In restaurants

In restaurants

Important! Tirol's hospitality locations, accommodation providers and leisure attractions are open, with certain rules and restrictions in place. Thanks to the improving Coronavirus situation it is now significantly easier to travel to and from Austria. Please check this site regularly for the latest information.

1. Which rules apply in restaurants, mountain huts, bars and cafés?

  • When entering the building guests must take a test, provide proof of a negative test, 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.
  • Guests must wear an FFP2 mask whenever they are not at their allocated seat.
  • Groups of guests indoors may be no more than 8 adults (plus their children) and outdoors maximum 16 adults (plus their children).
  • A minimum distance of 1 metre must be maintained between tables where people from different groups are seated.
  • In indoor areas all food and drink must be consumed while seated.
  • Food and drink may not be consumed at the bar.
  • Buffets are permitted as long as the relevant safety rules are respected.
  • Members of staff with customer-facing roles who are regularly tested by their employer can wear a normal face mask instead of an FFP2 face mask.
  • Huts, bars, cafés, etc. must close at 24:00.

2. 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 10 years of age.

3. What do I need to access a restaurant?

The following tests, certificates and documents will be accepted:

  • Do-it-yourself lateral flow antigen test with digital readout: 24 hours
  • Antigen test carried out at an official test centre: 48 hours
  • PCR test: 72 hours
  • 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 that you have neutralising antibodies (confirmation must be no more than 3 months old).
  • Official confirmation of vaccination with a Covid-19 vaccine approved by the EMA (this can be used to access hospitality locations from day 22 after the first vaccine dose was administered).

4. Contact tracing. Which information do guests have to provide?

  • 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.

5. Are bars, clubs and nightclubs open?

The nighttime industry will remain closed for the time being. These locations will be permitted to re-open when the Covid-19 situation means it is safe to do so.

6. 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.

7. How big can a group of guests be?

Groups of guests indoors may be no more than 8 adults (plus their children) and outdoors maximum 16 adults (plus their children).

8. Are staff in the tourism industry 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).