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UPDATED: When will Americans be able to travel to Austria again?

Travel is starting up again all over Europe and indeed the world. What are the rules for Americans entering Austria?

UPDATED: When will Americans be able to travel to Austria again?
A man in an American flag hat. Photo: Ricardo ARDUENGO / AFP

Most Americans have been prevented from visiting Austria since travel restrictions were put in place in spring 2020 as the pandemic began. 

After originally putting them in place for Christmas only on December 19th, Austria eventually relaxed its travel rules on May 19th.

But what are the current rules – and when can Americans come and visit Austria again?

Here’s what you need to know. 

Can Americans come to Austria?

There are in effect two aspects to travel rules at the moment – the rules on leaving the United States and the rules on arriving in Austria.

Unfortunately, in both cases, Americans are restricted. 

Leaving the US to Austria is limited, with the US putting Austria on a ‘do not travel’ list on April 21st, 2021. 

The US made the decision to add Austria – and around 110 other countries worldwide – on the list due to a “very high level of COVID-19.”

Then there’s arriving in Austria, which is restricted for people other than citizens and residents of Austria and Europe. 

What are the rules for entering Austria?

Whether crossing the border or crossing the Atlantic, the rules for entering Austria put in place since the start of the coronavirus pandemic can be confusing. 

To make matters worse, they are subject to frequent change – often at short notice. 

Perhaps the most confusing aspect of the rules is that the quarantine requirements differ from the rules on entry. 

UPDATE: What you need to know about Austria’s quarantine rules

This means that while some people will be able to enter they will have to quarantine, while others will be prevented from entering entirely. 

In addition, almost everyone entering Austria – whether for tourist travel or even for transit or commuting – will need to fill out a form before doing so. 

More information on the form – along with a copy of it in English and German – is available at the following link. 

Quarantine: Here is the form you need to enter Austria

You will also need to present evidence of a negative test. However, this is a requirement of entry and it will not allow you to skip quarantine

This must either be a negative PCR test (not older than 72 hours) or an antigen test (not older than 48 hours).

Who is allowed to enter Austria?

In effect, entry into Austria is restricted to Austrian citizens, Austrian residents and citizens of European Union and EFTA countries. 

Travel: Who is allowed to enter Austria right now?

Austrian citizens and residents will not be restricted from entry regardless of which countries they have been in for the past ten days, although in some cases they will need to quarantine. 

People transiting through Austria without stopping will also not be restricted from entering. 

Arrivals from a handful of non-European countries will be allowed to enter: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea. 

Also, people from Iceland and the Vatican will not be required to quarantine. 

More information on this requirement is available at the following link. 

UPDATED: Which countries are now on Austria’s quarantine list?

Who is not allowed to enter?

Arrivals from almost every non-European country are restricted.

This means that American citizens are not currently allowed to visit Austria, unless of course they hold Austrian or European citizenship and residency. 

Official information is available here.

In effect, tourist travel is not banned for people with Austrian or European citizenship/residency – however strict rules in place regarding quarantine and the closure of hotels means that few people will actually be able to enter. 

Hotels can remain open however to host business travellers as well as people who are travelling for compassionate reasons, i.e. to take care of a sick relative. 

Arrivals from EU countries face the fewest restrictions – but will still need to quarantine. Photo: ALEXANDER KLEIN / AFP

When will Americans be able to visit Austria again?

As yet, there have been no concrete indications as to when Americans will be allowed to visit Austria again, whether that be through the US being added to the list of non-risk non-European countries, or through a significant change to the travel rules. 

One possibility is that vaccinated Americans may be allowed to enter once Austria and the European Union sets up its ‘green pass’ immunity card scheme. 

Austria, a leader in the project, is hoping to set up the green pass scheme to allow quarantine free travel – both in the EU and from abroad. 

Austrian and European authorities hope to get it off the ground by summer, although few concrete dates have currently been provided. 

More information is available at the following link.

Green pass: Austria’s coronavirus immunity card one step closer to reality

The complete list of countries and risk areas updated by the Austrian government is available here 

Editor’s note: Please keep in mind that this article, as with all of our guides, are to provide assistance only. They are not intended to take the place of official legal advice.

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Reader question: Do I need to wear a mask on flights to/from Austria?

The EU has eased recommendations for face masks on flights and in airports, but member states are free to put their own rules in place.

Reader question: Do I need to wear a mask on flights to/from Austria?

Since Monday, May 16th, it is no longer mandatory to wear a medical-grade face mask on flights and at airports within the EU.

But Austria will continue with the rule for now, meaning that masks are required on flights to Austria.

The implementation of the EU recommendation is based on the national rules in individual countries. 

For flights, where a destination country has a mask rule in place, then masks must be worn. 

An Austrian Airlines spokesperson told the Kronen Zeitung: “The easing of the mask requirement is an EU recommendation that must be reflected in a national regulation in order to also apply in Austria.” 

The aviation safety agency EASA and the EU health authority ECDC states that if masks are mandatory on public transport at the point of departure or at the destination, then the regulation should also continue on board the aircraft.

According to current Austrian Covid-19 regulations, wearing an FFP2 mask is still required in hospitals, elderly and nursing homes, public transport (including stops and stations), taxis, customer areas of vital trade, such as supermarkets, and administrative buildings.

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In addition to Austria, masks are still compulsory in some public areas in Germany, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Italy – all key tourism destinations for travellers from Austria.