Safety measures in the Montafon

for winter 2021/22



Your carefree stay in the Montafon

COVID-19 measures in the Montafon

The health of our guests and staff is paramount to us, which is why the Montafon has been doing everything possible to ensure a safe stay in our region since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. As was already the case last summer, we and our partners are taking measures in many areas to achieve this goal, which has allowed us to keep the number of infections in the Montafon very low. 

In addition to regular testing for staff at hotels, restaurants, cableways and ski schools as well as for mountain guides and other guides, etc., the tourism service providers in the Montafon have taken the measures below to ensure that nothing stands in the way of a carefree and safe stay in the Montafon.

To a safe and carefree reunion soon in the Montafon!



What you should know before your trip

Temporary lockdown in Austria

Austria, like most European countries, is recording rising incidences and is reacting decisively to the development: From Monday, 22 November, a nationwide lockdown will apply. This lockdown affects vaccinated and unvaccinated persons, is valid for a maximum of 20 days, is evaluated after 10 days and ends on 13 December at the latest. Tourist travel to Austria is not possible during the lockdown.
 

Since 15.11.2021, all-day exit restrictions apply to persons aged 12 and over who do not have a 2-G certificate.

Information for your stay in Vorarlberg can be found HERE.

All measures are listed on the page of the Ministry of Social Affairs. In addition, a FAQ with the applicable measures has already been compiled. The most important questions are answered there. It is currently not possible to estimate how long the 2-G measures will apply; this depends primarily on the development of intensive care bed occupancy. 

  • However, a transitional period of four weeks will be introduced for the 2-G detection. During this period, the first vaccination in combination with a PCR test is considered proof of entry - thus full immunisation is not yet required during the transition period.
  • In addition, the validity of vaccination certificates is now set at nine months from full immunisation (instead of 12 months previously). After that, another dose (usually the third) is needed for a valid certificate; there will be a transition period of three weeks.

Germany places Austria on high-risk area list
Germany has classified Austria as a high-risk area today - the measure will apply from 0:00 on Sunday. People aged 12 and over who are not fully vaccinated or have not recovered and enter Germany from a high-risk area must be quarantined for ten days and can only be exempted after five days with a negative test. For children up to the age of 12, a five-day quarantine applies. In addition, a digital entry registration is necessary, and the vaccination or recovery certificate must be uploaded. The confirmation of the registration must be carried along when entering the country. You can find more information HERE.

According to the current status, there are exceptions from the obligation to register and possibly to separate, among others, for border commuters/cross-border commuters (for professional purposes) as well as for persons who have stayed or are staying in Germany for less than 24 hours for excursions or shopping trips or less than 72 hours for visits to relatives in the high-risk area.

 

​​​​​​Proof of vaccination is a vaccination document issued in german or english, for example the yellow vaccination certificate or the green passport. A certificate of recovery is a medical or official confirmation in german or english of an infection that has been survived in the past six months. 

If proof (vaccinated, tested, recovered) can be presented upon entry, no entry registration (pre-travel clearance) is necessary. If no such proof can be presented, there is an obligation to take a test within 24 hours in Austria and to fill in the Pre-Travel Clearance Form (if possible electronically) before entering the country.

Children from the age of 12 and older also need a 3-G certificate.

So that you can plan and book your holiday in the Montafon without any worries, many hosts offer the possibility of cancelling your booking free of charge under certain conditions. You can recognise the participating establishments by the "Carefree Booking" feature. The offer is valid for bookings via montafon.at or direct bookings with the host.

Please inform yourself once again about the applicable regulations before you arrive! You will find the most important information at vorarlberg.travel/visiting-safely/entry-and-return. An interactive travel planner with the applicable rules can be found here: reopen.europa.eu

Alpenblumen und Jausenbrett auf der Alpe Garnera | © Vorarlberg Tourismus, Dietmar Denger

Tested – vaccinated

Regardless of whether you want to visit restaurants, the theatre, skiing areas or the swimming pool: the safety formula “vaccinated or recovered” applies everywhere. 

Vaccines recognised in Austria: Comirnaty by the manufacturer BioNTech/Pfizer, Spikevax by the manufacturer Moderna, Vaxzevria by the manufacturer AstraZeneca and COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen by the manufacturer Janssen*. Proof of vaccination is the vaccination card, a confirmation from the doctor and also the EU "green passport".

From the day of complete immunisation (second vaccination), the vaccination certificate is valid for 270 days; a further booster vaccination extends the validity by another 270 days.

In a transitional period until 06 of December, the first vaccination in combination with a valid PCR test is also considered as 2-G proof).
*Vaccination certificates for one dose with Janssen lose their validity on 03 January 2022. Therefore, a 2nd dose is required to continue to receive a valid vaccination certificate that is valid for 270 days.

For persons who had a positive PCR test or proof of neutralising antibodies at least 21 days before vaccination, vaccination is valid for 270 days from the date of the first vaccination. 

If you have survived a coronavirus infection within the last 180 days, please bring a doctor's confirmation of a positive PCR test or a certificate of recovery or an official segregation order with you. 

The obligation to show a valid 2-G certificate does not apply to children up to the age of 12. For children and young people between the ages of 12 and 15 (compulsory school age), the Ninja Pass (school test pass) is treated as equivalent to the 2-G pass and is therefore also valid as proof of access to restaurants, accommodation or cableways. After the end of the ninth school year, young people must also have a 2-G certificate in order to be allowed to enter the concerned areas.

Montafoner Hüttenrunde | Tilisunahütte - Latschau | © Montafon Tourismus GmbH, Schruns - Packyourthingsandtravel

Carefree booking

So that you can plan and book your holiday in the Montafon without any worries, many hosts offer the possibility of cancelling your booking free of charge under certain conditions. You can recognise the participating establishments by the "Carefree Booking" feature. The offer is valid for bookings via montafon.at or direct bookings with the host.



What to keep in mind on site

Tested, vaccinated, recovered or wearing a mask

From 8 November, the 2-G rule (vaccinated - recovered) and compulsory registration will apply here as access authorisation:

  • All public cultural, sports and leisure facilities
  • Cableways at 15 of November
  • Gastronomy (without night gastronomy)
  • Accommodation establishments
  • Night catering
  • Après ski

Registration: In most cases, a simple digital solution is available for this purpose. This makes it possible to trace contacts quickly if the need arises.

 

Here, you don’t need evidence of the “3 G” safety formula, but covering your mouth and nose is with a FFP2-Mask required:

  • Public transport, taxi
  • Closed cablecars (until 14 of November)
  • Food retail
  • Banks, post offices, public authorities
  • Health sector
  • Church services
  • general Shops (e.g. clothing stores)
  • Museums
  • Exhibitions
  • Libraries

Information: Safe visit

© Montafon Tourismus GmbH, Schruns

My day skiing in the Montafon

The 2-G rule applies to the purchase of a one day ski pass from 15th of November.

  • For the purchase of a season ticket or multi-day ticket, the 2-G rule applies from 15th of November.
  • Vaccinated and recovered persons only have to show their 2-G certificate once when purchasing the ticket. An than they are able to use the ticket until the certificate expires.
  • Children under the age of twelve are exempt from the 2-G rule. For young people between 12-15 years of age, the Corona Test Pass "Ninja Pass" of the school tests is also acceptable as 2-G proof.
  • In case of issuance of multi-day tickets by third parties (e.g. by accommodation providers), the corresponding 2-G check can also be carried out by them.
  • If season tickets were already sold before the ordinance came into force, the 2-G proof must be presented before entering for the first time.
  • The 2-G rule doesn't apply to the use of the cable car or cogwheel railway to cover necessary basic needs of daily life (for example to reach the place of residence or work, to ensure basic supplies, etc.).

With the entry into force of the 2-G regulation on 15 November, the obligation to wear masks in gondolas and cabins will be lifted.

Nevertheless, we recommend wearing an FFP2 mask in the checkout areas, when queuing, in gondolas and during chairlift rides to protect others. 

Irrespective of the current legal requirements, the queuing areas are organised in such a way that groups of people standing close together are avoided as far as possible. Please keep your distance from strangers if possible.

All cable cars and chair lifts are ventilated as well as possible during the ride. Please also ensure ventilation during the ride (open windows, open the weather protection hood, etc.)

All the cable cars are regularly disinfected with a special cold fogging device. The special cold fog produces a long-lasting, floating mist of droplets that eliminates 99.99% of all viruses, bacteria and spores on surfaces within a very short time. The active ingredient leaves no residue, is non-toxic, pH neutral, kind to the skin and eyes and 100% biodegradable.

You will find hand sanitiser dispensers at the cable car stations, in the mountain restaurants and in the sanitary facilities.

Hotel Lucas Gaschurn MOLodge | © Hotel Lucas Gaschurn MOLodge

Accommodation

Find available hosts

Our accommodation providers are looking forward to welcoming you. ATTENTION: As of 08th November, only vaccinated or recovered persons may be accommodated!

  • Upon arrival, you will need a valid vaccination certificate or a confirmation that you have been infected with COVID-19.
  • During your stay, you will need a valid vaccination certificate or confirmation of a previous COVID-19 infection in order to use other services in the accommodation facility (e.g. breakfast, wellness).
  • Food and beverages are served in the same way as in the catering sector.
  • Every accommodation must have a mandatory prevention or hygiene concept and a COVID-19 representative.
  • Many hosts are offering the option of free cancellation in certain other circumstances: border closure, travel warning with an obligation to self-isolate (quarantine).  Carefree booking
  • You can identify the participating businesses by the “Carefree booking” feature. The offer is valid for bookings made via montafon.at or directly with the host.
Kulinarik Gargellen Montafon | © Gargellner Bergbahnen GmbH Co KG Gargellen, Christoph Schöch

Restaurants & mountain huts

Opening times

Our restaurant facilities will pamper you with culinary delicacies.

ATTENTION: From 08 November, only vaccinated or recovered persons may use the catering facilities!

  • Our establishments are open both indoors and outdoors
  • Compulsory registration and presentation of a vaccination certificate/confirmation of having survived the disease
  • There is no longer a general closing time
  • In the night gastronomy as well as at the après-ski, the 2-G rule applies: vaccinated or recovered!
© Montafon Tourismus GmbH Schruns, Patrick Säly

Tourist events

An individual COVID-19 prevention concept is developed for each event and COVID-19 officers are always on site.

  • For events with more than 25 participants, the 2-G rule applies.
     
  • Where necessary, measures are installed to control the flow of visitors.
  • All guests are registered by means of a data protection-compliant registration tool to enable efficient contact tracing.
  • Temperature checks are carried out on all visitors at the entrances.
  • For events without visitor restrictions, active entry and exit management is operated to ensure spacing.
  • In addition, when serving food and serving beverages, food service measures will apply.
  • For events with allocated seating, tickets are only sold in advance online and at advance booking offices.
Praxis Alpina | © Praxis Alpina; Fotograf Andreas Künk

Tests, health checks & apps

Austria was among the first countries to rely on regular and nationwide preventive COVID-19 testing for all those who work in accommodation facilities. Since the start of testing, the Montafon has been one of five pilot regions in Austria to conduct these tests multiple times a week for staff in the hotel and catering industry as well as for the local population and visitors.

We offer free tests for our guests several times per week, so that the necessary certificates are available for the journey home. For more information, please visit montafon.at/coronatest

All tourism staff are subjected to daily health checks (temperature and symptom checks). When a case is suspected, tests are carried out immediately and the members of staff are required to isolate from the business immediately.

The companies have trained coronavirus safety officers in a wide variety of departments, who ensure that the current guidelines are in place and complied with immediately. They are happy to help you with specific questions at any time.

Should you develop symptoms of COVID-19 (dry cough, fever, shortness of breath, etc.) during your stay, you are required to call the Austrian emergency number 1450. The instructions and further steps (testing, isolation, etc.) are then given by the authorities and these must be followed without fail. You must also inform your host and self-isolate if necessary.

In an emergency, please always call 144 or 112. Please also let emergency services know that the symptoms could be caused by a suspected case of COVID-19. Do not under any circumstances visit a doctor’s surgery in person if you suspect you have COVID-19.

Contact tracing, i.e. managing contacts, is an indispensable tool in tracing the chain of infection and disrupting it as early as possible. For this reason, guest registration has been introduced at restaurants in Vorarlberg.
Many of our caterers and leisure businesses rely on the Digital COVID-19 Guestbook operated by the Salzburg-based company MTMS. There is no need to install an app to register. It is sufficient to scan the QR Code with your mobile phone when you enter the facility.

XSUND - The Vorarlberg health app (xsund.at). Here is the place where you can find doctors and their opening hours as well as the opening times of pharmacies, plus emergency numbers and important tips for emergencies. Please note: you are required to wear an FFP2 face mask in all health facilities and appointments must be made to see a doctor! If you call the hotline 1450, specialists will answer all your questions regarding medical matters. 

We also recommend installing the “Stopp Corona app” – the official app of the Austrian Red Cross.



Your safe journey home

Arriving home properly tested
The regulations in force in your home country apply to your journey back home. The interactive travel planner at reopen.europa.eu will help you with planning your journey.

In any case, we recommend that you get another corona test done at one of our test stations before your departure.

You can find the latest information on entry regulations
to Germany HERE

COVID-19 information for holiday guests entering Germany

from Switzerland can be found HERE
COVID-19 information for holiday guests entering the Switzerland

from Netherlands can be found HERE
COVID-19 information for holiday guests from the Netherlands

Piz Buin mit Ochsentaler Gletscher | © Montafon Tourismus GmbH Schruns, Stefan Kothner

Current travel warnings

Please pay attention to the departure and entry regulations and measures in your home country!

Detailed information


Current COVID-19 figures in Vorarlberg

These measures are continuously updated and adapted to the legal requirements.
As of: November 22nd 2021

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Silvretta Montafon

Last snowfall
04.12.2021
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102 cm
Valley
20 cm

Golm

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Valley
20 cm

Gargellen

Last snowfall
30.11.2021
Mountain
50 cm
Valley
25 cm

Kristberg

Last snowfall
01.12.2021
Mountain
45 cm
Valley
25 cm

Silvretta-Bielerhöhe

Last snowfall
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Mountain
60 cm
Valley
25 cm

Brandnertal

Last snowfall
03.12.2021
Mountain
110 cm
Valley
35 cm

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You can reach the Montafon tourism office service centre by telephone and email:

Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays from 09:00 am to 4:00 pm

T. +43 50 6686
E-Mail info@montafon.at
Servicezentrale Montafon | © Montafon Tourismus GmbH Schruns, Andreas Haller