In advance

In advance

FAQs Planning your holiday

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

Austria is using a system known as the "Three Gs" (genesen, geimpft, getestet – recovered, vaccinated, tested). Before entering many places, you have to provide proof that you have a negative test, have been vaccinated or have recovered from Coronavirus. There are several uncomplicated testing possibilities free of charge for holiday guests.

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 do-it-yourself lateral flow antigen test. We recommend doing this test in the morning as you are getting ready for the day.
  • 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

2. Which rules are currently in place?

  • 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"). None of these are needed to access supermarkets and shops.
  • Anyone who spends more than 15 minutes at a hospitality location must provide their contact details.
  • The "Three Gs" rule does not apply to shops and supermarkets. 
  • On lifts and funiculars which either are enclosed or can be enclosed (including cable cars, chairlifts with protective covers, etc) and in enclosed areas around lifts and funiculars, people must wear a face mask.

3. 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)

  • All 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)

4. 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.

5. Where does the “Three Gs“ rule apply?

  • As from 1 July 2021, the “Three Gs” rule applies in the following areas:
  • Restaurants & bars
  • Hotels & accommodation
  • Recreational facilities (e.g. dance schools, zoos)
  • Cultural sector (except museums, libraries and archives)
  • Sports facilities
  • Gatherings (with more than 100 persons)
  • Trade fairs, congresses

6. 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 12 years of age. 

7. How many Covid-19 cases are there currently in Tirol?

8. When do I have to wear a face mask?

  • As from 1 July 2021, you must wear a face mask on public transport, in customer areas of business premises (e.g., shops, other services) as well as indoor museums and public indoor spaces. 
  • FFP2 masks are only mandatory in health care and nursing; everywhere else regular (cloth) masks (covering mouth and nose) are sufficient.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.
  • Do-it-yourself lateral flow antigen tests 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.

12. How do the do-it-yourself lateral flow antigen tests work?

  • 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 do-it-yourself lateral flow antigen test. We recommend doing this test in the morning as you are getting ready for the day.
  • 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.
  • Please be aware that do-it-yourself lateral flow antigen tests 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.

Explanation Video: How to use the self-test kit

13. How do the do-it-yourself lateral flow antigen tests under supervision at accommodation or tourism office work?

  • 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.

Test requirements for border crossings

  • If you need a negative test to travel back to your home country then you can use the do-it-yourself lateral flow antigen test carried out under supervision at your accommodation or a local tourism office.
  • Please speak to your accommodation provider or the local tourism office for more details on testing.

14. Requirements for tests at border crossings. What do I need to know?

  • 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 you can use the do-it-yourself lateral flow antigen test carried out under supervision at your accommodation or a local tourism office.
  • 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.
  • 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.

15. Are staff in the tourism sector tested on a regular basis?

Members of staff in the hotel and hospitality industry who have frequent customer contact must adhere to the following rules:

  • They must either provide proof that they have had a negative test, been vaccinated or had and recovered from Coronavirus, or they must wear an FFP2 face mask at all times (including in outdoor areas). 
  • Members of staff who are able to provide proof that they have had a negative test, been vaccinated or had and recovered from Coronavirus can choose instead to wear a standard face mask (including in outdoor areas).
  • Tests must be repeated on a regular basis (every 24, 48 or 72 hours, depending on the kind of test used).

Members of staff who do not have frequent customer contact (e.g. kitchen staff) must adhere to the following rules:

  • When interacting with other members of staff they must wear at least a standard face mask or, alternatively, use another method to minimise the risk of infection (e.g. forming bubbles within the team and taking tests on a regular basis).

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

The current travel warnings can be found here.

17. Can a planned holiday be cancelled in case of a travel warning?

18. Travel insurance with additional Covid-19 coverage

The Hotelstorno Plus insurance by the Europäische Reiseversicherung offers despite the still existing pandemic status insurance coverage in case of Covid-19 illness, automatically and without extra costs. Benefit from extra help and support for stays of up to 31 days – for example, if you have to cut your trip short, if you have to stay longer than planned and in the event of an emergency on the mountain. Take it out now.

ADAC Plus Membership

The German Automobile Club (ADAC) offers insurance which covers the cost of additional overnight stays and return travel resulting from an official quarantine order. In addition, the Covid-19 test costs will be covered if this makes it possible to travel home. This offer does not apply if there was a travel warning for the affected country or specific location before departure. A maximum of €500 per person per claim will be covered. 

19. What is the situation for people who have recovered from Covid-19?

People who have been infected with Sars-Cov-2 are exempt for half a year from having to show a negative test (starting from the time when the person has fully recovered). Proof of this must be provided in the form of a doctor's note or a certificate confirming the presence of neutralising antibodies (this certificate must be no more than three months old).

20. What is the situation for people who have been vaccinated?

  • Legislation is currently being drawn up which will mean that people who have been vaccinated will no longer have to show a negative test.
  • This will apply from day 22 after the person has received their first vaccination. In this case the first vaccination must be no more than three months old. If the person has received both doses, the first dose must be no more than nine months old. People who have been vaccinated with a single-dose vaccine will no longer have to show a negative test from day 22 (the vaccination must be no more than nine months old).
  • From 19 May 2021, hospitality locations, hotels and cultural venues can be accessed by vaccinated Austrians by showing their yellow Vaccination Passport ("Impfpass") in paper form.
  • From July 2021 there should be a Green Pass at EU level to make it safe, quick and easy to travel between countries once again.

21. How will negative tests and proof of immunity be checked?

Checks will be carried out by the respective businesses themselves, ie. bars, restaurants, hairdressers, etc.

22. Who has to pay a fine if the rules are broken?

Businesses must pay large fines if they do not stick to the Covid-19 safety measures. Fines can also be imposed on customers who break the rules. 

23. How much can I expect to pay if I break the rules?

If a person breaks the rules on social distancing or mask-wearing they can expect to receive a fine of €90. People who have been ordered to quarantine by the authorities and are found to have breached this quarantine can be fined up to €1,450. They may also be charged under Paragraphs §§ 178 and 179 of the Austrian Civil Code, which covers endangering other people through commuinicable diseases.

24. How can I continue to minimise contacts even after the lockdown?

  • Tourism destinations are places where many people come together at the same time. Especially this summer, we can all do our bit to help reduce the amount of contact between people.
  • Purchase online, for example your lift pass.
  • Book your rental equipment (mountain bikes, climbing gear, etc.) in advance.
  • Book your guides online in advance.
  • Check-in online with your accommodation provider.
  • In many places in Tirol it is even possible to book a place in a hut via smartphone. You can find more detailed information on the websites of the respective regions.