How Austria’s Green Pass rules will change this summer

Austria's Green Pass rules will change in August, which means Austrian residents will need to have three shots of the Covid-19 vaccine to be considered fully vaccinated.

How Austria's Green Pass rules will change this summer
Austria's Green Pass rules are changing in August. Photo: Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP

From August 23rd, three vaccinations will need to be entered in the Green Pass for people to be considered fully vaccinated in Austria.

Previously, proof of recovery from an infection with Covid-19 and one or two vaccinations could be substituted for being vaccinated three times to provide proof of 3G (vaccinated, recovered or tested).

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A Covid-19 recovery certificate will still be valid for six months and those who are not fully immunized have until mid-August to get vaccinated.

However, there will be some exceptions to the new rules, such as for pregnant women (due to possible health risks) and for those with a medical exemption, ORF reports.

Three vaccinations are already recommended by the National Vaccination Committee to protect against Covid-19, although Austria’s Federal Government recently suspended the controversial compulsory vaccination law until August.

Currently only 65 percent of the Austrian population has a valid Green Pass, down from 72 percent in February, according to Der Standard.

Additionally, the 3G rule is currently only required for entering hospitals, retirement and nursing homes in Austria.

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Changes to mask rules in Austria

The Green Pass announcement follows changes to the mask requirement from Wednesday June 1st when it will no longer be compulsory to wear an FFP2 mask in Austria except in hospitals, health care settings and old people’s homes.

An exception to these rules is in Austria’s capital city. In Vienna it will still be obligatory for people to wear masks on public transport and in medical practices and pharmacies.

Useful links

Green Pass FAQs from the Ministry of Health

Covid-19 vaccine information in English

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Austrian court rules certain bans for unvaccinated were ‘unconstitutional’

Austria's constitutional court found that banning unvaccinated people from going to hairdressers or cultural institutions was unconstitutional

Austrian court rules certain bans for unvaccinated were 'unconstitutional'

The Constitutional Court (VfGH) has found a regulation which stopped people from going to hairdressers in the second lockdown for the unvaccinated was unconstitutional and, therefore, illegal.

However, the Court of Justice did confirm it was admissible to distinguish between people with and without 2G evidence (proof they had recovered from or been vaccinated against Covid-19), meaning the lockdown for the unvaccinated was itself legal.

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As there were exceptions to the lockdown, allowing people without vaccinations to leave their homes to “cover the necessary basic needs of daily life”, this should have included trips to the hairdressers as part of these “basic needs” on a long term, the court ruled.

It clarified that the rules were at first supposed to last for 10 days, but as the lockdown got extended several times, lasting a total of 11 weeks, the “basic needs” evolved and should have included hairdresser visits.

According to the Constitutional Court, it was also illegal for the government to ban unvaccinated people from entering cultural institutions in autumn 2021.

In this case, the reason was that people were still allowed to go to church and other places of religion, which the court found was “in violation of equality”.

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The court found the ban on entering sports facilities ordered by the Minister of Health during the first lockdown in March and April 2020 was also unlawful, as there was not sufficient justification, broadcaster ORF reported.

Strict Covid-19 measures

Austria was one of the countries which imposed several lockdown periods during the pandemic, as The Local reported. While some were aimed at the entire population, more recently, only those who didn’t get vaccinated against Covid-19 were prevented from going out of their homes without a justification (such as grocery shopping or emergencies).

The country had also imposed a Covid-19 vaccination mandate, but that was scrapped after new variants of the virus evolved into less severe cases of the disease, the government said.

Currently, there are few coronavirus restrictions in place. You can check out all the measures across Austria here.