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Do I need to self-isolate on arrival? 

If you can prove you are fully vaccinated and received your second injection at least 21 days ago but no more than 360 days before arrival, you do not need to quarantine. Unvaccinated arrivals need to provide a negative test and quarantine for 10 days (with the option of it ending early if a Covid test is negative on day 5).

Do I need to wear a mask?

In Austria, FFP2 face masks are required on public transport, in taxis and in public indoor spaces such as shops.

Can I visit bars and restaurants?

Entry to restaurants, bars, theatres, cultural and sports events requires proof of vaccination, recent recovery from Covid or a recent test. Entry to nightclubs is only permitted with proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours.

What are the rules in ski resorts?

In ski resorts this winter mandatory FFP2 face masks will be required in designated areas, including enclosed lifts. Austrian resorts will also require all skiers to be fully vaccinated, show proof of recovery or a negative Covid-19 test to access the likes of ski lifts, and subsequently the slopes, as well as bars and restaurants around the resort. Find out more about the reopening of ski resorts this winter here.

Do I need to take a test before travelling back to England?

It depends on your vaccination status. If you are fully vaccinated, you no longer need to take a pre-departure test 72 hours before arriving back in the UK. If you are not fully vaccinated, you must take a test (lateral flow are accepted) 72 hours before travelling home, using a Government-certified testing company. You can find the Government’s rules on testing before departure, here.

Do I need to self isolate on my return to England?

It depends on your vaccination status. If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to self isolate on your return from Austria though you will need to take a PCR (or, from late October, a non-NHS lateral flow test) up to two days after arriving back in the UK. If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need to self isolate for ten days when arriving from any country, taking a PCR test on day two, and another on day eight, with the option to ‘test to release’ on day five.

Do I need to do any paperwork before travelling back to England?

Yes. All passengers must fill in a Passenger Locator Form before arrival back to England, including your reference code for your day two test. You can do so, here.

What is the case rate in Austria? 

As of October 7, Austria has recorded 141.97 cases per 100,000 over the last seven days – up 3 per cent on the previous week. Currently, the UK’s case rate is double that, at 381.98 per 100,000.

How is Austria’s vaccination drive going? 

As of October 7, 75.88 per cent of the population has received a first dose, and 71.75 per cent are fully vaccinated.



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