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Here you will find information about and from Austria in the areas of politics, culture, economy and tourism as well as a number of useful links on a wide variety of topics. You can find consular information under the heading "Service for Citizens".

IMPORTANT NOTICE due to the Covid lock down from 08 May 2021 in Pakistan

Dear applicant,

due to the lock down in Pakistan and the current Corona cases at the Austrian Embassy kindly be informed that Your appointment needs to be postponed untill further notice.

The Embassy will inform you proactively about your new appointment as soon as possible.

Kindly note not to send any request in this context to us. You will be contacted by the Embassy.

Again, we ask you for your kind understanding for any inconveniences during this pandemic circumstances.

Kind regards and stay healthy
Austrian Embassy Islamabad


Dear applicant,
Dear applicant,

With regard to the nationwide lock down in Pakistan and the current corona cases at the Austrian embassy in Islamabad, the embassy regrets to inform you that your appointment has to be postponed indefinitely. The embassy will proactively inform you about a new appointment as soon as possible.
Please do not send any further email inquiries in this regard. You will be contacted by the embassy.

The embassy thanks you for your understanding for this inconvenience in this stressful Covid pandemic time.

All the best and stay healthy!
Austrian Embassy Islamabad



COVID - amendment of the entry regulation of the BMSGPK as of April 1, 2021 (Federal Law Gazette II No. 133/2021)

1. Current notice regarding COVID-19

For current information on COVID-19, please consult the website of the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. You will also find links to information from the Ministry of Health or the World Health Organization.

2. Restricted party traffic due to the COVID-19 situation

The embassy asks for your understanding that in connection with the efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the sense of a recommendation by the European Commission, party traffic in foreign law matters must remain severely restricted for the time being due to the pandemic situation.
Visa applications subject to certain application requirements, are only accepted for reasons worthy of consideration, e.g. for family members of Austrians and EEA citizens or Swiss citizens living in Austria.

The Passport and certification office is working to continue to offer its services in urgent cases in compliance with appropriate COVID-19 precautionary measures. Please understand that if you appear at the embassy without an appointment, your request cannot be processed. If you have to appear in an emergency, we will give you an appointment.

Please contact the embassy for urgent inquiries that have not already been answered on the website or for appointments using the contact form at the bottom of the page. We will then contact you directly.
The Austrian honorary consulates of our official area in Lahore and Karachi are currently closed to party traffic.
The embassy can be reached at any time for Austrian citizens in the official area in an emergency.

3. Current information for traveling from Pakistan to Austria

On April 1, 2021, another will take place Amendment to the entry regulation of the BMSGPK (Federal Law Gazette II No. 133/2021) in force. The main changes affect commuter traffic:
When commuting from Bulgaria, Estonia, France, Italy, Malta, Poland, Sweden, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Cyprus, the COVID test max. 72 hours be old. Commuters from all other EU / EEA countries or from Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or the Vatican can use a 7 day old COVID test enter. The electronic registration must be kept up to date (every 28 days).

The Entry from a state or area listed in Appendix B or from another state or area within the meaning of Section 5 of the VO Covid tests only valid if upon entry max. 72 hours old are. The electronic registration (“Pre-Travel-Clearance”) is only required for commuters every 28 days be performed. You only need to register again before this period if you change your personal data.

The following remains unchanged:

  • If a COVID test cannot be presented upon entry, a test must be carried out within 24 hours of entry.
  • For commuters who come from a country listed in Appendix A and have only stayed in one of these countries or in Austria in the last 10 days, entry is possible without restrictions (i.e. without the obligation to test or quarantine).

Exceptions (in part):
Austrian citizens, EU / EEA citizens, Swiss citizens and their family members living in the same household can enter Austria from Pakistan. However, when entering Austria you must have a health certificate with you that confirms a negative COVID-19 test (antigen or PCR) and that you must start a 10-day home quarantine immediately after entering Austria. From the fifth day after entry (day of entry = day 0), the quarantine can be ended prematurely if a molecular biological test for SARS-CoV-2 or an antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 carried out shows a negative result.

Under certain conditions, further exceptions apply e.g. for
• Foreigners, if they have a visa D issued by Austria,
• Persons who are entitled to stay in Austria on the basis of a residence permit,
• People who come to Germany for business purposes,
• Members of the staff of diplomatic missions or consular posts and persons who live with them in the same household
• an accompanying person when entering the country for medical reasons,
• People who travel to Germany to begin or continue their studies or to attend school
• Entry in connection with important family events that can be planned, such as weddings, christenings, birthday parties or non-regular visits by the partner.
• Entry for unforeseeable, urgent reasons that are particularly worthy of consideration in the family circle, such as serious illnesses, deaths, funerals, births and the care of people in need of support in emergencies, is possible without restriction.

Please find the current text of the regulation here on the requirements that you have to meet personally upon entry (COVID-19 test, quarantine). You can find an overview of the Ministry of Health "FAQ: Travel and Tourism" here. Frequently asked questions about "Travel and Tourism" in English can be found in the PDF document "FAQ - Travel and Tourism" from the Ministry of Health.

For a legally binding assessment of specific individual issues with regard to questions about entry options, please contact the responsible Federal Ministry for Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection directly at buergerservice (at) Sozialministerium.at.

COVID-19 test (molecular biological test for SARS-CoV-2 or antigen test for SARS-CoV-2):
People who travel to Austria from Pakistan must carry a health certificate when entering Austria, which confirms a negative COVID-19 test (antigen or PCR) or a test certificate issued in German or English. In the case of antigen tests, the sample may have been taken a maximum of 48 hours ago (new!) At the time of entry. For PCR tests, 72 hours still apply.
The written test result must be in German or English and must match the sample published in the "Regulation on entry into Austria in connection with COVID-19 (COVID-19 Entry Regulation), Federal Law Gazette II No. 445/2020" (Annex C and D Children under 10 years of age are exempt from the obligation to take the COVID-19 test.
You can find information on further exception rules on the website of the Federal Ministry for Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection

"Pre-Travel Clearance":
Electronic registration is required before entering Austria (Pre-Travel-Clearance - PTC). The online PCT registration form is available here. This registration (PTC) can take place at the earliest 72 hours before entry. If registration is not possible using the electronic form, either the form in Annex E (German) or the form in Annex F (English) can be used as an exception. You can find detailed information at www.oesterreich.gv.at or https://entry.ptc.gv.at/.

There are exceptions to the registration requirement for transit travelers as well as for people who enter with family for unforeseeable reasons that are particularly worthy of consideration. Further information on the exception rules can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry for Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection.

Quarantine obligation:
People who are obliged to quarantine have to come to this self-monitored at an existing place of residence or other suitable accommodation, the availability of which must be confirmed upon entry. Accommodation costs are to be borne by yourself. The accommodation must not be left during the quarantine period. If no electronic registration (Pre-Travel-Clearance - PTC) has been made, the form “Registration according to Section 2a COVID-19 Entry Ordinance” (form Annex E (German) or the form in Annex F (English) can be used. The quarantine can be ended prematurely for the purpose of leaving Austria if it is ensured that the risk of infection is minimized as much as possible when leaving Austria. Australia, Iceland, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Korea and the Vatican are excluded from the 10-day quarantine obligation.

Passing through Austria (without a stopover) is permitted without restrictions. This also includes transit through Austria (without test or quarantine), provided that immediate departure is ensured. It is possible to change the means of transport (from plane to train, bus, taxi - have a confirmed ticket reservation ready!) Please inquire about the current entry requirements in good time before commencing a planned trip to Austria. Entry options remain very limited, especially for third-country nationals. Details can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry for Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection(here in English).

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