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last updated on 01.10.2021

Current information about public life in Vienna and Austria

Current guidelines and regulations

The prerequisite for visiting restaurants, hotels, and cultural events, as well as open-air pools and other leisure facilities, is either a negative coronavirus test, proof of vaccination with a vaccine approved by the EMA (Biontec/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson) or medical confirmation of recovery from Covid. PCR tests are valid for 48 hours; antigen tests are valid for 24 hours for people aged 12 and older. The general requirement to provide proof in Vienna applies to those aged 6 and above (PCR tests are valid for 72 hours for children between the ages of 6 and 12, antigen tests for 48 hours).

To the currently valid access requirements

  • Hotels: Tested, vaccinated and recovered persons may again stay in Viennese hotels. 

  • Gastronomy & Nightlife: Access to restaurants and bars is only allowed for tested, recovered and vaccinated persons. To visit a disco or nightclub you have to present a proof of vaccination (at least the first shot) or a negative PCR-Test. Guests must register. Masks and closing hours are no longer mandatory. Bars, nightclubs and discos are open.

  • Events: Large events are possible again without restrictions for vaccinated, recovered and tested persons. No masks are required.

  • Cultural and leisure facilities (museums, theaters, concert halls, operas, cinemas, zoos, outdoor pools, gyms and non public sports facilities, amusement parks) are open. The access regulation for tested, recovered or vaccinated persons applies, and masks are compulsory in certain areas.

  • In museums, libraries, and archives masks are mandatory. Those who are not vaccinated must wear an FFP2 mask. Here it not necessary to submit an access test.

  • Service providers who work close to the body, such as hairdressers and beauty salons, are open. Access for tested, recovered and vaccinated persons. Masks are not required.

Mask requirements

  • Adults and children over the age of 14 must wear a mask.

  • An FFP2 mask must be worn in food stores, on public transport, in drug stores, in banks, in enclosed public spaces and cultural institutions (theaters, concert halls, cinemas...). 

  • For those who are not vaccinated, an FFP2 mask will be mandatory in all shops, museums, libraries, book stores and archives. For those who are vaccinated, a face covering is sufficient. Wearing an FFP2 mask is recommended.

  • Face shields or chin visors are no longer considered mouth-to-nose protection.

Public transport

  • Wearing FFP2 masks on public transport is mandatory.

  • Public transport in Vienna is not restricted. An FFP2 mask must be worn inside the station buildings of public transport providers and on all forms of public transport. The subways are running 24 hours a day again on weekends and before public holidays.

  • In taxis it is mandatory to wear an FFP2 mask.

  •  The City Airport Train CAT from the airport to Wien Mitte station has suspended operations until further notice. You can still get from the airport to the city center.

Detailed information is also available at

Test possibilities in our area

We have put together the test options for non-citizens in our vicinity here:

  • Wiener Teststraßen - Ernst-Happel-Stadtion (Walkin-In)
    Meiereistraße 7, 1020 Wien
    Monday till Sunday 06:00 bis 21:00 

  • Wiener Teststraßen - Teststraße Austira Center Wien (Walk-In & Drive-In)
    Bruno-Kreisky-Platz, 1220 Wien
    Monday till Sunday 07:00 bis 19:00 

  • Wiener Teststraßen - Teststraße Aula der Wissenschaft (Walk-In)
    Wollzeile 27A
    Monday till Sunday 06:00 bis 21:00

General information on the test options can be found here.




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Suspicion of infection

Should you fall ill during your stay, you will of course be cared for and can take advantage of free medical treatment in Austria. Please note the following procedure: 

  • If you suspect you may have been infected, please stay in your room and report to reception. Avoid crowds and public transport.

  • Call the health hotline 1450: You will be looked after by medical specialists over the phone and receive further information.

  • Coronavirus information hotline: 0800 555 621 (available 24 hours)
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