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Covid updates in Austria

Covid updates in Austria
photo: Archives/Austria railway
24 / 11 / 2021

From 22.11.2021, FFP2 masks must also be worn outdoors, at bus stops and train stations.Understandably, the Austrian government requires the FFP2 masks in all trains, buses, and inside train stations.

Given the current Coronavirus infection situation, a temporary nationwide lockdown is in effect in Austria since 22 November. It will be evaluated after 10 days and scheduled to end on 13 December at the latest. Travel to Austria for touristic purposes will not be possible during this time. 

From 13 December: That's how the "2-G-rule" works in Austria:

After the end of the current lockdown, the 2-G-rule (proof of full vaccination/past infection) will be in effect again in Austria, as well as FFP2 mask requirements in most of the areas. To keep locals and visitors safe, the following measures will be in place:

For hotels, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, leisure centers, gyms, cultural institutions (cinemas, theatres, etc.), Christmas markets, ski lifts/cable cars and body-related services (such as hairdressers) proof of full vaccination/recovery is mandatory (children under the age of 12 are exempt).

For events with 25 people or more proof of full vaccination/recovery is mandatory (except for children under the age of 12).

COVID tests (both PCR and antigen) are no longer valid as "entry tests".

FFP2 masks are required on public transport, in all retail businesses and museums.

2-dose-vaccinations are valid for nine months only after the second dose from 6 December (previously: 12 months). After that, a booster vaccine is required for a valid proof of full vaccination. Attention: The 1-dose vaccine by Johnson & Johnson is only valid until 3 January 2022, after that date a booster jab is required as well.

Until 6 December, proof of the first dose plus a negative PCR test is valid for accommodation businesses, body-related services, and events.

Children under 12 years are currently exempt from entry rules; for minors between 12 and 15 years, a solution is being worked on (Exception: In Vienna, children from the age of 6 require an entry test).

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