Important! This site contains information on the situation which will apply after the end of the lockdown. Austria is currently subject to restrictions on entering the country and also has rules in place on leaving the home and meeting other people. Hospitality locations, hotels and other accommodation providers will remain closed until at least the end of February 2021. Any decision on opening hotels and hospitality will be based in particular on the number of new infections. A meeting of experts will take place on 1 March 2021 to discuss the next steps. Since 12.02.2021 a negative Covid test is required in order to travel out of Tirol. This test must be no more than 48 hours old. East Tirol is exempt from this rule.
1. Which rules are currently in place?
- From 12 February 2021 a negative Covid test will be required in order to travel out of Tirol (except East Tirol). This test must be no more than 48 hours old.
- Children do not have to provide a test. This rule will remain in place for at least 10 days. The Austrian federal government has also issued a travel warning for Tirol.
- Non-essential shops and places providing services with close physical contact have been open again in Tirol since 8 February with certain rules and restrictions in place.
- Hospitality locations, hotels and other accommodation providers will remain closed until at least the end of February 2021. Any decision on opening hotels and hospitality will be based in particular on the number of new infections. A meeting of experts will take place on 1 March 2021 to discuss the next steps.
- The curfew from 20:00 until 06:00 remains in place (with certain exceptions).
- Hygiene and safety measures must be observed at all times. These include social distancing (2 metres) from other groups of guests, no shaking hands or hugging, and wearing an FFP2 face mask where required.
- Ski resorts will be allowed to stay open and can be used by locals for sport and recreation.
- All people aged 14 years and older must wear an FFP2 face mask when using enclosed ski lifts (gondolas, cable cars, chairlifts with protective covers) and when inside enclosed ski lift stations. The FFP2 face mask must not have an exhalation valve. It is also possible to use an equivalent face mask of the same or higher protective standard.
- Since 15 February 2021, all people using the ski pistes during ski resort opening hours must when asked be able to provide proof of a negative Covid test (PCR or antigen) no more than 48 hours old. People who have been infected with the coronavirus in the last six months do not need a negative test - however, they must be able to provide a doctor's note confirming their infection. This rule does not apply to ski tourers. Children under the age of ten years are also exempt from this regulation.
2. How many Covid-19 cases are there currently in Tirol?
The current figures on Covid-19 infections in Tirol can be found on this page.
3. When do I have to wear a FFP2 face mask?
Instead of a simple face mask covering the nose and mouth, it is now necessary to wear an FFP2 mask. This also applies to people who have had coronavirus and people who have already been vaccinated. An FFP2 mask (without exhalation valve) must be worn in the following situations:
- On public transport (train, tram, bus, taxi, boat, cable car, funicular, etc.). Please be aware that an FFP2 mask must be worn not only while using the means of transport itself but also at railway platforms, railway stations, bus stops, tram stops, airports (including outdoors).
- When shopping (e.g. publicly accessible areas of shops and other service providers not involving close physical contact).
- In publicly accessible areas at accommodation providers (e.g. lobby, reception, etc.). Please be aware that under the current restrictions accommodation providers can only accept people staying in Tirol for exceptional reasons such as urgent work requirements.
- In hospitality locations - as and when these are allowed to open (e.g. picking up pre-ordered food, eating in company cantines).
- When travelling together in a car with people from outside your own household and when sharing taxis with people from outside your own household.
- At pharmacies and at all locations where health and care services are provided (e.g. hospitals, doctors' practices, etc.).
- In all local, regional and national authority buildings.
- Important! Children aged between 6 and 14 years of age can continue to wear a simple face mask instead of an FFP2 mask.
4. Which rules on social distancing must be observed?
- It has become common in Austria to use the image of a “baby elephant” to visualise the safe distance which must be kept between people. The following rules on social distancing currently apply:
- In public places you must maintain a minimum distance of 2 metres to other people.
- This rule does not apply to people living in the same household.
5. How can I continue to minimise contacts even after the lockdown?
Be it in the ski hire shop, at the ski school, at the ticket desk or in the hotel – ski resorts are places where many people come together at the same time. Especially this winter, we can all do our bit to help reduce the amount of contact between people.
- Purchase online, for example your lift pass.
- Book your ski rental equipment in advance.
- Book ski courses or ski 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 and ski areas.
6. Are members of staff in the tourism industry tested on a regular basis?
Since 1 November 2020 free testing once per week has been extended from staff in the hotel and hospitality industry to also include ski instructors, mountain guides, travel guides, city guides and landlords renting out private accommodation.
7. Are there any travel warnings currently in place for Tirol?
The current travel warnings can be found here.
8. 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
9. 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.
Coverage for ÖAMTC members
If, during your stay in Austria, you are unable to leave the resort or the journey home cannot be started as planned due to an official quarantine order, the ‘ÖAMTC Schutzbrief’ insurance offered by the Austrian Automobile Club covers the cost of extra overnight accommodation for the insurance holder and the people travelling with him/her from 1 June 2020 to 30 April 2021. More information.
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.