FAQs Restaurants and bars
1. Which rules apply in restaurants, mountain huts, bars and cafés?
- When entering the building guests must show a vaccination certificate or be in possession of a document proving that they have already had Covid-19.
- Guests who stay longer than 15 minutes must provide their contact details.
- Buffets are permitted as long as the relevant safety rules are respected.
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 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 or January 3rd.
- In addition, it’s still possible to show proof of vaccination in paper format or by showing a vaccination card.
3. 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.
4. What do I need to access a restaurant?
The following tests, certificates and documents will be accepted:
- Doctor's note or other official confirmation (according to Article 4, Paragraph 18 of the Austrian Epidemics Act) such as an official notice from the authorities ordering you to quarantine at home ("Absonderungsbescheid") from the last six months confirming that you have had and recovered from Coronavirus.
- Official confirmation of vaccination with a Covid-19 vaccine approved by the EMA.
5. Contact tracing. Which information do guests have to provide?
- Contact details of restaurant and hotel guests, visitors to non-public sports and leisure facilities as well as guests attending events will be collected.
- All guests who spend more than 15 minutes in a hospitality location must provide their contact details.
- This means first name, family name, phone number and (if you have one) e-mail address.
- This information must be provided by all guests who do not live together in the same household.
- The data will be stored for 28 days and then deleted immediately.
6. Which rules apply for nightclubs and similar locations?
- To access nightclubs and similar locations you must be vaccinated or proof that you have had and recovered from Covid-19. Inside night clubs and similar locations there are no limits on the number of people allowed.
- The current Covid-19 regulations contain exceptions for "gatherings" such as festivals.
- Festivals must however be approved by the local health authorities, who will take into account the current level of infection in the region where the festival is to take place.
Après-ski will be possible, but it will be subject to the same strict rules as nightclubs.
7. How will proof of immunity be checked?
Checks will be carried out by the respective businesses themselves, ie. bars, restaurants, hairdressers, etc.
8. Will Christmas markets take place this winter?
- Based on current information, Christmas markets will be able to take place.
- The 2G Rule (vaccinated or recovered) applies at Christmas markets.
- Markets with specific entry and exit points may hand out wristbands to people who are able to prove that they are vaccinated or have had and recovered from Covid-19.
- Wristbands can also be handed out at defined locations outside or inside the market area.
- Random checks will be carried out.