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Your safe stay in Vienna

Public life in Vienna can (almost) take place as usual under special conditions. For most areas, proof of testing, recovery or vaccination (the first shot) must be presented. Find out where to get tested in Vienna here:

Testing options in Vienna

Current guidelines and regulations

The prerequisite for visiting restaurants, hotels, and cultural events, as well as swimming pools and other leisure facilities, is either a negative PCR test, proof of vaccination with a vaccine approved by the EMA (Biontec/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson) or medical confirmation of recovery from Covid.

Validity of coronavirus tests

Please note that the results of antigen tests are no longer valid in Vienna. Exempt from this are children under 12 years of age, for whom antigen tests remain valid.

  • In Vienna, the general requirement to provide proof applies to people aged 6 years and older.
  • For children from 6 to 12 years of age, a PCR test is valid for 72 hours, an antigen test for 48 hours.
  • PCR tests are valid for 48 hours for people aged 12 years and older.

Public life

  • Hotels: Tested, vaccinated, and recovered persons are allowed to stay overnight in Vienna's hotels. Antigen tests are permitted in exceptional circumstances if it is not possible to present a PCR result in time. Information for hotel guests
  • Food and drink outlets: Admission to bars and restaurants is permitted only for tested, recovered and vaccinated people. Guests of such establishments must register themselves.
  • When visiting discos and nightclubs: Admission only for people who have been vaccinated or who have recovered from Covid.

  • Events, cultural and leisure facilities: The admission regulations for people who have been vaccinated, recovered, or had a PCR test, as well as the requirement to wear a mask in certain areas apply generally. The admission regulations can vary at each facility. Please also note the regulations for gatherings and events with more than 500 participants: Admission will only be possible for people who have been vaccinated against or recovered from Covid-19. A negative PCR test result is insufficient to be granted admission.

  • Cultural and leisure facilities (museums, theaters, concert halls, operas, cinemas, zoos, outdoor pools, gyms and non public sports facilities, amusement parks) are open. The access regulation for tested, recovered or vaccinated persons applies, and masks are compulsory in certain areas.
  • An FFP2 mask must be worn by all visitors to museums, libraries, bookstores, and archives. It is not necessary to produce proof of admission here.

  • Service providers who work close to the body, such as hairdressers and beauty salons, are open. Access for tested, recovered and vaccinated persons. Masks are not required.

The following rules apply to people who have been vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the EMA (Biontec/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson):

  • The proof of vaccination for fully vaccinated people is valid for 360 days from the date of the second vaccination.
  • Vaccines for which only one vaccination is scheduled (e.g., from Johnson & Johnson) are valid for a total of 270 days from the date of vaccination beginning on the 22nd day after vaccination.
  • 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 360 days.

Mask requirements

  • The regulations for the requirement to wear an FFP2 mask apply to adults and children from 14 years of age.

  • Nose-mouth protection is sufficient for children aged between 6 and 14 years and for pregnant women.

  • A general requirement to wear an FFP2 mask applies in Vienna for all customers and visitors in all retail outlets as well as on public transport, in cultural exhibition venues, libraries, bookstores, archives, and enclosed public spaces.

  • Face shields or chin visors are no longer considered mouth-to-nose protection.

Public transport

  • Wearing FFP2 masks on public transport is mandatory.
  • Public transport in Vienna is not restricted. An FFP2 mask must be worn inside the station buildings of public transport providers and on all forms of public transport. The subways are running 24 hours a day again on weekends and before public holidays.
  • In taxis it is mandatory to wear an FFP2 mask.
  •  The City Airport Train CAT from the airport to Wien Mitte station has suspended operations until further notice. You can still get from the airport to the city center.

The following Tourist-Infos are open for you:

  • Albertinaplatz daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Main Station daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Vienna Airport daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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