UPDATED: Everyone crossing Austria's border now required to register

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UPDATED: Everyone crossing Austria's border now required to register
A control at the border between Germany and Austria. Photo: Christof STACHE / AFP

Crossing the border into Austria is set to become a little more difficult from Friday, January 15th - including for Austrian citizens and residents. Everyone will need to register online before crossing the border.


The new step, which will come into effect on Friday, January 15th, will require everyone who wants to cross into Austria to register before doing so. 

The goal of the scheme is to facilitate contact tracing in the case of coronavirus infections. 

The rule applies to all entrants - including Austrian citizens and residents - although there are a few exceptions, for instance for urgent travel or for commuters. 

The rule does not change the existing quarantine requirement, which still applies for a ten-day period - although a test can be taken after five days. 

Even people who are entering Austria and who are not required to quarantine will need to register, for instance people coming from one of the few countries which are exempt from the quarantine requirement. 


Anyone entering will be required to carry evidence of the completed registration, whether it be a printed copy or in electronic form. 

The form is available in both German and English

More information about the form is available here

The Austrian government sent a notice about the changing rules to around 200,000 Austrians abroad, along with “2,500 registered tourists” according to Austria’s Kurier newspaper.

What information will I need to provide? 

Everyone entering Austria must fill out the form, providing their date of birth, email address, residential address (i.e. where they will be staying in Austria), date of entry, likely date of departure (if applicable) and which countries you have been in for the past ten days. 

If the address at which you will be quarantining differs from your usual residential address, you will need to provide this information. 

The data is kept by the Austrian government for 28 days and then deleted. 

What are the exceptions?

While the rule does apply to Austrians and to Austrian residents, there are a few limited exceptions. 

Commuters - who are already exempt from the quarantine - will also not be required to register. 

People passing through Austria will also not be required to quarantine. 

People who are entering for an urgent family matter which cannot be postponed - for example a funeral - will also not be required to register. 

More information about Austria’s coronavirus quarantine is available at the following links. 




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