countries.
- Travelers entering to start or proceed with studies or research, or who are in school in Austria, entering from other/grey countries.
• A general health assessment including a temperature check is performed upon arrival in Austria. The health authority may question travelers on their travel history and contacts with COVID-19 patients.
• 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; for all travelers aged 10 and over.
- Transport staff (in case of transit, carrying documents securing exit from Austria) and individuals in transit (carrying documents securing exit from Austria) are exempt.
- Travelers entering from other/grey countries for professional purposes cannot test incountry.
- Travelers from ‘high risk’ countries require a PCR test (rapid antigen tests are not accepted) and cannot test in country unless they are Austrian/EU nationals or Austrian residents. Austrian/EU nationals or Austrian residents can test in country, and quarantine until a negative test result is obtained.
- Regular commuters (visiting at least monthly) for professional reasons, school and study purposes, family reasons or to visit a life partner; entering from an EU/EEA country or Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland or Vatican City; who have only stayed in low risk countries in the 10 days preceding entry; can carry a negative COVID-19 test issued no more than 7 days before entry.
- Children travelling with vaccinated adults remain required to carry a negative test.
• Relevant considerations on medical certificates include:
- 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.
- Vaccinated travelers can enter 22 days-3 months after the first shot; or within 9 months of the second shot; or within 22 days-9 months of a single-shot vaccine; or within 9 months after a vaccination shot for those recovered at least 21 days before vaccination; or within 9 months after a vaccination shot for those with antibodies.
- Recovered travelers carry proof of recovery no more than 6 months before entry.
- Accepted vaccines include: BioNtech/Pfizer; AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, Moderna, Sinopharm, and Sinovac.
• Travelers must complete a pre-travel clearance form online in the 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.
- Travelers from low-risk countries, who have stayed exclusively in low-risk countries or Austria in the past 10 days, as well as regular commuters; carrying a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test, proof of full vaccination or recovery; are exempt.
- Other regular commuters must renew the form every 28 days and if circumstances change or they receive new test results.
• 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 in the 10 days preceding entry.
- Transport staff and individuals in transit.
- Travelers with exceptional, urgent family reasons for travel.
- Travelers entering for professional reasons, who must prove this by providing documents such as employer confirmations, purchase or delivery orders or job interview confirmations.
• 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 and can cease quarantine upon receiving a negative test result.
• 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 is causing delays in obtaining residence permits.
- Extension applications should still be submitted via email, if possible.
- Approved residence permits are being delivered via regular mail.
• Most consular posts have reopened. Please check with your consular post before visiting.
- The embassy in New Delhi currently only accepts residence permit applications.
• Travel Restrictions: Until further notice, flight ban for Brazil, India, South Africa and the United Kingdom, except cargo, emergency and repatriation flights, as well as flights carrying seasonal workers, caretakers and medical staff.
• Austria uses the following country classification for entry permissions:
- Low-risk countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, theCzech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong SAR,Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau SAR, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia,Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia,Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vatican City,Vietnam, and the United States of America.
- High-risk countries: Brazil, India, South Africa, the United Kingdom.
- Other/grey countries: all other countries.
• Entry is permitted for the following categories:
- Travelers who demonstrably only stayed in low-risk countries in the 10 days before entry.
- Transport staff (in case of transit, carrying documents securing exit from Austria).
- Individuals in transit (carrying documents securing exit from Austria).
- Travelers with exceptional, urgent family reasons for travel.
- Those traveling for professional reasons.
- Austrian/EU/European Economic Area/Swiss nationals and residents, and their cohabiting family members.
- Austrian residence permit or residence document holders (including Article 50 filing confirmation).
- Travelers entering to start or proceed with studies or research, or who are in school in Austria.
- Regular commuters (visiting at least monthly) for professional reasons, school and study purposes, family reasons or to visit a life partner, entering from other/grey countries.
• Border checks at the land borders with Hungary and Slovenia until November 11.
• Virtual services only, where possible.
• In-person property viewings are restricted.
Temporary AccommodationsProperties are available.
• Staggered reopening of schools began 4 May, with most students 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.
• All shops, shopping centers and hairdressers are open for business, masks are mandatory for staff and customers.
• Gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed.
• Cafes, bars, and restaurants and hotels are open.
• Mask-wearing is required on public transport.
• All government offices are closed.
Public TransportPublic transportion is available.
Household GoodsSurvey (Video/In-person)
Packing/Delivery Services (After Customs Clearance) Available?
•Yes, but restricted to small operations
• Air: Limited number of flights (case-by-case), high rates
• Sea: Normal service at present
• Limited trucking capacity available; high
Can packing/delivery take place without customer, or nominated representative?
• No, customer must sign waiver if nominating a representative