Austria

Austria lockdown coronavirus restrictions uk travel

Current Status: ABLE TO TRAVEL BUT MUST SHOW EITHER VACCINATION CERTIFICATION OR NEGATIVE PCR AND ISOLATION

Austria, officially the Republic of Austria, is a landlocked East Alpine country in the southern part of Central Europe. It is composed of nine federated states, one of which is Vienna, Austria’s capital and its largest city.


Entry requirements for UK citizens travelling to Austria:

The UK is currently NOT deemed a SAFE country by Austria, and so the following applies:

  • Entering Austria is possible.
  • All travellers need to show either proof of full vaccination OR proof of past infection OR a negative PCR test.
  • Travellers who can show proof of full vaccination or past infection do not need to register for pre-travel clearance and do not need to self-isolate.
  • Travellers who show a negative PCR test (not a vaccine certificate or proof of a past infection) need to register digitally in advance to obtain pre-travel clearance. Find more information on the pre-travel clearance here and find the form you need to fill in before travelling here.
  • Travellers who show a negative PCR test (not a vaccine certificate or proof of a past infection) also need to self-isolate for 10 days (can take test after 5 days to end quarantine early).
  • Children up to the age of 17 are able to enter Austria with no need to quarantine if accompanied by fully vaccinated or recovered adults, but from the ages of 12 to 17 they also have to show proof of a negative PCR test/past infection/vaccination.

Further Details:

PCR Test

Upon arrival, you need to show a PCR test no older than 72 hours, which has to be issued by a medical authority. This includes children from the age of 12. Antigen tests are no longer valid for entering Austria.

Please note: During your stay in Austria, the 2-G-rule is in effect. This means, that only proof of vaccination/past infection is accepted for entering any type of accommodation, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, leisure centres, gyms, cultural institutions (cinemas, theatres, etc.), to use cable cars/ski lifts and for body-related services (such as hairdressers). A Covid-19 test is not sufficient. 

Vaccine Certificate

The following vaccines (including mix-and-match vaccines) are recognised for ENTERING Austria: BioNtech/Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Covishield, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Sinovac, and Sinopharm. You are considered fully vaccinated:

  1. if you have received both doses of AstraZeneca, Covishield, BioNtech/Pfizer, Moderna, Sinopharm, or Sinovac; OR
  2. if you have received your one Johnson & Johnson dose at least 22 days before arrival; OR
  3. if you have had COVID and have received one vaccination dose (proof of past infection required).

The vaccine certificate is valid for 270 days after the 2nd dose for 2-dose vaccines. For people with a past infection + one vaccination, it is valid for 270 days after that one dose. If you have had a third/additional/booster vaccination, it is valid for 270 days from the third jab. For vaccines that require only one dose, it is valid from the 22nd day for 270 days from the date of vaccination. There must be at least 120 days between the second and third jab, and at least 14 days between the first and the second jab.

Please note that Covishield, Sinopharm and Sinovac are only accepted to enter Austria. Covishield, Sinopharm and Sinovac are not accepted for entering any type of accommodation, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, leisure centres, gyms, cultural institutions, on cable cars/ski lifts and for body-related services.

Proof of Past Infection

You can enter Austria for 180 days after a SARS-CoV-2 infection. A certificate of recovery, a medical confirmation (a PCR test) or a notice about the obligation to quarantine are considered as proof. Proof of neutralising antibodies is no longer valid for entry into Austria.

What proof is accepted?

Proof of a PCR test, vaccination, or past infection can be a doctor’s certificate, an official test result, a vaccination certificate/vaccination card/vaccine passport (including a pdf from an electronic vaccine passport, either on your phone or as a hard copy), or an official/medical certificate proving a past infection, either in German or English. If your original certificate is not in English or German, please use this official health certificate in German or English as proof.

If you are unable to show any of these documents, you are required to take a PCR within 24 hours of arriving in Austria (please note that you WILL need to show proof of full vaccination/past infection when checking into a hotel). However, in this case, you will need to register digitally before travelling to obtain pre-travel clearance, and are required to show proof of it at the border (either digitally or as a hard copy).


Travelling from Austria:

VACCINATED:

Before you travel to the UK – fully vaccinated

Before you travel to the UK you must:

  • take a COVID-19 test – to be taken in the 2 days before you travel to the UK
  • book and pay for a COVID-19 PCR test – to be taken after you arrive in the UK
  • complete a passenger locator form – to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK

Read more about taking a COVID-19 test before you travel to the UK.

If you’re in the UK for less than 2 days, you still need to book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test. You must quarantine until you receive a negative test result, or until you leave the UK, whichever is sooner.

When you arrive in the UK – fully vaccinated

After you arrive in the UK you must take a COVID-19 PCR test. This is the test that you booked before travel.

You can take the test any time after you arrive and before the end of day 2 at the latest. The day you arrive is day 0.

You must quarantine in your home or the place you are staying while you await your test result.

Test results

If your test result is negative, you can end your quarantine.

If your test result is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day of the test is day 0.

If your test result is unclear, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day you took the test is day 0.

If your test result is unclear, you can choose to take another private test. If the result of that test is negative, you can stop self-isolating.

If your PCR test result is delayed, you must quarantine until you receive a negative test result or until day 14 after arrival, whichever is sooner.


NOT VACCINATED

Before you travel to the UK – not fully vaccinated

Before you travel to the UK you must:

  • take a COVID-19 test – to be taken in the 2 days before you travel to the UK
  • book and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 PCR tests – to be taken after arrival in the UK
  • complete a passenger locator form – to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK

When you arrive in the UK – not fully vaccinated

After you arrive in the UK you must:

  • quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 full days
  • take your COVID-19 PCR tests – you must book these tests before you travel

You must take the first test on or before day 2 and the second test on or after day 8. The day you arrive is day 0.

If you are in the UK for less than 10 days, you need to quarantine for the time you are here. You need to book day 2 and day 8 PCR tests. You only need to take the tests if you are still in the UK on those days.

If the test result is positive

If your day 2 test is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day you took the test is day 0.

You do not need to take the day 8 test if your day 2 test is positive. If your day 2 test is negative, you must take your day 8 test.

If your day 8 test is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day you took the day 8 test is day 0.

If the test result is negative

If your day 2 test is negative, you must continue to quarantine.

You must take your day 8 test on or after day 8.

If your day 8 test is negative, you can stop quarantine on whichever is later:

  • day 10 – day 0 is the day you arrived in England
  • when you receive the day 8 test result

COVID-19 Data: (Source Worldometer)

All information correct as of 30/10/2020 @ 10:10.

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