Austria Covid Information

In light of the ongoing global uncertainty around travel, the Bramble Group, undertakes a weekly survey and update of Government imposed travel restrictions in the localities in which we operate.

Please note that the information provided is only a guide and the Bramble Group cannot be held liable for its accuracy. Before making any decisions, guests are encouraged to check the restrictions in place with the relevant Government bodies.

The information on this page is taken from the Austria info Coronavirus page.

The following measures are currently in effect:

  • Hotels, restaurants, night clubs etc. are open. Find protective measures here.
  • Shops, museums, culture and leisure facilities are open. Events can take place again under strict protective measures. Find more information here.
  • Entry regulations are in effect.
  • For almost all public indoor and some outdoor spaces (hotels, restaurants, events etc.), you will need to show either a negative COVID test or proof of vaccination/past infection. Find more information on these so-called “entry tests” here.
  • Face masks are required on public transport and in other public spaces.

Further information on traveling to Austria can be found below or by following this link.

Please note: The following information has been researched with the utmost care. However, we can provide no guarantee of accuracy, it’s a guide and we strongly recommend checking with the relevant authorities.

Latest Update – September 22nd

The Austrian Government have announced their rules for the coming winter season.

On the whole, Austria is working with a 3-stage system, stricter rules will go into effect depending on the Coronavirus situation. At the moment, stage 1 is in effect.

Austria’s 3-Stage Model for Autumn and Winter 2021/22

Stage 1

(currently in effect)

  • For entry to hotels and restaurants, for cable cars (during the winter season),  and for gatherings from 25 people, you will need to show proof of vaccination, past infection, or a negative test
  • FFP2 masks are required for everyone on public transport, in cable cars, and essential businesses such as supermarkets, chemists, petrol stations, banks. FFP2 masks are required in all shops and museums for those that are not vaccinated or have recovered from COVID.
  • Après-Ski: Proof of vaccination, past infection, or negative PCR test required. Antigen tests are not sufficient.

Stage 2

(7 days after exceeding threshold of 300 intensive-care beds occupied)

  • Proof of vaccination or past infection required for night clubs and après-ski.
  • Antigen self-tests no longer accepted as proof (e.g. for restaurants, Christmas markets etc.)

Stage 3

(7 days after exceeding threshold of 400 intensive-care beds occupied)

  • Proof of vaccination, past infection, or negative PCR test required. Antigen tests are no longer sufficient anywhere.
  • Après-Ski: Proof of vaccination or past infection required. A negative tests is no longer sufficient.

Please follow this link for the full details.

Latest Update – September 14th

  • Hotels, restaurants, night clubs etc. are open. Please follow this for link here the full details.
  • Shops, museums, culture and leisure facilities are open. Events can take place again under strict protective measures. Please follow this for link here the full details.
  • For almost all public indoor and some outdoor spaces (hotels, restaurants, events etc.), you will need to show either a negative COVID test or proof of vaccination/past infection. Please follow this link for the full details.
  • Face masks are required on public transport and in other public places

Latest Update – March 22

  • Hotels and accommodations are closed to leisure travellers/tourists.
  • Restaurants and bars can only offer takeout/delivery services. Dining in is not permitted (except in the province of Vorarlberg). FFP2 masks are required when picking up food.
  • landing ban for flights from South Africa and Brazil is in effect.
  • Entry regulations are in effect. Additional local rules for certain regions with high COVID numbers may be in effect (please check locally).

Latest Update – February 15

Austria is in a state of lock-down. Tourism and leisure travel are not possible.

  • 15 February Hotels and accommodations are closed to leisure travellers until at least mid April.
  • 11 February: Travel to the province of Tirol should be limited to essential trips only. From 12 February, you will need to show a negative COVID-19 test (no older than 48 hours) when leaving Tirol. Exemptions for children under 10, transit journeys, and journeys to East Tirol, Jungholz, and the Rißtal valley apply.
  • 8 February: The landing ban for flights from the UK, South Africa, and Brazil has been extended until 21 February.
  • 4 February: From 10 February, people entering Austria from any country except Australia, Finland, Greece, Iceland, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, and the Vatican will need to show a medical certificate proving a negative PCR or antigen test AND commit to self-quarantine. If you cannot show a negative test, you are required to get tested within 24 hours after arrival.
  • 2 February: From 8 February, new rules will go into effect. Non-essential shops will reopen with an FFP2 mask requirement for all customers. Hairdressers and similar service providers may reopen; negative COVID tests will be required for customers. Museums and zoos may reopen with an FFP2 mask requirement for all visitors. Hotels and restaurants will stay closed.

Latest Update – January 18

Austria is in a state of lock-down. Tourism and leisure travel are not possible.

The following measures are in effect until at least February 7:

  • Only essential shops are allowed to open;
  • All residents are required to stay home and only leave for essential reasons.
  • From January 25 only FFP2 masks are required on public transport.

The following measures are in effect until at least the end of February:

  • Hotels and accommodations are closed to leisure travellers;
  • Restaurants and bars can only offer takeout/delivery services. Dining is not possible;
  • All events, concerts, plays and exhibitions are closed;
  • Theatres, cinemas, gyms, pools, zoos, amusement parks and most other cultural and leisure facilities are closed;
  • Cable cars and ski areas are open, but skiing is only possible for locals.

Travelling to Austria

All travellers entering Austria must register digitally in advance to obtain a so-called “pre-travel clearance” (PTC). At the border, they will need to show their PTC (either digitally or as a hard copy). All data collected will be deleted 28 days after the traveller has entered Austria.

Find more information on the pre-travel clearance here and find the form you need to fill in before travelling here.

In addition to pre-travel clearance (see above), anybody entering Austria has to show any one of these three documents:

  • Negative COVID Test

You need to show a PCR test no older than 72 hours OR an antigen test no older than 48 hours. Tests need to be issued by a medical authority; self-tests are not valid. Children under 10 do not need to show a test.

  • Vaccine Certificate

The following vaccines are recognised: BioNtech/Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Sinopharm. You are considered “vaccinated” starting on the 22nd day after your first dose, lasting for 3 months. After the second dose, the validity extends for another 6 months. Vaccines that only require one dose are valid from the 22nd day after that dose.

  • Proof of Past Infection

You can enter Austria for 6 months after a SARS-CoV-2 infection. Proof of antibodies is valid for 3 months from the test date.

To find further details on the documentation required to enter Austria please follow this link.

10-day self-quarantine is mandatory when arriving from a risk area and entry is only allowed under certain conditions. Please follow this link to find the further details.

Entry is prohibited to third-country nationals when arriving from any states except the Schengen area and the countries listed above as safe countries. Exemptions apply.

Please be aware that due to Brexit, the United Kingdom has become a third country and these rules now apply to residents of the UK. There are exemptions in place for EU nationals, business travel that cannot be delayed, and certain other situations. Please check with the Austrian embassy in London if you have any questions.

Who can enter Austria?

Travellers from countries with a low incidence rate (see list below) who can show the above documents can enter the country for tourism purposes without needing to self-isolate. This currently includes most European countries and some non-European countries. You need to have spent the past 10 days within these countries (or Austria) only.

List of countries without quarantine requirement:

Europe

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus*
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Kosovo
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Vatican City

Worldwide

  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Australia
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • Hong Kong
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Macau
  • New Zealand
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • United States of America

* For travellers (by air only) from Cyprus, please refer to the following link for full details.

Travellers from virus variant areas

  • Currently travel to Austria from the following countries is not permitted; Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica and Suriname.
  • Travel for certain purposes only (e.g. business travel, medical reasons etc.)
  • Need to register digitally in advance to obtain pre-travel clearance, required to show proof at the border (either digitally or as a hard copy). Find more information on the pre-travel clearance here and find the form you need to fill in before travelling here.
  • Negative PCR test (NOT antigen test) no older than 72 h required
  • 10-day quarantine (can take test after 5 days to end quarantine early)

Travellers from all other countries

  • Entering Austria is possible.
  • All travellers need to show either proof of full vaccination (starting on the 15th day after their second dose) OR proof of past infection OR a negative COVID test.

Lift System Austria

Since September 15, 2021, it is compulsory to wear a FFP2 mask on lifts.

Ahead of the winter season the Austrian Government will make it a requirement to show either you are fully vaccinated,  have a valid negative test result or have proof of recovery from COVID within 6 months, to be able to use ski lifts.

Lift System St. Anton

Please see the most up-to-date information about St Anton here.

Lift System Lech

Please see the most up-to-date information about Lech here.

Apres Ski Austria

Stage 1 (currently in effect): proof of vaccination, past infection, or negative PCR test (!) required. Antigen tests are not valid.

Stages 2 and 3: proof of vaccination or past infection required (tests are no longer accepted)

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