UPDATED: How can I prove I’ve been vaccinated to access pubs, restaurants, services and events in Austria?

Since May 19th, people have been allowed certain privileges 21 days after their first coronavirus vaccination. How do you prove you've had the jabs?

The Impfpass or vaccine certificate
This Impfpass or vaccine certificate will be what you need to go to the pub or a restaurant without testing.

On May 19th, Austria relaxed most of its coronavirus measures while implementing a testing, vaccination or recovery from Covid-19 requirement to allow people to go to restaurants, events and play sports. 

Austria’s digital Green Pass certificate to prove people have been vaccinated, tested negative for the coronavirus or have recovered from the disease will not be ready until the beginning of June. 

EU countries and the EU Parliament have also agreed on details of a digital Europe-wide certificate or “green passport” to give citizens proof of corona vaccinations, tests and having recovered from an infection with Covid-19, but this will not be introduced until the end of June.

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So how can you prove you have been vaccinated and avoid taking a test every time you want to go to the hairdresser or go out for a meal? 

The yellow vaccination certificate or Impfpass can be used to access pubs and restaurants when Austria relaxes its nationwide lockdown on May 19th, the Ministry of Health has, the Kurier newspaper reports. 

I don’t have an Impfpass

No need to worry. You will be given a vaccination certificate at your vaccination appointment. Or if you like you can pick one up from the pharmacy or your doctor. 

If you were vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the European Medicine Agency outside Austria, you can ask your doctor to enter your vaccines into the e-card, according to the Vienna Medical Association. Approved vaccines include Moderna, Pfizer Biontech, Johnson & Johnson and Astrazeneca.

 I was vaccinated in another country to Austria 

Once the proof of vaccination is in your e-card, it can be printed out from the electronic vaccination card in pharmacies. The service is available to insured people who are also entitled to use free tests in pharmacies, according to the Chamber of Pharmacists.

If you were vaccinated in another EU country, you could simply wait until the European-wide Green Pass goes ahead in late June.

A vaccine with Sputnik or Sinopharm, which are being used in countries such as Serbia and Hungary, will not allow you any privileges, as these are not authorised by the EMA, and not recognised by the Ministry of Health, according to the Kleine Zeitung newspaper. Instead you will have to show a negative test.The Ministry of Health does not recommend having an extra jab with an approved vaccine at present.

READ MORE: EU plans to open borders to vaccinated tourists from outside bloc

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How long do I have to wait before I can stop testing? 

You will have to wait a period of 21 days after your first vaccination until you can show your vaccine certificate in place of a negative test for the coronavirus.

The date of the vaccination must be clearly shown on the certificate, the Kurier newspaper reports. If you do not get your second jab for full vaccination, the vaccine certificate will expire. So don’t miss out on getting fully vaccinated.

It does not matter which of the vaccines approved in Austria you received as part of the corona vaccination, according to the  Kurier newspaper. Does it make any difference which vaccine I got? 

So when will I get a digital vaccination certificate?

At the beginning of June, the digital vaccination pass (“Green Pass”) should be available, which can be downloaded as a QR code onto your mobile phone.

However, a citizen card or a mobile phone signature is a prerequisite for the digital vaccination pass, the Kronen Zeitung newspaper reports.

You can find out how to get a mobile phone signature here. Anyone who has been vaccinated, tested or recovered from Covid 19 disease then only has to show their cell phone to be granted admission to bars or restaurants.

I don’t have a smartphone

People who do not have a smartphone can – at least in a transitional phase – print out the pdf file with the QR code and use the paper as an “analogue entry ticket” according to the Kronen Zeitung newspaper.

According to the Ministry of Health, it is envisaged that people who do not feel at home in the digital world can have the paper printed out on their local authority or the municipal authorities in order to come to the theatre or the cinema.

Can the vaccination certificate be forged?

A major concern of Austrian and European authorities is that the certificates could be forged. 

There have been media reports, according to Die Presse newspaper, that the planned European corona vaccination certificate is not forgery-proof.

Media reports in Germany have said the vaccination certificates entered in the yellow vaccination pass could easily be transferred to the new EU vaccination card in doctor’s practices, vaccination centres or in pharmacies, since this proof in the yellow vaccination pass is easy to forge, and the new EU certificate based on it is also said to be susceptible to fraud.

Ministry of Health says forgery not a problem in Austria

The Austrian Ministry of Health has said there is not the same risk of forgery in Austria because in this country all vaccinations are entered in the e-vaccination pass, the Kurier newspaper reports. The vaccination certificate for the ‘Green Pass’ will be generated directly from the e-vaccination pass.

READ MORE: ‘E-Impfpass’: What you need to know about Austria’s electronic vaccination certificate

What about children?

In Lower Austria, children and adolescents between the ages of twelve and 15 can now be registered for the corona vaccination at this link. The EMA’s approval of the vaccine is expected around the end of May or the beginning of June. Vaccine appointments will not be available before then. The age group includes around 67,000 children. 

Useful vocabulary

Impfpass – vaccination pass

Impfkarte – vaccination card

Impfpass – vaccination certificate

Impfung – vaccination

Handysignatur – Mobile phone signature

Grüner Pass – Green pass (digital certificate)

Eintrittsberechtigung – entry authorisation

Member comments

  1. If you are an American here on business and have your American vaccination card, does anyone know if there is a process for getting the appropriate documents for Austria? Will our American vaccination cards be honored? I would appreciate any help with this.

      1. I too am curious. Will by New Mexico state health department card be honored? Will it be convertible to one issued in Austria by a pharmacy or a doctor?

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Today in Austria: A roundup of the latest news on Friday

Find out what's going on in Austria on Friday with The Local's short roundup of today's news.

Travel should soon be easier thanks to the Green Passport ALEX HALADA / AFP
Travel should soon be easier thanks to the Green Passport (Photo by JOE KLAMAR / AFP)

EU and Austrian green certificate for travel should be ready for June

EU countries and the EU Parliament have agreed on details of a digital Europe-wide certificate or “green passport” to give citizens proof of corona vaccinations, tests and having recovered from an infection with Covid-19.

This was announced by the Portuguese Presidency in Brussels on Thursday, and will hopefully make travel easier within the EU.The “digital green certificate” – in the form of a QR code – is to be introduced by the end of June.

‘3G Rule’: How to prove you have been vaccinated, tested or recovered from Covid in Austria

Austrian Tourism Minister Elisabeth Köstinger said Austria would have its certificate ready by the beginning of June, and added the fall of the entry restrictions in many countries will make “vacation in Austria” possible again, Der Standard newspaper reports.

Wrong leg amputated at Austrian clinic

The wrong leg of an 82-year-old patient was amputated at a clinic in Upper Austria, Der Standard newspaper reports. The wrong leg was marked before the operation at the Freistadt Clinic. The patient’s second leg must now also be amputated from the middle of the thigh.

The patient and his relatives were offered psychological help, the paper reports, adding the doctor who carried out the amputation is currently not on duty at her own request. 

Seven day incidence at 55

The seven-day incidence, or the number of new infections with the coronavirus in the past seven days per 100,000 inhabitants, is 54.8. In all federal states the number is now below 100 – with Vorarlberg (94.7) and Burgenland (36.0) having the highest and lowest values ​​respectively. 

Almost all federal states in Austria now yellow or orange

Vorarlberg is the only federal state to remain “red” or acute risk according to the coronavirus traffic light commission. Burgenland and Lower Austria were switched to yellow (medium risk) by the commission on Thursday, the rest of the country, with the exception of Vorarlberg, to orange (high risk). 

READ MORE: Explained: How does Austria’s coronavirus traffic light system work

Traffic jams expected this evening

Traffic jams are expected across Austria ahead of the Whitsun weekend, broadcaster ORF reports. On Friday afternoon there will be queues at the exits of the larger cities, warns the Ö3 traffic department.

Towards evening, and on Saturday, traffic is likely to shift more to the transit routes, with queues expected in Tyrol (A13, B179) as well as the border points at Walserberg (A8 / A1), the Karawanken tunnel (A11), Spielfeld (A9) and Nickelsdorf (A4).

Delays on the approaches to the tourist regions, such as on the connections on Lake Constance, the Carinthian lakes, in the Salzkammergut, the Neusiedler See, but also in the Wachau are expected. 

Austria crashes out of Eurovision 

Austria’s performer Vincent Bueno has failed to reach the last round of the Eurovision Song Contest. The 35-year-old singer from Austria “seemed very nervous” during his performance with the ballad “Amen” and could not reach top form, Der Standard newspaper reports. 

No wave of bankruptcies predicted in Austria 

State aid during the coronavirus pandemic is continuing to cause backlogs in company bankruptcies, the Wiener Zeitung newspaper reports. A  Creditreform survey Austria had the steepest decline in corporate bankruptcies in Europe with minus 40.7 percent compared to the previous year. However,Gerhard Weinhofer, Managing Director of Creditreform in Vienna, no longer expects a large wave of bankruptcies for Austria as soon as state corporate aid expires.

Mood brightening for construction and industry

The latest industry overview from UniCredit Bank Austria, which shows the mood in the industry is increasingly brightening, both in construction and the service sector, the Wiener Zietung newspaper reports.

However, supply bottlenecks for some raw materials and strong demand for intermediate products are  increasing production costs. The situation in retail is more pessimistic, and the retail climate in particular remains gloomy for the time being, according to Bank Austria.

Number of people in employment in Austria declines

The number of people in employment in Austria in 2020 has begun to decline for the first time, resulting in a shrinking of  the proportion of the population that finances the social system, Der Standard newspaper reports.

Population economist Binder-Hammer finds that the current social system is characterized by high taxes for employed people, a strong redistribution to the retired population and less protection for the young, who have suffered most economically in the recent crisis.