Summer in Vienna Brings Lifted Restrictions

As the weather gets warmer, restrictions are continuing to soften. Soon we will be able to enjoy summer in Vienna as we know it – night clubs are reopening, weddings and big events will be unrestricted.

As of July 1, the following loosened restrictions will be in effect in Austria:

  • The 3-G rule (geimpft, getestet, genesen – vaccinated, tested or recovered) will continue, with proof of one of the three required for most aspects of public life. 
  • Curfew will be lifted and there will be no restrictions to business hours.
  • Nightclubs and Nachtgastronomie (late night bars) will reopen for the first time in 16 months; there are still ongoing discussions regarding entry requirements.
  • Weddings and dancing in close proximity will be permitted again. 
  • One meter distance between patrons will no longer be required when seated at restaurants, but contact tracing will still be mandatory.
  • Large events will be able to take place without any restrictions; food may be served. Concerts with standing room only can take place once again, with and no masks required. 
  • Children under the age of 12 will no longer need a test. Sayonara, Ninja card!

In addition, the now iconic FFP2-masks are slowly on their way out: from July 22 onward, they will only be required in hospitals and care homes. 

On the EU level:

  • Border restrictions will be loosened for travelers coming from the US, Serbia, Albania, Lebanon, North Macedonia, Macau, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Vietnam. To enter, meeting the 3-G requirements is sufficient.

While Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein assured that “Summer will go back to how it was,” the vice principal of the MedUni Vienna, Oswald Wagner, warned that the rapid spread of the Delta-Variant means that “the pandemic isn’t over yet. We still need be cautious.”

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Carolyn Lai
Carolyn grew up between Kuala Lumpur and Vienna. With a background in both music and politics, she enjoys writing stories on culture and social development. She is currently completing her undergraduate degree in political science at the University of Vienna.

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Numbers

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.

Resources

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.

Hotlines

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

For legal questions concerning trips that have already been booked (e.g. whether a trip can be cancelled free of charge), the experts of the Association for Consumer Information (VKI) provide advice free of charge from Monday to Sunday between 09:00 and 15:00 at +43 0800 201 211.