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PCR tests in Vienna: Safe when traveling abroad and visiting Vienna

In order to get through the holidays safely and carefree this year, we have to follow some basic Corona rules. In many countries, this includes proof that a so-called “low epidemiological risk” emanates from a person. Put simply, this means that you have to prove that you have either been vaccinated, tested or recovered. In Austria , this is referred to as the 3-G rule. Particularly important for holidaymakers: The 3-G rule applies both to entry and exit as well as to restaurants and hotels, leisure facilities such as zoos, cultural institutions such as museums and coaches and excursion boats. This makes it all the more important to always have your own 3-G certificate with you, especially when travelling.

Special case of night gastronomy: PCR test also for those who have recovered

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Austrian night gastronomy occupies a special position with regard to the 3-G rule. Since July 22, either proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test must be presented here. A certificate that you have recovered from a corona infection is not sufficient. So only “2-G” applies here. The sample collection for the PCR test must also not have been taken more than 72 hours ago. So in order for holidaymakers in Austria and visitors to Vienna to be able to throw themselves into the nightlife without any problems, they often have to take a PCR test on site. Fortunately, there are now many offers with which night owls can get their PCR test result quickly and safely.

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PCR test in Vienna

One of the bodies that has specialized in a comprehensive range of tests during the Corona period is the Viennese institute Dermacare. It is easily accessible, especially for tourists, in the middle of Vienna’s city center. Medically trained staff carry out PCR tests here using a nasal swab. There is also the offer of a PCR gargle test. The test costs only €69 and the result is available within 6 to 24 hours. If you are in a hurry, Dermacare also offers so-called express PCR tests at a price of €89, for which you will receive the notification within a maximum of 12 hours.

Test result especially for trips abroad

However, the PCR test offer at Dermacare is also aimed at Austrians who are planning a trip abroad. This is because the result of the PCR test is issued in both German and English and signed by a specialist. If desired, they can also integrate the passport number into the findings, as this is always needed when travelling.

“Free testing” when entering Austria

Since the beginning of July, it has been possible to enter Austria without registration or quarantine if you come from countries with a low epidemiological risk. Only if you cannot provide 3-G proof do you have to be tested for Covid-19 within 24 hours of entry. The situation is different when entering from virus variant areas such as Great Britain, Brazil, India or South Africa. In principle, entry into Austria from these areas is only permitted to Austrians and Austrians as well as EU and EEA citizens. They must show a negative test when crossing the border and then go into a ten-day quarantine. However, you can test yourself free from this from the 5th day. Here, too, the reliable PCR test at Dermacare with its fast test result is a good choice. Booking an appointment for a PCR test is very easy online.

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