Last Updated: Tuesday 17th May 2022

Latest Amendments: Dropping of all entry requirements to Austria

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.


Contents

          -          NHS COVID Pass         
   -
          Vaccine Eligibility
                   - For Entry into Austria
                   - As Part of Austria's 3G Verification
    -          FFP-2 Masks 
    -
          Entry Requirements
    -          Getting Around – Austria’s “2G” Verification
    -          What to Expect in Resort?
    -          Travelling with Children
                   - For Entry                 
                   - For 3G Verification

 

      NHS COVID Pass & Booster Doses

The NHS Proof of COVID Vaccination has been updated to demonstrate proof of third or other booster vaccinations, as well as to demonstrate proof of recovery for those aged 12 and over. Please ensure all QR codes have been generated in the past 30 days to ensure they are up to date.

Due to often rapid changes in the international travel situation, we strongly recommend taken your third or booster dose If offered, to ensure swift compliance  you should take up your third “booster” dose, to ensure swift compliance with any changes in international regulation.

 

Vaccine Eligibility

You can freely use your NHS Proof of COVID Vaccination to demonstrate your vaccination status to enter Austria. Please ensure all QR codes are generated in the past 30 days to ensure they remain up-to-date.

More details can be found here.

For Entry

In the eyes of Austrian authorities and for the purposes of entry from the UK to Austria, a person is considered "fully vaccinated" if they have received;

          ·       A full course of any European Medical Association (EMA) approved vaccination against COVID-19 - including all four vaccines regularly administered by the NHS in the UK - and the following vaccinations approved by the WHO for emergency use: Sinopharm, Sinovac, Novovax, Covaxin, Covovax and Covishield (sometimes referred to as the "Indian" version of AstraZeneca)


A “full course” of any multiple-dose vaccine is considered as your first two doses
 and is valid for a period of 270 days (9 months) from the date of your second dose; this can be extended for a further 365 days upon receipt of a booster dose. All booster doses must be received at least 90 days after receipt of your second dose.

A “full course” of any single-dose vaccine is considered as your only dose of this vaccination,
plus a booster dose of another vaccination. 


As Part of Austria's "3G Verification"

In the eyes of Austrian authorities and for the purposes Austria's 3G Verification - which may be needed to access bars and clubs - a person is considered "fully vaccinated" if they have received;

          ·       A full course of any European Medical Association (EMA) approved vaccination against COVID-19 - including all four vaccines regularly administered by the NHS in the UK; additionally, the Novovax vaccine is recognised for these purposes.

Please be aware that whilst Covishield, Covaxin, Covovax, Sinovac and Sinopharm are accepted for the purposes of entry, they are not accepted as part of Austria's 3G verification. A mix of different vaccinations, including an accepted vaccination, is permitted.

A “full course” of any multiple-dose vaccine is considered as your first two doses and is valid for a period of 180 (6 months) days from the date of your second dose (210 days for those aged 17 and under)this can be extended for a further 365 days upon receipt of a booster dose. All booster doses must be received at least 90 days after receipt of your second dose.

A “full course” of any single-dose vaccine is considered as your only dose, 
plus a booster dose of another vaccination.  
 


FFP-2 Masks

As of 19th April 2022, FFP-2 masks remain mandatory on public transport and in essential shops, such as supermarkets and pharmacies, for all persons aged 12 and over. However, this requirement has now been scrapped in all other public areas, including ski lifts and gondolas. FFP-2 masks remain mandatory on all flights to/from Austria and Germany, as well as in many public areas within the province of Vienna.

FFP-2 masks
 (links to Boots for demonstration purposes only, masks may be purchased anywhere) may be in shorter supply in the UK compared to other types of mask, although they remain widely available in Austrian pharmacies and chemists.



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.

As of 14th May 2022, Austria have dropped all COVID-19 related entry requirements; you no longer need to hold proof of vaccination, recent recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.

 

Getting Around – Austria's "3G" Verification 

Austria have dropped almost all domestic COVID restrictions; you no longer need to demonstrate proof of vaccination, recovery, a negative COVID-19 test or a Holiday Ninja Pass to access most indoor public venues in Austria. Please be aware, however, that Austrian authorities have shown a tendency to re-introduce measures at short notice to counter spikes in COVID-19 cases, and that these may vary between federal regions. Please check carefully before travelling.

As of 16th April 2022, the requirement to wear FFP-2 masks has been scrapped in many public areas. Note that they remain in force in essential shops such as supermarkets and pharmacies, as well as public transport, but not on ski lifts or gondolas. Similarly, the requirement for bars and clubs to enforce either mandatory FFP-2 masks or 3G Verification rules has been scrapped.

Different rules currently apply in Vienna versus the rest of Austria - to enter bars, restaurants, clubs and gyms, all persons aged 16 and over must hold 2G Verification (that is, hold proof of full vaccination or recent recovery from COVID-19. Children aged 15 and under may access these areas using a COVID-19 test.



What to Expect in Resort?

As of 5th March 2022, you no longer need to demonstrate proof of vaccination, recovery, a negative COVID-19 test or a Holiday Ninja Pass to access most public venues in Austria. All restaurants, bars, cafes, clubs and aprés ski venues are now and without curfew. 

As of 16th April 2022, the requirement to wear FFP-2 masks has been scrapped in many public areas. Note that they remain in force in essential shops such as supermarkets and pharmacies, as well as public transport, but not on ski lifts or gondolas. Similarly, the requirement for bars and clubs to enforce either mandatory FFP-2 masks or 3G Verification rules has been scrapped.


Travelling with Children

For Entry
All children aged 12 and over are expected to comply with the same entry requirements as adults, i.e. have received a full course of vaccination, recovery, or a negative PCR or Antigen (lateral flow) test. Similar to adults, if they meet these requirements children do not need to quarantine upon arrival, do not need to submit a pre-travel registration form, and do not need a pressing reason for travel.

Children under the age of 12 do not need to comply with any COVID-19 restrictions when entering Austria.



For 3G Verification

As of 16th April 2022, Austria has scrapped many of its remaining domestic COVID-19 restrictions; you no longer need to demonstrate proof of vaccination, recovery, a negative COVID-19 test or a Holiday Ninja Pass to access public venues in Austria, and FFP-2 masks are no longer required in many areas for those aged 12 and over.

Please be aware that FFP-2 masks remain mandatory, for those aged 12 and over, on public transport, in essential shops and on all flights to/from Austria and Germany. Note this does not include ski lifts or gondolas. 

Different rules currently apply in Vienna versus the rest of Austria - to enter bars, restaurants, clubs and gyms, all persons aged 16 and over must hold 2G Verification (that is, hold proof of full vaccination or recent recovery from COVID-19. Children aged 15 and under may access these areas using a COVID-19 test.