Travel To Austria From The US: Austria Entry Requirements And Travel Restrictions

Oct 18, 2022

7 min read

Have you ever dreamt of seeing the Alps in Vienna and Salsburg? Well, your dreams can officially turn into reality. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic that has currently dimmed down, travel restrictions worldwide are in the progress of being removed.

Although entry restrictions are being removed, there is some important information that you must be aware of before enjoying international travel. Therefore, we'll explain everything you need to know when traveling to Austria from the US. This post will include important travel information such as visa requirements, required documents, and the COVID-19 requirements when traveling to Austria from the US.

Here's what you'll need to know:

Do You Need A Visa To Travel To Austria From The US?

Before you start making your travel plans, it is important to determine if you need a visa to enter Austria. Although certain nationals are not required to apply for a visa when traveling to Europe or the Schengen Area, you might need one if you are a US Green Card Holder.

This section will explain if US citizens and US Green Card Holders need a visa to enter Austria.

Do US Citizens Need A Visa To Travel To Austria From The US?

Luckily, if you are a US citizen, you can travel to Austria without a visa. US citizens enjoy visa-free travel to the Schengen Area. You can travel to Austria for a short term, but keep in mind that you must ensure to follow the 90/180-day rule. Please check out our 90/180-day rule guide for additional information.

Do US Green Card Holders Need A Visa To Travel To Austria From The US?

If you are a US Green Card Holder, you might not enjoy visa-free travel to Austria. The reason for saying that is because it all depends on your country of origin and which passport you hold. Let me use an example to clarify. Perhaps you are a US Green Card Holder with a permanent residence permit, but you are from Angola. In that case, you must apply for an Austria Tourist Visa before traveling to Austria.

Please feel free to check out the list on the Austrian Embassy website of Washington DC on who needs a visa to enter Austria.

Please check out the Austria Travel tourist office for more detailed information.

What Are The Required Documents When Traveling To Austria From The US?

Although US citizens do not have to apply for the Austrian Schengen Visa, traveling to Austria from the US is still considered international travel. Here is a list of all the travel documents that you must have before traveling to Austria from the US:

  • Valid passport (your passport must be valid for at least 3 months after your planned departure date and must have at least 2 blank visa pages)
  • Hotel itinerary
  • Flight itinerary
  • Professional documents (only applicable if you are traveling to Germany for business)
  • Travel insurance or health insurance

What Are The COVID-19 Requirements When Going To Austria From The US?

As I mentioned earlier, travel restrictions are in the progress of being removed. However, you must always stay updated on the latest COVID-19 restrictions and regulations before traveling to Austria. Please find below all the essential information on the current COVID-19-related requirements.

What Are The COVID-19 Austrian Entry Requirements?

Currently, there are no COVID-19 entry requirements to Austria. The Austrian government removed the entry restrictions on the 16th of May, 2022. Therefore, citizens traveling from the US are not required to show proof of vaccination or present a negative COVID-19 test. Please keep in mind that the Austrian entry restrictions can change without notice. Therefore, I advise you to keep updated with Austrian's COVID-19 information.

What Are The COVID-19 Entry Requirements When Returning To The US?

Suppose you are a US citizen and returning to the US. In that case, you do not have to show proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test, or proof of recovery. This is because the CDC lifted the entry requirements for US citizens returning to the US on the 12th of June, 2022. However, if you are a non-US citizen or non-US immigrant, you must provide the following:

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
  • Proof of recovery

Please ensure to keep updated with the latest COVID-19 information before traveling. The COVID-19 restrictions can change without notice, so please use the following recourses for the most recent travel restrictions and exceptions.

Are There Any Quarantine Requirements In Austria?

There are no quarantine requirements for US citizens visiting Austria. Furthermore, US citizens are not required to quarantine once arriving in Austria. However, suppose you test positive while visiting Austria. In that case, you will be quarantined for 5-10 days or longer at your own expense. You must remain in quarantine until you have a negative antigen test or are cleared by Austrian health officials. The US Embassy does not offer lodging, medical care, or financial support for quarantine-related expenses.

The US Embassy cannot intervene in Austrian health and immigration officials, health care professionals, airline personnel's quarantine and testing requirements, nor can it grant you permission to leave quarantine early or board an aircraft. Furthermore, the penalties for violating quarantine regulations are high.

Which Vaccines Are Approved By The European Union?

If you are a vaccinated traveler, ensure that you have one of the following vaccines that are approved by the EU:

  • Comirnaty (also known as the US Pfizer vaccine)
  • Spikevax (Covid-19 vaccine Moderna)
  • Jcvovden (Covid-19 vaccine Janssen and also known as Johnson & Johnson)
  • Vaxzevria (Covid-19 vaccine AstraZeneca)
  • Nuvaxovid

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise persons do not travel without getting vaccinated. In addition, please check out the Austrian travel advisory on the US Department of State website for more information. Also, ensure that you are up to date with Austria's latest COVID-19 requirements.

Do I Need To Apply For The ETIAS?

Maybe you haven't heard, but the European Union will implement the ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) visa waiver in November 2023. Therefore, if you travel to Austria before 2023, you don't need to apply for the ETIAS. However, remember that this will change in November 2023.

Please feel free to check out our ETIAS guide for more information on how you will need to apply for it in the future.

What Is The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program?

The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free program that allows US residents and US nationals traveling or living abroad to register their trip with the nearest US Embassy or Consulate. Here is a list of the benefits when enrolling with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program:

  • The Embassy will provide you with crucial information regarding the safety conditions in your destination country, allowing you to make educated decisions about your travel plans.
  • Assist the US Embassy in contacting you in the event of a natural disaster, civil upheaval, or a family emergency.
  • In an emergency, assist family and friends in contacting you.

What Can I Expect When Arriving At The Austrian Border?

When you arrive at the Icelandic border, you must have your required entry documents.

After presenting your documentation, the Austrian border authorities might ask you to submit additional information. Therefore, I advise that you travel with proof of financial means to support yourself during your stay. If the border patrol requests this, you can provide them with a bank statement or a traveler's check. If you visit a friend, they might want to speak with them. Alternatively, you can request they send you a certified invitational letter before arriving at the border.

Get Ready To Travel To Austria From The US

Now that you know everything about traveling to Austria from the US, you can officially plan your trip. As a disclaimer, please keep in mind that the entry requirements may change without notice. Stay up to date with Austria's latest COVID-19 resitrictions.

Written By: Armando Du Preez
Fact Checked By: Richard Nathan

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Public Transportation Open In Austria?

Yes, you can. Please remember that FFP2/KN95 masks remain MANDATORY on public transportation and essential businesses. This includes airplanes, airports, trains, train stations, metro/subway, trams, buses, taxis, Uber, grocery stores, pharmacies, hospitals and doctor offices, post offices, and government buildings – including the US Consulate.

Where Can I Get A COVID-19 Test In Austria?

There are COVID-19 test centers in Austria, Vienna, and Innsbruck. Please find the closest test center before departing from Austria to the US.

Is Austria Safe To Travel To?

Austria has a low rate of serious crime. However, please keep in mind that petty crime is increasing on public transport and in tourist areas. This includes:

  • bag snatching
  • pickpocketing
What Are The Prime Crime Hotspots In Austria?

Hotspots for crime include:

  • Vienna's largest train stations — Hauptbahnhof, Westbahnhof and Meidling
  • tourist attractions, including St Stephen's Cathedral, the Imperial Palace, and nearby shopping areas
How To Reduce Crime Risks In Austria?

Thieves are active on international trains and buses. To reduce your risk of crime:

  • take care in areas popular with tourists and on public transport, and at transport hubs
  • keep your belongings close at all times and close to you, particularly in crowded areas
  • keep your passport separate from your other ID
What Other Countries Can I Travel To In The Schengen Area?

As mentioned earlier in this post, you can visit any country in the Schengen Area without a visa. Countries in the Schengen Area include:

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

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