Latest information from Gastein - COVID-19

Below we provide answers to the most important questions about the current situation in Gastein in Salzburger Land. This information will be constantly updated as the situation in Austria develops. If you still have any questions, we are there for you!

per 30.06.2021

What are the current entry requirements for Austria?

  1. When entering from countries with a low incidence of infection, the 3-G rule without quarantine applies (Children under 12 do not need to show a test)
    A current 3-G certificate is required for entry. If this cannot be presented, a test must be carried out immediately, but in any case within 24 hours.
    Valid for the following countries: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithunia, Luxembourg, Macua, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, North Macedonia, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United States, Vatican, Vietnam
  2. Entry from virus variant states: is generally prohibited with exceptions
    As before, entry from virus variant states is only possible to a very limited extent (e.g. business travel, medical reasons etc.). Need to register digitally in advance to obtain pre-travel clearance, required to show at the border. A negatice PCR test no older than 72h is required. In addition a 10-day quarantine is mandatory. Which can be ended from day 5 after entry (day of entry = 0) with a new negative test result.
    Valid for countries: Botswana, Brazil, Eswatini, India, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, Zambia and Zimbabwe
  3. Entry from other countries: 3-G rule, test with quarantine
    When entering from other countries, vaccinated persons can do so without quarantine (complete vaccination 14 days after the last required vaccination). Children and adolescents up to the age of 17 can enter the country with their vaccinated parents without the obligation to quarantine. All others require a current negative test or proof of recovery and must also go into a ten-day quarantine, which can be ended by a negative test after five days at the earliest (day of entry = 0).

 

Before entering Austria you have to register in advance (“Pre-Travel-Clearance”). The registration confirmation must be presented electronically or printed out during an inspection.

When entering Austria, please observe both the Austrian regulations and the regulations in your home country.
Further details on entry, current exemptions etc.: In the extensive FAQ on the website of the Ministry of Health.

What evidence of the negative infection status is permitted in Austria?

In order to have access to hotels, restaurants or cultural institutions in Austria, guests need proof of being tested, vaccinated or recovered. The proof must be in German or English. Children under 12 do not need to show a test.

Valid tests are:

  • negative PCR test (validity: 72 hours)
  • negative antigen test e.g. from test street or pharmacy (validity: 48 hours)
  • Antigen test for self-use, verification via the self-test Red Cross app (validity: 24 hours)

Any vaccination can be proven by vaccination certificate, vaccination card or printout (validity: from the 22nd day after the 1st vaccination). A document issued in German or English (e.g. yellow vaccination pass) that has been approved by the EMA or has successfully passed the EUL process of the WHO counts as proof of vaccination. The Russian vaccine Sputnik V therefore does not apply.

A recovery can be proven by a discharge notice or an antibody test (validity: 6 months)

Where can I get tested in Gastein?

Bad Hofgastein:

Kurapotheke, Pyrkerstraße 5, opening times: Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 8.30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - The antigen rapid test is free of charge for people with an Austrian social security number; for all others, it costs € 30.00 per test.

 

Kongresszentrum, Tauernplatz 1, opening times: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (from 7 July), please register at www.salzburg-testet.at, the test is free of charge, even without an Austrian social security number

 

Bad Gastein:

Kurapotheke Bad Gastein, Böcksteiner Bundesstraße 1C, opening times: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 pm to 7:30 pm; Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. & 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  - The antigen rapid test is free of charge for people with an Austrian social security number; for all others, it costs € 38.00 per test.

 

 

You can register for a test in the pharmacies here (or call 0800/220 330, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.).

From 19th of May self-testig via registration on the app "Selbsttest Rotes Kreuz" and also at hotels or restaurants is possible. 

Where do I currently have to wear a mouth and nose protector?

  • in public transport and the associated underground stations, platforms, stops, train stations and airports
  • in all shops and service providers
  • at markets (indoor and outdoor)
  • in sanatoriums

Are the thermal baths open?

The Alpentherme Bad Hofgastein and th Felsentherme Bad Gastein are open. Day tickets, day packages, evening tickets, weekly tickets, season tickets and 4-hour tickets are available again in both thermal baths.

Guidelines for visiting the thermal baths:

  • "3G Rule" - Tested, Vaccinated or Recovered
  • All thermal bath visitors must register before entering

What do I have to consider with regard to the coronavirus?

  • Wash your hands regularly: with soap or disinfectant
  • no handshakes and no hugs
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Keep your distance: at least 1 meter
  • Pay attention to respiratory hygiene: cough or sneeze into your elbow or into a handkerchief!
  • Avoid crowds
  • Current situation, protective measures, entry requirements: everything you need to know.

What should I do if I feel sick?

If you feel COVID-19 symtoms:

  • Call the health hotline 1450!
  • Do not go to the doctor or hospital without prior appointment!

What cancellation options are currently available for my booking in Gastein?

For all bookings in summer 2021 we offer the "Easy Summer Storno". All participating partners offer a free cancellation option of 7 days or less.

 

Should the following situations occur, you can of course cancel free of charge until the day of arrival:

  • travel warning for the whole of Austria or Salzburg with quarantine regulations
  • Border closure
  • Local "lock down" of the region
  • if booking in connection with skiing and the operation of the Gastein mountain railways has to be suspended

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Huts and restaurants

Regulations from July 1st on

  • No more mandatory closing time for restaurants, i.e. night clubs can reopen
  • No minimum distance between groups of guests
  • No more mask requirement in restaurants and hotels
  • Access tests (self-test with digital solution: 24h - antigen test: 48h - PCR test: 72h)
  • Guests need to register

What general measures apply in restaurants and mountain huts?

  • On entering, a test must be taken or you must have a valid negative test result, a vaccination certificate or confirmation of having had Covid-19.
  • Covid-19 tests have the following validity:
    • Self-test with digital solution: 24 h
    • Antigen test 48 h
    • PCR test: 72 h
    • Recovered people: up until 6 months after the illness
    • Vaccinated people: For 1 year starting from 22 days after the first vaccination
  • Guests must register with their name and contact details upon entry
  • No more mandatory closing time for restaurants

Hotel industry and accommodation

Hotels and accommodation will be open again from May 19, 2021 under the following conditions:

As a guest of an accommodation facility (e.g. a hotel), what do I have to be aware of?

  • On entering, a test must be taken or you must have a valid negative test result, a vaccination certificate or confirmation of having had Covid-19.
  • Covid-19 tests have the following validity:
    Self-test with digital solution: 24 h
    Antigen test 48 h
    PCR test: 72 h
    Recovered people: up until 6 months after the illness
    Vaccinated people: For 1 year starting from 22 days after the first vaccination
  • Guests must register with their name and contact details upon entry
  • No more mandatory closing time for restaurants

What must be observed in the catering facilities of the accommodation establishments (e.g. hotel restaurant, breakfast room, etc.)?

  • On entering, you must have a valid negative test result, a vaccination certificate or confirmation of having had Covid-19.
  • Guests must register with their name and contact details upon entry
  • No more mandatory closing time for restaurants

Corona safety measures for cable car operation Summer 2021 in Gastein

The operating times of Gasteins cable care are expected to be from Saturday, May 22, 2021 to Sunday, October 17, 2021. You can find all information about the exact opening times of the lifts here.

 

Please note that there may still be changes in the opening times of our summer lifts. Depending on the developments regarding Corona and the opening of the hotel and gastronomy, the operating times of the cable cars may change.

Do I have to reserve my ticket in advance?

No, it is not necessary to reserve a ticket. The quota for the cable car in the Gastein Valley is not limited.

Where do I have to wear a face mask?

In order to guarantee the safety of all summer athletes, the following regulations currently apply to the lifts:

  • A face mask has to be worn permanent in all cable cars and chair lifts with a weather protection hood by everybody from the age of 6.
  • Moreover, there is a permanent compulsory use of face mask in all enclosed rooms like buildings, toilets, in all public transport and while queuing in enclosed buildings.
  • In order to guarantee everybody’s safety, the requirement to wear a face mask in the prescribed areas applies, without exception, to every guest over the age of six.

How many people will be allowed to travel in a cable care or on a chairlift at any one time?

All cable cars and lifts can be filled to a capacity of 100%.

Will the cable cars and lifts be aired during the ride?

All lifts will be aired as best as possible during the ride.

Will the cable cars and lifts be disinfected?

All lift facilities will be regularly disinfected.

Where do I have to keep a minimum social distance of one meter?

There is currently no minimum distance to be observed.

Which measures must the lift employees who are in direct contact with the public adhere to?

  • No more FFP2 mask requirement for employees: if one of the 3Gs can be proven I otherwise MNS requirement for customer contact

Do you need to be recovered, tested or vaccinated to use the lifts?

For the use of the lifts you currently do not need proof that you are recovered, tested or vaccinated. What does apply, however, is the FFP2 mask obligation and compliance with the minimum distance.

All contents of this page have been compiled in the best of the editor's knowledge and belief. All contents and information may be subject to alterations. State regulations form the legal basis for operation. Information and material regarding protective measures have been provided by the Austrian Chamber of Commerce – Division Ropeways.

We look forward to seeing you in Gastein soon!