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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.

FAQs about entering Austria

As of 14 June 2021

If you arrive from: Andorra, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany,  Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Vatican, you do not have to go into home quarantine but have a proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test result with you (see also FAQs vaccination / recovery and FAQs Covid tests).

Entering from countries NOT mentioned above (entry without quarantine) is only permitted for exceptional reasons - study/research purposes are considered to be an exceptional case. Please note that you have to follow the general immigration rules (visa,....), in addition, you have to comply with the following rules: 

  • Have your confirmation of student or researcher status at hand (e.g. admisson letter, confirmation of enrolment, hosting agreement for researchers, employment contract,...)
    and
  • Fill out the pre-travel-clearance form in German or  English  (maximum 72 hours before entry)
    and
  • Have a proof of vaccination or recovery (see also FAQs vaccination / recovery)
    or a negative test result with you (see also FAQs Covid tests) and additionally go into a 10-days self-monitored home quarantine (see also FAQs quarantine)

Note: other rules apply for entries from Brazil, India, South Africa and the United Kingdom!

Students and researchers arriving from Brazil, India and South Africa are allowed to enter Austria with a respective proof of their status, such as enrolment confirmation, letter of admission, employment contract, and have to follow the general immigration rules. Touristic arrivals from these countries are currently not permitted.

For entering Austria you have to:

  • Have your confirmation of student or researcher status at hand (e.g. admisson letter, confirmation of enrolment, hosting agreement for researchers, employment contract,...)
    and
  • Fill out the pre-travel-clearance form in German or  English  (maximum 72 hours before entry)
    and
  • Have a negative PCR test result with you (see also FAQs Covid tests)
    and
  • go into a 10-days self-monitored home quarantine (see also FAQs quarantine) after the arrival.

FAQs Vaccination / Recovery

As of 14 June 2021

If you have already been vaccinated, you can prove this with a medical certificate in German or English

If you do not have a medical certificate, a vaccination certificate (in German / English) will also be accepted under the following conditions:

  • You have received the first dose of a vaccine: the proof is valid for 3 months 22 days after the first dose
  • You have received both doses of a vaccine: Proof is valid for 9 months (after the first dose)
  • You have received a vaccination for which only one dose is required: the proof is valid from the 22nd day, the vaccination must haven taken place less than 9 months ago
  • You have received a vaccination and there was a positive molecular biological test for SARS-CoV-2 at least 21 days before the vaccination,
    or neutralizing antibodies detected before the vaccination: the vaccination must have taken place less than 9 months ago

You must have been vaccinated with one of the following vaccines:

  • Comirnaty / BNT162b2 / Tozinameran (INN) from BioNtech / Pfizer: 2 doses
  • ChAdOx1_nCoV-19 / ChAdOx1-S / AZD1222 / Vaxzevria / COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca from AstraZeneca, and Covishield from Serum Institute of India: 2 doses
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen by Johnson & Johnson / Janssen Pharmaceuticals / Ad26.COV2.S Janssen (US + NL sites): 1 dose
  • Covid-19 Vaccine Moderna / mRNA-1273 from Moderna: 2 doses
  • Sinopharm / BIBP (Beijing Bio-Institute of Biological Products Co-Ltd.) SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine (Vero Cell), Inactivated (InCoV): 2 doses
  • Sinovac-CoronaVac vaccine, SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine (Vero Cell), Inactivated: 2 doses

You can pre-register for a vaccination in Styria if you have your main or secondary residence ("Meldezettel") in Styria:  https://anmeldung.steiermark-impft.at/  You will be contacted if an appointment is available.

 

 

If you have suffered from Covid and have recovered, you can  prove this with a medical certificate in German or EnglishIf you do not have a medical certificate, an recovery certificate in German or English issued by an authority or doctor will also be accepted. It must state that you have recovered in the past 6 months.

Evidence of neutralizing antibodies that is not older than 3 months can also accepted.

FAQs Covid tests

As of 25 May 2021

In general, both antigen and PCR test results are accepted. If you arrive from Brazil, India, South Africa or the United Kingdom, you must provide a negative PCR test result. Sampling must have taken place max. 48 hours (antigen test) or max. 72 hours (PCR test) before entering Austria!

The negative test result must be confirmed on a medical certificate in German or English. If you do not have a medical certificate, the test result (German / English) is also accepted, provided the following information is included:

  • First and last name of the tested person
  • Date of birth
  • Date and time of sampling
  • Test result (positive / negative)
  • Signature of the person carrying out the test and stamp of the institution carrying out the test or bar or QR code

There are two test lines at the University of Graz that students and staff can use free of charge for work/study purposes. You can only use this test option only if you have no symptoms; a maximum of 2 tests per week per person are possible.

You can reserve your timeslot and find the address of the test lines here:  https://www.etermin.net/unitestet 

Please take the following documents with you:

  • Registration confirmation received by email with QR code (printed or mobile)
  • Uni Graz Card for employees (or confirmation of employment) or student ID (or confirmation)
  • Mouth-nose-protection (FFP2!)

The test is carried out using a rapid antigen test. You will receive the result with a written confirmation by email.

Austrian social security number / e-card required (free of charge):

  1. Screening programme of the government at selected pharmacies: https://apotheken.oesterreich-testet.at/
  2. Screening programme of the government at a public test line: https://oesterreich-testet.at

NO Austrian social security number / e-card required (free of charge):

  • Screening programme of the Austrian government  "Österreich testet" (Antigen Tests): if you do not have an Austrian social security number or e-card, you cannot schedule an appointment online, but you can still use the free offer by going there without an appointment. Address of the test line: Messeplatz 1, 8010 Graz

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

  1. For example: https://covid-teststation.at/ (registration required, costs approx. 29€, test takes place in Grazbachgasse)
  2. In Graz, you can take a swab test (=PCR-test) at the following labs (see the following document "Steiermark" to see labs in Graz: WKO)
  3. For example: https://www.medius.at/service/corona-test/
  4. Pharmacies may also offer COVID-tests starting at approx. 25€ 

FAQs quarantine

As of 25 May 2021

You can end quarantine five days after entry the earliest, the day of entering Austria counts as day 0. PCR or antigen tests are accepted to end quarantine earlier (at your own expense).  If you arrive from Brazil, India, South Africa or the United Kingdom, you must take a PCR test to end quarantine early! Note that the test has to be carried out by an official testing place or lab (e.g. pharmacies, doctors, public test street). There you will also receive a confirmation of the result in paper that you should carry with you until the end of the 10 days period.

In Graz (City of Graz) you do not have to submit your negative test result to the health autority to end quarantine. If you live outside of Graz, please get in touch with the respective health authority of your district ("Bezirkshauptmannschaft").

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:

  • 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 partially 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 visa & residence permit

This information is only for third-country nationals (non-EU/EEA).

If you are a prospective student or researcher at the University of Graz, you can contact the Austrian representation in charge for an appointment for the visa or residence permit application. You should attach a confirmation of your status, such as an admission letter (students) or a hosting agreement/proof of employment (researchers). Please individually check the website of the embassy in charge for details.

In case of additional questions, you can contact the respective contact person:

 

Last updated: 27 July 2020, 07:30 | Source: www.aussenministerium.at

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

Currently, personal meetings on appointment only

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