Planning to travel to Austria? Things you need to know
Austria is in top 10 most visited countries in Europe and it is open for travel right now. Read more to find out who can enter Austria, what are the conditions for entry and what is the pandemic situation in the country.
Who can visit Austria?
At the moment Austria only allows visitors from the Schengen area, and there are different conditions for entry depending on the country of origin. Austria decided not to follow the European Commission recommendation to open for the selected third-party nations. Only residents from the following countries of origin are allowed to enter Austria.
In addition, essential-only travel is allowed but not recommended, from the following countries: Bulgaria, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
What are the conditions to travel to Austria?
Travelers arriving from the allowed countries don't need to quarantine or present a negative COVID-19 test result upon entry to Austria. It is important to know that only residents of the country of origin or Austria can enter Austria. Moreover, passengers must have not traveled to Austria or other countries in the past 14 days.
There are special rules for visitors arriving from Bulgaria, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. They must present a negative PCR test taken in the past 48 hours or self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Austria. Moreover, passengers from Gütersloh district in Germany must follow the same rules.
What is open in Austria?
The country is following a gradual reopening of attractions and hotels. Museums and restaurants have opened on May 15th, and places of accommodation on May 29th. The use of masks is only mandatory on public transportation and taxis, as well as whenever social distancing measures cannot be applied.
There are also some specific regulations in place for travel to specific regions in Austria. The use of masks is mandatory between 9 PM and 2 AM in the region of Carinthia. In the Upper Austria region you must also wear a mask if social distancing is not possible. Furthermore, you must also wear a mask in this region at restaurants, hotels, shops, on public transport and in municipal buildings.
What is the pandemic situation in Austria?
To date, Austria has cumulated 18.948 COVID-19 cases and 708 deaths. In the past two months, the country managed to contain the virus, having an average number of 50 new cases per day. The number of active cases at the moment is 1,240. You can find daily detailed information here.