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Tuesday | March 2 | 2021

Austrian Airlines to start mandatory Covid-19 rapid antigen tests on two flights

On November 12, 2020, Austrian Airlines is starting a further testing phase on flights OS171 (Vienna-Hamburg) and OS172 (Hamburg-Vienna) in order to integrate Covid-19 rapid antigen tests in the travel chain.

At this step, tests will be mandatory for passengers and the crew on selected flights. This ensures that all persons on board have tested negative for Covid-19.

The implementation of the free Covid-19 rapid antigen tests will take place in close cooperation with airports in Vienna and Hamburg.

After taking the test, passengers will receive their results within 10-15 minutes, either via SMS or, upon request, also after consulting medically trained staff.

The boarding card is only activated if the test result is negative, enabling the passenger to gain entry to the security area and the gate.

If the test result is positive, the affected passenger will be taken care of by the airport medical service in order to fully clarify the individual’s medical condition. Further steps will be specified with the responsible health authorities.

In this case, the passenger will be able to rebook or cancel his or her Austrian Airlines flight at no cost.

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