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Visiting Vorarlberg Safely

Entry & Return

A warm welcome! The most important info on the current entry possibilities as well as on the return journey to our neighbouring countries can be found here.
State of data: 14.01.2022

Stricter entry regulations have been in force since 20.12.2021; a 2-G plus certificate is required for entry:

Vaccinated and recovered persons additionally need a PCR test – or proof of booster vaccination. This applies to entry from all countries except the virus variant areas (Annex 1). Persons without a PCR test or booster vaccination are subject to registration (pre-travel clearance) and they must observe immediate quarantine until a negative PCR test result is presented.

  • There are exceptions for regular commuters, they can still enter with 3-G proof (PCR test not older than 72 hours or antigen test of an authorised body not older than 24 hours are sufficient).
  • Exceptions to the 2-G rule apply to pregnant women and to persons who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons. They require an appropriate medical certificate and a negative PCR test.
  • For children up to 12 years of age, no proof is required. For children and adolescents over 12 years of age, the regular entry regulations apply in principle. Exceptions apply to children of school age, who can enter with a negative PCR test. The so-called Ninja Pass and the Holiday Ninja Pass are also equivalent to a 2-G certificate until the end of compulsory schooling.
  • The entry requirements also apply to day trips (24 h) and entry from border regions
  • Entry into Kleinwalsertal is an exception

From 25 December 2021: New entry rules from UK, NL, DK and NOR

United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway are classified as virus variant areas. From these four countries, only persons older than 12 years with triple vaccination or double vaccination after vaccination with Johnson & Johnson and an additional PCR test (not older than 48 hours) will be able to enter without quarantine from 25 December 2021. The entry rules do not apply to the Kleinwalsertal region. The already existing regulations for children (see below) remain valid. For all other persons from the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway registration is mandatory (Pre-Travel-Clearance) and a 10-day quarantine applies after entry. All other UK-citizens are not allowed to enter the country.
Detailed information and FAQs for travellers from the Netherlands from the Austrian Embassy in Den Haag (in English). Information for travellers from the United Kingdom on the website of the Austrian Embassy London.

As of January 16, 2022:
Germany puts Austria on the list of high-risk areas, along with many other EU countries. This mainly affects unvaccinated travelers, vaccinated and recovered guests from Germany can continue to travel back after their vacation without having to enter quarantine. Further information can be found here:
Return trip to Germany

 

What does the 2-G-Plus rule for entry mean in detail?

Vaccinated:

  • Certificate in German or English (e.g. yellow vaccination certificate, vaccination card, green passport) about a vaccination (complete immunization) with a vaccine approved in Europe*. Cross-vaccinations are also permitted.
  • Validity: From the day of the second or third vaccination, a vaccination certificate in Austria is currently valid for 270 days. (Attention: From 1.2.2022, the validity of the second vaccination is to be reduced to 6 months!) Between second and third vaccination must be at least 120 days, between first and second vaccination at least 14 days.
  • A further, third vaccination (= 3rd dose or “booster”/refresher vaccination) extends the validity of the vaccination certificate to 9 months from the third vaccination.
  • Vaccines with only one vaccination (Johnson & Johnson) are valid for a total of 270 days from the 22nd day after vaccination. (Attention: Since 3.1.2022, a single vaccination with Johnson & Johnson allows entry into Austria, but is no longer valid as valid proof of vaccination on site (2-G), e.g. visiting a restaurant).
  • Valid vaccines for entry*: Comirnaty BioNtech/Pfizer, Vaxzevria/AstraZeneca, Moderna, Janssen by Johnson & Johnson (1 dose), Covaxin, Covovax, Sinopharm/BIBP, Sinovac-CoronaVac, Covaxin, Covovax, Nuvaxovid (Novavax). So-called cross-vaccinations are also permitted.
  • Please note: During your stay in Austria only vaccines with EMA approval (BioNtech/Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and since 20.12.2021 Nuvaxovid (Novavax) are valid.
  • Proof of vaccination: EU-compliant vaccination certificate, yellow vaccination certificate or vaccination card, printout/PDF of the data from the e-vaccination certificate.

Recovery:

  • Official confirmation (e.g. segregation notice) in German or English or a medical certificate of an expired proven infection, valid for 180 days. If convalescents have been vaccinated, the first dose is already valid for 270 days from the date of vaccination.

AND Tested:

  • Molecular biological test (e.g. PCR test), valid for max. 72 hours from sample collection (max. 48 hours for entries from virus variant areas!), confirmed by an authorized body, the test result must be available in German or English. If there is no negative test result, a registration in the pre-travel clearance has to be made and a quarantine has to be started immediately, which will be terminated with a negative PCR test result.
  • Booster vaccination:
    Considered a “booster” vaccination, therefore no PCR test is necessary:
    – Vaccinated 3x
    – recovered, then 2x vaccinated, min. 14 days interval between vaccinations (proof at entry: certificate of recovery and vaccination)
    – 1x vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson + 2nd vaccination (Johnson & Johnson, BioNtech/Pfizer, Moderna)
    – 2x vaccinated plus recovered* (proof at entry: vaccination certificate and medical certificate)
    In these cases an additional PCR test is necessary:
    – 2x vaccinated (or 1x with Johnson & Johnson): PCR test necessary
    – recovered, afterwards 1x vaccinated: PCR test necessary
    – 1x vaccinated, then recovered: PCR necessary*
    – recovered*: PCR necessary
    – 2 x vaccinated, then recovered*: *Recently recovered persons who still have positive test results after surviving an infection (within the last 90 days) and where there is a demonstrable non-relevant epidemiological risk, may submit a medical certificate as an alternative to the PCR test.
    Please use this form to do so: Attachment I

 

This applies to children:

  • No 2-G and no testing obligation applies until the completed twelfth year of age.
  • Children and adolescents aged 12 and over require a negative PCR test upon entry. Children and young people of school age born after 31 August 2006 can also use the Holiday Ninja Pass when entering the country:
  • A proof from the so-called “Ninja Passport” or “Holiday Ninja Passport” for not or not completely vaccinated children is valid. It is equivalent to a proof in terms of the 2-G rule. Even before entry, the first negative test result can be entered on the printed passport. For entry, a PCR test or also an official antigen test is possible (valid for max. 48 h), this also counts as the first test for the activation of the Holiday Ninja Passport. In case of entry with an antigen test, the PCR test must be carried out immediately on site to ensure continuous validity (max. 48 h). The Holiday Ninja Passport can be downloaded here before departure:
    – Further information and download of the Holiday Ninja Pass in English.
  • Children and adolescents who do not fall under this regulation require a 2-G proof as well as a negative PCR test or a booster vaccination!

 

Entry without vaccination or convalescence
  • Entry for holiday purposes is not possible for persons who do not have proof of vaccination or convalescence. Exceptions: Among others, Austrian citizens, EU/EEA citizens and persons with residence or habitual abode in an EU/EEA state have to register at the Pre-Travel Clearance and start an immediate ten-day quarantine. This is considered to be terminated if a negative test result is available at the earliest on the fifth day after entry.

 

Entry from a virusvariant states or territories (Annex 1)

Entry is generally prohibited for persons entering from a virus variant state or territory (Appendix 1**) or who have stayed in such a state/territory within the last ten days prior to entry.

  • **Annex 1 countries: Angola, Botswana, Denmark, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, Norway, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, United Kingdom.
  • For persons who are entitled to enter the country from these countries (e.g. Austrian citizens, EU/EEA-Swiss citizens, occupation, education, urgent family events), registration is compulsory and a 10-day quarantine period begins immediately; free testing is possible at the earliest on the fifth day with a negative PCR test (day of entry is “day zero”). Exempted from the registration and quarantine obligation are those persons who are considered to be triple vaccinated and who also carry a negative test result or a medical certificate. The sample collection for the Corona test proof must not have taken place more than 48 hours ago at the time of entry.
  • Individuals who have a valid Holiday Ninja Pass.
RETURN JOURNEY TO YOUR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN

Please remember that not only the Austrian regulations are decisive for your trip, but also the regulations in your country of origin when you return home. Please inform yourself at the responsible authorities about the regulations for leaving or returning home. For the following countries you can find an overview here:

Digital Travel Plan of the European Union
On this page you will be directed to the current website of your home country and your destination country and informed about what you have to do when you return home. A European Union service page that can help you plan your trip to Vorarlberg and your journey home.

TRAIN CONNECTIONS
Due to the current situation, there are still restrictions in the train timetable of national and international long-distance traffic. Please contact ÖBB directly for further information.

FLIGHT CONNECTIONS
The airports close to Vorarlberg in D and CH are in operation. Please check the flight schedule directly with your airline or travel agent as well as the entry and return rules.

If you arrive in Switzerland by plane (e.g. Zurich or Altenrhein) and travel on from there to Vorarlberg, please note the stricter entry regulations in Switzerland: Even for vaccinated and recovered persons, a PCR test or antigen rapid test set must be presented before entry. The test costs are to be borne by the person entering the country.
Information on the stricter entry regulations in Switzerland from 20.12.2021.