Last Updated: Friday 19th November 2021

Skiing and riding this year will be different; we’re here to welcome you back to winter as smoothly as possible. This guide is a brief overview of what to expect when travelling to and around Austria and in resort this winter.

Got any more questions? Please give the Information team a call on 0208 410 2009 or drop us an e-mail at [email protected]

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office issues advice relating to the safety of a country or destination to travel to. If you travel against this advice, there could be serious ramifications for the cover provided under your travel insurance policy. Please read their advice and your travel insurance policy very carefully before booking and travelling.


National Lockdown in Austria
As of Monday 22nd November 2021, Austria will enter a national lockdown for all citizens, regardless of their vaccination status. This will see all hotels, bars, restaurants, ski resorts and non-essential shops close. It is expected this lockdown will last a short period of time - it is expected to last for a period of 20 days, but this may be extended as necessary. Please contact your travel provider for more information on how this may effect your holiday. 


Contents

          -          NHS COVID Pass & Booster Doses

          -          Vaccine Eligibility

                         - For Entry

                         - For Austria's "2G" Verification

          -          FFP-2 Masks

          -          Entry Requirements

          -          Getting Around – Austria’s “2G” Verification

          -          What to Expect in Resort?

          -          Travelling with Children

 

NHS COVID Pass & Booster Doses

As of Friday 19th November, the NHS Proof of COVID Vaccination has been updated to demonstrate proof of third or other booster vaccinations. Please refresh your NHS COVID Pass after this date to ensure all appropriate doses are included on your NHS COVID Pass.

Austria will begin to require third "booster" doses for those who's last dose of vaccination was more than 270 days ago from 6th December as part of a range of measures being tightened heading into the winter. The Ski Club is monitoring the situation carefully, and will update our information as best we can when more is known.

If offered, you should take up your third “booster” dose, to ensure swift compliance with any changes in international regulation.

 

Vaccine Eligibility
Different regulations apply for entry to Austria and as part of their "2G" verification. Please check carefully.
For Entry

In the eyes of Austrian authorities and for the purposes of this overview, a person is considered fully vaccinated if they have received;

          ·       A full course of any European Medical Association (EMA) approved vaccination against COVID-19, or WHO vaccination approved for emergency use. This includes all four vaccines regularly administered by the NHS in the UK.

A “full course” of any multiple-dose vaccine is considered as your first two doses, and is valid for a period of 270 days from the date of your second dose.  This can be extended for a period of 270 days upon receipt of a third "booster" dose more than 120 days after your second dose. 

A “full course” of any single-dose vaccine is considered as your only dose, and is valid for a period of 270 days from the date 22 days after administration. This can be extended for a period of 270days upon receipt of a second dose more than 120 days after your initial dose.  


Austria's "2G" Verification

As above, but Sinopharm, Sinovac and Covishield (Indian version of AstraZeneca) vaccines are not accepted as part of Austria's "2G" Verification.

You can freely use your NHS Proof of COVID Vaccination to demonstrate your vaccination status in Austria.

More details can be found here.

 

FFP-2 Masks

Since September 2021, the Austrian Government has required the use of FFP-2 masks (links to Boots for demonstration purposes only, masks may be purchased anywhere) in airports, on public transport - including enclosed lifts - and in shops, museums and libraries. 

You may find these masks in shorter supply in the UK compared to other mask types, although they remain widely available in Austrian pharmacies and chemists. Note that if you are flying with Austrian Airlines, an FFP-2 mask is required at all times onboard the aircraft, except when eating or drinking. They may be able to offer an FFP-2 mask when boarding, but this cannot be guaranteed. An FFP-2 mask must also be worn in all airports in Austria. Please plan ahead before your travels.

More details can be found here.


Entry Requirements

Entry requirements are subject to change at short notice. Please check the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s advice for Austria for the latest guidance.

Vaccinated – vaccinated travellers do not need to complete the pre-travel clearance form, do not need a PCR/Antigen test before travel, and do not need to quarantine upon arrival. You will need to demonstrate proof of a full course of vaccination against COVID-19 - Austrian authorities will freely accept your proof of vaccination provided by the NHS, via either a PDF or NHS app on your phone, or in paper form. You are considered as vaccinated for nine months after the date of your second dose (first for single-shot vaccinations). A third "booster" dose is required to extend this period.

Unvaccinated – you must fill out a pre-travel clearance form no more than 72hrs before travel. Upon arrival, if you are unable to present proof of recovery within the last 180 days, you must present evidence of a negative PCR test taken no more than 72hrs before arrival - from Monday 22nd November 2021, Rapid Antigen tests will not longer be accepted for this purpose. You must self-isolate for 10 days, with the day of arrival being considered day 0. You can exit isolation with a negative PCR test taken on day 5.

 

Getting Around – Austria's "2G" Verification

As of Monday 8th November 2021, proof of a negative test is no longer accepted for entry into bars, restaurants, cable cars, cultural institutions and when buying lift tickets. For those aged 12-17 years and who have not received a full course of vaccination, a "solution is being worked on" by Austrian authorities.
You will need to be able to demonstrate proof of recovery within the last 6 months or a full course of vaccination in order to gain access to some venues, including bars, restaurants, theatres and cinemas. Furthermore, you will need this to purchase lift tickets and access lift systems. This is known as the "2G" system, after the German words for recovered and vaccinated. This can be done via the NHS proof of vaccination, via either a PDF or NHS app on your phone, or in paper form.

You should carry I.D. with you as you may be required to present this as part of your proof of vaccination.

All individuals will need to wear an FFP-2 mask on board all public transport - including enclosed lifts - and in shops, when moving around bars, restaurants, etc., and in cultural venues. 

If you are an Austrian or EU citizen, you can use the Green Pass or EU Digital COVID certificate to demonstrate proof of vaccination. UK citizens cannot currently (as of 4th October 2021) access either of these schemes – your NHS Proof of COVID vaccination or recovery is sufficient. 



What to Expect in Resort?

You will need to provide proof of vaccination or recovery (Austria's "2G" system) in order to purchase lift tickets and access enclosed lifts. This can be done via the NHS Proof of COVID Vaccination. Apres ski venues will require the same proof of vaccination or recovery.

You should carry I.D. with you as you may be required to present this as part of your proof of vaccination.

Social distancing will be in place in enclosed areas. This includes enclosed lifts, so expect lifts to operate with a reduced capacity. FFP-2 Facemasks must be worn on board all public transport, including enclosed lifts, and enclosed public spaces such as shops, when moving around restaurants and in cultural venues.

Cable cars, gondolas, etc., are considered public transport, and FFP-2 facemasks must therefore be worn at all times when riding.

 

Travelling with Children
Children under the age of 18 may freely enter Austria regardless of their vaccination status as long as they are accompanied by fully vaccinated adult(s). Those aged 12-17 (inclusive) will need to demonstrate a negative PCR test taken no more than 72hrs before entry.

As Austria is offering a full course of vaccination to those aged 12 and above, children aged 12-17 (inclusive) must therefore submit to the same 2G Rules as adults. It is not yet clear how this will work with Austria's new "2G" rules, which prohibit the use of negative tests to access restaurants, cultural venues, cable cars, etc.

Those aged 11 and under are exempt from Austria's 3G rules.

Children in Austria aged 12-18 are able to receive a full course of vaccination. As a result, all children aged 12 and upwards must be able to demonstrate proof of recovery within the last six months, or a full course of vaccination. Austria's regression to "2G" Verification - i.e. no longer accepting a negative test result - creates a gap for children aged 12-17 in the UK, who have only been offered a single dose. Austrian authorities are "working on a solution", but it is not yet known what this will be.