Ski and Winter Holidays in Times of Coronavirus
Time for winter holidays! Find out which measures are in place to ensure a safe winter in Austria.
Last update: 22 September
From skiing to city trips: Austria's winter is waiting. In times of coronavirus, many winter activities are subject to special safety measures and regulations. You will need to show proof of vaccination, past infection or a negative test to access many areas - learn more about these so-called "entry tests" here.
In general, Austria is working with a 3-stage system, with stricter rules going into effect depending on the Coronavirus situation. At the moment, stage 1 is in effect.
Please note: Many accommodations are currently offering very flexible cancellation conditions. We recommend you contact your preferred establishment to discuss the options. Many tour operators, such as Crystal Ski, Inghams, and Ski Solutions, have also developed programmes to make sure you can book your holiday with confidence.
Austria's 3-Stage Model for Autumn and Winter 2021/22
(currently in effect)
- For entry to hotels and restaurants, for cable cars (during the winter season), to enter Christmas markets, and for gatherings from 25 people, you will need to show proof of vaccination, past infection, or a negative test
- FFP2 masks are required for everyone on public transport, in cable cars, and essential businesses such as supermarkets, chemists, petrol stations, banks. FFP2 masks are required in all shops and museums for those that are not vaccinated or have recovered from COVID.
- Après-Ski: Proof of vaccination, past infection, or negative PCR test (!) required. Antigen tests are not sufficient.
(7 days after exceeding threshold of 300 intensive-care beds occupied)
- Proof of vaccination or past infection required for night clubs, après-ski, and events without assigned seating with more than 500 attendees
- Antigen self-tests no longer accepted as proof (e.g. for restaurants, Christmas markets etc.)
(7 days after exceeding threshold of 400 intensive-care beds occupied)
- Proof of vaccination, past infection, or negative PCR test (!) required. Antigen tests are no longer sufficient anywhere.
- Après-Ski: Proof of vaccination or past infection required. A negative tests is no longer sufficient.