Austria Eases Restrictions for the UK, South Africa and others

Beautiful church in a mountain village, Austria

Pastries by the Danube, and refreshing hikes through the Alps, Austria should be on everyone’s bucket list. And, the country has recently lifted quarantine requirements for vaccinated travellers arriving from more countries.

The government has announced that fully vaccinated arrivals from the following countries no longer need to undergo quarantine:

  • Botswana
  • India
  • Nepal
  • Russia
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom
  • Zambia

The news comes after it was announced that these countries would no longer be listed as ‘virus variant’ locations.

Prior to the easing of restrictions, only non-essential travel to Austria from these countries was allowed. This meant that only travel for business or medical reasons was permitted, and required a 10-day quarantine on arrival.

In order to skip quarantine, travellers must have received a full dose of one of the following vaccines:

  • BioNTech/Pfizer
  • AstraZeneca
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Moderna
  • Sinovac
  • Sinopharm
  • Covishield

The Austrian government accepts mixed vaccines. So, a traveller is still considered fully vaccinated even if they have received a combination of two of the above vaccines.

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Belvedere Palace, in Vienna, is open to visitors

Other Entry Requirements

If a traveller is arriving from one of Austria’s ‘safe’ countries where there is a lower incidence of Covid-19, then they will not have to undergo quarantine. If they are not vaccinated then they must present a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours – an antigen test will not be accepted.

Alternatively, if the traveller have recovered from Covid-19 in the last 90 days, then a proof of recovery certificate can be submitted.

Travellers from countries not on the ‘safe’ or ‘virus variant’ list and who are not vaccinated, need to register online to get pre-travel clearance. These travellers must present a negative PCR test, or recovery document and undergo 10-days self isolation.

Once in Austria

There is no curfew in Austria and hotels, restaurants, and attractions are open. A negative Covid-19 result, vaccination, or recovery certificate is needed when checking-in or visiting places such as museums. Masks must be worn on public transport and in public spaces.

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