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    Coronavirus Measures in Austria's Hotels and Restaurants

    Austria’s hotels and restaurants are doing everything they can to protect you. Learn more about current measures.

    Austrian hospitality is legendary around the world. As responsible hosts, we continue to cater for our guests to the best of our ability in these challenging times. Find the answers to your most important questions about coronavirus measures in hotels and restaurants here.

    Measures in Hotels

    Hotels are open. The following measures are in effect:

    • At check-in, you are required to show a negative COVID test or proof of vaccination/past infection (so-called "entry tests" according to Austria's "3G rule").
    • At check-in, you will need to register (as is usual in Austrian hotels).
    • You will also need a valid entry test when making use of hotel services, such as visiting a hotel's restaurant. Every 48 hours, you will be able to take a monitored self-test directly at your hotel.
    • Employees have to either show a negative COVID test or proof of vaccination/past infection or wear a face mask.

    Measures in Restaurants & Night Clubs

    Restaurants are open nationwide. The following measures are in place:

    • To visit a restaurant, you are required to show a negative COVID test or proof of vaccination/past infection (so-called "entry tests").
    • Employees in restaurants have to either show a negative COVID test or proof of vaccination/past infection or wear a face mask.

    For night clubs and bars, additional stricter rules apply:

    • A negative PCR test or a vaccine certificate is required (proof of past infection is not sufficient).
    • Vaccinated guests have to be fully vaccinated to enter night clubs, bars and discos i.e. you will need to show either a negative test or proof of full immunisation. This means that you are only considered vaccinated if you had both doses of the vaccine OR for vaccines that only require one dose, starting on the 22nd day after vaccination.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • Are buffets permitted?

      Yes, if certain hygienic precautions (e.g. providing disposable gloves or hand sanitiser) are taken.

    • Which tests are valid for entry and for how long?
      • PCR test (from a lab, "Alles gurgelt" etc.): 72 h (Vienna: 48 h)
      • Antigen test at the chemist, in a testing facility etc.: 24 h (except Vienna from 1 Oct)
      • Monitored self-test: 24 h (except Vienna)
      • Antigen test under supervision in the respective company: only applies to the specific occasion (except Vienna)
    • Do I need an entry test if I am vaccinated or have had COVID before?

      No, if you are vaccinated, you do not need to show a test for 360 days after your second dose (you will need to show proof of full vaccination, meaning you are only considered vaccinated if you had both doses of the vaccine OR have a past infection + one vaccination dose).

      For vaccines that only require one dose, you are considered fully vaccinated starting on the 22nd day after vaccination, for 270 days.

      If you have had COVID-19 before, you will not need to show a negative test for 180 days after your recovery. Proof of neutralising antibodies is valid for 90 days.

      For night clubs, proof of vaccination/recovery or a negative PCR test are required.

    • Do children need an entry test?

      Yes, children from the age of 12 need an entry test. In Vienna, children from the age of 6 need an entry test.

    • Do I need to wear a mask if I have been tested, vaccinated, or had COVID before?

      FFP2 masks are required on public transport, in cable cars, and in essential businesses (supermarkets, chemists etc.) for everyone. Individuals who are not vaccinated or recovered also need to wear FFP2 masks in all other shops and museums. In Vienna only, a face mask (from 1 October: FFP2 mask) is required in all shops, theatres, and cinemas.

    • Do children need to wear masks?

      Wherever masks are required, children from the age of 6 need a regular face mask. From the age of 14, FFP2 masks are required.

    • Why are hospitality workers no longer required to wear a face mask?

      If employees who are in direct contact with customers show a negative COVID test or proof of vaccination/past infection they are no longer required to wear a face mask.

    • Can I cancel my stay free of charge?

      Many hotels currently offer very generous cancellation terms. Please get in touch with your accommodation to check. Please find more information on cancelling your holiday here.

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