What you should know before your trip
Important information for your holiday in Austria
In Austria, FFP2 masks are still obligatory in hospitals, nursing and care homes and health facilities! Please continue observing the social distancing and hygiene guidance.
You can find more details at: vorarlberg.travel/sicher-zu-gast
Rules for entering Austria
To enter Austria, there is no longer an obligation to provide certification, registration or quarantine. The only exception is when entering Austria from countries and areas with a very high epidemiological risk. When entering from these states and territories, the 3G rule applies, registration must be carried out and a ten-day quarantine must be observed (at the moment, no region is classified as a state or territory with a very high epidemiological risk).
Observe the rules for return travel
There are still some measures to be observed for our guests' return journey to their home countries – please check the regulations in your home country in advance.
Testing facilities in the Montafon
There are various tests on offer, either rapid antigen tests or PCR tests. If you need a test to enter or return to a specific country, make sure you know whether you need a PCR test or whether a rapid antigen test is sufficient!
Tests available at "Vorarlberg Gurgelt" (PCR test for self-testing, available at the Kur Apotheke Schruns)
Issue/drop-off points: Spar Gaschurn, Spar St.Gallenkirch, Spar Gargellen, Spar Schruns, Spar Tschagguns, Spar Vandans, Spar Silbertal, Suterlütty Schruns (only up to 31 December 2022), Kur Apotheke Schruns
Procedure: Once registration has been completed, 5 test kits per person and month can be collected from the dispensaries. The application of the test must be filmed using the registered PCR Test account. The test sample can then be returned to the issue/drop-off point during regular opening times. Instructions on how to do the PCR gargle/rinse test are available online HERE.
Price of PCR test: Free of charge – also for our guests (5 test kits per person per month)
Result: The test result is usually sent by text message within 24 hours of collection of the drop-off box.
More info: Guests must provide their place of residence as their address when registering (e.g. address of accommodation). Box collection: Monday to Friday 09:00
Tests available at Central Apotheke Bludenz (PCR test & antigen test by med. qualified staff)
Testing times: see opening times
Address: Wichnerstr. 36, 6700 Bludenz
Price of PCR test: 45.00 EUR (Express 70.00 EUR)
Price of antigen test: 25.00 EUR
More information & registration:www.central-apotheke.at
Antigen test result: After approx. 20 minutes via text message – a confirmation of participation as a template for services or border controls is available via download link
PCR test result: Test result available within 12-24 hours (Express within 2 hours)
More info: For people with an e-card who cannot participate in the "Vorarlberg gurgelt" programme (e.g. too complicated, old mobile phone, etc.), 5 PCR tests per month are free of charge
Nüziders Provincial Test Centre (only PCR tests ordered by the authorities and performed by medically qualified staff)
Testing times: Monday to Sunday, from 08:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. each day
Address: Waldburgstraße 43, 6714 Nüziders
Price: Free of charge*
More information & registration: Only PCR tests ordered by the authorities can be carried out – for example, in suspected cases or after positive antigen tests or for testing out of quarantine.
More information & registration: www.vorarlberg.at/corona
Result of PCR test: The PCR test result is usually available during the next working day from sample collection. However, no liability, warranty or guarantee can be given that this processing period will be adhered to, as the provision of services and/or adherence to specific deadlines depends on various factors such as laboratory capacities and transport logistics.
FAQ on testing facilities in the Montafon
Since 1/8/2022, people infected with Covid-19 who have no symptoms are subject to "traffic restrictions", essentially these are: FFP2 mask obligation indoors, in public and also in private means of transport with fellow passengers, ban on visiting health facilities.
No notice is issued and there is no longer a mandatory quarantine. The traffic restrictions apply automatically for 10 days after a positive test; a negative PCR test lifts them from the fifth day at the earliest. No notice is issued and there is no longer a mandatory quarantine.
You can find more important information HERE.
Should you develop severe symptoms (dry cough, fever, shortness of breath, etc.) in the course of a COVID-19 illness and need medical help, the Austrian emergency number 1450 (with foreign provider +43 1 1450) will support you.) 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.
If you have taken a self-test that turns out positive, this can be reported via the online form of the province of Vorarlberg. You can then directly make an official PCR test appointment and follow the further instructions from the authorities.
If a PCR test is positive, the authorities will automatically contact you.
In a PCR test, the test person's sample is checked for virus particles. The procedure used for this is called polymerase chain reaction (PCR). PCR enables the targeted identification and amplification of specific DNA sequences. When testing for SARS-CoV-2, the sample is analysed for three specific gene sequences of the virus so that a reliable result can be guaranteed. PCR tests are considered the safest way to detect infection and can also indicate viral load using CT value.
An antigen test is performed by medically qualified personnel using a swab taken from the back of the nose. The result can be seen on a test cassette after a few minutes and is sent to the person who took the test by text message.
At vorarlberg.at/vorarlbergtestet there is a list of all test options of the province or the municipalities in the whole of Vorarlberg.
These measures are continuously updated and adapted to the legal requirements.
As of: December,22nd 2022