Howdy! It’s #TravelNewsTuesday and today we are bringing you news that another European country is open to US tourists – and that is the Central European country of Austria!
According to The Official Travel Portal of Austria travelers from the United States need to show either a negative COVID test or proof of vaccination/past infection upon entry. Here are the guidelines they listed:
Required Documents: Proof of Vaccination, Past Infection, or Negative Test – Anybody entering Austria has to show any one of these three documents:
Negative COVID Test
You need to show a PCR test no older than 72 hours OR an antigen test no older than 48 hours. (For travellers from certain countries, only PCR tests are valid, please see below.) Tests need to be issued by a medical authority; self-tests are not valid. Children under 10 do not need to show a test.
The following vaccines (including mix-and-match vaccines) are recognised: BioNtech/Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Sinopharm. (Please be aware that this only applies to entering the country. Sinopharm is not valid for entering hotels, restaurants etc. within Austria.) You are considered “vaccinated” starting on the 22nd day after your first dose, lasting for 3 months from the vaccination date. After the second dose, the validity extends for another 6 months (i.e. the vaccination is then valid for 9 months total from the first vaccination date). Vaccines that only require one dose are valid from the 22nd day after that dose and for 9 months from the vaccination date. This also applies to people who have had COVID before and received only one dose of any vaccine.
Proof of Past Infection
You can enter Austria for 6 months after a SARS-CoV-2 infection. Proof of antibodies is valid for 3 months from the test date.
Austria is truly one of the most picturesque places on the planet with its towering Alpine peaks and crystal clear lakes and is an incredible place to explore via train! Contact your Travel Gurus today and let’s plan your amazing Austrian adventure!