Vienna Airport to Allow Arriving Passengers to Forgo Quarantine with Onsite Covid-19 Testing

By Kurt Stolz on 3 May 2020
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Vienna Airport, also known as Flughafen Wien-Schwechat and informally referred to as Schwechat, said it will begin to offer tests for the novel coronavirus to travelers arriving in the country starting Monday.

All passengers arriving at the airport must either present a medical certificate not older than four days that confirms negative Covid-19 results or they must self-quarantine for 14 days.

Passengers arriving at the airport who take the test and do not have the virus will not be required to remain in self-quarantine for 14 days. Known as PCR tests for polymerise chain reaction, the test, takes two to three hours to provide results.

“Air travel, whether business journeys or urgent trips…will thus become safer and easier,” the airport said in a statement on Sunday.

The tests, which will cost €190 ($208) and which are performed by the private company Confidence DNA Analysen, will provide the individual with proof of negative status that could be used when traveling to another country. An appointment is required for the test.  The laboratory is located at Office Park 3 on the ground floor of the airport.

Schwechat remains open during the pandemic and airlines are operating flights from there to Doha, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Lisbon, Minsk, and Sofia.

Schwechat replaced Aspern as the city’s and country’s principal aerodrome in 1954.  It currently has four terminals and welcomed 27,000 passengers in 2018, the last year for which such data is available.  All airlines are currently operating out of Terminal 3 and face masks are required inside the terminal.

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