Latest updates regarding the effects of the COVID-19 on business and economy, provided by the Foreign Trade Centre Berlin for the Austrian companies.

Border Controls: Austria to Germany
The controls of the German federal border with Austria, France and Switzerland continue until June 15th, 2020. Until then restricted controls are made to the vehicles and people wishing to cross the border. Nevertheless, loosening of restrictions are noticed even on these days; no systematic controls executed and the border is accessible at any point already.

Who can enter the border?
Until further restriction relaxation, 15 June 2020 the granted access is provided only to:

  • Traffic of goods
  • Job-related trips (e.g. cross-border commuters, commuting, trade in services)
  • Educational and study purposes
  • Family reasons (e.g. visiting partners, relatives)
  • Medical reasons (e.g. medical treatment)
  • Real estate and second homes
  • Other valid personal reasons (e.g. animal care)
  • Return to the main residence

There is no quarantine requirement while entering from Austria. In addition, the return trip of EU citizens and third-country nationals to their home countries or the country where they are entitled to stay, with transit to Germany is now allowed.

What documents must be submitted?
For the professional crossing of the border (cross-border commuters, commuters, etc.) it is recommended to have the form of the federal police for the commuter certificate filled out by the employer and to show it at the border. Cross-border commuters should also carry their cross-border commuter card.
The same forma can also be used by the Austrian companies to certify the commuting status of their employees based in Germany.
A recommendation for Austrian companies concerned is also; to carry all documents that demonstrate their commercial activity in Germany with them when crossing the border. Such as order forms, delivery notes, request/orders from the German customer, or appointments.
In addition, the employer can issue a certificate / passport confirming that the journey to the place of work / to the customer is work-related. This certificate can be shown both at border controls and police checks within Germany.
Visits to educational institutions, should be accompanied with the commuter certificate, in by the respective institution.
While, people who would like to cross the border for family reasons or maintenance of properties must carry with them a completed self-declaration must.

Private trips: permitted to what extent?
Entry for non-professional reasons is only permitted for the purposes mentioned above, above all for family and medical reasons. Entry for tourist purposes or for shopping, for example, is generally not permitted until June 15, 2020.

Transit to / from other EU countries
If the entry requirements for Germany and the destination country are met, transit through Germany is generally possible.
The following also applies here: We recommend affected Austrian companies to issue the commuter certificate, an employer certificate / passport (see above) and to carry as many documents as possible that demonstrate commercial activity in the target country and the need to travel through Germany, when crossing the border and within Germany to carry along.

Quarantine regulations after the entry
The regulations of the German federal states on mandatory quarantine after entry from abroad can only be applied to entry from non-EU countries. While, this does not apply to the transits made through Germany.


Removal of border controls: from Germany to Austria
Starting from June 4th, 2020 all entry restrictions entering Austria from Germany (or countries as Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia) or who resides in Germany (or the above stated counties) have already be lifted.
At the border, it may be necessary to demonstrate that the last 14 days have not been outside of Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary or Slovenia. This applies both to entries by land and air.
Austrians and travellers from Germany no longer need to submit a molecular biological test for SARS-CoV-2 at the airport.
For all other immigrants (e.g. employees or business partners from other countries who enter to or through Germany, the following provisions initially apply (at least until June 15 inclusive).

Travellers from other countries: who can continue to enter?
Entry of travellers from other countries to Austria is only granted under the following conditions:

  • Persons with a medical certificate of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test, not older than four days
  • Seasonal workers in the agricultural and forestry sector as well as nursing and health personnel under certain conditions
  • Passing through Austria without a stopover

These requirements do not apply to:

  • Freight transport,
  • Commercial traffic (with the exception of commercial passenger transport),
  • passenger traffic,
  • The use of essential medical services under certain conditions,
  • Reasons worth considering in the family area or compelling reasons for animal care in individual cases,
  • Individual travellers coming from Austria who cross German territory to reach their destination (journeys over the German border),
  • the communities of Vomp-Hinterriss, Mittelberg and Jungholz.

In principle, persons who worked in Germany on behalf of an Austrian company are not obliged to present a health certificate or to go to a 14-day home quarantine in Austria

Documents to be submitted
Business partners and employees who do not come from Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia still need documents that prove their commercial activity in Austria. Order forms, delivery notes, requests / orders or appointments can be useful for this.
Commuters are advised to have the form for the commuter certificates filled out by the employer. The certificate can be placed in the windshield of the vehicle, which should lead to an accelerated check-in at the border. Cross-border commuters should also carry their cross-border commuter card.

Health certificate from Germany
With the exception of the rules for freight, commercial and commuter traffic described above, only persons who do not come from Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia will be given a medical entry for Germany, Certificate of a negative SARS-CoV-19 test. Otherwise, the data subjects must commit to a 14-day self-monitored home quarantine, which must be started immediately.

Travel by car / train
Professional carpooling with motor vehicles in Austria is only permitted if you wear a mouth-nose guard and only two people are transported in each row of seats including the handlebars.
In Germany, there is a recommendation to wear mouth-nose protection in carpools, but this is not mandatory. The driver must ensure that the essential facial features remain recognizable. The minimum distance of one and a half meters to people who do not live in their own households must also be observed in motor vehicles.
Also in public transport there is an obligation to wear mouth-nose protection in all German federal states. In most federal states, this also applies to long-distance trains and station buildings.
However, any quarantine provisions of the German federal states for entry into Germany apply regardless of the means of transport. When returning to Austria by plane – unlike by car / train – a medical certificate must be presented or a 14-day self-monitored home quarantine must be started immediately.