Requirement 1: Pre-Travel Clearance
All travellers entering Austria MUST register digitally in advance to obtain a so-called "pre-travel clearance" (PTC). At the border, they will need to show their PTC (either digitally or as a hard copy). All data collected will be deleted 28 days after the traveller has entered Austria.
Regular cross-border commuters have to obtain pre-travel clearance every 28 days.
Certain exemptions apply.
Requirement 2: Proof of Vaccination, Past Infection, or Negative Test
In addition to pre-travel clearance (see above), anybody entering Austria has to show any one of these three documents:
- Negative COVID Test
You need to show a PCR test no older than 72 hours OR an antigen test no older than 48 hours. (For travellers from certain countries, only PCR tests are valid, please see below.) Tests need to be issued by a medical authority; self-tests are not valid. Children under 10 do not need to show a test.
- Vaccine Certificate
The following vaccines are recognised: BioNtech/Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Sinopharm. You are considered "vaccinated" starting on the 22nd day after your first dose, lasting for 3 months. After the second dose, the validity extends for another 6 months. Vaccines that only require one dose are valid from the 22nd day after that dose.
- Proof of Past Infection
You can enter Austria for 6 months after a SARS-CoV-2 infection. Proof of antibodies is valid for 3 months from the test date.
What proof is accepted?
Proof of negative 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 or antigen test within 24 hours of arriving in Austria.
Who can enter Austria? Additional requirements depending on country
Passports and Visa
Non-EU nationals, when showing up at the Austrian port of entry, will have to present some travel and identification documents to the Austrian border officer. These documents are as follows:
- A valid passport or travel document. Issued in the last 10 years and it should be valid for at least 3 months after your date of departure.
- A visa – if you are subject to an Austrian visa regime.
Please note that the Austrian border officer holds the final decision whether you should be permitted to enter Austria or not. The border official will check your documents and may ask you a few questions about your trip to Austria like:
- What is your purpose for visiting Austria?
- How long do you intend to stay in Austria?
- Where are you going to stay in Austria? Etc.
And if everything looks okay, you will be allowed to enter Austria, and thus the Schengen Area.
Please, make sure that the Austrian border officer stamps your passport when you enter the Schengen area. Without a stamp, you could be fined or detained from Austria.
If you require visa to enter Austria, you can find more information here: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/austria-visa/
Disclaimer: The information above is intended to assist conference attendees with their travel arrangements. Each individual traveling to the conference is responsible for researching all requirements necessary for entry to Austria specific to his or her case. ESWI has no influence on an individual’s application to an Austrian Embassy or any other agency for a visa to travel to Austria and cannot be held responsible for the outcome of an individual’s visa application.