Austria tourism: from 8 November it starts with the “2 g” rule to contain infections

In Austria from today Monday 8 November, the so-called “2-G” rule (“Geimpft = vaccinated, Genesen = cured”) will apply to access restaurants, hotels, night food establishments, museums and cultural, recreational and sports institutions , and ski lifts. These stringent rules are needed as measures to contain the number of infections. At the same time, they will contribute to the conduct of the winter tourist season in Austria.

The following regulations therefore come into force, with the application of the “2-G” rule to access the following facilities and services:
• Hotels and accommodation facilities
• Restaurants and gastronomy facilities
• Leisure and sport facilities
• Museums and cultural institutions
• Cable cars
• Personal service exercises (for example, hairdresser)
• events with more than 25 people
Covid tests of any kind (both PCR and antigen tests) are no longer allowed as an access ticket.

A transitional period of four weeks applies. During this period, the first vaccination in combination with a PCR test is considered an entry title – so full immunization is not yet required during the transition period.
Wearing an FFP-2 face mask is mandatory in shops, museums and libraries.
The validity of vaccination certificates is reduced to nine months after full immunization (previously 12 months). Subsequently, an additional dose (usually the third) is required for a valid certificate. A three-week transition period applies.
Children are currently exempt from the obligation to present an access certificate up to the age of twelve. It is expected that this regulation will also apply in the future. Work is underway on a workable regulation for minors from the age of twelve

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