Travel Alert: Austria Changes Border Posture

Austria has announced that as of Tuesday, April 14, 2020, anyone entering the country from the Slovak Republic will be required to show  a negative SARS-CoV-2 test (not older than 4 days) (VO BGBl. II Nr. 149/2020, VO BGBl. II Nr. 87/2020 idgF).  People transiting Austria are exempt from this requirement.  This means that  Americans looking to leave Slovakia and return to the United States via Vienna Schwechat Airport or driving through Austria to another country do not need to provide a negative SARS-CoV-2 test at this time.  Travelers will be required to show proof of an onward flight such as a boarding pass or a reservation.  Those passing through Slovakia to other destinations in Europe must have a full tank of gas and have proof of their travel plans.  For additional questions, visit the Austrian Embassy in Slovakia’s webpage here.   

On March 19, the U.S. Department of State declared a worldwide level four health alert advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. There are daily indirect flights from the Vienna airport that will allow you to connect to the United States. U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel.  

Actions to Take: 

  • Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.