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Information about current measures

COVID-19 Opening Ordinance (COVID-19-ÖV)

Careful opening steps with strict safety precautions pave the way back to normal. The opening steps were planned in close cooperation with numerous experts and the federal states.

The basic rule of openings is that they are made under special safety precautions. The linchpin of this security concept is the definition of people who pose a low epidemiological risk. The three G's are spoken of here: "vaccinated, tested, recovered" (3-G rule).

For people who have been vaccinated with an EMA approved vaccine, the following rules apply:

  • The first vaccination is valid from the 22nd day after the 1st prick for a maximum of 3 months from the time of vaccination.
  • The 2nd stitch extends the period of validity by a further 6 months (thus a total of 9 months from the 1st stitch).
  • Vaccines for which only one vaccination is intended (e.g. from Johnson & Johnson) are valid from the 22nd day after vaccination for a total of 9 months from the day of vaccination.
  • For people who have already recovered and who have previously been vaccinated, the vaccination is valid for 9 months from the time of vaccination.

For people who have recovered, the following still applies:

These are exempt from the obligation to test for six months after the infection has expired. Evidence includes, for example, a separation notice or a medical confirmation that an infection has been confirmed by molecular biology. Evidence of neutralizing antibodies counts for three months from the time of the test.

A comprehensive range of test options will create numerous low-threshold options for test evidence in the future.

Different periods of validity are defined for the tests, depending on their reliability:

  • PCR tests are valid for 72 hours from sampling.
  • Antigen tests by an authorized agency are valid for 48 hours from sampling.
  • Self-tests that are recorded in an official data processing system in the federal states are valid for 24 hours.
  • Point-of-sale tests for one-time entry to sports facilities, business premises, restaurants, hotels or an event complete the offer.

As part of the opening regulation, there will no longer be any exit restrictions. The house can therefore be left around the clock without a reason. Nevertheless, increased caution still applies. Therefore, there will be a number of tried and tested security measures:

  • The minimum distance of 2 meters is retained almost everywhere (exception: at the table in the inn, events with assigned seats).
  • In all newly opened areas, COVID-19 prevention concepts must be drawn up and COVID-19 officers appointed.
  • From 10 p.m. there is a general curfew for all businesses, events and sports facilities.
  • From 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. only gatherings of 4 people plus a maximum of 6 minor children are permitted.
  • During the day, indoor gatherings of 4 people plus 6 minor children are permitted, and outdoor gatherings of 10 people plus 10 minor children.
  • The previous rules for FFP2 masks and mouth-nose protection remain unchanged.
  • Registration obligation for guests at restaurants, hotels, events and indoor leisure activities (exception if the stay takes place mainly outdoors: e.g. zoo, outdoor swimming pools, etc.)

Details on the opening steps in the individual areas:

Gastronomy:

  • 3-G rule: Access only for tested, recovered or vaccinated people
  • Indoor maximum of 4 people per table with a maximum of 6 children (exception: shared household)
  • Outdoor maximum of 10 people plus 10 children
  • Collection possible during regular opening times (5 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
  • No testing is required for food stalls and pick-up.

Hotels and accommodation:

  • 3-G rule when entering and checking in
  • A current 3-G certificate is required for the use of gastronomy, wellness and fitness facilities, so tests must be renewed if necessary.

Trade and services:

  • Shops: No 3-G verification required, an area of ​​20m per customer must be2 be available.
  • A 3-G certificate is required for services close to the body, for this only 10m per customer are required2 necessary.
  • Other services (e.g. advice in the bank or at the notary) may only be used by as many people as absolutely necessary.

Culture and events:

  • The same rules apply to museums as to retailers: no 3G proof, 20m2-Rule
  • Events are now regulated under the term "meetings":
    • Meetings of less than 10 people are permitted without notification or approval.
    • The 3-G rule applies to 11 people or more, and a report to the local health authority is required. In addition, an FFP2 mask must be worn both indoors and outdoors. The serving of beverages and the serving of food are not permitted. This rule applies to weddings, garden parties, and similar events.
    • From 51 people, only events with assigned seats are permitted. These must be approved by the local health authority. The maximum limits are 1,500 people indoors and 3,000 outdoors. 50% of the seat capacity may be occupied

Leisure businesses:

  • 3-G rule
  • Indoor (e.g. in baths and thermal baths) there must be an area of ​​20m per guest2 are available in the respective closed room.
  • Every leisure company must create a prevention concept and appoint a COVID-19 officer.
  • For rides (e.g. carousel), there must be an empty seat between visitors.
  • The registration of customers is mandatory indoors.

Retirement and nursing homes:

  • 3-G rule for visitors
  • Employees must be tested once a week if they have not been vaccinated or have recovered.
  • The visiting regulations are relaxed: up to 3 people are now allowed to visit every day.

Sports:

  • The 3-G rule applies to sports facilities.
  • All sports are permitted, and contact sports are again possible.
  • There is no mask or distance requirement during sport.
  • Sports in public space (e.g. in a soccer cage) may be practiced by a total of 10 people (this is a notifiable gathering), mask requirements and distance do not apply.

After publication in the federal legal information system, the ordinance and the associated legal justification are also available in the "Coronavirus - Legal" section.

COVID-19 Entry Ordinance

The amended entry regulation brings the 3-G rule instead of quarantine for numerous countries. The latest amendment to the entry regulation provides for three new categories:

1. Entry from countries with a low incidence of infection (Appendix A): 3-G rule, no quarantine

These states are summarized in Appendix A; Both EU / EEA countries and third countries with a low incidence are taken into account. Any type of entry is possible from these countries, including for tourist purposes.

A current 3-G certificate is required for entry. If this cannot be presented, a test must be carried out immediately, but in any case within 24 hours. Evidence of vaccination is a document issued in German or English (e.g. yellow vaccination pass) about a vaccination that has been approved by the EMA or has successfully passed the EUL process of the WHO. A medical or official confirmation (e.g. separation notice) in German or English about an infection that has been overcome in the past six months is considered a recovery certificate. Proof of neutralizing antibodies is equivalent to the recovery certificate, which may not be more than 3 months old when entering the country.

The following states are currently on Annex A:

Andorra, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Principality of Liechtenstein, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, South Korea, Czech Republic, Hungary, Vatican.

2. Entry from risk countries (Annex B1): 3-G rule, test with quarantine

When entering from high-incidence states, a 3-G certificate must be presented. If no evidence is provided, a test must be carried out immediately, but in any case within 24 hours.

Vaccinated or recovered people do not have to go to quarantine when entering from risk countries, tested ones do. This can be ended from day 5 after entry (day of entry = 0) with a new negative test result.

Annex B1: Croatia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Sweden, Cyprus

3. Entry from virus variant states (Annex B2): PCR test and quarantine

Entry from virus variant states (Annex B2, currently Brazil, India and South Africa) is, as before, only possible to a very limited extent. In essence, only Austrian citizens and persons with residence or habitual abode in Austria are allowed to enter. Entry for humanitarian reasons or in the urgent interest of the republic is also possible.

For people who come from a virus variant area or who have stayed in one in the past ten days, the following applies as before: Entry is only possible with a negative molecular biological test result (e.g. PCR). The obligation to test also applies to vaccinated and recovered people. Austrians and people residing in Austria who have been in a virus variant state in the past 10 days are allowed to enter the country, but must do a PCR test within 24 hours. This is controlled by the health authorities.

Annex B2: Brazil, India, South Africa

The Ordinance on the landing prohibition for aircraft from South Africa, Brazil and India has been extended up to and including June 6th.

The Entry from other countriesthat cannot be found on Annex A, B1 or B2 is generally prohibited and, as before, only possible in exceptional cases - e.g. for work or study purposes. In any case, a 3-G proof must be provided upon entry. Vaccinated or recovered people do not have to go into quarantine when entering the country, tested people do. This can be ended from day 5 after entry (day of entry = 0) with a new negative test result.

The exceptions for Commuters remain unchanged and still do not apply to entry from virus variant areas.

children from 10 years of age must be tested, including the immunity stature of the parents or the supervisor. The quarantine obligation generally also applies to children, but does not apply if the parents or authorized supervisors are exempt from quarantine.

Basically there is a electronic registration necessary using the pre-travel clearance form. This must be done 72 hours before entry at the earliest; commuters must renew it every 28 days.

The Amendment to the entry regulations came into force on Wednesday, May 19th, at midnight and is initially valid up to and including June 30th, 2021.

After publication in the federal legal information system, the ordinance and the associated legal justification are also available in the "Coronavirus - Legal" section.

Current measures applicable nationwide

An overview of all currently measures applicable nationwide can be found on the website corona-ampel.gv.at

The respective Measures in the individual federal states can be found in the "Regional (additional) measures" section:

More information

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