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COVID-19 RULES

What are Austria’s current Covid rules and how are they changing?

After Austria announced that most restrictions would be lifted in what the chancellor called a "spring awakening", here's an overview of the Covid restrictions currently in place and how they are set to change.

What are Austria's current Covid rules and how are they changing?
We should find out more about Austria's re-opening plan after a summit this week. Photo: Tobias Schwarz/AFP

The rules listed below are the national rules, which are a minimum level. That means individual regions can choose to implement their own stricter versions. Where these are already known, we have included regional variations.

Dining and drinking out

Restaurants and bars are subject to a midnight curfew; apres-ski venues and nightclubs are completely closed.

The 2G rule (proof of vaccination or recovery from Covid is required for entry) is currently required for all food and drink establishments except take-away, and this is currently set to change 

Eating and drinking is only allowed while seated, and FFP2 masks must be worn except while seated at your table, including if you are collecting food for take-away.

From February 19th, the 2G rule will change to 3G (meaning a negative test is possible as an alternative) from February 19th, except in Vienna which will retain the 2G rule. 

From March 5th, nightclubs and apres-ski venues will re-open.

From March 5th, the midnight curfew for restaurants will be removed.

From March 5th, FFP2 masks will no longer be required.

Hotels

The 2G rule currently applies to hotels.

From February 19th, this will change to 3G (meaning a negative test is possible as an alternative), except in Vienna where the 2G rule will stay in place.

Events

Events of over 50 people are only permitted if there is no eating or drinking so that FFP2 masks can be worn at all times.

There is a midnight curfew on events.

From March 5th, the curfew limit and upper limit on attendees will be lifted; consumption of food and drinks will be allowed.

Shopping

For non-essential retail stores, proof of 2G is no longer required. FFP2 masks are compulsory in all retail venues, including non-essential retail as well as supermarkets and pharmacies.

From March 5th, FFP2 masks will only be required in essential retail (eg. supermarkets, pharmacies, post offices and banks). Some regions may choose to keep the mask requirement in non-essential retail; Vienna’s mayor has said this may be the case in the capital.

Hairdressers and beauty salons

In services requiring close physical contact (such as hairdressers and beauty salons) the 3G rule currently applies, meaning a recent negative Covid-19 test result can be shown for entry as an alternative to vaccination or recovery. It is mandatory to wear FFP2 masks in these businesses regardless of your vaccination status.

From March 5th, the FFP2 requirement will be lifted.

Culture

At cultural venues like museums and galleries, there is no longer any entry restriction, but you need to wear an FFP2 mask.

From March 5th, the FFP2 requirement will be lifted.

Work

A 3G requirement is in place for all workplaces where you can’t rule out contact with another person, and a general recommendation to work from home if possible is in place.

Travel

Entry to Austria is basically covered by the 2G+ rule, meaning that you need a full course of a vaccination (two doses, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson) and either a booster dose or a recent negative PCR test. In a few special cases, more lenient rules apply.

From February 22nd, the 3G rule will reply (proof of full vaccination or recent recovery or a negative PCR test).

Useful links

Current Covid measures – Austrian Health Ministry (in German)

FAQ on Covid – Austrian Health Ministry

Multilingual information on Covid-19 from the Health Ministry

Covid-19 information from the Austrian Tourist Board

Information on booking your Covid-19 vaccine from Austrian authorities

Information on booking a Covid-19 test from Austrian authorities

24-hour health advice hotline to call if you experience Covid-19 symptoms or have been in contact with someone who tested positive: call 1450 from Austrian phones or +43 1 1450 from foreign phones

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COVID-19 RULES

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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