FAQs Planning your holiday
1. What are the current rules in Tirol?
Coronavirus rules and restrictions are set depending on the number of intensive care beds occupied by Covid-19 patients in hospitals.
- The “2G Rule” (people must be fully vaccinated or have had and recovered from Covid-19) applies in hospitality locations, hotels, christmas markets, cultural venues, leisure facilities, care settings, for all services requiring close physical contact and on cable cars and and funicular railways in ski resorts.
- All people who stay at a location longer than 15 minutes must provide their contact details for the purposes of contact tracing.
- The 2G Rule applies to events with more than 25 people; events with more than 50 people must collect the contact details of all people attending.
- An FFP2 mask must be worn in all shops and everywhere where previously a basic face mask was sufficient.
- Vaccination certificates will only be accepted if immunisation is complete (from the day of the second vaccination).
- Green Pass: This is valid for 9 months after the second vaccination; after that a third vaccination (booster) is necessary.
- Single-dose vaccination by Johnson & Johnson is valid until 3 January 2022, after which a booster shot is required for the vaccination certificate to be accepted.
- Transition period for 2G Rule: People who have so far only received one dose of a vaccine will be allowed to access places requiring the 2G Rule if they can also provide a negative PCR test. This transition period will last four weeks.
- All Coronavirus measures apply to persons aged 12 years and over.
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.
- In addition, 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, a first vaccination dose in conjunction with a negative PCR test will also permitted as proof (antigen tests are no longer valid).
- Guests and locals can be tested for Covid-19 free of charge in one of the 40 official test centres in Tirol.
- Confirmation of a negative PCR test will be sent by SMS or email. This confirmation is then valid for 72 hours.
- For information on the test centre closest to where you are, please contact your host.
- An overview of all test centres is available online.
- You can sign up to get a test at tiroltestet.leitstelle.tirol.
5. How does the hospitalisation rate affect the Coronavirus rules in Tirol?
When it comes to Coronavirus restrictions, Austria has shifted from focusing on the seven-day incidence of new cases to the number of ICU beds occupied by Covid-19 patients.
6. Where does the 2G rule apply?
The “2G rule” (i.e. people must be vaccinated or have had and recovered from Coronavirus) applies in the following locations:
- cable cars and and funicular railways
- services with close physical contact
- hotels and other accommodation providers
- leisure attractions
- culture venues (except museums, libraries and archives)
- sports venues not open to the public
- gatherings of 25 people or more
- christmas markets
- trade fairs, conferences, congresses
- travel coaches and sightseeing ships
7. 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 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).
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.
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.
8. 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.
9. What is the "2 Gs" rule?
The "2 Gs" stand for
- geimpft (vaccinated)
- genesen (recovered)
People will need to be one of these things in order to access many places and services such as restaurants, hotels and events.
10. 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.
11. FFP2 face masks – who has to wear them and in which situations?
- An FFP2 mask must be worn everywhere where the 2G Rule does not apply.
- In concrete terms, this means in all shops, on public transport and in cultural venues such as museums and libraries.
- Children up to the age of 6 years do not have to wear a mask.
- Children between the age of 6 and 14 can wear a standard face mask instead of an FFP2 face mask.
12. How many Covid-19 cases are there currently in Tirol?
13. 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.
14. Which vaccines are accepted as proof of immunity?
- 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).
15. Incomplete vaccination series – which rules apply to peoples who have only received one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine?
- There is a transition period until 6 December 2021 for people who have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine but have not yet received the second dose.
- In such cases, a vaccine certificate providing proof of the first dose together with a valid PCR test (no more than 72 hours old) will give access to places subject to the 2G Rule. Please be aware that the Green Pass cannot be used for this purpose.
16. Requirements for tests at border crossings. What do I need to know?
- 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.
17. Are there any travel warnings currently in place for Tirol?
The current travel warnings can be found here.
18. Can a planned holiday be cancelled in case of a travel warning?
- In the case of a package holiday, you can cancel free of charge in the event of a travel warning if the start of the holiday is imminent.
- There is no express legal right of withdrawal for holidays booked privately. Whether or not you can cancel the holiday in the event of a travel warning depends, according to the Austrian Associations of Hotels, on to what extent the traveller can reasonably be expected to undertake the journey.
- Generally speaking, most companies are currently very accommodating when it comes to cancellations and offer the option of free cancellation.
The following regions offer flexible cancellation conditions:
- Erste Ferienregion im Zillertal
- Kitzbüheler Alpen
- Kitzbüheler Alpen - Brixental
- Kitzbüheler Alpen - Ferienregion Hohe Salve
- Kitzbüheler Alpen - PillerseeTal
- Kitzbüheler Alpen - St. Johann in Tirol
- Wilder Kaiser
- Zell-Gerlos, Zillertal Arena
19. 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.