Current Information for Exchange Students
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Studies at BOKU
By start of winter semester 2022/23, COVID regulations at BOKU were further eased. Teaching and examination takes mainly place on site again.
For the protection of all students and staff, do not come to the university if you test positive, even if you do not have COVID symptoms. In the event of compulsory attendance at courses or a scheduled attendance test, we ask students to contact the course instructors to find possible solutions. In turn, we ask the instructors to offer appropriate solutions.
Effective at all BOKU locations:
- Maintenance of safety and hygiene rules.
- Minimum distance 2 meters, wherever feasible
- Recommendation to wear FFP2 mask in shared places where minimum distance cannot be kept
- BOKU quarantine: Anyone who has tested positive is urged to report this to email@example.com, as this gives us an overview of the situation at BOKU and is important for the deliberations in the BOKU crisis team.
- With or without symptoms: No presence at BOKU for at least 5 days. Return to BOKU with a CT score of at least 30. Any traffic restrictions issued by the authorities remain unaffected.
- The internal rule for quarantine for vaccinated / recovered persons who had contact with positively tested persons remains valid: we strongly recommend not to come to BOKU for five days (homeworking) or, if a stay at BOKU is indispensable, to wear FFP2 mask at least continuously. On the 5th day after contact a PCR test should be performed.
For further information please refer to the current information on the BOKU homepage:
https://short.boku.ac.at/corona-information-and-recommendation (for employees, after BOKU login)
If you have any questions, please contact corona(at)boku.ac.at.
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.
Current Entry Regulations for Austria
Since 16.05.2022 no further restrictions for the entry to Austria are in place (no proof according to 3G-rule, no registration, no quarantine). Entries from countries with very high epidemiological risk are exempted from these regulations; in that case the 3-G-Rule applies, online registration is mandatory (https://entry.ptc.gv.at/en) and quaratine has to be kept for 10 days after entry.
Currently, the People's Republic of China is listed as a state with high epidemiological risk. A negative PCR test is therefore required for entry from the People's Republic of China. The test must have been taken no more than 48 hours ago.
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 June 1, 2022 many restrictions were eased in Austria. Daily life can take place mainly without restrictions.
In case of an infection with SARS-CoV-2, a contact restriction period of 10 days has to be kept:
- Obligation to wear a FFP2-mask outside of the private living space in indoor areas or areas where minimum distance of 2 metres to other persons cannot be kept
- Prohibition to visit settings with vulnerable persons (e.g. care centres, medical facilities)
- Restriction period can be ended after day 5 if PCR-test shows negative or CT-value ≥30
An infection has to be reported.
Regulations in Vienna:
Wearing of FFP2-masks is mandatory:
- in public transports and its stations and stops
- in hospitals and care centers
- in pharmacies
It is generally recommended to wear FFP2-masks in indoor areas.
- Visits to hospitals or care centers: PCR-test required (test not older than 72 hours)
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 of Vienna.
3-G_2,5-g_2-G_2-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 in Austria. Further formats are possible:
- 3-G: vaccinated, recovered or tested (PCR or Antigen)
- 2,5-G: vaccinated, recovered or PCR-tested
- 2-G: vaccinated or recovered
- 2-G +: vaccinated or recovered with negative PCR-test
It applies both:
- for the entry to Austria (3G -Rule)
- for the access authorization (2,5-G-Rule) to BOKU
- Vaccinated (with a EMA licensed vaccine against COVID19):
- less than 180 days past COVID19 second vaccination (Attention: Vaccination proofs of one dose vaccination with Johnson & Johnson lost their validity by January 3, 2022. For a valid vaccination proof a second dose - earliest 14 days after the first dose - is required), or
- less than 180 days past single dose COVID19 vaccination after recovery, or
- less than 365 days past COVID19 third vaccination, or
- less than 365 days past second 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).
Entry to Austria: The vaccination needs to be approved by the EMA or have passed the EUL procedure of the WHO (see "Impfstoffe")
Proof for the 2G rue within Austria: The vaccination needs to be approved by the EMA
If you have been vaccinated with a vaccine that passed the EUL procedure of the WHO but is NOT approved by the EMA: The national vaccination committee recommends that you do a antibody test (earliest 1 month after your last vaccination series, but BEFORE the vaccination with an mRNA-vaccine) + a third vaccination with a mRNA-vaccine (Further information in German)
- 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) - not valid for the entry to Austria after 22.11.2021!
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!
Since 21.01.2022 antigen tests at home are valid for the 3-G rule again.
If you can prove that the results of the PCR-test did not arrive on time (without your fault), you can use an antigen test from home as a 2-G confirmation. The tests have to be registered in the authority's data system.
- 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.
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:
In Vienna, it is possible to get the third vaccination 4 months after the second vaccination.
Attention! To get the an EU compliant vaccination certificate (green pass), you need a (temporary) Austrian social security number that you can get for free at the ÖGK.
Please write an e-mail to vsstamm(at)oegk.at and ask for a temporay social security number for the EU vaccination certificate. Attached to this e-mail, please send a copy of your passport/identity card and an informal paper with your signature.
-> At latest on the next day you will receive an e-mail with a social security number (which will only be valid after 3-4 days)
-> Bring this e-mail resp. the number with you, when you get vaccinated! (If you have been vaccinated already, please go back to the vaccination location and ask them to enter your vaccination into the system).
-> You can pick up the vaccination certificate in any pharmacy until the end of December.
After the lockdown you can go to one of the offices of the ÖGK to get your temporary Austrian social security number (bringing the documents listed above and a birth certificate).
Testing offers in Vienna FREE OF CHARGE
Vienna offers diverse testing facilities (PCR-Tests, Antigen tests) for free. Pleease be aware that since 01.04.2022 only 5 PCR tests and 5 antigen tests per months are for free (exceptions e.g. for persons with symptoms or for tests to end the quarantine).
An overview on different options and locations (test centres, pharmacies) is found here:
The campaign "Alles gurgelt!" (everyone gargling!) offers 5 PCR-tests per month 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:
The 5 antigen tests ("Wohnimmertest") can be picked up once a month in every public pharmacy (from 09.04. onwards). You just need your e-card or a respective alternative confirmation.
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.
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.