Austria Introduces New Measures After a Surge in Cases

The government is once again tightening coronavirus measures after the relative summer calm, bracing the country for a potential fourth wave after the number of Covid-19 infections nears 1,000 new cases per day.

  • The 3-G rule (geimpft, getestet, genesen – vaccinated, tested or recovered) will remain in effect.
  • From August 15 onward, proof of vaccination will only be valid for those fully immunized; a vaccination certificate will be issued upon receiving your second dose.
  • Entry to Nightclubs and Nachtgastronomie (late night bars) will only be permitted with a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours or proof of vaccination.
  • Regulations for those that are either recovered or immunized with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have not changed.
  • In Vienna, anyone over 6 years of age falls under the 3-G rule; in the rest of Austria, only those 12 or older must comply with measures. 
  • Masks will still be required only in enclosed spaces that don’t fall under the 3-G rule (public transport and shops).
  • Any form of nose and mouth covering is currently sufficient.
  • In enclosed spaces like movie theaters and concert halls, both masks and 3-G confirmation will be required.
  • Gatherings of 100 or more people must be registered in advance, with those expecting 500 or more requiring prior authorization.  

Travel to Austria

  • Travelers from countries with low epidemiological risk, or so-called Anlage 1, will be permitted to enter Austria with either a proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative PCR test (3-G rule). 
  • Those arriving from “Areas of variant of concern” (Anlage 2) – currently Brazil, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Uruguay and Zimbabwe are not allowed to enter Austria. 
  • Austrian citizens, residence permit holders and some other groups are exempt from the entry ban. 

The federal government and the City of Vienna are still not in agreement on whether to impose additional restrictions for those who are still unvaccinated. Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein said on Sunday evening that it’s “too early” for such measures, adding that this could lead to a “division of society.”

Executive City Councilor for Public Health, Peter Hacker, stated however that he fully supports barring the unvaccinated from entering sports and leisure facilities. “The gravity of the fourth wave will depend on accelerating vaccination efforts in the next four to six weeks,” he concluded. 

Bogdan Brkić
Originally from southern Serbia, he moved to Vienna in 2013 to study German Philology. He is an aspiring journalist whose passions include history, music and French pastries.

Current Status

If you live in Vienna, make sure to register for getting a vaccine against COVID-19 under  Here you can book your vaccination appointment.

The City of Vienna offers free vaccinations without an appointment to everyone – regardless of citizenship or insurance status – at multiple locations across the city. 

Vienna has reinstated a number of coronavirus restrictions for the fall. The Austrian government has presented a plan for schools and universities.  

Here’s an overview of where you can get tested for COVID-19 in Vienna and how the free PCR “gargle” tests at home work. 

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For current coronavirus numbers, check the website of Ministry of Health and the AGES dashboard.

The Austrian Ministry of Health also publishes daily vaccination statistics and a preview of scheduled deliveries.


The City of Vienna has compiled comprehensive information on questions and answers regarding coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease in English.

The Austrian Ministry of Health has put together FAQs on the coronavirus and also provides material to download on how to protect yourself and others from the disease, also in English.

Furthermore, the ministry will constantly update its German-language website with information on the number of people tested and cases of COVID-19 in Austria.


Health advice by telephone1450

If you show symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties) or fear that you are ill, stay at home and dial health number 1450 for further procedures (diagnostic clarification).

Coronavirus hotline AGES+43 0800 555 621

The Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) answers questions about the coronavirus (general information on transmission, symptoms, prevention) 24 hours a day at +43 0800 555 621.

VKI hotline for travel law questions+43 0800 201 211

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