Current information for travelers to Austria
The following accompanying measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 shall enter into force on 15 September 2021:
• The validity period of antigen tests performed by authorized bodies is reduced to 24 hours;
• The omission to attend school in accordance with the School Ordinance COVID-19 2021/22 is also valid as evidence of low epidemiological risk in other areas;
• Instead of the previous obligation to wear mouth and nose covers, FFP2 masks are becoming mandatory again (for example in grocery stores and pharmacies, as well as in public transport). Children under 6 years of age should not wear an FFP2 mask or other type of protection. Children aged 6 to 14 as well as pregnant women can wear plain masks;
• When entering (including driving) shopping malls, market halls and the like, customers who have not been vaccinated or have recovered from an illness must wear a "FFP2" mask. This also applies to museums, art halls, cultural exhibition halls, libraries, reading rooms, archives, social services for the care of the elderly and people with disabilities;
• The period of validity of certificates for immunization after insertion of a second needle and for immunization after illness is extended from 270 to 360 days. All additional (booster) vaccines are valid for 360 days;
• Meetings with more than 25 participants are allowed only on condition that the person responsible for the meeting allows those present to enter only after presenting proof of the presence of 3-G;
• Access to nightclubs will be allowed only to vaccinated, sick or presented with a negative PCR test;
• Cultural institutions, such as theaters, cinemas, cabaret, concert halls, etc., require a 3-G certificate, a COVID-19 employee and a prevention concept.
A website has been set up to monitor the measures at the federal level at the following link.
At present, specific, stricter measures have been introduced in Vienna:
- The obligation to wear a mask type "FFP2" applies to children over 6 years of age;
- The "3-G" rule applies to children over 6 years of age;
- PCR tests are valid for less than 48 hours;
- Mandatory registration and collection of data for follow-up of infections in case of need;
- Certain groups of workers, such as teachers, gastronomy practitioners or close-to-body professionals, must be tested regularly and must be subject to the "3-G" rule.
All travelers to Austria must fill in an electronic declaration in advance - available here. It is necessary to download and fill in the following document before the flight - fill in German from here or in English from here.
We remind you that the requirement remains in force for all passengers, regardless of their nationality, including those in transit, before their flight to have a completed medical certificate according to a sample (downloaded from HERE).
More information on the regime after arrival in Austria, as well as which citizens are exempted from the measures, can be found on the website of the local authorities here and here, as well as on the website of the Situation Center at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
According to the regulations of the local authorities, the protective mask that passengers wear on flights to Austria must be FFP2.
The Bulgaria Air team