latest Covid rules and holiday tips
Do I need to isolate myself on arrival?
As there is an order to stay at home, arrivals should be essentially quarantined along with the rest of the population.
After confinement, if you can prove that you are fully vaccinated and have received your second injection at least 21 days ago, but not more than 360 days before arrival, you do not need to be quarantined. People who arrive unvaccinated must test negative and be quarantined for 10 days (with the option to end early if a Covid test is negative on day 5).
Returning to the UK
Anyone arriving in the UK must take a side flow test and fill out a passenger location form. Due to concerns about the omicron variant, all travelers (regardless of vaccination status) must take a PCR test on day 2 at 4:00 a.m. on November 30. arrival in the UK, which will take place at the end of the second full day after arrival, and isolate until you receive a negative result. Anyone who tests positive should be isolated for 10 days. Unvaccinated travelers should also take a PCR test on or after the 8th and be isolated until the 10th unless they opt for the Release Test. You can find government rules on pre-departure testing here.
Should I wear a mask?
In Austria, FFP2 masks are required for public transport, taxis, and indoor public spaces such as shops.
Can I visit bars and restaurants?
Restaurants, pubs and all non-essential shops closed on November 22 for a maximum of three weeks.
Once the blockade has been lifted, entry to restaurants, bars, theaters, cultural and sporting events will require a recent vaccination or recovery test of Covid as part of Austria’s ‘2G’ rule.
To comply with the ‘2G’ standard, from December 6 two-dose vaccinations, such as those administered in the United Kingdom will only be considered valid for nine months after the second dose. You can find more information here.
These rules currently apply to children, but there is an ongoing discussion and this may change over time for the ski season.
What are the rules at the ski resorts?
The ski season in Austria starts in mid-December. If the country gets out of its temporary blockade within 20 days, that means Christmas skiing in the country should still be able to be done when the resorts open around December 13th.
Mandatory FFP2 masks must be worn at ski resorts this winter in designated areas, including closed lifts. Austrian resorts will also operate under the national “2G” rule, which requires all skiers to be fully vaccinated or show a recovery test (a Covid-19 negative test is no longer valid) to access closed ski lifts and subsequently tracks as well as bars and restaurants around the station. As of December 6, two-dose vaccines will only be considered valid for nine months after the second dose. Learn more about the reopening of the ski resorts this winter here.
Do I have to take a test before returning to England?
It depends on your vaccination status. If you are fully vaccinated, you no longer need to take a pre-departure test 72 hours before returning to the UK. If you are not fully vaccinated, you must take a test (side flows are accepted) 72 hours before traveling home, using a government-certified testing company. You can find government rules on pre-departure testing here.
Do I need to isolate myself when I return to England?
Fully vaccinated travelers currently do not need to be quarantined when returning home. However, as of November 30, all travelers will be required to take a PCR test on or before the second day of their return, and be isolated until a negative result is received. Anyone who tests positive should be isolated for 10 days.
Unvaccinated people should be isolated at home for 10 days. You will also need to take a PCR test on the second and eighth day of your isolation. If you opt for Test to Release, you can take an extra test on day five to get out of quarantine (if your result is negative), but you will still have to take the extra test on day eight.
Do I need to do any paperwork before returning to England?
Yes. All passengers must fill out a passenger location form before returning to England, including the reference code for the second day’s test. You can do it here.
What is the case rate in Austria?
As of November 28, Austria has recorded 1,016 cases per 100,000 in the last seven days, 91% of the peak.
How is the vaccination campaign in Austria?
Only 76.68% of the population is fully vaccinated, which is one of the lowest rates in Western Europe.