Hi. Heading to Vienna in two weeks. Looking for suggestions on the best place to get tested for returning to the US at the end of our trip. I can see they do testing at the Vienna airport but it also looks like testing closes at 2 pm, which makes timing feel a little rushed. What are some options in the city? What are others successfully doing to get home?
Proctored self-tests are the way to go. Most common under the Binax Now brand.
I use the proctored self tests. There is the option of a testing location near your hotel. Simply ask at the desk. I encourage you to test, however you choose, the day prior to your flight.
Please refer to the information in this link. Tests are free for tourists, there is no need to pay and no need to go to the airport:
Remember as well that the test should be done the day before travel, not 24 hours before travel.
Thanks everyone! Good options!
PCR Gargle tests are valid for re-entry to the US?!?
Christina, there are different types of tests available, but only some will qualify for the travel to US requirement. You would need to follow the directions for a PCR test or antigen test that are listed at pharmacies.
I appreciated this link to clear information for tourists.
Yes, PCR gargle tests are absolutely fine for US entry. The problem is that results can take up to 24 hours so not great with the US timeframe of testing the day before travel. The rapid antigen test is better to get prior to returning to the US because results take 10 minutes.
PCR gargle tests are much more accurate than rapid antigen tests, by the way. You spit in a tube and you drop off your test at a Billa or Bipa where is it sent to a lab for analysis. You must register with the Allesgurgelt system (not hard, in English) and video yourself taking the test. You will receive the results in an email link and the report is valid for travel.
Are non-Austrian citizens eligible for free PCR testing at one of the Gurgel-Boxes in the town?
According to the link, yes.
Thanks. Should have read it more thoroughly. :-(
Another "free-ish" option is proctored, self-testing with the Binax test kits. Your insurance should reimburse (at least partially) them for you. This means that you don't have to make detours to the in-city test sites.
@scudder @barkinpark - any tips for how long to plan to spend in the queue waiting for the test to start?
I have heard different stories. It really depends on the number of people who are doing it at the same time. I have also heard that Abbott has increased the number of proctor staff.
When I’ve done it it hasn’t really felt like a wait, just a moment for the process of connecting.
@Scudder @barkinthepark — Thank you! Some reports from 2021 indicated really long wait times. Glad things seem to have improved. Your help in understanding the process is greatly appreciated!!