Important Info Regarding COVID-19

The Embassy of Austria and all other Austrian missions in the United States closely monitor any developments regarding the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

TRAVEL WARNING

Due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) the Austrian Foreign Ministry issued a travel warning for United States. Austrian travelers in the U.S. are urgently advised to return to Austria using the existing commercial travel options.

VISA APPLICATIONS SUSPENDED

Due to the current situation regarding the spread of the coronavirus, the Embassy of Austria and VFS are not able to accept any visa applications until further notice (Exceptions apply for relatives of Austrian and EU citizens who live in the same household, as well as diplomats on official mission to Austria).

ENTRY RESTRICTIONS FOR TRAVELLERS TO AUSTRIA

In response to the public health threat associated with the spread of coronavirus, Austria has suspended the entry of third-country nationals (non-EU/EEA/CH citizens) entering Austria by air from outside the Schengen area.

Exceptions apply for members of diplomatic missions and employees of international organizations (including their family members living in the same household), humanitarian workers, nursing and health personnel, seasonal workers (in the agricultural and forestry sector), transit passengers, and persons who work in freight transport, as well as for family members of Austrian (and EU/EEA/CH) citizens living in the same household, and holders of a D visa or residence permit issued by Austria.

Exempt third-country nationals as well as those arriving by air from within the Schengen area will only be allowed to enter Austria upon presentation of a medical certificate confirming a negative molecular-biological SARS-CoV-2 test. The certificate must be issued by a licensed medical practitioner in German or English and must not be older than 4 days at the time of entry. Persons who cannot produce the required medical certificate will be denied entry into Austria or be subject to mandatory quarantine.

Moreover, all individuals regardless of their citizenship are required to preset a medical certificate confirming a negative molecular-biological SARS-CoV-2 test when entering Austria by land (for requirements see above). Persons who cannot produce the required medical certificate will be denied entry into Austria. Exceptions apply for Austrian citizens and permanent residents of Austria, as well as individuals transiting Austria without stop. Changes may apply at any time. Health authorities may impose health examinations on any person entering or travelling through Austria.

Austrian and EU/EEA/CH citizens as well as exempt foreign nationals entering Austria by air from outside the Schengen area will be subject to a 14-day home quarantine, unless their immediate departure to another country (e.g. by car or train) is ensured or they provide a medical certificate confirming a negative molecular-biological SARS-CoV-2 test.

Regulation of the Federal Minister of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection on the Entry by Air

Regulation of the Federal Minister of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection on the Entry From Neighboring Countries

TRAVEL TO THE UNITED STATES

The United States have suspended the entry of most foreign nationals who have been physically present in China, Iran, and 28 European countries (Schengen Area, including Austria, UK and Ireland) at any point during the 14 days prior to their arrival to the United States. The entry suspension remains in effect until further notice and also applies to airline passengers in transit. Exemptions apply to legal permanent residents, (generally) immediate family members of U.S. citizens, and other individuals who are identified in the proclamations (Presidential Proclamations 99849992, and 9993). These persons must, however, self-quarantine for 14 days after their return to the U.S. For further information on U.S. arrival restrictions, please consult the Fact Sheet of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

EMBASSY EVENTS

We would like to inform you that the Embassy of Austria and the Austrian Cultural Forum in Washington, DC,have suspended all public events until further notice in response to the public health threat associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Any updates regarding the resumption of our public activites will be posted on our websites and on our social media channels.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Regarding all further questions on the coronavirus in the United States, please refer to the information provided by the competent U.S. authorities, such as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and https://www.coronavirus.gov/.

Information regarding the coronavirus in Austria can be found on the website of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection.