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Last update: 14 June 2021

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Due to the current situation regarding the coronavirus we are working from home until June, 30th 2021.
E-mails will be checked regularly, but in consequence of the reduced operations there may be some delay in answering requests. Thank you very much in advance for your understanding!
For urgent queries, please, call the emergency number indicated on the answering machine.
We hope to be back at your entire disposal soon and wish all our clients and partners good health!

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Current information on the containment measures in Austria

Requirements for entering and staying in Austria

For quarantine-free entry to Austria, one of the following three conditions must be fulfilled. All certificates / proofs mentioned must be provided in German or English.

  • Vaccinated: A vaccine certificate is valid from the 22nd day after the first dose, lasting for 3 months. After the second dose (for those vaccines that require two shots), the validity extends to 9 months from the first vaccination. A vaccine certificate is only valid for vaccines approved by the EU.
  • Tested: A negative result of an official antigen test not older than 48 hours or a PCR test not older than 72 hours is recognized. Tests results need to be issued by a medical institution, self-tests are not valid.
  • Recovered: A proof of antibodies is valid for 3 months from the test date or a medical certificate, confirming a survived Covid-19 infection in the last 180 days, that has been confirmed by molecular biology is also valid.

 

One of these three requirements (vaccinated, tested, recovered) must always be met in order to be able to use the services of hotels, gastronomy or leisure facilities!

People entering from a high-incidence or virus variant area are also required to present the pre-filled pre-travel clearance form (“PTC”) when entering Austria. This is available in German and English at https://entry.ptc.gv.at/en.html and must be presented in printed or electronic form.

The return travel regulations from Austria to the countries of origin must also be observed!

 

Mandatory FFP2 mask

  • Customer areas of shops (in closed spaces)
  • Public transportation services, taxis and transfers, charter buses
  • Museums, exhibitions, libraries
  • Airports, interior of excursion boats, in cable cars and cog railways
  • Healthcare institutions (medical practices, hospitals, treatment centres, etc.) and pharmacies
  • In the entire service sector with customer contact
  • Restaurants and hotels except when consuming food and drinks directly at the table
  • Public administration buildings and schools outside the classroom (hallways, toilets etc.)
  • All types of events in indoor spaces

 

Public transportation

  • FFP2 masks are mandatory (also for drivers with customer contact) and a safety distance minimum 1 meter

 

Private transportation – Coach / Minivan / Limousine

  • Vaccinated, tested or recovered as a condition for transportation
  • Disinfection of the interior by the driver (after each trip)
  • No newspapers and no drinks on board for the guests
  • Charter coach – for services in Austria all seats may be occupied / toilets will be locked
  • Ship – only one ship per pontoon / one-way embarkation and disembarkation with safety distance

 

Guided Tours

  • Outdoor guided tours – maximum of 16 adults plus minor children per guide.
  • Indoor guided tours (museums, monuments, etc.) – maximum of 8 adults plus minor children per guide, pre-reservation is required in most cases / safety distance minimum 1 meter / FFP2 masks are mandatory.
  • For groups of 17-50 people, there is an obligation to notify local public administration, participants must be registered with their names and contact details. For this group size, guests also need to be vaccinated, tested or recovered.
  • FFP2 masks are mandatory for guides / tour leaders while on a coach, but not during guided tours outside the coach.

 

Hotels

  • Vaccinated, tested or recovered as a condition for entry, registration required
  • FFP2 masks are mandatory in all indoor public areas, elevators and check-in/check-out
  • Safety distance minimum 1 meter between groups of guests
  • Breakfast area & restaurants – see regulations for restaurants/gastronomy
  • Spa, wellness and fitness areas – special safety distance measures

 

Restaurants

  • Vaccinated, tested or recovered as a condition for entry
  • FFP2 masks are mandatory for guests except directly at the table, no consumption while standing
  • Mouth-Nose-Protection (MNP) masks are mandatory for tested service staff / waiters, otherwise mandatory FFP2 masks
  • Indoors maximum group size of 8 adults plus minor children
  • Outdoors maximum group size of 16 adults plus minor children
  • Closing time is currently 24:00h at the latest
  • Safety distance minimum 1 meter between groups of guests, no safety distance required within the same group
  • Special hygiene regulations for buffets
  • Mandatory elaboration and implementation of a hygiene and prevention concept

 

Cultural and leisure facilities (museums, monuments, theme parks etc.)

  • No entrance requirements (vaccinated, tested, recovered) for groups of max. 8 people
  • Min. 10m2 per visitor in closed spaces
  • Min. 1m distance to other people
  • Indoors groups of max. 8 adults plus minor children, pre-reservation is required in most cases / safety distance minimum 1 meter / FFP2 masks are mandatory.
  • For groups of 17-50 people, there is an obligation to notify local public administration, participants must be registered with their names and contact details. For this group size, guests also need to be vaccinated, tested or recovered.
  • FFP2 masks are mandatory in all indoor areas.

 

Events (concerts, cinema, theatre, meetings)

APPLIED TO ALL EVENTS IN GENERAL

FFP2 masks are mandatory indoors

Distance rule – at least 1 meter or a free side seat between people who do not live in the same household or do not belong to the same group.

For 50 or more people, prior approval from the local public administration is required.

From 51 people: appointment of a COVID19 certified manager + COVID19 prevention concept.

 

From 10th June (until probably 30th June) the following regulations apply to events WITH assigned seats:

  • Vaccinated, tested or recovered as a condition for entry + registration of participants with name and contact details required.
  • Indoor up to 1.500 people (at most, however 75 percent of the maximum capacity)
  • Outdoor up to 3.000 people (at most, however 75 percent of the maximum capacity)
  • Food & beverage services allowed according to the regulations for restaurants / gastronomy.

 

From June 10th (until probably June 30th) the following regulations apply to events WITHOUT assigned seats:

  • Indoor up to 8 adults plus minor children
  • Outdoor up to 16 adults plus minor children
  • For groups of 17-50 people, there is an obligation to notify local public administration, participants must be registered with their names and contact details. For this group size, guests also need to be vaccinated, tested or recovered.
  • Food & beverage services allowed according to the regulations for restaurants / gastronomy.

 

Trade shows and public fairs

  • Vaccinated, tested or recovered as a condition for entry
  • FFP2 masks are mandatory for visitors
  • At least 10m2 of space available for each visitor
  • Official permit issued by local public administration with COVID-19 prevention concept and appointment of a COVID-19 certified manager required

 

For more information on the current situation, please consult the following websites:
Tourism in Austria: https://www.austria.info/en
Vienna Tourism: https://www.wien.info/en/travel-info/coronavirus-information