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What you should know

Below you will find information for hikers, train travelers, motorists and much more. In addition to the following latest news, we will keep you up to date via our Twitter channel. At www.twitter.com/visithallstatt you will be informed daily about news, events and everything "important". Subscribe now. It pays off.

News from 24.01.2022
Accommodation bookable again - sights open
No more virus variant countries from Monday, 24 January

Until then, the stricter entry rules for the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway do still apply: People who are fully vaccinated (2 jabs) AND have received the 3rd booster jab OR are recovered from COVID within the past 180 days can enter Austria with a negative PCR test (valid for 48 hours) without needing to quarantine. Please find more information about entry requirements here.No more virus variant countries from Monday, 24 January

2-G+-rule for entering Austria

New stricter entry measures came in effect on 20 December. To enter Austria, the “2-G+” rule is currently in place. In addition to proof of vaccination/recovery, you need a negative PCR test OR proof of a booster jab. Find more information here.

Austria shortens Validity of Vaccination on 1 February

2-dose vaccinations are valid for 270 days to enter Austria. However, to prove your "2-G" status during your stay IN Austria, from 1 February 2022, the validity of your 2nd vaccination will be reduced to 180 days. The booster jab remains valid for 270 days. This new rule includes children aged 12 and over! Children born on or after 1 September 2006 and jabbed longer than 180 days ago can still gain "2-G" status by using the so-called Holiday Ninja Pass. For teenagers born before 1 September 2006, the rules for adults apply. Please note: The second and third dose are valid from day one in Austria.

During your stay in Austria, the "2-G" applies - here is how it works

The "2-G" rule (proof of vaccination/recovery) is currently in effect in Austria. FFP2 masks are mandatory in most areas. To keep locals and visitors safe, the following measures are in place: 

  • For hotels, restaurants, leisure centres, gyms, cultural institutions (cinemas, theatres etc.), ski lifts/cable cars and body-related services (such as hairdressers) proof of full vaccination (2 jabs) / recovery is mandatory (children under the age of 12 are exempt). Please find more information here
  • 2-dose-vaccinations are valid for 270 days after the second dose. However, this will be shortened to 180 days on 1 February 2022. After that a booster jab is required, which is valid for 270 days. Attention: The 1-dose vaccine by Johnson & Johnson requires a booster since 3 January 2022. 
  • FFP2 masks are required in all public areas in enclosed spaces, including restaurants (when not seated), hotels and cable cars. When 2-m social distancing with people not living in you household is not possible, FFP2 masks are also compulsory outdoors.
  • Restaurants/cafés/inns have a curfew at 10 PM.
  • Bars and clubs remain closed. Après-ski is not possible.

Rules for children and teenagers 

  • Children under 12 years are currently exempt from the „2-G” rule (exemption: In Vienna, children from the age of 6 require an entry test). 
  • Teenagers (12 or over and born on or after 1 September 2006) who are not fully vaccinated or have not recovered from Covid, can obtain "2-G" status with the so-called "Holiday Ninja Pass". Regular testing is needed as well as documenting the results in the pass.Please check out the Holiday Ninja Pass FAQ and download the English version of the pass here. Teenagers who are double-jabbed can simply use their vaccination proof.
  • For teenagers born before 1 September 2006, the “2-G” rule applies. 

PLEASE NOTE: The Austrian National Tourist Office is not an authority and cannot provide any legally binding information.

 Austria classified as high-risk area in Germany

Since Sunday, 16 January, Austria has been classified as a high-risk area in Germany. This means that vaccinated/recovered travellers have to register online prior to departure and upload their proof of vaccination/recovery. Without providing these documents, quarantining upon arrival is mandatory when returning from a high-risk area. There are no exemptions for children without proof of vaccination/recovery. According to the current legal regulations, they have to self-isolate for 5 days in Germany. Please find more information on the website of the Federal Foreign Office.

 

Test Stations on Holiday

Dear readers, for cable cars and sights around Lake Hallstatt and the Gosau Valley, the rules applies: Vaccinated. Tested. Recovered. We have summarised for you below, the most important testing opportunities in Hallstatt, Bad Goisern, the Gosau Valley, Obertraun and Bad Ischl. Please register online or by phone.

Test Stations for Bad Goisern

  • Test Station
    Bad Goisern Safety Centre
    Hofrat-Renner-Weg 2b
    4822 Bad Goisern on Lake Hallstatt
    Location: Salzkammergut main road roundabout (B145). Opposite the "Hofer" discount store
    Opening hours:
    Monday and Wednesday
    10;00 - 12:30
    13:00 - 19:00
    All other days
    08:00 - 12:30
    13:00 - 17:00
    No registration necessary
    Changes possible!
    Testing for free
  • Bad Goisern on Lake Hallstatt
    harmacy in the “Baumhaus”
    on the Salzkammergut B145 main road near the Spar supermarket

    Test times

    Monday - Friday
    8:00 - 12:00 hrs.
    14:00 p.m. - 18:00 hrs.
    Saturday
    8:00 - 12:00 hrs.
    By appointment only, by phone or via the homepage of the “Baumhaus” pharmacy in Bad Goisern


Test Stations for Gosau

Testen in Hallstatt und Obertraun

Test Stations for Hallstatt and Obertraun

  • Sonja Gapp
    Doctor’s Practice Hallstatt / Obertraun
    Consultation hours Praxis Hallstatt
    Monday
    09:00 – 12:00 hrs.
    Tuesday
    09:00 – 12:00 hrs.
    Wednesday
    17:00 – 19:00 hrs.
    Friday
    09:00 – 12:00 hrs.
  • Subject to changes

Test Stations for Bad Ischl

Important information about the openings on May 19th

3G applies to all tourism businesses: guests have access if they have been vaccinated, tested or recovered.
In order to avoid waiting times, please come to the catering trade already tested.
(No test requirement in retail and when picking up in restaurants because less than 15 minutes)

Upper Austria Tourism: www.oberoesterreich.at/service/aktuelle-information.html
Opening rules WKO: www.sichere-gastfreundschaft.at/#lp-pom-block-2481

Valid tests:
1. Negative PCR test (valid for 3 days)
2. Negative antigen test from test street, pharmacy, etc. (valid for 2 days)
3. Negative controlled self-test (valid for 2 days)
4. School tests for access also apply to children

5. New from 19.5. Recognition of living room tests using a QR code (valid for 1 day): In addition to the five test kits per person from the pharmacy to date, every household will receive a pack of 20 test kits per month including QR codes from May 18th. Take a picture of the QR code and your negative test result. The confirmation will be sent by email or SMS. This is recognized as an entry test for 24 hours.

Vaccination: Proof by means of a vaccination certificate, vaccination card or printout. Valid from the 22nd day after the first vaccination.
Recovery: separation notice (up to 6 months after recovery), antibody test (up to 3 months nG)

Tests for domestic and foreign guests

  • Please arrive with a test in your pocket (for foreign guests a corresponding test certificate is required when crossing the border)
  • Rapid antigen tests can be carried out in public test stations (valid for 48 hours; also for foreign guests without an Austrian e-card)
  • Self-test under supervision in the municipalities (valid for 48 hours; also for foreign guests without an Austrian e-card)
  • Self-tests and living room tests with QR code or official registration (valid for 24 hours; attention: this test does not apply to border crossings) - Austrian guests, including those from other federal states, can bring these tests with them from home and also use them on vacation. They apply throughout Austria.
  • Please note: rapid antigen tests in pharmacies are only available for Austrians with an e-card (valid for 48 hours)
  • Point of sale tests are an "emergency solution" for companies to test guests who cannot show a negative COVID-19 test (valid only in this one company)

 6 free test centers

  • Kongresshaus: daily 8:00 -12: 30 & 13:00 16:45.
  • Hospital: Mon-Fri: 6-7: 45 a.m. and 4-7: 45 p.m., Sat. + Sun .: 9:00 – 14:45
  • Rathaus (Pfarrgasse 11, 2nd courtyard): Mon, Wed, Fri from 10:00 to 13:00. and 17:00 to 19:00, registration information will follow.
  • Spa pharmacy , Tel. 0800-220 330
  • Marien-Apotheke , Tel. +43 (0) 6132 26 929
  • Esplanande pharmacy : +43 (0) 06132 234270
  • Registration for free testing at:
    Online https://ooe.oesterreich-testet.at
    Telephone: 0800-220 330 ( 7 a.m.-10 p.m.)
  • You will receive the test result after approx. 25-30 minutes.
    Without registration, there may be waiting times.

Please note

Due to the current situation, changes can occur at any time.
We look forward to your visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut and wish you a relaxing and restful holiday. See you in the heart of Austria.

Your editorial team.

Questions?

If you have any questions on these topics, please contact the staff at Tourism Information.

Please note

Due to the current situation, changes can occur at any time.
We look forward to your visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut and wish you a relaxing and restful holiday. See you in the heart of Austria.

Your editorial team.

 

Hiking latest
Current trail closures and more...

Dear hikers and nature lovers, below we would like to inform you about current trail closures in the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut. This way you are informed even faster about current occurrences in Hallstatt, Gosau, Bad Goisern on Lake Hallstatt and Obertraun; and you can start your hiking day in a relaxed manner.

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Steeg - Bad Ischl hikeable again

Dear hiking friends, good news from the Salzkammergut Soleweg. The section between the Bad Goisern district of Steeg and Bad Ischl has been hikeable again since mid-July 2021. The rest of the trail in the direction of Ebensee will be reopened in 2022. The section from Hallstatt to Steeg (Bad Goisern) will then take place in 2024 - just in time for the Capital of Culture Year.

If you still don't want to wait that long and want to hike from Hallstatt to Bad Ischl, we can recommend the following alternative:
From Hallstatt by ferry to the station, on the “Ostuferwanderweg” (east shore hiking trail) to Steeg and then on the Salzkammergut Soleweg via Bad Goisern and Lauffen to Bad Ischl. The walking time for this alternative is about 6 hours. Refreshment stops: Weißenbachwirt, Steegwirt or Seeraunzn. We wish you a pleasant hike!

Another note for hikers in Hallstatt: The ascent via the Soleweg from Hallstatt to the Salzberg remains closed and parts of the World Heritage Hiking Trail in Hallstatt are also not accessible at the moment. Thank you for your understanding. Your editorial team.

 

What you now need to know when staying overnight in a hut

Note for all alpine hikers and mountain enthusiasts: In these very special times we would like to recommend a few tips for overnight stays in mountain huts. Please register in good time for your overnight stay. The best thing to do is call the hut host. You can find the contact in the respective entries in "Information at a glance". Contact subject to changes. Please take your own sleeping bag with you. Currently there is also a smaller offer of overnight accommodation at the huts - for example in the dormitory.

Therefore, overnight stays are only possible with prior registration. Please register in good time! Finally, a little tip: If you plan your mountain tour properly and start early, you will get more of the mountain experience. We hope you enjoy hiking in the Salzkammergut.


What you now need to know when staying overnight in a hut

Note for all alpine hikers and mountain enthusiasts: In these very special times we would like to recommend a few tips for overnight stays in mountain huts. Please register in good time for your overnight stay. The best thing to do is call the hut host. You can find the contact in the respective entries in "Information at a glance". Contact subject to changes. Please take your own sleeping bag with you. Currently there is also a smaller offer of overnight accommodation at the huts - for example in the dormitory.

Therefore, overnight stays are only possible with prior registration. Please register in good time! Finally, a little tip: If you plan your mountain tour properly and start early, you will get more of the mountain experience. We hope you enjoy hiking in the Salzkammergut.


Slot system for coaches

>From the spring of 2020 Hallstatt will receive a slot system for coaches. Each coach must then register via an online platform prior to the visit to Hallstatt. At the moment the preparations are in progress. The exact time for the introduction is not yet known. For questions in the run-up to the introduction, please contact Hallstatt Parking Management (PEB) at the e-mail address peb@hallstatt.ooe.gv.at z.

  • Service
    Parking in Hallstatt
    Overview here…

 

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