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Coronavirus/COVID-19

Borders and entry & return requirements

The latest developments are available here

Current information on the return journey from Vorarlberg
Travel warning in Germany and Romania


NEWS:

from 26.10.2020 – Travel warnung from Slovenia
The following entry regulations apply to travellers from Austria: Vienna, Burgenland, Lower Austria, Salzburg, Styria, Upper Austria, Tyrol and Vorarlberg are on the red list.
Detailed information: https://www.bmeia.gv.at/reise-aufenthalt/reiseinformation/land/slowenien/

from 16.10.2020 – Travel warning from Belgium
for Vorarlberg (“red zones” also Vienna, Tyrol Burgenland, Lower Austria, Upper Austria and Salzburg). If you have been in a “red zone” for the last 14 days, a Belgian PCR test (foreign tests are not recognized) and a 7-day quarantine (even if the test result is negative) are mandatory. Except if you have been in a “red zone” for less than 48 hours or will be in Belgium for less than 48 hours.
Further information: https://www.bmeia.gv.at/reise-aufenthalt/reiseinformation/land/belgien/

13.10.2020: Travel warning from the Netherlands for Vorarlberg (and Tyrol, Lower Austria):
From now on, a mandatory quarantine of 10 days applies when returning to the NL. When returning to the Netherlands, travelers are required to stay in quarantine for 10 days. This is an urgent recommendation of the Dutch government.
Further exceptions and information: https://www.bmeia.gv.at/reise-aufenthalt/reiseinformation/land/niederlande/

2.10.2020No more travel warning in Germany for Kleinwalsertal in Vorarlberg
On Friday afternoon Germany revoked the classification of the Kleinwalsertal (Vorarlberg) as a risk area! This means free travel without quarantine measures between Kleinwalsertal and Germany.
– Further Informations

24.9.2020: Germany has declared Vorarlberg (and some other Austrian states) a risk area. In Germany an exception for the Kleinwalsertal is valid since 2.10.


What do guests from Germany and Belgium who are currently in Vorarlberg have to do?


Germany

Travellers from Vorarlberg (with the exception of Kleinwalsertal) must present a negative corona test not older than 48 hours when entering Germany, or must be tested within 72 hours after arrival at home. In any case, they must remain in quarantine until the result is available. Only a negative test prevents a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Some German federal states have issued stricter regulations, so please observe the regulations of the respective states in any case.
You can find an overview here (only in german language):
https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-de/themen/coronavirus/corona-bundeslaender-1745198

Romania
Here a travel warning for whole Austria is valid starting from 7 October. When entering Romania, there is a 14-day quarantine from Wednesday, and a PCR test can be performed from the eighth day. If this test is negative, the quarantine is lifted on the tenth day. Exceptions are made for travelers who stay in Romania for less than three days. For them, a PCR test up to 48 hours old is sufficient upon entry.
Further information (in german language)


Where can guests be tested?

In Vorarlberg the test center in Röthis is available for this purpose. The costs are 45 euros. The registration is possible here: www.vorarlberg.at/coronatest
The Vorarlberg state government is already trying to increase test capacities at short notice. Otherwise, all German states offer opportunities for free testing after returning home.

What happens when passing through Germany?
Transit through Germany to other countries is possible without restrictions.

Further information can be found here:

 

Current valid regulations for Vorarlberg/Austria
  • Please keep a distance of one metre to all people who do not live in your household!
  • The requirement to wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth (excl. children 6 and younger) applies to public transport, health care facilities, pharmacies, services where the minimum distance cannot be maintained, all stores, tourist offices, post offices and banks, cable cars, museums and exhibitions, travel coaches and indoor areas of excursion ships, leisure facilities and public authorities.
  • In some regions, a mask that covers the nose and mouth may be required more extensively.

Entry requirements for Austria, as of 2. 10. 2020

For Austrians, EU/EEA citizens and Swiss as well as persons with residency or habitual abode in Austria:

Unrestricted entry:

Persons who enter Austria from one of the following countries and have their residence or habitual abode in Austria or one of these countries can enter the country without hindrance and must provide credible evidence that they have not been in any other country other than Austria or the following countries during the last 10 days.
This includes the following countries: Andorra, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, San Marino, Spain (only Canarys Islands) Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Vatican City, United Kingdom and Cyprus.

Entry with negative PCR test:

When entering Austria from an at-risk country where the COVID-19 situation is unstable, entry is only possible with a health certificate/negative PCR test that is not older than 72 hours or that is carried out in Austria within 48 hours*.
This currently applies to the following states: Albania, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Egypt, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kosovo, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Nigeria, Northern Macedonia, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Sweden, Senegal, Serbia, Spain (mainland and Balearic Islands), South Africa, Turkey, Ukraine, United States (USA) and Hubei Province in China.
* Until a negative test result is obtained, a self-monitored (home) quarantine must be carried out. For this purpose, an accommodation confirmation must be presented. The costs for the test and any necessary accommodation must be paid for by the patient. If the test result is negative, the quarantine can be terminated. (Source: Austrian Ministry of Health)
When entering the country directly from all other countries, entry is possible either with a health certificate (with a negative PCR test not more than 72 hours ago) or by entering a 10-day (home) quarantine.

Entry requirements for third country nationals:

Third-country nationals are generally prohibited from entering the country unless they come from the Schengen area and can present a negative PCR test that is no older than 72 hours. After entry, these persons must also undergo a 10-day self-monitored (home) quarantine. For this purpose, an accommodation confirmation must be presented, the costs of which must be borne by them.

Further information on entry requirements and exceptions can be found here (in German only)

Further travel information:

Train connections:
International long-distance train connections between Austria and its neighbouring countries are currently ongoing. Daily, updated information can be found at the ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways) website. Current information from the ÖBB
ÖBB customer-service info hotline: 05-1717 (24 hours)
Please note: A mask that covers the nose and mouth is mandatory in trains and all public transport and compliance is checked regularly.

Flight connections:
The airports of ViennaSalzburg and Innsbruck are in operation (partially with limited services). Austrian Airlines and People’s Airline (flight connection from Altenrhein/CH to Vienna) are in operation. Please contact your airline close to your departure date to find out whether a planned flight is actually taking place.

Landing bans for aircraft in Austria have been lifted as of 1 Aug. 2020. Note: This does not change the current entry regulations for 32 countries.

Trip cancellation
If you have any questions about cancellation conditions, please contact your accommodation provider or your contractual partner directly.
More info available at:

  • Fachverband der Reisebüros der Wirtschaftskammer Österreich (WKO) (Professional Association of Travel Agencies of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber)
  • Fachverbandes der Hotellerie der WKO (Professional Association of the Hotel Industry of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber).
Border control measures at Austria’s borders

Please note: Although all information has been researched with the greatest possible care, due to the rapidly changing conditions we cannot guarantee its accuracy.