Visiting Austria – Latest Travel Info
Travelling to Austria from UK – Latest information & Useful Links
*** This page was last updated on 10th January 2022 and reflects our understanding of the latest travel advice. Please note we are not an authority on exact entry requirements which can and do change and it is your responsibility to ensure you abide by entry and travel regulations. Please refer to the links at the bottom of this post for official resources. ***
Ski Resorts, Hotels, Restaurants and bars are open under the 2G (vaccinated / recovered) guidance.
Travelling to Austria (and transit through Germany)
Effective 25th December, the UK is now on Austria’s ‘Virus Variant Areas' list and this will be reviewed shortly. To enter Austria without a requirement to quarantine, you need to have had your Booster vaccination (third injection) AND provide evidence of a current negative PCR COVID-19 test (Validity 48 hours). The date of the last vaccination should be no more than 270 days outside of the travel dates to Austria. Travellers should complete a passenger locator form / Pre-travel clearance.
Children are able to enter Austria without quarantine if accompanied by their fully vaccinated parent(s). Children under 12 do not need to test. Children aged 12-15 (born after 01/09/2006) who do not have proof of full vaccination or recovery can use the new Holiday Ninja Pass (test to enter, testing in resort) to enter Austria.
Arrivals to Germany (MUNICH AIRPORT) and transit to Austria
Germany has designated the UK as a high-risk third (non-EU) country. Fully vaccinated passengers can travel to Germany without a PCR test and are not required to quarantine. All passengers need to show they are fully vaccinated, recovered or tested (48 hour validity) on arrival. Transit by airport transfer to Austria is possible and passengers should ensure they meet the entry requirements for Austria and may need to provide proof of this together with proof of accommodation booking. All passengers from UK should complete a Digital Registration (link here). Children under 6 are exempt from testing. Un-vaccinated children under 12 years of age are allowed to enter Germany if they travel with at least one fully vaccinated parent and will need to show proof of a negative test (48 hours). 12-17 year olds should be fully vaccinated or provide proof of recovery or a negative PCR test.
Evidence of your COVID-19 vaccination status (vaccination or recovery) can be provided digitally through the NHS App (not NHS Covid-19 App) or via the NHS website as a printout (this can be requested from the NHS by calling 119). As of 1st November 2021, the NHS App and digital vaccination status is recognised across the EU (you should generate a new QR code from 1st November 2021). Children who cannot access the NHS App can show proof of recovery in Austria via a medical certificate (link).
Returning from Austria or Germany
From 7th January 2022, fully vaccinated travellers (and children 17 and under) are no longer required to test in the 48 hours before travelling to the UK. You are required to pre-book a day 2 Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test and complete a UK Passenger Locator Form (PLF) before returning to UK.
Holidaying in Austria
Hotels, restaurants, bars and recreation and tourist facilities are open. The “2G” rule (formerly 3G : 2G now effective since 08/11/2021) applies (you will need to show you are Geimpft, Genesen (2G) – vaccinated, recovered) in restaurants and bars, Hotels / Accommodation, Recreation/Sports facilities and events. Negative tests are no longer valid. Under 12's are exempt. 12-15 year olds visiting Austria who are not double-vaccinated or recovered can use the 'Holiday Ninja Pass' (testing) to prove 2G - link at bottom.
Masks (FFP2 Standard) need to be worn on public transport (includes Airport Transfers and cable cars) and in all shops, banks and public indoor spaces. From 8th January, masks should be work outside when social distancing is not possible.
If you test positive for COVID-19 whilst in Austria, you will have to self-isolate immediately. Contact the Health Authorities for further instructions by calling 1450.
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