What are the current COVID rules in Austria?

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These are the current Corona rules that apply in Austria.

In February, some relaxation of the Covid measures already came into force in Austria, and from March 5, more will follow. A chronological overview:

Since February 21.

At all schools, the mask requirement at the seat is dropped. In elementary schools, students at the seat don not need a mask since February 14.

Since February 19.

3-G in gastronomy and tourism again sufficient

Instead of vaccination or recovery, you can present a PCR test not older than 48 hours. If no PCR test is available, one can also give an antigen test that is valid for a maximum of 24 hours.

Triple-immunized persons will no longer be considered contacts even if they contact an infected person.

This also applies to twice-immunized children who cannot afford boosters (for 5- to 11-year-olds) yet.

Even if everyone involved has worn an FFP2 mask, you are no longer classified as a contact person. Contact persons in the critical infrastructure can continue working with a valid PCR test (antigen test if necessary) and FFP2 mask.

Since February 12

2-G obligation and control in trade has been lifted

Obligation to wear FFP2 mask is still valid

Since February 5

Closing time moved from 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Increase in event capacity from 25 to 50 people (this also affects sports, read more here)

As of March 5

All existing 2-G/3-G access restrictions, the 24:00 curfew will be dropped, and night catering will be allowed to reopen.

The FFP2 mask requirement will only apply in public transport and supermarkets, pharmacies, banks and post offices, and retirement homes and hospitals.

Entry into Austria

From Tuesday, February 22, only the 3-G rule (vaccinated, recovered, or tested) will apply to travel to Austria. In addition to PCR tests no more than 72 hours old, antigen tests taken no more than 24 hours ago are also permitted. Antigen tests for self-testing are excluded.

Minors under twelve years of age do not need to provide 3-G evidence.

An immediate quarantine obligation applies if no negative test result can be presented. In this case, electronic registration at entry.ptc.gv.at is also required, which must be done no earlier than 72 hours before admission.

Mandatory vaccination

Since February, there has been a legal obligation to vaccinate in Austria. It applies to all citizens over 18 who have a residence in Austria.

According to the compulsory vaccination law, phase 2 is scheduled to start in principle on March 15: From then on, the police can also check proof of vaccination as part of their checks and report any infringement to the district administrative authorities. Refusers face fines of up to 3,600 euros. In phase 3, an automated data comparison is carried out to identify the unvaccinated.

According to the law, penalties will not be imposed until March 16, but even that is not yet fixed. On March 8, the refusal to vaccinate will result in fines of up to 3,600 euros per year.

3-G in the workplace

Since November 15, a 3-G rule has been in force at the workplace until further notice for employers and employees: anyone vaccinated, recovered, or tested is allowed to start work. Exceptions apply to employees who have a maximum of two physical contacts outdoors for up to 15 minutes per day. There is also no requirement for 3G detection in the home office.

PCR and antigen tests are considered tests, but their collection must not have taken place more than 24 hours ago. In exceptional cases, a rapid test is also sufficient if the person concerned has tried in vain to take a PCR test.

Incidentally, anyone tested against Corona but not vaccinated or recovered will continue working even after introducing compulsory vaccination.

In principle, in addition to 3G detection, a mask must be worn when entering workplaces, unless physical contact with other persons is excluded at the work location or the risk of infection is minimized by other suitable protective measures (e.g., partitions).

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