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Safe vacation planning

The most important information at a glance

Are you considering booking a holiday in SalzburgerLand or are you preparing your trip? Then, this information will certainly be helpful.

In SalzburgerLand and Austria in general, due to the current Coronavirus infection situation, a temporary lockdown is in effect from 22 November until 13 December. Travel to Austria for touristic purposes will only be possible again after this period. 

Can I go on holiday in SalzburgerLand?

At the moment it´s not possible to go on holiday (leisure tourism)  in SalzburgerLand.

In SalzburgerLand and Austria in general, due to the current Coronavirus infection situation, a temporary lockdown is in effect from 22 November until 13 December at the latest. Travel to Austria for touristic purposes will only be possible again after this period. 

You can find the latest news about the temporary lockdown in SalzburgerLand and Austria here.

Are there current travel warnings or entry restrictions for SalzburgerLand?

An overview of current travel warnings and the associated measures can be found in the topic >> Safe Arrival.

Questions and answers about Covid-19 regulations in SalzburgerLand:

What Corona regulations currently apply in SalzburgerLand?

In SalzburgerLand and Austria in general, due to the current Coronavirus infection situation, a temporary lockdown is in effect from 22 November until 13 December. Travel to Austria for touristic purposes will only be possible again after this period. 

From 13 December the “2-G-rule” is mandatory for visitors:

After the end of the current lockdown, the 2-G-rule will be in effect again in Austria, as well as FFP2 mask requirements in many areas. To keep locals and visitors safe, the following measures will be in place:

The 2 G rule is  whether a proof of full vaccination or you can proof a past infection.

  • Access to accommodation, restaurants, nightclubs, bars, cable cars and cultural institutions, alle leisure centres, gym etc. , is only possible with proof of full vaccination/past infection. A Covid-19 test is no longer sufficient.  
  • FFP2 masks are required on public transport and in all retail businesses and museums.
  • 2-dose-vaccinations are valid for 9 months only after the second dose from 6 December (previously: 12 months). After that a booster jab is required for a valid proof of full vaccination. Attention: The 1-dose vaccine by Johnson & Johnson is only valid until 3 January 2022, after that date a booster jab is required as well.
  • Children under 12 years are currently exempt from entry rules; for minors between 12 and 15 years, a solution is being worked on (Exemption: In Vienna, children from the age of 6 require an entry test).

We will provide more information as it becomes available.

 

Which tests are considered “officially recognised” and for how long are they valid?

Since the 8th November rapid antigen tests and PCR tests are no longer accepted as proof of access for gastronomy, hotels, etc.

Nevertheless, a testing offer will continue to exist in SalzburgerLand. Information and an overview of all available test stations as well as the appointments can be found HERE.

From when is a person considered to be fully vaccinated or recovered?

Vaccinated persons:

  • Vaccines with two doses of the vaccine: A vaccination is only considered to be proof of a low epidemiological risk with complete immunisation. This proof is available from the day of issue of the 2nd vaccination and is valid for 360 days (from the 6th of December on only 270 days). Please note that from 06.12.2021, the validity of the second vaccination will be shortened to nine months. After that, a third vaccination is required.
  • Vaccines with a single vaccine dose: For vaccinations where only one dose is provided (Johnson & Johnson), this is considered as proof from the 22nd day. The validity is 270 days from the day of vaccination. From the 3rd January 2022, a second vaccination is mandatory for validity.
  • Vaccination for recovered persons: A vaccination is valid for nine months if you have been ill with COVID-19 21 days before the first vaccination.
  • Third vaccination: A third vaccination (or in the case of single-use vaccines, the second vaccination) is valid for 360 days. There must be at least 120 days between the second and third vaccination.

Further information can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection.

Recovered persons:

  • Exception notice if it has been issued to a person who has been shown to have SARS-CoV-2 in the six months prior to the intended test
  • Medical confirmation of a molecular biologically confirmed infection and recovery that has taken place in the last six months
  • Detection of neutralising antibodies (antibody test) is no longer accepted

What rules apply to children?)

Children and adolescents: Children up to the age of 12 are exempt from the G-proof obligation and therefore do not have to show a test result.

For children and young people who are required to attend school in Austria (9 school years), there is a special regulation:

  • The Ninja Pass, which is issued at Austrian schools, is equivalent to a 2-G certificate and is therefore also valid as proof of access to restaurants, cinemas or hotels.
  • Please note: Proof of the Ninja Pass is only valid during the weeks in which regular testing is carried out in the schools. During these weeks, the Ninja Pass is also valid for the weekends. The proof is not accepted, for example, during the holidays, due to the lack of a regular test interval.
  • At the end of the ninth school year, all young people who go to school in Austria must have a 2-G certificate.
  • For children from the age of 12 who are not subject to compulsory schooling in Austria, the 2G proof obligation remains valid. Proof of vaccination or recovery is required. We are currently trying to find a regulation for children who do not go to school in Austria, but the 2G regulation remains in place for the current status quo.

Does the 2G proof (vaccinated or recovered) apply to all types of accommodation – for example, an overnight stay at campsites, on alpine pastures and in ski huts?

Supervised campsites and also alpine, ski or refuge huts are also covered by the 2G regulation according to the regulation of the Ministry of Health. The submission of a proof of vaccination or a certificate of recovery is also required here.

Who controls the validity of the 2G regulation?

The operators of the gastronomy and accommodation establishments must carry out the verification of the proof. We therefore ask for your understanding and willingness to show the vaccination status or the status of recovery. The district administration authorities and the bodies of the public security service will check compliance with prohibitions, conditions and requirements, including through on-site inspection.

Is SalzburgerLand well prepared in times of Covid-19?

A safe holiday for our guests is the ultimate goal, on which we have been working together in SalzburgerLand for many months – as this is what we live for.

The Covid-Board SalzburgerLand, which includes experts from the relevant fields of tourism, health, public authorities and politics have created measures and recommendations for the hotel and accommodation industry. In addition, a detailed checklist for the prevention of Covid-19 in accommodation establishments has been developed, which is available for all establishments and whose compliance has been and is strongly being recommended by the Covid-Board SalzburgerLand. The measures by the Federal Government will of course be implemented conscientiously in SalzburgerLand. 

These measures have been adapted according to current developments as well as changes in the epidemiological situation, and also adapted to the needs of our guests.

In case of a travel warning – are there flexible cancellation conditions?

The greatest possible planning security for our guests is of great concern to us in SalzburgerLand. Many accommodation establishments have already relaxed their cancellation conditions and are thus responding to the current situation, which naturally entails an increased need for flexibility.

In the case of individual trips, however, (unlike package holidays) there is no expressly regulated right of cancellation, e.g. in the event of a travel warning. Please inquire about the specific cancellation conditions directly with your chosen accommodation and preferably before booking.

What does the Corona traffic light mean and what effects are associated with it?

The colour classification of the Corona traffic light is used for risk assessment in Austria. It provides an orientation for the population for setting personal behavioural measures. For the assessment, the factors of dissemination risk (=threat to public health from the spread of Covid-19) and systemic risk (=risk of overloading the health care system with Covid-19 patients) are taken into account.

Please note that there are no legal consequences attached to the Corona Commission’s assessment. Its primary purpose is to assess the situation in the respective region. Concrete measures will be enacted separately by the respective legislative bodies. If a traffic light is switched to red, this is not equivalent to an official ban on entering the area and does not mean, for example, an automatic free cancellation of an already booked accommodation.

Additional information on the Corona traffic light can be found here.

Are employees in tourism companies regularly tested?

For several months now, Austria has been offering a test setup called “Safe Hospitality”, in which employees of hotel and gastronomy companies can be tested voluntarily once a week. This testing is now being expanded further for the winter season. Since November, for example, also landlords of private rooms or snow sports instructors can be tested.

Tourism companies can display their participation in the weekly Covid tests to their guests with the official “Safe Hospitality” badge. You are also welcome to find out directly from the company you booked your holiday with, whether these weekly employees screenings are performed.

Are there special Covid-19 travel insurance policies?

The “Hotelstorno Plus” insurance of the European Travel Insurance offers additional help and support for your hotel stay for up to 31 days. This is for example, in the event of cancellation, an involuntary holiday extension and in case of mountain emergency. Information can be found here.

ÖAMTC Protection Letter (Austria)

If, during a trip to Austria, the holiday destination cannot be exited or is quarantined by the authorities or the journey home cannot be started as planned, the ÖAMTC Protection Letter covers the additional accommodation costs for the holder and accompanying persons from 1st June 2020 to 30th April 2021. More info.

ADAC Plus (Germany)

Additional accommodation and travel costs incurred during a trip due to a Corona-related quarantine regulation will be covered. In addition, the Covid-19 test costs will be covered if this makes it possible to travel home. This offer does not apply if there was a travel warning for the country or specific location before departure. A maximum of € 500 per person and per case will be covered. The cover is limited until the end of 2020.

What is the current situation at my desired holiday destination?

The “Corona traffic light” of the Austrian Ministry of Health gives an overview of the current epidemiological situation in the individual districts in Austria.

The assessment is the responsibility of a Corona Commission, which meets once a week and makes an assessment of the current situation on a four-stage colour scale.

  • Red: very high risk. Acute numerous outbreaks, large-scale spread
  • Orange: high risk. Accumulation of cases, no longer predominantly attributable to clusters
  • Yellow: medium risk. Moderate cases known to be originating and spreading (= mainly in clusters)
  • Green: low risk. Individual cases, isolated clusters

On the Corona traffic light homepage of the Ministry of Health you will find the current traffic light map incl. classification of regions and districts in SalzburgerLand.