Test first, then fly: Austrian “Covid-19 Tested Flights”

Our pilot project "Covid-19 Tested Flights" will come to an end for the time being on December 15, 2020. We would like to thank our passengers who took part in the tested flights. Through your support and feedback, we were able to gain valuable experience and successfully complete the test phase.

In the coming weeks, we will be working on optimizing the test process and looking into expanding the service to other routes. Our aimremains to combine freedom to travel with health protection and to enable all our passengers to travel even more carefree.

Travel with a good feeling and even greater peace of mind

The safety and wellbeing of all travellers is our top priority at Austrian Airlines. In addition to the numerous measures we have already put in place at the airport and on board, we are looking for further solutions to make travelling even safer and more comfortable in close coordination with our medical experts.

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With this in mind, Austrian Airlines is operating flights in a pilot project in which the entire crew and all the passengers are tested for Covid-19 free of charge. Proven rapid antigen tests are used. Please note:  The test is mandatory and you can only board these flights with a negative Covid-19 test result. Alternatively, if you can present a negative PCR test result that is no older than 48 hours on departure, you will not need an antigen test on our Covid-19 tested flights. The aim of this pilot project is to optimise the operation of our test procedure for our passengers. Our intention here is to combine freedom of travel and protecting your health. We look forward to your support.

Fly between Vienna and Hamburg with even greater peace of mind

The test flights OS171 from Vienna to Hamburg and OS172 from Hamburg to Vienna are taking place from 12 November to 15 December 2020. If you are booked on one of these flights, please come to the airport two hours before departure. Allow enough time for the entire testing procedure and ensure a relaxed start to your journey.
Our test centre in Vienna will open 2.5 hours before departure. You can come for the test at any time with no prior appointment. For departures from Hamburg please register in advance online to reduce your waiting time.

The rapid antigen test takes place at the test centre of our respective test partner. It will be performed by healthcare professionals using a throat swab. The evaluation time for the test may vary depending on the location and is between 10 and 40 minutes. The test result is checked by gate personnel during boarding. No data is exchanged, recorded or shared.

If you do not wish to take a Covid-19 tested flight that you have already booked, you can rebook or cancel your ticket free of charge and without giving reasons. To do so, please contact our Service Centre on +43 5 1766-1000.

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Test procedure for Vienna and Hamburg


Please come to the test centre at the airport in question with your boarding pass or your booking confirmation. For departures from Hamburg, please also bring the confirmation of your online registration with you and present it at reception. 

Please bear in mind that you may have to wait and be sure to allow enough time – thank you!


Medically trained personnel will perform the throat swab. The evaluation time for the test may vary depending on the location and is between 10 and 40 minutes. You will receive your test result by email or SMS. If you have not provided an email address, please wait near the test centre and collect your result in person.


You can continue to the boarding gate if you have a negative test result. Please keep your boarding pass and the test result readily to hand. Our staff at the gate will perform a visual inspection before you board. No data is exchanged, recorded or shared.

We wish you a safe and healthy journey!

What happens if the test result is positive?

This new antigen test may give false positives or negatives. The risk of a false result is low, but cannot be completely ruled out. 

Unfortunately, we cannot welcome you on board our flight if your test result is positive. A positive rapid antigen test is classified as a suspected Covid-19 case and the medical and official regulations of the respective country of departure come into effect.  

Unfortunately, you cannot continue your onward journey until a negative PCR test result has been confirmed. We would like to point out that a positive PCR test result will necessarily lead to quarantine restrictions. 

AXA Partners “Tested Flight Care” product is available to passengers who test positive.

Our partner test centres

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Vienna Airport

The test centre at Vienna Airport for departing passengers can be found in the Austrian Airlines check-in area in Terminal 3 near desk 370. The test centre opens 2.5 hours before departure. 
For transferring passengers, a mobile testing station in the transit area near the respective onward flight gate is used.

Aerial view of Hamburg with Speicherstadt, Hafencity and Elbphilharmonie.

Hamburg airport

The CENTOGENE test centre is located at Hamburg Airport in Terminal 1 on Level 2 near the check-in area. Use the escalator next to the check-in area to reach Level 2. The test centre is located on the left-hand side. Please register via the CENTOGENE portal before you arrive at the test centre and order your rapid antigen test in advance.

A glimpse of the future

Aircraft are already the safest means of public transport. This project is intended to make flying even safer. Based on the experience of the test phase, we are planning further Covid-19 flights. We plan to establish rapid tests as a fixed component of the journey. 

Note: our hygiene measures, such as the compulsory use of masks at the airport and on board, will remain in force on Covid-19 flights.

Questions and Answers

General questions

Covid-19 rapid antigen tests: Background and specifications

Booking and flight

Procedure at the test centre