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Last updated: 4 October 2021, 10:58 (GMT +4)

Travel from the UAE to Austria

  • Fully vaccinated UAE citizens and residents can travel to Austria with no preregistration or quarantine requirements. Passengers under this category must present on arrival in Austria a vaccination certificate showing that at least 14 days have passed since the final required dose of the vaccine was administered.
  • Children up to the age of 17 do not have to quarantine on arrival if they are accompanied by their fully vaccinated parents. However, children between 12 and 17 years old must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test, past infection or vaccination.
  • All non-vaccinated travellers must provide proof that they are low risk (medical certificate, test result or proof of recovery), register for pre travel clearance (PTC) and enter a 10-day quarantine that can be ended earlier if a COVID-19 test is carried out on day 5 after arrival and the result is negative.

Travel to Austria

There are restrictions on who can enter Austria at this time. Please check the latest requirements before you travel. If you are travelling to Austria, you might be required to show a medical certificate, test result, vaccination certificate or recovery certificate and you may be subject to mandatory quarantine on arrival.

Before departure, passengers may register online and present the confirmation of transmission upon arrival.

All non-vaccinated passengers travelling to Austria must undergo a COVID-19 test before departure. The time of sample collection must not be more than:

  • 72 hours before arrival for PCR, LAMP or TMA testing
  • 48 hours for antigen tests
  • 24 hours for self-antigen testing (must be recorded in an official data processing system)
  • Vaccinated passengers are exempted from COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements.

Medical certificates, test results, vaccination certificates and recovery certificates

  • Medical certificates, test results, vaccination certificates and recovery certificates must be in German or English and must certify that the passenger was tested negative by a PCR/LAMP/TMA or antigen test, vaccinated against or has recovered from COVID-19.
  • Test results must include the first and last name of the person tested, date of birth, date and time of sampling, test result (positive or negative), signature of the person performing the test and stamp of the institution performing the test or a bar or QR code. Time of sampling when entering the country must not be more than 72 hours before arrival for PCR, LAMP or TMA testing, not more than 48 hours for antigen tests and not more than 24 hours for self-antigen testing (must be recorded in an official data processing system).
  • Medical or official recovery certificates must confirm an infection that has been overcome in the last 180 days or proof of neutralizing antibodies that must not be older than 90 days.
  • Vaccination certificates must meet the following requirements:
    • For vaccines that require two doses, at least 14 days must pass between the first and second dose and vaccination must have been completed not more than 360 days ago, or
    • For single-dose vaccines, vaccination must have been completed not more than 270 days ago, or
    • For passengers who have recovered from COVID-19 at least 21 days before vaccination, vaccination must have completed not more than 360 days ago, or
    • For passengers who have taken booster shots, at least 120 days must pass since the previous vaccination and the current vaccination was completed not more than 360 days ago.
  • Recognised vaccines:
    • Pfizer BioNtech (2 doses)
    • Moderna (2 doses)
    • AstraZeneca (2 doses)
    • Covishield (2 doses)
    • Johnson & Johnson/Janssen (1 dose)
    • Sinopharm (2 doses)
    • Sinovac (2 doses)

1. Passengers arriving from one of the following countries and who have only been in these countries or in Austria within the last 10 days are free to enter Austria:

  • Andorra, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Moldavia, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the Vatican, Uruguay and Vietnam.

Passengers arriving from one of these countries and who have been to these countries or Austria in the last 10 days without exception can enter Austria freely with a medical certificate, test result, vaccination certificate or recovery certificate.

If the passenger is unable to present a medical certificate, test result, vaccination certificate or recovery certificate, they must undergo a COVID-19 PCR / LAMP / TMA / antigen test within 24 hours of entry at their own expense. The negative test result must be presented at a control. Additionally, the Pre Travel Clearance (PTC) registration needs to be completed prior to arrival in Austria. Please refer to section "required forms."

2. Passengers arriving from Chile, Costa Rica or Suriname:

  • Passengers from these states or areas or travellers who have been in any of these states or areas within the last 10 days will not be allowed entry to Austria. This restriction does not apply to:
    • i. Austrian citizens, EU/EEA citizens and people who live with them in the same household
    • ii. Swiss citizens as well as persons who live with them in the same household
    • iii. People with residence or habitual abode in EU/EEA countries or Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the Vatican or Switzerland and people who live with them in the same household
    • iv. Foreigners, if they have a photo ID according to Β§ 5 of the Official Seat Act - ASG,
    • v. Persons who are entitled to stay in Austria on the basis of a residence permit, a residence title or documentation of the right of residence in accordance with the Settlement and Residence Act or the Asylum Act 2005 are,
    • vi. Persons who have a confirmation of the application pursuant to Art. 18 Para. 1 of the Agreement on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community (Withdrawal Agreement)
    • vii. Members of the staff of diplomatic missions or consular posts and persons who live with them in the same household
    • viii. Employees of international organisations and people who live with them in the same household
    • ix. Persons who are employed by a domestic regional authority or a domestic corporation under public law and whose place of employment is abroad or whose service is performed abroad, insofar as the activity of this corporation abroad is in the interests of the Republic of Austria
    • x. Persons who enter to begin or continue their studies or for research
    • xi. Persons who come to participate in school operations
    • xii. Persons who enter for business purposes
    • xiii. Humanitarian forces
    • xiv. An accompanying person during entry for medical reasons
    • xv. People who enter the country for the purpose of performing a mandatory judicial or official obligation, such as summoning to court hearings
    • xvi. Entry for unforeseeable, urgent reasons that are particularly worthy of consideration in the family circle, such as in particular serious illnesses, deaths, funerals, births and the care of people in need of support in emergencies
    • xvii. Entry in connection with other important events that can be planned in the family circle, such as weddings, christenings, birthday parties or visits to the partner
  • Persons mentioned in points i – xvii have to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR / LAMP / TMA test certificate and perform a registration. And must undergo a ten-day quarantine upon arrival. The quarantine is considered ended if the passenger undergoes a COVID-19 PCR / LAMP / TMA test on day 5 of quarantine at the earliest and the test negative.
  • The quarantine requirement does not apply to persons travelling for professional reasons to visit an international institution within the meaning of the Official Seat Act or in the interest of the Republic of Austria, in particular in cultural or sporting terms, whereby this also applies to supervisors and trainers, and to persons in accordance with point iv and xiii - xvi.
  • Transport companies must ensure, within the scope of their operational and technical capability, that the persons they transport from these states or areas into the federal territory of the Republic of Austria are informed about the requirements for entry and about the legal consequences of violations.
  • Transport companies are not allowed to transport persons who are prohibited from entering the Federal Republic of Austria from these states or territories.

3. Entry from other states or regions (including UAE)

  • Persons entering from other states or regions or who have stayed in other states or regions in the last 10 days have to provide a test result, vaccination certificate, recovery certificate or a medical certificate of vaccination or recovery and perform a registration. Passengers must also undergo a 10-day quarantine immediately upon arrival. The quarantine is considered ended if the passenger undergoes a COVID-19 PCR / LAMP / TMA test on day 5 of quarantine at the earliest and the test negative. Additionally, the Pre Travel Clearance (PTC) registration needs to be completed prior to arrival in Austria. Please refer to section "required forms."

Exemption for quarantine and registration requirements for passengers arriving from other states or regions (including UAE)

  • Entry as part of the regular commuter traffic to participate in school and study operations or for family purposes or to visit a partner
  • People who have a vaccination certificate or proof of recovery, and minors up to the age of 18 who are accompanied by these persons
  • Persons in accordance with points 2iv and 2xii - 2xvi.

Exemptions irrespective of the origin country

The following categories of passengers are exempted from COVID-19 PCR / LAMP / TMA / antigen testing, quarantine and registration regardless of the country or area they are travelling from:

  • Persons travelling to maintain goods and passenger traffic (crews), if their destination country is not Austria and they present proof of onward travel
  • Persons travelling for compelling reasons of animal care or for agricultural and forestry measures in individual cases
  • Persons travelling in the context of the implementation of a professional transfer trip / a professional transfer flight
  • Persons travelling in the imperative interest of the Republic of Austria
  • Transit passengers or persons transiting through Austria without a stopover, including those whose onward travel have been unexpectedly interrupted, provided they present a definite departure date from Austria
  • Crew of a repatriation trip / flight, including accompanying staff of the public security service

Children

  • For minors up to the age of twelve, the same requirements for the adults they are travelling with apply except for mandatory COVID-19 testing. If the quarantine period for their accompanying adult is deemed to have ended, their quarantine period will end as well.

Required forms

Passengers who need to conduct a test within 24 hours of arrival or who need to enter quarantine must register for pre-travel clearance (PTC) in advance online. Upon arrival, they will have to show their PTC in printed form or on a mobile device. Passengers that are fully vaccinated do not need to register in advance.

Other information

  • Persons required to start a quarantine have to provide a confirmation of availability of suitable accommodation already upon arrival and costs must be borne – otherwise entry will be refused. 
  • People who are obliged to quarantine must confirm this with their own signature in accordance with the Quarantine Confirmation4 form upon entry.

Exemptions do not release passenger/crew from foreign immigration entry regulations (visa, …)

For the latest information on the travel requirements please visit this website.

Travellers must wear an FFP-2 mask or similar without an exhalation valve on board coaches, trains, excursion ships and planes. The face mask requirement does not apply to children six years old and below and travellers who can’t wear a mask for health reasons.

Travelling to, from and through Dubai

If you re travelling to, from or transiting through Dubai, please check our Travel requirements for Dubai.