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Hotels, restaurants, museums, theaters, musicals, the opera, stores, services provided in close physical proximity, and sports venues are open to vaccinated people and people who have recovered from Covid-19. For events, stricter conditions with partly 2G+ (vaccinated or recovered plus a negative covid test which is no older that 72 hours) or 3G+ apply (must have had the third vaccine and also be PCR-tested). Please also note the current rules for entering Austria!

The 2G rule (vaccinated or recovered) applies in hotels: Only people who have been vaccinated or who have recovered from Covid-19 are allowed to stay overnight in hotels throughout Austria. Moreover, an FFP2 mask must be worn in all indoor spaces of generally accessible areas.

Exceptions (in which case vaccinated, recovered or tested applies (3G rule)):

  • People who are already staying in accommodation at the time this rule comes into effect may stay for the duration of accommodation agreed in advance with the host.
  • Care and assistance for people in need of support.
  • Professional reasons that cannot be postponed.
  • Satisfying an urgent need for accommodation.

Safe Stay seal

As a sought-after travel destination, Vienna defined stringent safety and hygiene rules for accommodation providers from the outset. To go with these, there is now also a special safety seal called Safe Stay, which was developed by the Vienna Economic Chamber in cooperation with the Vienna Tourist Board. A COVID-19 officer and regular checks of employees are just two of the measures. An all-round carefree package ensures that guests staying at designated Viennese hotels (identifiable by the poster at the hotel entrance) can relax with peace of mind.

You can find all certified hotels in our hotel search.

Requirements for an overnight stay in a Viennese hotel:

  • Upon arrival at the hotel, a vaccination confirmation, or proof of survived Covid-19 infection is required.
  • The following rules apply to people who have been vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the EMA:

    • The proof of vaccination for fully vaccinated people is valid for 270 days from the date of the second vaccination.
    • Vaccines that are given as a single dose (e.g. Johnson & Johnson) are valid from the 22nd day after the vaccination for a total of 270 days from the date of vaccination. From January 3, 2022, people who have been vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will require a second dose in order to receive a digital COVID certificate.
    • The vaccination is valid for 360 days from the date of the vaccination for recovered people who have been vaccinated once.
    • The third vaccination (or the second vaccination for those who have had one shot or who have recovered from Covid) is valid for 270 days.
    • From February 1, 2022, the Green Pass is only valid for six months for the double-vaccinated – the validity remains nine months for people who have received three vaccinations.

Rules for children:

  • Children under the age of 6 years are exempt from having to provide proof.
  • Children under the age of 12 years are exempt from curfew restrictions.
  • School-age children from 6 to 12 years must show proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test where access is regulated by restrictions.
  • For children from 6 to 12 years of age, PCR tests are valid for 72 and antigen tests for 48 hours. The fully glued "Ninja Pass" is valid over the weekend.
  • School-age children from 12 to 15 years of age must provide proof of vaccination, recovery or having taken a PCR test. PCR tests are valid for 48 hours.
  • A single valid PCR school test from the Ninja Pass is also valid as proof for children in this age group.
  • Antigen self-tests are no longer accepted as entry tests
  • A nose-mouth protection obligation applies to children from the 6th birthday. An FFP2 mask obligation applies from the age of 14 years.
  • Children under 6 years of age do not have to wear a mask.

Testing for hotel guests – best practice:

Please note that tests are no longer valid for admission to restaurants, events, hotels, etc. Nevertheless, we recommend getting tested regularly for your own safety and to keep the risk of infection for others as low as possible.

  • The campaign Alles gurgelt! from the City of Vienna: Many Viennese hotels offer free PCR gargle tests  for their guests. These can be taken on site and either returned to reception or taken to one of the drop-off stations (Billa, Billa Plus, Bipa, Penny, BP-Merkur Inside, Jet-Billa Stop & Shop, Shell-Billa unterwegs, ÖBB travel centers at Vienna Main Station and Vienna Meidling Station, ÖBB travel agencies in Vienna Main Station and Vienna Westbahnhof Station). The result is available within 24 hours and is valid for 48 hours.
  • Everything gargles! for tourists
  • In cooperation with the Vienna Medical Center, the Hotel Sacher offers its guests the possibility to get tested for COVID-19. The tests are performed in the guests’ rooms by a doctor using a throat swab. The result is available within 3-6 hours on average; the guest will receive a health certificate via email and can use it as required as confirmation for the return journey. You can find more information on the offer on the website of the Hotel Sacher.
  • Guests staying at all hotels in Vienna can utilize the service of DeliveryTest. A courier will come right to the hotel to collect the sample for a PCR test.

General tips on how to behave & hygiene measures (German only)

Throat swab for corona testing
© WienTourismus/Paul Bauer


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