In advance

In advance

FAQs Planning your holiday

1. Which rules currently apply in Tirol?

  • The rules relating to the Coronavirus situation are decided based on the number of patients with Covid-19 currently being treated in intensive care in hospital.
  • For hospitality venues, accommodation providers, leisure activities and gatherings of more than 25 people, the so-called “3G rule” applies. This means that people must provide proof that they are either tested, (“getestet”), vaccinated (“geimpft”) or have had Coronavirus and recovered (“genesen”). People who stay longer than 15 minutes must provide their personal details for the purpose of contact tracing.
  • All areas where until recently a basic face mask had been required (cable cars, museums, supermarkets, public transport, hospitals, etc.) now require visitors to wear an FFP2 face mask.
  • Unvaccinated people must wear an FFP2 face mask in shops – it is also recommended that non-vaccinated people wear an FFP2 face mask. 
  • Places where the 3G rule applies do not require face masks to be worn.
  • People wishing to access nightclubs must be either vaccinated or have proof of a negative PCR test.
  • Vaccinated people are only considered to be fully immunised once they have received their second vaccine dose.
  • Lateral flow antigen tests are valid for 24 hours from the time they are carried out.

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

  • The Digital COVID Certificate is a digital proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19 (vaccination certificate), or has received a negative test result (test certificate), or has recovered from COVID-19 (recovery certificate; proof that a person has had and recovered from COVID-19 within the last 180 days).
  • Every digital COVID certificate has a QR code with a digital signature – allowing an easy, safe and secure verification of certificates when entering, for example, a restaurant, bar or café, cinema, theatre, event, or swimming pool.

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 360 days.
  • For vaccinations which are administered in a single dose (Janssen/Johnson&Johnson) proof of vaccination is valid for 270 days.
  • In addition, it’s still possible to show proof of vaccination in paper format or by showing a vaccination card.

3. 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 24 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.
  • The confirmation of the test result sent by text message or e-mail is valid for 24 hours (lateral flow antigen tests) or 72 hours (PCR tests) with the exception of Vienna, where PCR test results are only valid for 48 hours.
  • Speak to your accommodation provider to find out where the nearest test centre is.
  • 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.

4. 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. Future restrictions will be based on the following multi-step plan:

Step 1: When 200 intensive care beds are occupied by Covid-19 patients, the following restrictions will come into force seven days later:

  • Lateral flow antigen tests only valid for 24 hours from the time they are carried out.
  • In places where a basic face mask was previously required, an FFP2 face mask will be required (e.g. shops, public transport, service providers).
  • Visitors to culture venues who have not been vaccinated or had and recovered from Coronavirus must wear an FFP2 face mask. It is recommended that vaccinated people should also wear an FFP2 face mask in these settings.
  • The “3G rule” (i.e. people must be tested, vaccinated or have had and recovered from Coronavirus) applies to gatherings of 25 people or more.

Step 2: If the number of people in intensive care rises to 300, the following restrictions will come into force seven days later:

  • Nightclubs and events of over 500 people without allocated seating will enforce the “2G rule”, meaning that only vaccinated people and those who can prove they have had and recovered from Coronavirus will be admitted to these venues.
  • Lateral flow antigen tests carried out at home will no longer be accepted by locations where the “3G rule” applies.

Step 3: If the number of people in intensive care rises to 400, the following restrictions will also apply:

  • Locations where the “3G rule” applies will no longer accept lateral flow antigen tests of any kind.
  • Access will only be granted to people who are vaccinated, who have had and recovered from Coronavirus, or who have a valid PCR test.

5. Where does the 3G rule apply?

The “3G rule” (i.e. people must be tested, vaccinated or have had and recovered from Coronavirus) applies in the following locations:

  • hospitality
  • 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
  • trade fairs, conferences, congresses
  • travel coaches and sightseeing ships

6. 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).

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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.

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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.

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

  • Mandatory testing upon entering Germany has been in place since 1 August 2021. This applies for all ways of entry (by car, plane, train, ship, etc.) and from all countries.
  • Upon entering Germany, travellers aged twelve years or older must hold proof of a negative antigen or PCR test result, or proof of a full Covid-19 vaccination or proof of recovery from an infection.
  • When travelling from a virus variant area, all travellers must hold a negative COVID-19 test result. Proof of a full COVID-19 vaccination or proof of recovery from an infection is not sufficient.
  • Exemptions apply for cross-border commuters. In this case, a negative test result only needs to be presented once per week.

8. 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.

9. 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. 

10. Who has to wear a mask and in which places?

  • On public transport (including cable cars and funiculars), in food shops, at petrol stations and at post offices it is mandatory for all people to wear an FFP2 mask.
  • People who have not been vaccinated must wear an FFP2 mask in all shops (not only food shops).
  • In culture venues, people who have not either been vaccinated or had and recovered from Coronavirus must wear an FFP2 face mask. It is also recommended that people who have been vaccinated should wear an FFP2 face mask.
  • Locations where the “3G rule” applies do not require face masks to be worn. This also applies to members of staff working in locations where the “3G rule” applies.

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

12. 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.

13. Which vaccines are accepted as proof of immunity?

  • The only vaccines accepted as those which have been approved by the EMA for use against SARS-CoV-2.
  • Proof of vaccination can be provided in the form of the yellow vaccination passport (“Impfpass”), a card issued by the vaccination centre confirming your Covid-19 vaccination, or a printout showing the data storied in your online vaccination passport (“e-Impfpass”).
  • 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 360 days.
  • For vaccinations which are administered in a single dose (Janssen/Johnson&Johnson) proof of vaccination is valid for 270 days.
  • Vaccinations for people who have had Coronavirus: People who had a positive PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 at least 21 days before they received their vaccination or, at the time of vaccination, had proof of neutralising antibodies resulting from a Coronavirus infection are considered to be fully vaccinated (for nine months) after receiving the first dose of the vaccine, provided this vaccine is one which has been approved by the EMA for use against  SARS-CoV-2.

14. 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 24 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.

15. 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

16. 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.

17. 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.

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

The current travel warnings can be found here.

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

20. 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.