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.
The following measures have been announced for 19 May:
- Hotels and restaurants will be allowed to reopen, with strict protective measures in place.
- Leisure and culture facilities will be allowed to reopen and events can take place, with strict protective measures in place.
- Entry regulations for EU travellers will change.
- There is a landing ban in place for flights from South Africa, India, and Brazil is in effect. On 1 June, a landing ban for flights from the UK will go into effect.
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.
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.
- A 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:
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.
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.
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.
A 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, updated July 8th 2021:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Czech Republic
- North Macedonia
- San Marino
- Vatican City
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
- United States of America
Travellers from virus variant areas
- Currently, these include Botswana, Brazil, Eswatini, India, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Russia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, Zambia and Zimbabwe
- 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
The lift systems in Austria are open, but skiing is only possible for locals.
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.