Current Information for Exchange Students
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Studies at BOKU - WS 2021/22
Update COVID-19 – 22/09/2021
In the academic year 2021/2022, we are endeavoring to enable significantly more face-to-face operations than in the previous year. The primary goal is still the safety and health of all BOKU members. In terms of planning, the following rules apply (as of October 1st 2021):
- BOKU generally applies the 3G rule to protect everybody,
- It applies at all BOKU locations without exception.
- FFP2 masks are mandatory in all public places (e.g.: corridors, etc.).
Vaccination opportunities for students and employees:
- Location Türkenschanze: on September 27th, 2021 and on October 5th, 2021, 9:00am - 4:00pm, 1190 Vienna, Peter Jordan Str. 76, TÜWI, 1st basement (stone collection, Inst. f. Geology
- Location Muthgasse: on October 5th, 2021, 9:00am - 4:00pm, 1190 Vienna, Muthgasse 11, seminar room 12
- No registration required
- Bring with you to the vaccination:
- vaccination passport (if available)
- e-card or European insurance card
- completed declaration of consent (https://www.sozialministerium.at/dam/jcr:2e7d9f92-424c-48cf-8764-f7f2b146669b/210817-Schutzimpfung-Covid19-mRNA-Formular_v8_UK_2_PDFua.pdf)
Information for students (valid as of October 1st 2021):
- The 3G rule applies to all face-to-face lectures, exercises, examinations etc.
- Wearing of FFP2 masks is recommended for all courses in the lecture hall, seminar room, etc. as well as for examinations.
- Exercises, excursions, laboratories take place in presence according to an approved safety concept (measures are adapted if necessary, e.g. FFP2 mask obligation).
- Other lectures are held in presence (up to 40 places) or - if there are more than 40 participants - hybrid or online. We are endeavoring to increase the number of attendance places through further measures.
- Please check BOKUonline for the type of examinations.
For further information we refer to the current information on the BOKU homepage:
https://short.boku.ac.at/kz285o (for students)
the Rectorate of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
For further information please check regularly BOKU's websites:
Please also inform yourself on your home university's rules for exchange mobilities for next semester as well as on travel restrictions, border controls and security measures in your country of residence.
- Official semester start: 1 October 2021
- Welcome Days (probably combination on-campus and online):27-30 September
- Intensive German course: 9-20 September
- Recommended period of arrival: beginning / mid of September
Current Entry Regulations for Austria
Since 01.07.2021 new entry regulations are in place that are based on the so called
1. Entry from countries with low epidemological risk (Attachment 1): 3-G-Rule, no quarantine, no registration (if 3-G confirmation is available upon entry)
All entries from these countries are allowed - also for touristic purposes.
To enter Austria you need a 3-G-verification. If you do not have such a certificate, you have to register online (pre-travel clearance online form https://entry.ptc.gv.at/en) and take a test within 24 hours after your entry to Austria (e.g. at the airport). The negative test and the confirmation of the online registration need to be presented if you get controlled.
Countries Attachment 1:
Andorra, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Jordan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Rumania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, South Korea, Taiwan, Uruguay, Vatican, Vietnam.
From August 3 onwards persons who enter Austria by plane from Cyprus, have to bring a full vaccination certificate or a negative PCR-test. Without such a document you have to register and have to make a (free) PCR test directly at the airport.
2. Entry from countries and areas with virus variants (Attachment 2): limited entry options with 3-G-Rule, quarantine, registration
Entry from countries with virus variants is not allowed.
But there are several exceptions:
- Austrians and EU//EEA citizensare allowed to enter from these countries.
- Persons who enter Austria to start or prolong a study or to do research
- Persons who enter Austria for professional purposes
Those persons have to provide negative molecular-biological test result (e.g. PCR test) upon entry. Also vaccinated and recovered persons need to be tested. In addition you have to register online (pre-travel clearance online form https://entry.ptc.gv.at/en, not earlier than 72 hours before the entry) and stay in quarantine for 10 days. After day 5 (day of entry = 0) you can do a PCR- or Antigen-test at your own expense and you are allowed to end quarantine if the test shows negative.
Please also hold your admission letter from BOKU (for exchange students: download from Mobility-Online) available in printed or digital version, in case you are asked for the purpose of your stay at border control.
Persons who travel for professional purposes, do not have to stay in quarantine.
Areas and Countries of Attachment 2. Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Suriname
3. Entry from other countries (not in attachment 1 or 2): 3-G-Rule, registration, quarantine
When entering Austria from other countries, you have to present a 3-G certificate, register online (pre-travel clearance online form https://entry.ptc.gv.at/en, not earlier than 72 hours before the entry) and stay in quarantine for 10 days. After day 5 (day of entry = 0) you can do a PCR- or Antigen-test at your own expense and you are allowed to end quarantine if the test shows negative.
Fully immunized persons do not have to register, nor stay in quarantine from the 14th day after the last required vaccination (depending on the vaccine). Minors older than 12 years who travel with a fully immunized adult are exempted as well.
- corona-info-website of OeAD (Austrian Exchange Service).
Supply options during quarantine:
Please bring your most important belongings with you, especially for the duration of quarantine (sanitary articles, medicaments, etc.). Concerning foodstuff, all big supermarket chains in Austria offer online order and delivery services, e.g.:
Alternatively, please get in touch with your buddy and/or room/flat mate or landlord, to ask them for help during the first days.
Coronavirus: Facts and security regulations in Austria
By July 1, the so-called "3-G-rule" ("Geimpft/vaccinated - Getestet/tested - Genesen/recovered") is the basic security concept. Vienna has released partly tighter regulations by October 1 (Overview security measures in Vienna; in German).
Since September 15, a graduated scheme, driven by the number of occupied beds in intensive care stations, defines further adaptations of security measures in place. Currently, Austria is in stage 1 of the graduated scheme.
For many activities an access authorization is required according to the 3-G-Rule:
Gastronomy, hotel & accommodation business, services with close contact, leisure and sports facilities, cultural institutions (exemption for museums, libraries, archives), gatherings of more than 25 persons, congresses, travel busses, excursion boats, hospitals, health institutions, care centers. In Vienna, the 2,5-G-Rule (vaccinated, recovered or PCR-tested) applies in these cases.
Only vaccinated or recovered persons and persons with a valid PCR test are allowed in night gastronomy. In Vienna, the 2-G-Rule (vaccinated or recovered) applies in night gastronomy and events with more than 500 people.
When 3-G-rule applies, wearing of masks is not mandatory (exemption for hospitals, health institutions, care centers).
Wearing of an FFP2-mask is mandatory in:
Public transport, food trade stores, pharmacies, banks, post service, authorities, hospitals, health institutions, care centers.
In other stores, museums, libraries, cultural institutions, churches wearing of an FFP2-mask is mandatory for not vaccinated and not recovered persons. For vaccinated or recovered persons it is mandatory to wear mouth-nose-covering-mask; waring of an FFP2-maks is recommended!
In Vienna, wearing of FFP2-mask is mandatory for all.
In gastronomy and hotel business.
The detailed overview on security measures in place as well as all legally binding information is given on the website of the Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection. Information on specific regulations in Vienna are listed on the corona-website of the city.
Information in English and other languages is published by Österreischer Integrations Fonds (ÖIF).
3-G-rule ("Geimpft/vaccinated - Getestet/tested - Genesen/recovered")
The so-called "3-G-rule" ("Geimpft/vaccinated - Getestet/tested - Genesen/recovered") is the basic security concept:
- for the entry to Austria
- for the access authorization to gastronomy, hotel & accommodation business, services with close contact, leisure and sports facilities, cultural institutions (exemption for museums, libraries, archives), gatherings of more than 25 persons, congresses, travel busses, excursion boats, hospitals, health institutions, care centers.
- Vaccinated (with a EMA licensed vaccine against COVID19):
Proof of less than 360 days past
- COVID19 second vaccination, or
- COVID19 vaccination with vaccine administered in only one dose e.g. Johnson & Johnson (valid from the 22nd day after the single vaccination undtil 270 days past the day of the vaccination), or
- Single dose COVID19 vaccination after recovery.
Proof: a document issued in Latin letters in German or English proving your vaccination (e.g. yellow vaccination card or digital COVID-certificate of EU). The vaccination needs to be approved by the EMA or have passed the EUL procedure of the WHO.
- Segregation certificate, not older than 6 months, issued by the authority (in German or English). Important: The person for whom the certificate was issued has been proven to be SARS-COV2 positive; or
- Proof of neutralizing antibodies, not older than 3 months, issued by a certified laboratory (in German or English)!
- Tested (valid from 1.9.2021, in analogy to the requirements of the city of Vienna):
Negative Covid-19 test result
- of an antigen test not older than 24 hours (performed and issued by approved body). Antigen self-tests are not accepted!
Exception: only for the entry to Austria antigen tests not older than 48 hours are accepted.
- or of a PCR test not older than 48 hours (issued by approved body).
Exception: only for the entry to Austria PCR tests not older than 48 hours are accepted.
- of an antigen test not older than 24 hours (performed and issued by approved body). Antigen self-tests are not accepted!
In Vienna, also stricter rules are in force since 01.10.:
- 2G: vaccinated or recovered
- 2,5G: vaccinated, recovered or PCR-tested
- 3G: vaccinated, recovered or tested (PCR or Antigen)
Overview on corona measures in Vienna (in German; as per 01.10.2021)
Vaccinating and Testing in Vienna (for free)
Vaccination offers in Vienna FREE OF CHARGE
Vienna provides a broad vaccination offer to all its inhabitants, free of charge. A Covid vaccination can be booked with prior registration and appointment or as well without appointment in one of the vaccination boxes. Please bring a valid photo ID, your e-card or any other health insurance card and a FFP2- face mask with you. Further information and current vaccination locations are found here:
Testing offers in Vienna FREE OF CHARGE
Vienna offers diverse testing facilities (PCR-Tests, Antigen tests) for free. An overview on different options and locations (test centres, pharmacies) is found here:
The campaign "Alles gurgelt!" (everyone gargling!) offers PCR-tests to be picked up for free at BIPA drugstores. You have to take the tests at home, but if you register and get filmed, you can get an official certificate. Results are available after 12-24 hours:
If you need an official test result quicker than that, you can see a specialised private laboratory. Attention, these offers are NOT free of charge.
Also at Vienna airport you can take PCR-tests or antigen tests. These are NOT free of charge.
What to do in case of illness?
If you fear that your are infected with Covid19, if you show any symptoms or were in contact with potentially infected persons, please follow the official instructions for persons in Austria:
- Stay at home and contact the health advice helpline on 1450 (24 hrs/day) for further steps (diagnostic confirmation)
- The affected person must inform the resp. BOKU-IR coordinator by e-mail, in writing of the procedure specified by the medical officer without delay (erasmustoboku(at)boku.ac.at; jointstudy(at)boku.ac.at; ceepus(at)boku.ac.at; erasmus.mundus2(at)boku.ac.at; gudrun.reisinger(at)boku.ac.at)
If you require other medical consultancy or treatment, information on doctors and hospitals in Vienna can be found here.
Studies at BOKU - SS 2021
The already valid safety and hygiene measures at BOKU were extended at all BOKU locations until 31.8.2021.
The summer semester 2021 is generally to be held as a digital/hybrid semester. All courses and parts of courses that can be held online must be held online.
The months of July and September 2021 can also be used for courses and exams. August is declared as exam-free period.
At BOKU's locations, wearing of FFP2-masks is mandatory as well as keeping desitance of min. 2 meters.
Detailed information on BOKU's teaching and examination modes, published by the rectorate, are found here.
BOKU-International Relations consulting hours
Online consulting hours:
The team of BOKU-International Relations is happy to answer your questions during online consulting hours via Zoom. Find dates, time and Weblink on the contact page/BOKUonline business cards of each staff member here.
Information on Psychological Counseling
A new Corona virus (SARS-CoV-2) is concerning us all as it is globally prevalent. This completely unknown and new situation presents us with challenges, especially in the university and student life. The psychological counceling centers provide guidance for academic and personal challenges.
Corona hardship fund of the ÖH BOKU
Apply now! This fund is intended to provide some support to all students at BOKU Vienna who have got into a social and financial distress due to the Corona crisis. Find further information & guidelines here.