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Visiting Vorarlberg Safely

Entry & Return

Currently valid entry and return regulations to/from Vorarlberg/Austria

In principle, the borders to Vorarlberg/Austria are open, the exact entry conditions according to the COVID-19 entry regulation (for the time being valid until 31 May 2021) can be found on this page. Due to the favourable case incidences, relaxation steps are planned in Vorarlberg (not in other federal provinces) – gastronomy and culture/events under conditions from 15 March, accommodation establishments probably from the end of April. The detailed conditions are currently being worked out by the provincial and federal governments. Tourist travel is therefore not yet possible in Austria in view of these measures and the partial lockdown in force.

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

according to the COVID-19 entry regulation, valid until 31 May 2021:
In principle, when entering Austria, you must complete a registration for pre-travel clearance, show a negative test certificate and undergo a mandatory ten-day quarantine. There are a few exceptions (see link below).

There are still no entry restrictions for travellers from countries listed in Annex A (“countries with low infection rates”), provided that they have stayed continuously in these countries or in Austria for the past 10 days. Annex A countries: Australia, Iceland, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Vatican.

Obligation to register

Registration is necessary before entering Austria. The confirmation of registration (“Pre-Travel Clearance “*) must be presented electronically or printed out (Annex F*) in the event of a check. Registered data will be deleted after 28 days after entry.

Quarantine obligation

After entering the country from a risk area (currently all European countries except Iceland, Norway and the Vatican – based on a 14-day incidence of more than 100 per 100,000 inhabitants), you are additionally obliged to go into quarantine for 10 days. Free testing is possible after five days of quarantine with a negative PCR or antigen test at your own expense. It is permitted to leave the quarantine site to carry out the test. The day of entry is considered as day 0. Upon entry, the corresponding registration form (Annex F*) must be signed. It is recommended to carry this form already printed out and filled in:

Negative test/medical certificate

In principle, a medical certificate (Annex D*) or a negative PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 (not older than 72 hours) or antigen test (not older than 48 hours!) issued in German or English must also be available for entry. If the medical certificate or the test result cannot be presented, a molecular biological test for SARS-CoV-2 or antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 must be carried out immediately, in any case within 24 hours after entry. So-called “self-tests” cannot be used as proof. It should be noted that the test within 24 hours does not replace the quarantine-ending test from the fifth day after entry at the earliest; this must be carried out separately.

 

Exit test obligation Tyrol
From 31 March 2021 (until 14 April 2021), the neighbouring province of Tyrol will be subject to compulsory exit testing (with the exception of East Tyrol). All persons residing in Tyrol or who have stayed in Tyrol for more than 24 hours may only leave the country if they have a negative antigen or PCR test that is not older than 48 or 72 hours. This also applies to vaccinated and recovered persons. The border crossings to Vorarlberg are checked on a random basis.

Information: Entry for professional purposes/business trips
Regular commuters (at least monthly for work, family, school or study purposes or to visit their life partner) are exempt from quarantine. For commuters from non-EU or non-EEA countries as well as from the high-risk countries Bulgaria, Estonia, France, Italy, Malta, Poland, Sweden, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Cyprus, the following applies: On entry, they require a PCR or antigen test no older than 72 hours. Otherwise, the PCR or antigen test must not be older than 7 days. Commuters must also register as part of the pre-travel clearance. The registration must be renewed every 28 days at the latest.

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:

 

To note for flight, train, long-distance bus


Train connections:
Due to the current situation, the timetable for national as well as international long-distance traffic has been adjusted in the period from February 8 to April 11, 2021. Please inform yourself directly at ÖBB.

Flight connections:

Since 25.01.2021, due to the mutations of the COVID-19 virus in Austria and numerous European countries, a landing ban is in effect for aircraft coming from South Africa and Brazil until 11 April2021 for the time being. Please contact your airline directly for details on rebookings, cancellations and questions regarding the resumption of air traffic.
The airports close to Vorarlberg (Altenrhein (CH)*, Friedrichshafen (D), Zurich (CH), Memmingen (D), Munich (D) and Stuttgart (D) are in operation. Please check promptly with your airline whether your flight will actually take place and about current entry regulations from Germany/Switzerland to Vorarlberg.

*Flight connection Altenrhein (CH) – Vienna: People’s airline has suspended the flight connection from Altenrhein to Vienna for the time being until April 12, 2021.

Long distance bus connections:
Connections to and from Vorarlberg with Flixbus are suspended until further notice.