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Everything that changes in Austria in June 2022

From 'paused' mask mandates to Pride parade and the start of summer, here are some of the most important changes you need to be aware of in Austria in June.

Everything that changes in Austria in June 2022
Big events are back as the Vienna Rainbow Parade and Nova Rock Festival take place this weekend. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR / AFP)

No more masks

Starting June 1st, people in Austria will no longer have to wear masks in indoor places – except for health and care facilities. As Covid-19 case numbers fall, the federal government “paused” the FFP2 mask mandate in essential stores such as supermarkets and banks, and on public transport. However, Vienna will keep mandatory masks on public transport for the time being. 

The government also extended the suspension of its vaccine mandate law, meaning that Austrians who are not fully vaccinated will not face fines or penalties for failing to get a Covid shot.

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Climate bonus website to be set up

This is the month when the federal government’s climate bonus website will be available, according to the Climate Ministry. Residents in Austria will receive up to €200 to compensate for the increase in energy and fuel prices created by the eco-social tax reform.

The payment should be automatic, but June is also the month to change any bank details with FinanzOnline website if you want it sent to a different bank account – or have no account set up yet.

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End of free parking for Ukrainians

People with cars with license plates from Ukraine will have to pay for parking in Vienna starting June 1st, Der Standard reported. Until now, they had been able to park for free in the Austrian capital, where almost every street has a short term parking system.

Similarly, in the capital, they will no longer have access to free public transport as of June. Until now, Wiener Linien had extended the free offer, which was set to expire by the end of March, twice. 

Update: The City of Vienna has decided, on May 31st, to extend its support for people who fled the war in Ukraine to Vienna. Displaced Ukrainians can use the Wiener Linien public transport system for free until the end of June.

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Two holidays and Father’s Day

June will be a festive month, with two nationwide holidays and Father’s Day coming up. 

Monday, June 6th, is Pfingstmontag and an official holiday – so prepare your shopping and groceries because almost every store will be closed. 

June 12th, a Sunday, is not a holiday, but it is the date when Austrians celebrate Father’s Day. Unlike Mother’s Day, which falls on the same date for several countries, Father’s Day is more unique to each nation. 

Finally, on Thursday, June 16th, another holiday to enjoy the sunny weather, when Austria celebrates Fronleichnam (Corpus Christi).

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Vienna’s Pride Parade is back

Speaking of celebrations, Vienna’s famous Regenbodenparade – Pride Parade – is back to the city’s Ringstrasse and more than 200,000 people are expected to participate.

During the pandemic, the parade was either cancelled or drastically reduced, but it will now go back to Vienna’s main street in the First District on June 11th. 

For the first time the rainbow parade will also address climate issues and will march with “Fridays For Future”. There will also be supporting programmes including guided tours in the city’s Kunsthistorisches Museum and in the Albertina, a special screening in the film museum, beach days and medical lectures. However, the Pride Village in Rathausplatz, will not return until 2023.

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And so is the Donauinselfest

Austria’s famous Danube Island Festival (Donauinselfest) is back and, for the first time in two years, without any Covid restrictions.

The festival takes place from June 24th to June 26th and the lineup has been announced. It’s Europe’s largest open air and free musical events, but also offers plenty of activities for families, children, and sports enthusiasts.

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Summer is here!

With temperatures rising and the authorities getting ready for extreme heat, summer officially starts on June 21st – which is also the longest day of the year.

With almost no coronavirus restrictions, and zero Covid requirements for travellers, Austria expects an influx of tourists heading to its imperial cities, alpine lakes and scenic mountains. 

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WHAT CHANGES IN AUSTRIA

Everything that changes in Austria in August 2022

From travel chaos and bonus payments, here are some of the most important changes you need to be aware of in Austria in August.

Everything that changes in Austria in August 2022

Travel chaos in Europe

Summer months are set to be chaotic in travelling, and we have seen examples of airports congested throughout Europe. This will continue during August, as airlines have cancelled more than 25,000 flights from their August schedule.

In Austria, flights end up being cancelled on short notice as staff and crew call in sick with Covid-19, as The Local reported.

Strikes on several airlines and airports in the continent will also affect Austrian travellers who plan on vacationing there.

READ ALSO: Airport chaos in Europe: Airlines cancel 15,000 flights in August

Covid-19 restrictions will change

As coronavirus infection cases go up in Austria, affecting the workplace in all sectors, authorities have announced they will scrap mandatory isolation for those who test positive for Covid-19.

People who do not feel sick will be allowed to leave their homes even after a positive Covid-19 test but will have to follow specific requirements from August 1st, as The Local reported.

The so-called “traffic restrictions” mean that those who don’t feel sick will be allowed to leave their homes but must wear an FFP2 mask indoors and outdoors whenever social distancing is not possible.

Additionally, there are entry bans in hospitals, nursing and elderly care homes, childcare facilities, elementary schools and daycare centres.

The restrictions are valid for a maximum of 10 days and as soon as there is a positive antigen test. But a negative PCR test (or PCR test with a CT value over 30 as shown in the laboratory results) allows people to leave the “traffic restrictions” after the fifth day.

READ ALSO: Austria to remove quarantine for positive Covid-19 cases

Social payments to fight the rising cost of living

Some of the payments expected to roll out to Austrian residencies in an effort to cushion the rising cost of living are expected for August, as The Local reported.

While the most significant €500 sum should be paid out in October, families will get an additional one-off payment of the family allowance of €180 in August.

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Traffic chaos in Austria

The summer vacation months are a time when many people in Austria tend to go to their idyllic destinations. However, for those left in the country, especially the capital Vienna, it’s an opportunity to enjoy a lot of what the city has to offer.

Still, people may notice that the city has become quite a Baustelle, or a construction site, with loads of work being done on its public transport lines, streets and avenues. You can check out the main construction works going on in Vienna this month here.

Traffic will be busy in other areas of Austria, too. The vacation months increase car travel, and several festivals and sports events for the month of August make it an even busier month.

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It’s no longer worth it to buy a yearly vignette for driving

From August 1st, it is no longer worth buying a yearly vignette if you are driving on Austrian roads. The many short-term vignettes should be cheaper alternatives instead.

For example, frequent drivers in Austria could buy two two-month vignettes in August instead of the yearly one, saving €37.40. Moreover, from December 1st, the annual vignette 2023 will be available and valid.

The vignette is a small sticker that shows that you’ve paid the tolls necessary to travel on Austrian expressways and motorways.

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Mariä Himmelfahrt holiday on August 15th

There is only one official holiday in Austria during the month of August, the Assumption Day on August 15th.

It falls on a Monday, so don’t forget to prepare yourself for it, as most shops and supermarkets will be closed on the holiday and Sunday as well (as they always are in Austria).

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The heat should continue in August

According to Austria’s meteorologic institute ZAMG, the probability of above-average temperatures in August in Austria is about 70 percent.

This means it is likely that heat waves and above 30C days will continue in the alpine country. According to the ZAMG, the number of days with temperatures above 30C per year has almost tripled in Austria in recent decades – and what used to be record temperatures is now average.

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