What are Salzburg’s current Covid-19 rules and restrictions?

The region of Salzburg has tightened its Covid-19 measures again, with exits tests in place for two municipalities. Here are the rules you need to be aware of.

A commuter wears an FFP2 mask
A commuter wears an FFP2 mask, now compulsory in all retail stores and beauty salons in Salzburg. Photo: Alex Halada/AFP

3G, 2G and 2.5G

Nationwide, Austria uses the 3G rule. You can enter certain venues by showing proof you fit into one of the following categories: Geimpft (vaccinated), Genesen (recovered), Getestet (tested negative).

Proof of vaccination includes either Austria’s own Grüner pass, or an EU digital Covid-19 pass (if you have an EU pass with a QR code but live in Austria, you will be able to upload this to your Grüner pass) or other equivalent. 

2.5G is the term used when antigen tests are not accepted for entry, so you either need proof of vaccination or recovery, or a negative PCR test.

Visiting restaurants, bars and cafes

There are no limits on opening times for food and drink venues.

In Salzburg, the 3G rule applies for entry to restaurants and gastronomy during the day time, and you’ll also need to register your details.

There are stricter rules for late-night dining and drinking, and slightly looser restrictions for take-away food (see below).

Evening dining and bars

Separate rules apply to what’s known as ‘night gastronomy’ (Nachtgastronomie in German). There is no legal definition for this, but it generally covers dining and drinking during the night time, as well as bars and night clubs.

A 2.5G rule applies in most of Austria, including Salzburg, meaning that an antigen test is not sufficient for entry.

Night gastronomy venues also need to collect customers’ data; they will usually do this using a registration app when you arrive.

Take-away food

You can enter restaurants and cafes to pick up food to takeaway without proof of 3G. This also applies to street food stalls, for example.

However, you need to wear an FPP2 mask at all times while inside the venue.

Visiting cultural venues (theatres, museums, libraries etc)

In venues like theatres and cinemas, the 3G rules and the usual restrictions on events apply. 

In other cultural venues, like galleries, museums and libraries, there is no 3G rule, but unvaccinated people need to wear an FFP2 mask.

Shops and supermarkets

There is no limit on opening hours for shops, and you do not need proof of 3G to enter.

At supermarkets and pharmacies, everyone must wear a FFP2 mask, regardless of vaccination status.

In Salzburg, compulsory FFP2 mask wearing also applies to all other retail shops, regardless of your vaccination status.


The 3G rule applies to events for over 25 people. Larger events, over 100 people, also need to collect attendees’ data.

Hairdressers and beauty salons

For this kind of service where you need to have a close proximity to staff (think nail salons and masseurs as well), the 3G rule applies nationwide. 

In Salzburg, you also need to wear an FFP2 mask at these kind of businesses, regardless of your vaccination status.

Exit tests

For three municipalities in the Salzburg region, there is a requirement to show proof of 2.5G (vaccination, recovery or a negative PCR test) in order to leave the area.

This applies to St. Koloman until at least October 31st initially, and will also apply to Adnet and Annaberg-Lungötz from October 20th until at least November 3rd. 

Face masks

In any situations where wearing a face mask is mandatory, you should wear an FFP2 mask, not a cloth mask or ordinary surgical mask.

You need to wear an FFP2 mask at all times while using public transport, regardless of your vaccination status.

You also need to wear an FFP2 mask inside all retail shops and at businesses like hair dressers or beauty salons (note that these rules are stricter than elsewhere in Austria) and unvaccinated people must wear them at cultural venues like museums. 

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Austria recommends 4th Covid vaccine dose for everyone over 12

Austria's autumn Covid-19 plan includes a fourth Covid-19 dose to all those older than 12 and the Health Ministry doesn't rule out further measures, especially a return of the mask mandate.

Austria recommends 4th Covid vaccine dose for everyone over 12

Austria’s Health Ministry and the country’s National Immunisation Panel (NIG) have recommended a fourth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to the general population ahead of autumn.

Health Minister Johannes Rauch (Greens) and physician Herwig Kollaritsch of the Immunisation Panel have requested people take the vaccination before the cold months, reiterating that the Covid-19 vaccine is safe and protects against more severe courses of the disease.

“You can do a lot before autumn. Don’t wait until the numbers rise. Get vaccinated, take the booster shots”, Kollaritsch said in a press conference this Wednesday, August 31st.

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The previous recommendation was only for people older than 60 or those in risk groups. “After there was already the booster recommendation for the vulnerable and over 60-year-olds over the summer, all other groups are to get a booster in the coming weeks,” the health minister said.

Only 58.9 percent of the population is currently sufficiently vaccinated, as per the recommendation of the National Immunisation Panel (NIG) – which for the majority of the population is three doses – or if they’ve had Covid then two doses and a recent recovered status.

New measures ahead of autumn

The health minister stopped short of announcing new Covid-19 measures for autumn.

When he announced the end of the mask mandate in the country back in May, Rauch had said the suspension would be “temporary” and masks were likely to return after summer, depending on the pandemic, particularly on hospitalisation numbers.

Currently, masks are obligatory in the health sector and on public transport in Vienna.

“We evaluate the situation weekly by talking with the hospital heads in the states. We have a very good view of the Covid-19 data, and we don’t rule out bringing measures back in the future”, he said.

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He added: “It is likely that in the autumn, compulsory masks will again be useful and necessary in certain areas such as public transport or supermarkets,”.

For now, though, the minister said he recommends people to get vaccinated, wear masks where social distancing is not possible, and get tested regularly – even if those measures are not mandatory.

When should you get vaccinated?

The fourth vaccination should come a minimum of four months after the third one (or after a Covid-19 infection) but not after six months of the third dose (regardless of whether or not the person has had an infection after the last vaccine), according to the NIG.

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For children between five and eleven years of age, the basic immunisation – which consists of three vaccinations – should be completed by the start of school at the latest; no booster vaccination is currently recommended in this age group.

Austria expects vaccines adapted to the omicron variant to arrive in the country before the end of September, the health minister said.