Getting here

Getting here

 

1. Travelling to Tirol. What do I need to know?

Travellers from countries with low rates of Coronavirus (annex A)

  • Travellers from these countries can come to Austria for any reason, including tourism.
  • They must be able to show that they have tested negative, been vaccinated or had Coronavirus and recovered.
  • If they are unable to do so then they must complete an online registration form and provide a negative test within 24 hours of arrival.

  • Travellers from these countries do not need to quarantine upon arrival in Austria.
  • This applies to both EU/EEA countries as well as third countries with low rates of Coronavirus.

Click here for more details (in German)

Travellers from high-risk areas (annex B1)

  • Travellers wishing to come to Austria must complete an online registration form before arrival.
  • Travellers coming from countries with high rates of Coronavirus must be able to show that they have tested negative, been vaccinated or had Coronavirus and recovered.
  • If they are unable to do so then they must provide a negative test within 24 hours of arrival.
  • Travellers from high-risk countries who have been vaccinated or had Coronavirus and recovered do not need to quarantine when they arrive in Austria. Travellers from high-risk countries who provide a negative test must quarantine for a period of ten days when they arrive in Austria.
  • This quarantine can be ended five days after arrival (day of arrival is considered day zero) by providing another negative test.

Click here for more details (in German)

Travellers from areas with variants of the virus (annex B2)

  • Travellers coming from countries which are known to have variants of the Coronavirus (currently Brazil, India and South Africa) can only come to Austria for very limited reasons.
  • Fundamentally, it is only possible for Austrian citizens and people with their place of residence in Austria or with right of residence in Austria to come to the country.
  • It is also possible to admit people from these countries for humanitarian reasons and if it is considered to be in the interest of the Austrian Republic.
  • Travellers coming to Austria from an area known to have a variant of the virus or who have been in such an area in the last ten days can only enter Austria with a negative PCR test.
  • They must also quarantine immediately for ten days (Article 3). This quarantine can be ended after five days if they are able to provide another negative PCR test for SARS-CoV-2. Travellers must pay for this test themselves. Proof of this negative test must be provided when requested.
  • This rule on having to provide a negative test also applies to people who have been vaccinated or have had the Coronavirus and recovered.
  • Austrians and people with their place of residence in Austria who in the last ten days have spent time in an area with a variant of the virus are allowed to enter Austria but must provide a negative PCR test within 24 hours of arrival.
  • Children aged 10 years and older must be tested. Children under 10 years of age will be treated according to the immunity status of their parents/guardians. Children must also quarantine, but this quarantine can be ended early if their parents fulfil the necessary requirements to do so.

Click here for more details (in German)

2. How can guests on holiday in Tirol get tested?

Do-it-yourself lateral flow antigen test with digital readout

  • Visitors to Tirol who wish to access tourism and leisure attractions or attend events and have not either been vaccinated or had and recovered from Coronavirus can perform a free do-it-yourself lateral flow antigen test. 
  • The result will be displayed within just a few minutes. If the test is negative, you will need to upload it to the online platform www.selbsttest.tirol. You will then receive an e-mail or SMS with a link where you can download a certificate. This certificate can then be used in Austria for 24 hours to access various locations.
  • Guests staying in the region will receive a set of do-it-yourself tests when they arrive at their accommodation.
  • The test itself is very simple and only requires placing a swab inside the nose. If you have any problems carrying out the test or uploading the result to the platform, please speak to your accommodation provider. They will be happy to help.

Do-it-yourself lateral flow antigen test under supervision at accommodation or tourism office

  • Visitors who would like to access hospitality locations and leisure activities in Tirol but who have not been vaccinated or had and recovered from Coronavirus can carry out a do-it-yourself lateral flow antigen test at their accommodation or a local tourism office.
  • The result of the test is displayed within a few minutes.
  • If the test is negative then your accommodation provider or the staff at the tourism office will upload the result to the online platform www.tiroltestet.at.
  • You will then receive an e-mail or a SMS with a link which you can use to download a certificate confirming your negative test.
  • This certificate can be used to access hospitality locations, leisure activities, etc. for 48 hours after the test was carried out.
  • The test itself is very simple and involves placing a swab inside the nose.

Lateral flow antigen test carried out at an official test centre

  • Visitors to Tirol who wish to access tourism and leisure attractions or attend events and have not either been vaccinated or had and recovered from Coronavirus can get tested at one of over 40 official test centres in Tirol.
  • You will be sent an e-mail or SMS with a link where you can download a certificate. This can then be used for 48 hours to access various locations.
  • Speak to your accommodation provider to find out where the nearest test centre is.
  • There is also a map of all test centres in Tirol available online.
  • You can register in advance by visiting the website tiroltestet.leitstelle.tirol.

Requirements for tests at border crossings

  • Do-it-yourself lateral flow antigen tests with a digital readout can only be used in Austria.
  • If you need a negative test to travel back to your home country then please go to one of the over 40 official test centres in Tirol to get a lateral flow antigen test

3. Are there any travel warnings currently in place for Tirol?

The current travel warnings can be found here.

4. Must travellers entering Austria  register in advance?

Yes. All travellers wishing to come to Austria must complete an online registration form before arrival.

5. Travelling through Germany to Tirol. Which rules do I need to know about?

Travellers from outside or inside the Schengen Area need to know the following when travelling via the quickest possible route through Germany:

  • It is not necessary to register online and go into quarantine.

You do need a negative test or proof that you have been vaccinated / had and recovered from Coronavirus in the following situations:

  • if you arrive by air,
  • if you have previously been in an area with virus variants. In this case you always need a negative test (proof of vaccination or proof that you have had and recovered from Coronavirus is not enough).

You do not need a negative test or proof that you have been vaccinated / had and recovered from Coronavirus in the following situations:

  • if you arrive by land or sea (e.g. by car or boat) and have not previously been in an area with virus variants.

These rules apply both to journeys within the Schengen Area – e.g. from Poland (Schengen Area) via Deutschland to Austria (Schengen Area) – as well as to journeys from outside the Schengen Area into the Schengen Area or vice versa – e.g. from Moscow (not Schengen Area) via Frankfurt to Austria (Schengen Area) or in the other direction.
 
Ban on travel from areas with virus variants
 
The ban on travel from areas with virus variants also applies to people travelling through one country to get to another. The only country in Europe currently categorised as an area with a virus variant is the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man the Channel Islands and the British overseas territories (categorised as area with a virus variant since 23 May 2021 and as a high-risk area since 16 May 2021).
 
Full details provided by the German Foreign Ministry

6. Which countries are considered risk areas?

Travel rules for Austria will in future be based on the ECDC's map of high-risk areas.

  • Green/orange: No travel restrictions to Austria
  • Red: People arriving from these countries must be tested, vaccinated or have recovered from Coronavirus
  • Dark red: People arriving from these countries must be tested, vaccinated or have recovered from Coronavirus. On top of that, these people must quarantine for ten days. This quarantine can be ended early by providing a negative PCR or lateral flow antigen test from day five of the self-isolation period.

Work is currently underway on further details and the situation for people arriving from non-EU countries.

Download FAQ page of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health

7. What is the "Three Gs" rule?

The "Three Gs" stand for

  • geimpft (vaccinated)
  • getestet (tested)
  • genesen (recovered)

People will need to be one of these three things in order to access many places and services such as restaurants, hotels and events.

8. Do children also have to meet the "Three Gs" rule?

The "Three Gs" rule means people have to provide proof that they have tested negative, been vaccinated or had Coronavirus and recovered. This, however, does not apply to children under 1o years of age.

9. What are the currently rules on travelling to Austria?

  • People arriving from countries which are currently subject to a travel warning due to the Covid-19 pandemic require either a negative PCR test (no more than 72 hours old) or a lateral flow antigen test (no more than 48 hours old).
  • Tests can be provided in German or English. Tests in other languages must be accompanied by a doctor's note. If it is not possible to provide a doctor's note then another test must be taken within 24 hours of arrival in the country.
  • All people wishing to travel to Austria must register online before arrival. This data will be automatically passed on to the local authority of the region where you will be staying. The registrations form (in German and English) can be found here.

10. I have had and recovered from Coronavirus. How can I provide proof of this?

  • Proof can be provided in the form of a doctor's note or an official certificate issued by the authorities (for example, an official certificate ordering you to quarantine at home). You must have had and recovered from Coronavirus within the last six months.
  • You can also provide confirmation that you have neutralising antibodies against Coronavirus. This confirmation must be no more than 3 months old.

11. Which vaccines are accepted?

  • Proof of vaccination can be provided by showing your yellow Vaccination Passport ("Impfpass"), confirmation of vaccination given to you at the vaccination centre or a printout of your electronic vaccination passport ("e-Impfpass").
  • Double-dose vaccines: From day 22 after receiving the first dose of a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine authorised by the EMA you can use your proof of vaccination for a period of three months. After receiving the second dose of the vaccine this period is extends to a total of nine months.
  • Single-dose vaccines: From day 22 after receiving the first dose of a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine authorised by the EMA you can use your proof of vaccination for a period of nine months.
  • Vaccinations for people who have had and recovered from Coronavirus: People who had a positive PCR test or proof of neutralising antibodies no more than 21 days before receiving their first dose of the vaccine can use their proof of vaccination as proof of immunity for a period of nine months.

12. Which kinds of tests are accepted?

  • Negative PCR tests carried out by an officially certified test centre are valid for 72 hours from the time when the sample was taken.
  • Negative lateral flow antigen tests carried out by an officially certified test centre are valid for 48 hours from the time when the sample was taken.
  • Negative do-it-yourself lateral flow antigen tests uploaded to an official data processing system – in Tirol this is the website www.selbsttest.tirol - are valid for 24 hours.
  • Tests will only be carried out on site (at a restaurant, bar, event, etc.) if the person is unable to provide any other proof that they have tested negative, been vaccinated or had Coronavirus and recovered. Tests carried out on site are only valid for that specific venue and for that specific visit.

13. Day guests: what are the rules for them?

  • Travellers wishing to come to Austria must complete an online registration form before arrival.
  • Austria is using a system known as the "Three Gs". This means that people who wish to access a hospitality location, leisure attraction or event must either have a negative test ("getestet"), have proof of vaccination ("geimpft") or be able to show a doctor's note confirming that they have had and recovered from Coronavirus ("genesen").  

14. How can I travel to Tirol by car?

  • If you are travelling to Tirol by car, please make sure you are aware of the travel restrictions currently in place for Austria.
  • Travelling by car is also possible with fellow travellers living in the same household.
  • If you arrive with people from outside your own household, a maximum of two people per row of seats in the car is allowed, including the driver. All people in the car must wear an FFP2 face mask.
  • Please note that inside petrol stations an FFP2 face mask must be worn and a minimum distance of 1 metre must be maintained to other customers and employees.
  • All people wishing to travel to Austria must register for pre-travel clearance.
  • For the latest rules on travelling to Austria please click here.

15. Is Innsbruck airport open?

An overview of flight destinations as well as the current flight schedule can be found on the airport’s website. You will find current flight schedules and safety information on the website of the respective airline.

16. What is the procedure for air travel?

Passenger safety is a top priority at airports. At Innsbruck airport, for example, Plexiglas screens have been installed at check-in, boarding and information desks, floor markings have been added to the boarding areas and hand-sanitiser dispensers have been installed. The following guidelines apply on arrival and departure:

  • An FFP2 face mask must be worn throughout the airport and on the plane.
  • Rules on social distancing must be observed.
  • Please wash or disinfect your hands regularly.
  • Turn away from other people when sneezing or coughing and sneeze only in the crook of your arm.
  • The health guidelines of the respective airlines must be observed.

Up-to-date information can be found on the website of Innsbruck airport as well on the respective websites of other airports near Tirol: Munich airport, Salzburg airport and Zurich airport.

17. What do I need to consider when travelling by train?

The Austrian Federal Railways will be operating their long-distance routes according to the planned timetable. Some restrictions are currently in place on cross-border services. Please inform yourself about the current restrictions in place before you leave by contacting either the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) or the respective train operator such as the German Federal Railways (DB) or the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB).

To keep passengers safe, all trains in Austria are subject to an intensive cleaning and disinfection regime. Please observe the following rules when travelling by train:

  • All passengers travelling on public transport must wear an FFP2 face mask.
  • Please also note that am FFP2 face mask must be worn in all enclosed station areas.
  • Maintain a safe distance of at least 1 metre to other passengers. This rule does not have to be obeyed if it is physically impossible to maintain this distance due to the large number of people travelling and when getting on and getting off.
  • Turn away from other people when sneezing or coughing and sneeze only in the crook of your arm.
  • If possible, buy your ticket online in advance to reduce physical contact.
  • Wash or disinfect your hands regularly.

18. What do I need to know about transfers to accommodation?

  • Passengers must wear an FFP2 face mask. Drivers must take a Covid-19 test at least every 7 days and be able to provide proof of a negative test. Drivers who have not been tested must wear an FFP2 face mask when passengers are in the vehicle.
  • Drivers must take a Covid test at least every 7 days and be able to present a negative test result. Drivers who have not completed a test must wear an FFP2 face mask when passengers are in the taxi.
  • Taxi: It is advisable to sit as far away from the driver as possible and to keep the passenger seat free. A maximum of two people can be carried in each row of seats (including the driver’s row). This means:
    • vehicles with five seats can carry a maximum of three passengers,
    • vehicles with nine seats can carry a maximum of five passengers, 
    • vehicles with nine seats and four rows can carry a maximum of seven passengers.
  • These rules apply to passengers who do not live in the same household. 

19. What do I need to know about hotel shuttles?

  • Passengers travelling on all public transport must wear an FFP2 mask and maintain social distancing wherever possible.
  • It is advisable to sit as far away from the driver as possible and keep the passenger seat free. Each row of seats in the vehicle (including the driver’s row) may carry a maximum of 2 persons. This means:
    • vehicles with five seats can carry a maximum of three passengers,
    • vehicles with nine seats can carry a maximum of five passengers, 
    • vehicles with nine seats and four rows can carry a maximum of seven passengers.
  • This rule applies to passengers who do not live in the same household.