Getting here

Getting here

FAQs 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.
  • Countries no longer considered to have a low epidemiological risk (Appendix 1). Visitors from these countries to Austria – with the exception of visitors who are fully vaccinated – must quarantine for ten days upon arrival (a test can be taken after five days; if this test is negative, the quarantine period can be ended early).

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. Digital COVID Certificate and vaccination certificates: What do I have to know?

The EU Digital COVID Certificate entered into application on 1 July 2021. Depending on the country you are in, there are specific rules that apply. In Austria the following specific rules apply:

  • For vaccinations which are administered in two doses (BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca) proof of vaccination is valid from the day of the second vaccination for a period of 9 months.
  • For vaccinations which are administered in a single dose (Janssen/Johnson&Johnson) proof of vaccination is valid for 270 days or January 3rd.
  • It’s still possible to show proof of vaccination in paper format or by showing a vaccination card.

3. Germany classifies Austria as high-risk area. What do I need to know?

  • The Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the German Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the German Ministry of Health have classified Austria as a high-risk. This mean that from Sunday, 14.11.2021, new rules will apply to persons travelling from Austria to Germany.
  • There are no new travel restrictions on people who have been fully vaccinated or who have had and recovered from Coronavirus. However, they must still complete an online form before entering the country.
  • People who have not been vaccinated must provide a negative test (lateral flow or PCR) and must quarantine for 10 days in Germany. This period of quarantine can be shortened by taking a test on day five.
  • Children under 12 years of age do not require a test, but they must quarantine for five days (without the option of shortening this period of quarantine by taking a test at an earlier point in time).
  • An overview of all the current rules for travelling from Austria to Germany can be found here

4. Which testing opportunities are available for guests on holiday in Tirol?

  • In Austria, the 2G Rule (people must be fully vaccinated or have had and recovered from Covid-19) applies to most areas of daily life.
  • During a four-week transition period (ending December 6th 2021), a first vaccination dose in conjunction with a negative PCR test will also permitted as proof (antigen tests are no longer valid).
  • Confirmation of a negative PCR test will be sent by SMS or email. This confirmation is then valid for 72 hours.
  • Visitors to Tirol can get tested at one of over 40 official test centres in Tirol.
  • 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

  • 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.

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

The current travel warnings can be found here.

6. 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

7. Entry requirements to Germany: What do I need to know?

  • All travellers entering Germany must provide a valid negative Coronavirus test, proof that they are fully vaccinated, or proof that they have had and recovered from Covid-19.
  • Children under the age of 12 years are exempt from compulsory testing.
  • Travellers entering Germany from an officially designated “virus variant area” must provide a negative test, even if they are fully vaccinated or have had and recovered from Covid-19.
  • Exceptions apply to people who must cross the Austrian-German border regularly for work reasons.

8. What is the "2 Gs" rule?

The "2 Gs" stand for

  • geimpft (vaccinated)
  • genesen (recovered)

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

9. Does the 2G Rule also apply to children?

  • The obligation to provide evidence of a low epidemiological risk does not apply to children up to the age of 12 years.
  • For Austrian children and teenagers between 12 and 15 years of age (school age), the “Ninja Pass” (where the child’s Covid-19 test results are recorded) is considered equal to the vaccination certificate or proof of recovery required under the 2G Rule. This means it can be used by children to access restaurants, cinemas and cable cars.
  • Upon completion of the ninth grade (16 years of age), children must have the vaccination certificate or proof of recovery required under the 2G Rule.

10. How can I provide proof I have had and recovered from Covid-19?

  • 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.
  • A recovery certificate is valid for 180 days.
  • A medical confirmation is valid for 180 days after an expired infection with SARS-CoV-2. This must have been proven by using a molecular-biological test (e.g. PCR test).
  • A self-isolation order due to a Covid-19 infection issued by the health authorities order is also valid for 180 days.

11. Which vaccination certificates are accepted?

  • All EMA-approved vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 are valid.
  • Proof of vaccination can be provided in the form of an EU-wide vaccination certificate, the Austrian yellow vaccination pass, a vaccination card or a printout or a PDF of the data from the e-vaccination card.
  • Two-dose vaccines: After receiving the second dose of the vaccine, the vaccination certificate is valid for 360 days. At least 14 days must have elapsed between the two vaccine doses. (From 6 December 2021 the vaccination certificate will be valid for 270 days).
  • Single-dose vaccines: From the 22nd day after vaccination with an EMA-approved single-dose vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the vaccination certificate is valid for 270 days.
  • Important! People who have received just one dose of the Janssen vaccine will no longer be able to use their vaccine certificate after 3 January 2022. A second dose is required at least 14 days after the first dose in order to continue to use the vaccination certificate.
  • Vaccination of people who have had Covid-19: People who received a positive molecular- biological test for SARS-CoV-2 at least 21 days prior to vaccination, or who had evidence of neutralising antibodies at the time of vaccination, can use their vaccination certificate for 360 days from the date of first vaccination with an EMA-approved vaccine against SARS-CoV-2. (From 6 December 2021 the vaccination certificate will be valid for 270 days).
  • Further vaccinations ("third dose"): People who have received a further vaccination dose will be able to use their vaccination certificate for 360 days again. (From 6 December 2021 the vaccination certificate will be valid for 270 days).

12. 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.
  • For the latest rules on travelling to Austria please click here.

13. 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.

14. Air travels: What do I need to know?

15. 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. 
  • 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).
  • All passengers travelling on public transport must wear a FFP2 mask.