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Which regulations apply to Austrians when they want to travel to other European countries? An overview.

Four categories can be roughly distinguished:

  1. Entry is possible without any conditions.
  2. You have to show a negative corona test or you have to be in quarantine for a certain period of time.
  3. Entry is only possible if you belong to a certain group of people. Recently, many European countries have started to differentiate between regions in their risk assessments, which is why different rules now apply to the Austrian federal states.

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In addition, free entry does not automatically mean that travel is as easy as that. Because Austria has issued travel warnings (level 6 of the Foreign Ministry) and requirements for returning to Austria for several countries and regions. In this case a health certificate (with a negative PCR test that is not older than 72 hours) must be carried. Alternatively, you can go into a ten-day (home) quarantine, but you have to arrange a PCR test within 48 hours – at your own expense. A negative test result ends the quarantine.

Albania: Free entry for Austrians to Albania. However, as for most Balkan countries, a travel warning from the Austrian Foreign Ministry applies.

Andorra: Free entry for Austrians. However, Austria has issued a travel warning for its part.

Belgium: Before entering Belgium, online registration is mandatory. When entering from risk areas, the risk behavior is evaluated with the help of a questionnaire. This will decide whether they should be quarantined for ten days after they arrive in Belgium. The federal states of Vienna, Tyrol, Burgenland, Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Salzburg and Vorarlberg currently belong to the “Red Zone”. This does not apply to people who have been in a “red zone” for less than 48 hours in the last 14 days or who will be in Belgium for less than 48 hours. Entry from Belgium to Austria is now possible without any conditions.

Bosnia-Herzegovina: Austrians must present a negative corona test that is not older than 48 hours upon entry. A travel warning applies, so a test is also mandatory when returning to Austria.

Bulgaria: There are no restrictions on the entry of Austrians and other EU citizens. Conversely, a partial travel warning is in effect for the regions Blagoevgrad, Burgas, Dobrich, Gabrovo, Jambol, Kardzhali, Montana, Plovdiv, Razgrad, Shumen, Sliven, Smoljan, Sofia, Stara Zagora, Targovishte and Varnain.essays123

Denmark: Austria is on the Danish travel warning list. Entry from Austria to Denmark is only possible for a reason worth considering. This includes an existing employment relationship, a course of study or business trips. Entry for vacation purposes is not possible. Conversely, there are no restrictions so far.

Germany: Entrants from all Austrian federal states – with the exception of Carinthia and the two exclaves Kleinwalsertal (Vorarlberg) and Jungholz (Tyrol) – must show a negative Covid-19 test from Saturday, which must not be older than 48 hours. Otherwise, a 14-day quarantine requirement applies. The quarantine obligation is handled differently between the German federal states, for example Schleswig-Holstein requires a second negative corona test at the earliest five days after entry in order to end the quarantine early. There are exceptions for transit (e.g. in the German corner) and certain groups of people such as commuters. However, the regulations are set at the level of the individual German federal states.

Estonia: Austrians have to go into quarantine after entry. Alternatively, a Covid-19 test can be taken at Estonian border crossings (airports and seaports). Returning to Austria is possible without any conditions.

Finland: Austrians can only enter Finland in exceptional cases. Austrians are not allowed to enter the country for tourism. Only: students in Finland, relatives of Finnish citizens with the right to stay in Finland, business travelers, diplomats, people passing through. There is a general obligation to self-quarantine for 14 days for those entering the country. Returning to Austria is possible without any conditions.

France: Free entry for Austrians. For its part, Austria has issued a travel warning for the regions of Ile-de-France with the greater Paris area and Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur with the port city of Marseilles. When returning from these regions, a test or quarantine requirement applies.

Greece: Austrians have to register before entering the country. Without registration, there is a fine of 500 euros or you can be turned away at the border. Upon entry, you can be selected at random for a corona test. In this case, you have to go into self-isolation until the test result is available (around 24 hours). The return is possible without conditions.

Great Britain: Travelers from Austria have to go into a 14-day home quarantine. The contact details must be provided online before entry. Violations of these regulations may result in fines of up to £ 10,000. A negative Covid-19 test is not an alternative to home quarantine. Returning to Austria is possible without any conditions.

Ireland: After entering the country, you have to go into a 14-day quarantine. A form must also be filled out: Failure to fill in, incorrect information or failure to update when changing the place of residence are punishable by law (up to 2,500 euros or up to six months’ imprisonment). Returning to Austria is possible without any conditions.

Iceland: You have to register before entering the country. A 14-day quarantine is then due upon entry or a chargeable corona test can be carried out on entry and a second, mandatory free test four to six days after entry. A quarantine must be maintained between the two tests.

Italy: Free entry and return. Registrations are only necessary for the regions of Apulia, Calabria, Sardinia, Sicily.

Kosovo: Austrians must present a negative PCR test upon entry, which must not be older than 72 hours. Otherwise a quarantine of seven days must be started. A travel warning is issued by Austria, so a test or quarantine obligation also applies on return.

Croatia: Free entry. However, a partial travel warning from Austria applies to the entire national territory with the exception of the regions Brod-Posavina, Istria, Koprivnica-Krizevci, Osijek-Baranja, Sibenik-Knin, Varazdin and Zadar.

Latvia: Austrians have to enter a 14-day self-quarantine again. Free return to Austria.

Liechtenstein: As in Switzerland, travelers from Vienna, Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Salzburg and Burgenland are obliged to quarantine. This regulation applies to all persons who have been in these federal states for more than 24 hours in the past ten days. It is still allowed to travel through the Principality of Liechtenstein. There are further exceptions for business trips, commuters, medical trips, freight traffic, etc. Entry is free for travelers from other parts of Austria. The return journey to Austria is free.

Lithuania: Austrians have to go into a 14-day quarantine, this can be shortened to ten days if a negative COVID-19 test is presented from eight days of quarantine. All entrants must register online before entering the country. Free return to Austria.

Luxembourg: Free entry and return. At Luxembourg Airport, travelers will receive a voucher valid for several days for a PCR test that can be carried out directly at the airport or in a medical laboratory.

Malta: Austrians must submit a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours from Friday at midnight. Otherwise, those arriving must have a PCR test carried out directly at the airport in Malta and wait for the test result in the airport building or go into a 14-day quarantine. No conditions on the return journey.

Moldova: Austria is classified RED. Entry is not allowed. Exceptions apply to business trips and various groups of people. Austria, for its part, has issued a travel warning.

Monaco: Entry and return are free.

Montenegro: In principle, Austrians are allowed to enter the country freely, but traffic into the country is severely restricted and a travel warning from the Foreign Ministry applies.

Netherlands: Entrants from Vienna, Tyrol, Vorarlberg, Lower Austria, Upper Austria and Salzburg – with the exception of East Tyrol and the exclaves Hinterriß, Jungholz and Kleinwalsertal – have to go into home quarantine for ten days after arrival. Even a negative PCR test before or after arrival in the Netherlands does not cancel this determination. Also not affected by the quarantine obligation are people who only travel via the airports in Vienna, Salzburg, Linz and Innsbruck, but have not stayed in Vienna or the aforementioned federal states. Transit travelers are also exempt from the quarantine obligation, but a stop to refuel is considered a stay in the risk area. Returning to Austria is now possible without any conditions.

North Macedonia: Free entry, but a travel warning with effects on the return journey to Austria is in force.

Norway: Austrians have to go into a ten-day quarantine after entry. Free return to Austria.

Poland: Free entry and return.

Portugal: Only on the islands of Madeira and the Azores is a negative corona test that is not older than three days to be presented upon entry or a test must be carried out on arrival on site. There are no entry restrictions for Austrians on the mainland. The travel warning from Austria only applies to the regions of Lisbon and Norte. When returning from these regions, a test or quarantine requirement applies.

Romania: No restrictions for travelers from Austria. Conversely, an Austrian travel warning has been in effect for Romania since the summer.

Russia: Only foreign nationals who maintain machines and technical equipment in Russia; Spouses of Russian citizens, diplomats and key workers are allowed to enter and must present a corona test in English or Russian, which is not older than 72 hours, when crossing the border. Conversely, Austria has issued a travel warning against Russia.

San Marino: Free entry and return travel parallel to Italy.

Sweden: Free entry. There are no longer any requirements when returning to Austria.

Switzerland: There is a quarantine obligation for travelers from Vienna, Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Salzburg and Burgenland. This regulation applies to all persons who have been in these federal states for more than 24 hours in the past ten days. Passage through Switzerland is still allowed. There are further exceptions for business trips, medical trips, freight transport, etc. Entry is free for travelers from other parts of Austria. The return journey to Austria is free.

Serbia: Entrants are strictly checked at all border crossings for signs of Covid-19 infection. You will receive a written health warning in English and Serbian about the measures taken to prevent the pandemic from spreading in the country. However, if you travel via Bulgaria, Croatia, North Macedonia or Romania, a negative Covid-19 test no longer than two days old must be brought in. At the same time, a travel warning from Austria applies.

Slovakia: Free entry and return. However, the person must have been in Austria or another country classified as safe by Slovakia in the 14 days before. People who were not must report to the responsible health department, they and the members of their household must go into home isolation until the result of a Covid-19 test is available, which can be carried out after five days at the earliest.

Slovenia: The government in Ljubljana has issued a travel warning against the state of Vienna. After entry, either a ten-day quarantine must be started or a negative Covid-19 test must be presented. The test must not be older than 48 hours. However, various exceptions apply, such as for commuters, schoolchildren and property owners. Transit through Slovenia is unconditional within twelve hours. Special cases are also urgent personal or business trips, whereby the return must be made within 48 hours. Seasonal workers are allowed to stay in Slovenia for 24 hours without any restrictions. You can return to Austria without restrictions.

Spain: You have to register before entering via an airport or seaport. This is not the case by land. However, Austria has issued a travel warning for mainland Spain and the Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera). Only returnees from the Canary Islands are exempt from the test or quarantine requirement.

Czech Republic: After the country has been in a new lockdown since Thursday, entries are only allowed in certain cases: for example for business trips, professional purposes, commuters, visiting close relatives and medical reasons. Travel for tourist purposes is not permitted. Austria has issued a travel warning for the Prague region.

Turkey: Entrants undergo a health check-up. If Covid-19 is suspected, free PCR testing is carried out. If the test result is positive, the person concerned is taken to a specially designated hospital and treated there. An immediate return journey is not permitted. Austria, for its part, has issued a travel warning.

Ukraine: Austrians are allowed to go to Ukraine if they have an insurance policy from an insurance company registered in Ukraine or a foreign insurance company with a branch in Ukraine or with a contractual relationship with a partner insurance company in Ukraine, through which expenses in connection with the treatment of COVID- 19 and the observation and which is valid for the entire duration of your stay in Ukraine.