Holiday and tourist travel is possible. The Austrian Entry Regulation is valid until 31 October 2021: The current country classification distinguishes between
- Annex 1 countries = countries and areas with low epidemiological risk
- Annex 2 countries = virus variant areas and states
Other states and areas not listed in Annex 1 or Annex 2
As of 1 July, the digital Covid certificate of the EU (“green passport”) is valid as proof in Austria, but alternative proofs (test certificate or vaccination certificate in German or English etc.) are still valid, e.g. also for guests from Switzerland.
Information on the EU COVID certificate here.
Status of the information: 15.09.2021
*3-G-proof: Details on entry requirements – you need ONE of these proofs:
Vaccinated: Certificate in German or English (e.g. yellow vaccination passport, vaccination card, green passport) about a vaccination with a vaccine approved in Europe*. Vaccination only after complete immunization as proof of a low epidemiological risk. The certificate is issued from the day of the 2nd vaccination. Validity: 360 days from the date of the 2nd vaccination.
Vaccines where only one vaccination (Johnson & Johnson) is scheduled are valid from the 21nd day after vaccination for a total of 270 days from the date of vaccination.
*Currently valid vaccines (as of 01.08.21): BioNtech/Pfizer, Vaxzevria/AstraZeneca, Moderna, Sinopharm/BIBP, Sinovac-CoronaVac, Johnson & Johnson (1 dose). So-called cross-vaccinations are also permitted.
- Revocered – Past Infection
Official confirmation (e.g. segregation notice) in German or English or a medical certificate of an expired proven infection, valid for 6 months. Also valid is a proof of antibodies, maximum 3 months old at the time of entry.
- Tested negative:
– Molecular biological test (e.g. PCR test), valid for 72 hours from sample collection.
– Antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 of an authorised body, valid for 48 hours from sample collection (Attention: As entry test only valid for 24 hours!)
– Antigen test for self-testing, which is recorded in an official data processing system, valid for 24 hours.
If no test is available, a test must be carried out within 24 hours at your own expense!
ATTENTION: According to the national pandemic phase plan, the validity of antigen tests may be reduced or cancelled depending on the utilisation of intensive care beds in hospitals.
- Children from the age of 12 years onwards must be tested, below this the immunity status of parents or guardians counts.
Our recommendation for the journey
Make an appointment for a Corona test shortly before travel, if you are not vaccinated or recovered anyway. This will get you across the border safe and sound, and you will also have a current, negative test result that you will need when you check in at your lodging. PCR tests must be no more than 72 hours old at check-in, and rapid antigen tests no more than 24 hours old (for crossing the border 48 h).
1. Entry from countries with a low epidemiological risk (Annex 1*):
- Current proof of 3-G* is required. It must be shown credibly that you have stayed exclusively in a state or area listed in Annex 1 within the last ten days.
- If a corresponding proof cannot be presented and there is thus an obligation to make up for a test within 24 hours in Austria, there is still an obligation to fill in the Pre-Travel Clearance Form (if possible electronically) before entry.
- *Countries of Annex 1
2. Entry from virus variant areas and states (Appendix 2*):
Entry from a state or territory listed in Annex 2 and entry of persons who have stayed in such a state or territory within the last ten days is generally prohibited.
- This does not apply to Austrian citizens, EU/EEA/CH citizens and persons living with them in the same household, for business trips, studies and further exceptions see here.
These persons require a negative test result or medical certificate, registration by means of Pre-Travel Clearance and a ten-day quarantine must be started immediately, which can be terminated from day 5 after entry (day of entry = 0) with a negative test result. The quarantine obligation also applies to ordinary business trips!
- *Countries of Annex 2
3. Entry from other states:
All states and territories not listed in Annex 1 or Annex 2 or after staying there for the last 10 days (e.g. Turkey, Egypt, Serbia, Kosovo, United States of America…). On entry you will need:
- 3-G proof*
- Electronic registration by means of Pre-Travel Clearance
- In addition, a ten-day quarantine must be started after entry, which can be ended at the earliest on the fifth day after entry after a negative PCR test (entry = day 0)
- Exemptions from registration and quarantine requirements: business travellers, commuters, persons who are fully immunised, from 14 days after the last necessary vaccination dose, etc. Also exempted are minors from the age of 12 if they enter in the company of a fully vaccinated adult.
FAQ an detailled Information:
- Further informations and FAQs for Entry to Vorarlberg/Austria (Ministry of Health)
- Current COVID-19 federal entry regulation (in german only)
- Entry Regulations (Austrian National Tourist Office)
- *Medical Certificate PDF (Annex B – english)
- *Online-Registration (Pre-Travel-Clearance), english
- *Registration Form (PDF) if registration is not possible online (Annex E – English)
RETURN JOURNEY TO YOUR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
Please remember that not only the Austrian regulations are decisive for your trip, but also the regulations in your country of origin when you return home. Please inform yourself at the responsible authorities about the regulations for leaving or returning home. For our neighboring countries you can find an overview here:
Digital Travel Plan of the European Union
On this page you will be directed to the current website of your home country and your destination country and informed about what you have to do when you return home. A European Union service page that can help you plan your trip to Vorarlberg and your journey home.
Due to the current situation, there are still restrictions in the train timetable of national and international long-distance traffic. Please contact ÖBB directly for further information.
- Current information on restrictions by ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways)
Information hotline ÖBB Customer Service at T: 05-1717 (0 – 24 h)
Concerns only direct entry by air: For entry from Spain and Cyprus, proof of complete immunisation or a negative PCR test will be required (last update 18.08.2021).
The airports close to Vorarlberg (in Germany and Switzerland) are in operation, please check the flight schedule directly with your airline or travel agent as well as entry and return regulations.
Flight connection Altenrhein (CH) – Vienna: currently from Monday to Thursday daily one flight there and back.