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New Entry Regulations for Austria & Kurdistan

New Entry Regulations for Austria & Kurdistan



The Austrian government has introduced a Pre-Travel Clearance form to be completed before travelling to the Austrian Republic. The document must be presented to the authorities upon request and its authenticity can be checked using an automatically generated QR code.

The form can be found here: Pre-Travel Clearance Form.

Entry into Austria from countries outside the EU is permitted again. Travelers do not have to enter quarantine if they travel 14 days after full immunization. On the contrary, a ten-day quarantine must be implemented if travelers are partially immunized, recovered or tested. The quarantine may be ended earlier if a negative test is available from the fifth day after arrival.

For detailed information please visit this government website of the Ministry of Health: Entry into Austria.


Austrian Airlines Flights

The flights between Erbil and Vienna are scheduled three times a week.

The schedule is subject to change with short notice. Please always check the official Austrian Airlines Website here.

For detailed information about carefree travels with Austrian Airlines click here: Safe Travel with Austrian Airlines.



In accordance with the global response against COVID-19 and the cautious lifting of restrictions, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Ministry of Health has updated official guidelines for travel to the Kurdistan Region.

January 2022

First: The vaccination deadline for public service employees (civil and military) will be extended to 20 January 2022. Any employee who fails to adhere to the directives will face disciplinary measures according to general health laws.

Second: COVID-19 tests will be administered at border crossings to people entering the Kurdistan Region, including those with COVID-19 Vaccination Cards. Entrance will only be given to those who can provide a negative result from a valid COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of arrival.

Third: The Ministry of Endowment and Religious Affairs will issue special regulations regarding funerals in the Kurdistan Region, in coordination with relevant administrations.

Fourth: Tourist groups must provide negative results from a valid COVID-19 test within 48-hour of arrival AND present valid Vaccination Cards.

Fifth: All citizens, regardless of their vaccination status, must wear a mask when indoors for any public space (e.g., Government offices, businesses, restaurants, banks, and others) and adhere to social distancing regulations.

Sixth: Starting 1 February 2022, entrance to public spaces (e.g., Government offices, stores, restaurants, malls, event halls, businesses, and others) will be denied to those who cannot produce a negative result from a valid test taken within the past 48 hours or a COVID-19 Vaccination Card.