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International arrivals: Covid-19 info

The University of Graz would like to ensure that university life is as safe as possible, so we kindly ask you to comply with the legal provisions and recommendations relating to the containment of Covid-19. As the information about entering Austria may rapidly change, we strongly advise you to contact the Foreign Ministry in your country of residence and  the Austrian representative authority before deciding to enter Austria.

We are constantly updating this page and, despite thorough research, we would like to point out that this information page does not replace legally valid information provided by the Austrian representation or ministry. Instead, it should be seen as an additional support for better understanding.

Entering Austria

You can find the entry requirements related to Covid-19 on the following websites:

Compulsory vaccination

Please find information about the compulsory vaccination for all people living in Austria on the mnistry's website. Please use an automatic browser translation tool to read the page in other languages.

Info for vaccinated people

If you are fully immunized with Sinovac, Sinopharm or Covishield and have a proof of it, you may be allowed to enter Austria with this certificate.

However, to participate in many areas of public life in Austria  you need to be fully vaccinated with an EMA-approved vaccine: Biontech/Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson&Johnson, AstraZeneca, Novavax or recovered. To prove your immunization status, it can be required to show an EU-compliant vaccination certificate e.g by showing your Austrian or EU green pass app.

To participate in university life, you have to be fully immunized, recovered or PCR-tested: https://news.uni-graz.at/de/detail/article/neue-regeln-1/

If you have questions related to your vaccination status & your stay or tasks at the University of Graz, please contact: covid-19(at)uni-graz.at for individual support.

FAQs quarantine

As of December 22, 2021

You have to book a suitable accommodation for quarantine at your own expense.

As you are not allowed to leave your accommodation for 5-10 days, everything you need should be available on site upon arrival. Get familiar with the following topics at an early stage to prepare the home quarantine in the best possible way:

  • Is the accommodation suitable for quarantine? See WHO regulations for quarantine
     
  • Communication :
    • WiFi or internet access that can be used immediately after arrival
    • SIM card or phone
    • Laptop / computer
    • For employees: access to Graz University resources for home office (VPN access, email account etc.)
       
  • Facility : Are all necessary items in the accommodation? Also think of bedding, sheets, towels, ...
     
  • Food supply: Do you have acquaintances / friends / family in Graz who can take care of you during the quarantine, i.e. grocery shopping?
     
  • Medical care: What medication do you need during quarantine and can you bring it with you?
    • Clinical thermometer: if possible, bring a clinical thermometer with you so that you can check your temperature to document it, if necessary.

Keep in mind that if you are quarantined, you must not leave your accommodation. We therefore recommend that you bring the following from your country of origin to Graz in addition to the documents and objects that you would take with you anyway:

  • Medication that you take regularly (if necessary, observe import regulations - if you have any questions, please contact the Austrian representative authority)
  • If possible: clinical thermometer
  • FFP2 mask
  • If possible: hand and surface disinfectant
  • Austrian sim card / phone card to use public quarantine services such as Team Österreich ("Team Austria") to get groceries etc.
    Note: you can buy an Austrian sim card (pre-paid) in most supermarket chains like Spar, Billa, Hofer, Merkur, Lidl,...

If your "buddy" (only for exchange students!), neighbors, acquaintances or relatives can not supply your food or necessary medication during quarantine, you can use the following services:

  • Online supermarkets such as Alfies
     
  • Team Austria 
    This website is in German only, please use automatic translator function of your webbrowser to navigate.
    An initiative within the framework of neighborhood aid, organized by the Red Cross and volunteers. On the website you can fill in your contact details and that you are in quarantine, you will then be contacted within 24 hours. 
     
  • Veloblitz (delivery costs vary)
    This website is in German only, please use automatic translator function of your webbrowser to navigate.
    Bicycle courier service in Graz. Charges are made per kilometer traveled, weight of the goods to be transported and a stop charge.
     
  • Delivery services:  Lieferando , Mjam or Velofood (delivery costs vary)
    These websites are in German only, please use automatic translator function of your webbrowser to navigate.
    Contactless delivery often possible.

 

Yes, the police or the health department can carry out checks at the specified place of residence. If you fail to comply with the quarantine and thereby endanger others, a severe sentence has to be expected. If you are not at the specified location during a check, fines of up to €1,450 are possible.

 

During your time in quarantine, you must not leave your place of quarantine, no visitors are allowed. The required supplies (groceries,...) should be delivered contactless.

 

FAQs getting vaccinated in Austria

As of December 22, 2021

You can get vaccinated in Austria if you have a registered residence. The vaccination does not take place on campus in general. You can sign up for the vaccination here: https://anmeldung.steiermark-impft.at/ 

Important:

  • If you do not have an Austrian social security number, your vaccination will not be registered in the Austrian vaccination database and you will not receive an EU vaccination certificate.
  • EU/EEA nationals should contact their national health authority how to receive an EU vaccination certificate from their home country.
  • Non-EU nationals should find out in their home country how to proceed when being vaccinated in Austria.

Yes, if the vaccine used for the first shot is recognized in the EU. Please note that vaccinations do not take place at the university, but at a public vaccination center or at a medical practice.

To schedule an appointment, please contact:  corona-impfung(at)stmk.gv.at  as soon as possible. Please attach a proof of vaccination, for example a yellow WHO standard vaccination passor another official proof of vaccination - based on this information, you will receive the appointment for the second vaccination.

A vaccination is possible for all persons with a registered residence in Austria, but does not take place on campus. If you have questions about the Covid vaccination in connection with your stay at the University of Graz, please contact: covid-19(at)uni-graz.at

If you are fully immunized with e.g. Sinovac, Sinopharm or Covishield and have a proof of it, you may be allowed to enter Austria with this certificate.

However, to participate in some areas of public life in Austria, you may need to be fully vaccinated with an EMA-approved vaccine: Biontech/Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson&Johnson, AstraZeneca, Novavax, or have a certificate of recovery. To prove your immunization status, it can be required to show an EU-compliant vaccination certificate e.g by showing your Austrian or EU green pass app.

To participate in university life, you have to be fully immunized, recovered or PCR-tested: https://news.uni-graz.at/de/detail/article/neue-regeln-1/

If you have health-related questions, please contact medical professionals or the health authority!

FAQs Covid tests in Austria

As of April 5th 2022

There is currently no test line on campus of Uni Graz but you can take a PCR or Antigen test in pharmacies in the neighborhood.

Free test offer with Austrian social insurance & e-card per month:

In order to use the free test offer at pharmacies, you must have social insurance in Austria and may have to show your Austrian e-card. If you need more tests, you have to pay per additional test. There are some exceptions to get additional tests, for example when you visit a or work at a hospital. Please see this website and use a browser translation tool for more information: https://www.sozialministerium.at/Informationen-zum-Coronavirus/Coronavirus---Haeufig-gestellte-Fragen/FAQ-Oesterreich-testet.html 

 

NO Austrian social security number / e-card required (at your own expense)

  1. At pharmacies offering PCR/Antigen tests
  2. For example: https://covid-teststation.at/ (registration required, costs approx. 29€, test takes place in Grazbachgasse)
  3. In Graz, you can take a PCR test at the following labs (see the following document "Steiermark" to see labs in Graz: WKO)
  4. For example: https://www.medius.at/service/corona-test/

Further information

The websites of most Austrian federal ministries are mainly offered in German. We recommend that you download a browser e.g. Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge etc. with an automatic translation function (check the language settings). This will allow you to read German websites in English or other languages. Even if the translation is not perfect, it grants you access to up-to-date information.

 

Last updated: 09 July 2020, 16:00

Exchange students

Non-EU/EEA programmes

Christa Grassauer

Universitätsplatz 3
Ground floor
8010 Graz

Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 1254

Contact person

International students, staff, guest researchers

Julia Taucher

Universitätsplatz 3
1st floor
8010 Graz

Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 3940


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