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Region by region: What are the current Covid rules in Austria?

For people vaccinated against Covid-19, the nationwide lockdown in Austria is over, but has been replaced by a series of still strict measures, which vary slightly between the nine regions.

cafe in Vienna
There are three different dates for the re-opening of cafes and restaurants, depending on where you are in Austria. Photo: Joe Klamar/AFP

Rules apply to residents and tourists alike, and what is allowed depends on where in Austria you are and on your vaccination status.

National rules

The following rules apply nationwide:

  • Lockdown for people without proof of 2G (full vaccination or recovery from Covid-19, though teenagers in compulsory schooling can use a negative test instead of 2G). This means leaving the home is only possible for people in this group for essential reasons including exercise, buying food or essential supplies, or going to work. On December 24th, 25th, 26th and 31st there is an exemption allowing up to ten people to meet privately without needing proof of 2G.
  • Services requiring close physical contact (sometimes called ‘body-hugging services’ as a direct English translation from the German) including hairdressers and beauty salons can re-open with a 2G requirement and an FFP2 mask requirement.
  • Non-essential retail stores can re-open, again with a 2G rule and FFP2 mask requirement.
  • Hotels can re-open with a 2G rule and FFP2 mask requirement.
  • Night gastronomy (late-night bars, nightclubs and après ski venues) will remain closed until at least January 9th.
  • In other catering venues (restaurants and cafes) an 11pm closing time will apply as well as 2G rules, and some regions are not opening these businesses until later in December. Where these are open, food should be consumed while seated only, and FFP2 masks are required except while seated.
  • Events can go ahead with different guest limits depending on the venue. If there are assigned seats, there is a maximum of 2,000 people at indoor venues and 4,000 people outdoors; without assigned seating that falls to 300 outdoors and just 25 indoors. 
  • There are slightly different rules for markets. For markets with no food sold for consumption, the 2G rule and FFP2 mask requirements apply. For markets where food is sold for consumption and services may be on offer as well as goods (this includes Christmas markets) there is a limit of 300 people, and a 2G rule and FFP2 mask requirement.
  • Working from home is recommended if possible. At the workplace, a 3G rule (proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test) and an FFP2 mask requirement are in place.

Regions are not able to remove any of these national rules, but if they choose to they can decide to impose stricter measures. Here’s an overview of the current regional differences.

Burgenland

National rules apply.

Carinthia

Gastronomy (restaurants and cafes) is set to re-open on December 17th.

Hotels are set to re-open for tourism on December 17th.

Lower Austria

Gastronomy (restaurants and cafes) is set to re-open on December 17th.

Hotels are set to re-open for tourism on December 17th.

Salzburg

Gastronomy (restaurants and cafes) is set to re-open on December 17th.

Hotels are set to re-open for tourism on December 17th.

Styria

Gastronomy (restaurants and cafes) is set to re-open on December 17th.

Hotels are set to re-open for tourism on December 17th.

Tyrol

National rules apply.

Upper Austria

Upper Austria remains in full lockdown for the full population, regardless of vaccination status, until at least December 17th. This means that non-essential retail, services like hairdressers, and events will not open until then.

Vienna

Hotels are set to re-open for tourism on December 20th.

Gastronomy (restaurants and cafes) is set to re-open on December 20th.

Vorarlberg

On the whole, national rules apply, though with slight differences in the catering industry, where there is a limit of ten people per group seated at one table, and for events, where a maximum of 500 people may be allowed at events with assigned seating.

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Reader question: Do I need to wear a mask on flights to/from Austria?

The EU has eased recommendations for face masks on flights and in airports, but member states are free to put their own rules in place.

Reader question: Do I need to wear a mask on flights to/from Austria?

Since Monday, May 16th, it is no longer mandatory to wear a medical-grade face mask on flights and at airports within the EU.

But Austria will continue with the rule for now, meaning that masks are required on flights to Austria.

The implementation of the EU recommendation is based on the national rules in individual countries. 

For flights, where a destination country has a mask rule in place, then masks must be worn. 

An Austrian Airlines spokesperson told the Kronen Zeitung: “The easing of the mask requirement is an EU recommendation that must be reflected in a national regulation in order to also apply in Austria.” 

The aviation safety agency EASA and the EU health authority ECDC states that if masks are mandatory on public transport at the point of departure or at the destination, then the regulation should also continue on board the aircraft.

According to current Austrian Covid-19 regulations, wearing an FFP2 mask is still required in hospitals, elderly and nursing homes, public transport (including stops and stations), taxis, customer areas of vital trade, such as supermarkets, and administrative buildings.

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In addition to Austria, masks are still compulsory in some public areas in Germany, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Italy – all key tourism destinations for travellers from Austria.

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