Vienna’s Current Coronavirus Rules – in Short

With cases numbers rising and vaccination numbers stalling, the City of Vienna has introduced new measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The following security measures are in effect in Vienna as of September 15. Please note that additional measures may be taken in the near future.

3-G Rule

  • 3-G rule: People aged 6 and over who, for example, visit a restaurant, bar, event ,or go to the hairdresser, must show proof that they have been tested, vaccinated or have recovered (“3-G rule”).
    • As of Sept. 1, for people over 12 years of age, PCR tests are only considered as entry tests for 48 hours, rapid antigen tests for 24 hours.

Vaccination Validity

  • Vaccination is only valid for the 3-G rule once immunization is complete.
    • Proof is issued on the day of the 2nd vaccination.
    • Regulations for persons vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson and those recovered and tested remain unchanged.
    • The validity of the vaccination was extended from 270 days to 360 days from the date of getting the second vaccination.

FFP2 Masks

  • FFP2 masks are mandatory on public transportation and in convenience stores and cultural institutions.
    • Children up to 14 years of age and pregnant women may wear mouth-nose protection.
    • In all stores, shops and retail facilites, an FFP2 mask is mandatory for unvaccinated people.
    • For vaccinated people, a mouth-nose protection is sufficient and wearing an FFP2 mask is recommended.
  • In enclosed spaces of recreational businesses and cultural institutions (for example, in the cinema, theater, concert hall), an FFP2 mask must be worn in addition to the 3-G proof.
    • Those vaccinated and recovered can also wear a mouth-nose protection instead.

Events

  • For events and gatherings of 25 people or more, the 3-G rule applies.
    • Events with 100 or more people must be registered, but can generally take place without upper audience limits.
  • Registration requirement: In catering and accommodation establishments (hotels etc.), non-public sports and leisure facilities, as well as gatherings with more than 100 people, the contact details of visitors have to be collected.

2-G Rule

  • Access to clubs and discotheques is only possible for those vaccinated and those who can show a current negative PCR test result (2-G rule).

Hospitals, Schools & Services

  • Visits to hospitals: 1 person per patient per day is permitted. FFP2 masks are mandatory.
    • In official buildings and other publicly accessible areas of the city administration, the minimum distance of 1 meter applies in addition to the mask mandate.
  • Educators as well as persons working in the catering trade or in occupations close to the body must continue to be tested regularly.

Checks

  • The police can carry out random checks to control whether the measures in force are being folllowed.

Since the start of the 2021/22 school year on September 6, classes have been held in all grades and types of schools. Among other things, testing and vaccination services have been expanded for this purpose. Until September 20 (safety phase), there is an obligation to wear a mouth-nose protection outside the classroom.

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Benjamin Wolf
Benjamin studied Journalism, History and International Affairs. After stints with Cafébabel in Paris and Arte in Strasbourg, he is now working as managing editor and COO for Metropole in Vienna. Fields of expertise are politics, economics, culture, and history. Photo: Visual Hub

Current Status

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

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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.