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Vienna, and Austria as a whole is easing up on the restrictions placed regarding hotels, restaurants, and other entertainment areas that would tend to gather crowds. This includes theaters, opera houses, concert halls, museums, cinemas and even the home of Vienna’s famous giant ferris wheel, the Prater.
Vienna has had a number of lockdowns placed after the first one in a span of 14 months, easing a little in between for a month or two.
Starting on May 19, guests that are not from high-risk areas could easily present a certificate or proof of either vaccination, negative test result, or recovery are allowed entry.
With these, we still encourage safety; by putting masks on, and observing distancing as much as possible, and following protocols. With vaccines rolling out around the world, many cities might follow suit. Here are the important points to look at.
So what would be allowed and what’s required per May 19?
The general rule is you can enter Austria if you belong to these group of people:
- Those that have immunization after receiving two partial vaccinations (A person is considered vaccinated on the 22nd day after the first dose, lasting for 3 months. This extends for another 6 months after the second dose.)
- Those who underwent a molecular test (e.g. PCR test). Must show a certificate not older than 72 hours from the time of sampling.
- Antigen test of an authorized provider/medical authority (no self-tests): Must show certificate not older than 48 hours from the time of sampling.
- Children below 10 are not required to show a test.
- Those who contracted the virus at some point, hospitalized. Those who tested positive but has little to no symptoms. Depending on the situation, requirements are as follows:-Must show official hospital discharge certificate: with 6 months validity.
-Must show medical confirmation of a prior infection confirmed by means of a molecular test: with 6 months validity.
-Proof of a positive test for neutralizing antibodies: Must show certificate with 3 months validity.
Registration via Pre-Travel-Clearance (PTC)
Travellers coming to Austria must register online for a Pre-Travel Clearance (PTC), the registration form can be found here. This must be done 72 hours before entry at the earliest; commuters must renew every 28 days.
Austria has listed countries without quarantine requirement here. All others need to show proof of vaccination, which allows them to not undergo a 10-day quarantine. If only a negative PCR test is presented, one must go into quarantine, which may be shortened to 5 days if they take the test again and results turn negative.
Landing Ban: South Africa, India, and Brazil
- Only travel for certain purposes are allowed (business travel, medical purposes).
- Must present a negative PCR test no older than 72h required.
- Must do a 10-day quarantine (but allowed to take PCR test after 5 days, can end quarantine if negative).
FFP2 masks are mandatory when boarding a train, bim, or bus, even at train stations. While others do not observe distancing anymore, it is still a wise thing to do.
Venues, hotels, and cultural event places
-Guests can present either a negative Corona test, proof of vaccination (valid for 22 days from first dose) or a confirmation that one has recovered from Covid. PCR tests are valid for 72 hours, antigen tests for 48 hours, self-tests with digital solution for 24 hours.
-Vaccinated, recovered, and tested persons can dine in. Those who do not have a negative test may get tested in the restaurant (valid only for the duration of the visit). Guests, like most cafés have been doing, must register (for tracing). Restaurants restrict guests to 10 people (+ children) per table outdoors, while only 4 (+ children) per table indoors. Closing time is at 10 pm.
-Hotels reopen to leisure guests. Tested, vaccinated, and recovered persons are allowed to stay in Vienna again.
-Theaters, opera houses, concert halls, cinemas, and other cultural institutions are allowed to accommodate a maximum of 50 % of the seats. In theaters, distancing will be observed by having one seat free between groups of visitors. Entry is only possible for those who have been tested, recovered, or vaccinated.
-FFP2 masks are mandatory to wear in museums. 20 m² per person must be ensured. Access tests are not required.
-Events for a gathering of people as fairs, congresses and such will be possible again. A maximum of 1,500 people may attend indoors, and a maximum of 3,000 outdoors. Organizers are required to give assigned seating, access only for those tested, recovered or vaccinated.
-For wellness areas (in hotels or spas), outdoor pools and indoor sports facilities/fitness centers a 20 m² per guest is mandatory. Vaccinated, recovered, or tested persons are allowed to use these facilities.
-Spas and recreational facilities such as the Vienna Prater are allowed to reopen.
It is mandatory to wear FFP2 masks in all of the above areas, in public transportation vehicles, train stations, and where close proximity to people is expected. Of course, you can always wear a mask even when there are no people around to ensure your safety. (And remove it to breathe fresh air once in a while, too.)
May 19, Vienna Opens To The Public, Stay Safe
There’s anticipation to what would happen as Vienna opens to the public; this means job openings again, having more time for recreation, but also having to risk the number of infection going high again. While Vienna’s healthcare system is prepared, it is wise to always be careful. As tourists, make sure that you know what your travel insurance policies cover.
Disclaimer: Information on this page has been researched thoroughly. However, rules change, so please monitor the Austria.info site as well. We advise you to coordinate with your local embassies regarding restrictions on your own country, and also talk to your doctor before deciding to travel. Stay Safe!
May Palacpac says
Oh my gosh, I’m so jealous!!!! Manila isn’t open yet. We hope we get to this stage soon, too. Can’t wait to get my hands on a vaccination card so we can travel again. I wonder how it is for kids, though. Won’t be able to visit Vienna any time soon, but would love to, someday.
Maria Teresa Figuerres says
Nice to hear that things are slowly easing up in Vienna and that people can visit public places while practicing required health protocols. I hope it happens here in the Philippines, too, soon!
Liz Cochico says
It’s good to know that more and more cities and countries are opening and easing restrictions. That means, our dreams of traveling again soon are not that far anymore. Vienna is one of the places I want to visit.
Danica Marasigan says
Even with tourism being eased up gradually, it still pays to follow strict protocols like what you have in Vienna. Like you said, this may open again to higher risks of the virus like what happened here in PH. Really pays to be still careful. Oh I envy the beauty of your place.* Goals*
Kurt Everfresh says
It’s nice to hear that their tourism starts to rise again in that country. I wish that this will happen to our country soon.
Glad to know that Vienna is now open, hoping we would also be on that phase very soon.
i have lots of families living in Viena.. I hope even if Vienna’s opening up you all have presence of mind pa din and always keep safe. di pa din tapos hanggang meron at meron pa din.
Now this is great news! Hopefully, matapos na completely ang pandemic. Stay safe pa rin.
Honestly, I’m in awe of Vienna’s beauty and dreaming of visiting you there in the future. ??
I really can’t wait to get vaccinated. I just want it you know? I hope, hope, hope that I’ll get it super soon so that we can freely travel again and go outside without any worries at all. The time will come haha