COVID-19 Precautionary Measures in Austria (18 October Update)

Can a resident enter the country?

  • Yes

  • Citizens can enter.

  • Persons with a residence in Austria and persons living in the same household (i.e. holders of a “Meldezettel”) can enter.

Can a foreigner enter the country?

  • Yes with exceptions

  • Foreign citizens from EU and Schengen member countries are allowed to enter Austria.

Is transit allowed through the country?

  • Yes

  • Travellers may transit through Austria. A PCR test certificate is not required if the traveller is not stopping over in Austria and has an onward reservation.

Is a test certificate allowed?

  • Yes

  • Test certificates obtained outside of Austria are accepted.

Test certificate required?

  • Yes with exceptions

  • All inbound travellers arriving from high-risk countries are required to present a negative PCR test, no older than 72 hours prior to their arrival, or take one within 48 hours after the arrival.

  • All inbound travellers arriving from third countries must present PCR test results taken within 72 hours prior to their arrival.

Is quarantine required on arrival?

  • Yes with exceptions

  • All inbound travelers arriving from high-risk countries and other Third-party nationals must undergo a 10-day (home) quarantine. The quarantine measure for high risk countries can be ended if a PCR test carried out during this time is negative. However, there is no relaxation in the quarantine measures for the third countries, i.e. ending the quarantine prematurely by performing another PCR test for the third party nationals.

Recommended Border App

  • Yes

  • The contact tracing app, “Stopp Corona” is recommended.

Airline restrictions

  • Minimal

  • International and domestic flights are operating with reduced capacity.

Border restrictions

  • Moderate

*Austrian authorities have divided the entry requirements into three categories, viz: Safe Countries, High-Risk Areas, and Third-Country Nationals.

  • Safe Countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic (except Prague), Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France (except Île-de-France (Paris), Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur), Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal (except Lisbon and Norte), San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, the Canary Islands, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vatican City.

  • High Risk Areas: Andorra, Albania, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Prague in the Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Île-de-France (Paris) and Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur in France, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Kosovo, Kuwait, Maldives, Mexico, Moldavia, Montenegro, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Peoples Republic of China – Province Hubei, Peru, Philippines, Lisbon and Norte in Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, mainland Spain and the Balearic Islands, Turkey, Ukraine and USA. Arrivals from these countries are subject to medical certification.

  • List of Third-Country Nationals can be found here.

  • All rail connections between Austria and the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Slovakia, Spain, and Switzerland have resumed.

Curfew restrictions

  • Minimal

  • There are no curfew measures enforced across the country. However, Vienna, Tyrol (except Jungholz), and Vorarlberg (except Mittelberg) have been declared as high-risk zones due to the recent spike in COVID-19 positive cases.

  • Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 positive cases the authorities of Kuchi town, Salzburg state have enforced a curfew measures until at least 1 November.

Social distancing restrictions

  • Moderate

  • Physical distancing norms should be strictly followed.

  • Indoor gatherings (e.g. in restaurants) will be limited to 6 people and outdoor gatherings are limited to 12 people.

Internal travel restrictions

  • Minimal.

  • Local, regional, and long-distance transport are operational throughout Austria.

Non-essential shops open?

  • Yes with exceptions

  • Shopping centres, large shops, have resumed operations with a reduced number of customers.

Accommodations open?

  • Yes with exceptions

  • Hotels can open, but reservations are necessary. Face masks are required at entrances and check-in.

Restaurants open?

  • Yes with exceptions

  • Restaurants are allowed to open until 01:00. Prior reservations are required for indoor dining.

Bars and cafes open?

  • Yes with exceptions

  • All bars and cafes are allowed to open until 01:00. Prior reservations are required for indoor dining.

Beaches and tourism sites open?

  • Yes with exceptions

  • Tourist sites are open, but social distancing of one meter must be maintained.

Museums and heritage sites open?

  • Yes with exceptions

  • Museums are open, but social distancing of one meter must be maintained.

Personal care services open? (e.g. nail salon, barber)

  • Yes with exceptions

  • Hairdressers and other service providers have resumed operations with a reduced number of customers.

Places of worship open?

  • Yes

  • Religious services may take place.

Events allowed?

  • Yes with exceptions

  • Large events are allowed only with assigned seats and should not exceed more than 1500 people indoors and 1500 people outdoors.

Masks required in public?

  • Yes

  • Face coverings are compulsory in all public places. Children under 7 years of age are not required to wear masks.


  • Public pools are allowed to open with fewer visitors and spacing of at least 10 square meters.

  • Classes in schools are resuming gradually.

Advice For Travellers

The COVID-19 epidemic is changing constantly worldwide. This information is subject to change as the situation evolves. Travel and border restrictions may change with little or no notice. Some countries are beginning to remove some restrictions gradually. Check with your airline, booking agent, or country's embassy for information on your specific travel plans.