Your Safe Visit in Kleinwalsertal
Entry & return
Information on travel regulations for Guests
- No registration (pre-travel clearance) is required to travel to Kleinwalsertal. Kleinwalsertal is exempt from the Austrian entry regulations.
- To check-in at a hotel, holiday apartment or campsite, you always need proof (tested, recovered or vaccinated). More information on this here.
- Please note that a vacation or day trip always depends on the regulations in your home town. Please contact the responsible authorities for information about the regulations for the outward and return journey.
You can find helpful information for travelers in the EU at https://reopen.europa.eu/en
- Return to Germany: Kleinwalsertal is NOT a risk area. It is excluded from the travel warning (Robert Koch Institute / Federal Foreign Office). Y
No digital entry registration or quarantine is required for return travel.
According to the new entry regulation of the FRG from July 30, 2021, every vacationer (12 years and older) must be able to show proof of vaccination, recovery or testing when returning to Germany - no matter from where and by which route you enter. The proof must be carried on entry and shown in the case of "random" checks by the authorities, there are no border controls. The self-test with digital registration accepted in Austria, which you can use e.g. for visiting restaurants in Kleinwalsertal, is not valid here. You can take a free antigen rapid test at the test station in the Walserhaus before you travel home, this is valid for entry. Information about the test offer in the Walserhaus can be found here.
Return to Switzerland: Vorarlberg is currently NOT on the list of risk countries for the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health. This means that there is no registration or quarantine obligation for those returning from Kleinwalsertal.
Return to Netherlands: Austria has been given the country code yellow "safe countries" by the Dutch authorities. This means that travelers from Austria (if you have stayed there for the last 10 days or in another safe country) can enter the Netherlands free of tests and quarantine.
Testing & aCCESS
Information on Covid-19-testing options for guests
A close-knit safety net based on the principles of the “Grüner Pass” (green pass) spans the summer vacation in Kleinwalsertal. In addition to prevention and hygiene concepts in companies, the 3G rule (tested, recovered or vaccinated) is decisive in Austria. This means that access certificates are mandatory:
- On arrival at the accommodation/ check-in
- When using other services in the accommodation (e.g. breakfast, massage, etc.), current / valid test result or proof of recovery / vaccination
- When visiting restaurants (inside & outside), other leisure facilities (e.g. swimming pool) and services (e.g. hairdresser)
- Applies to children from the age of 12
The following certificates are valid as verification:
- Negative Covid-19 test certificate
- Recovery certificate
- Vaccination certificate
These can be presented in paper form or in digital form, e.g. on a smartphone.
Validity of the certificates:
- Negative Covid-19 test certificate
- PCR-test: 72 hours from testing
- Antigen test with professional observation (e.g. test station or in your accommodation): 24 hours from testing
- Antigen-self-test (living room | home test) with digital registration: 24 hours from testing
- Supervised self-test in your accommodation(without Registering): valid only for one-time access and the duration of the stay in the respective accommodation (max. 24 hours, is only offered occasionally)
- Recovery certificate
- Medical confirmation, official quarantine notice: not older than 6 months
- Antibody test: not older than 3 months
- Vaccination certificate
- Full immunization is required, valid from the day of the 2nd vaccination for 12 months.
- A cross vaccination (e.g. first vaccination with AstraZeneca, the second vaccination with an mRNA vaccine) is also valid
- Vaccinations where only one vaccination is planned are valid from the 22nd day after the vaccination for 9 months
- For people who have recovered a covid-19-infection and who have been vaccinated once, the vaccine is valid for 9 months from the day of vaccination.
- Approved vaccines: BioNtech/Pfizer (2 doses), AstraZeneca (2 doses), Johnson & Johnson/Janssen (1 dosis), Moderna (2 dosed)
Self-test with digital registration
- For easy and quick testing, you have the option of self-testing for digital registration in the Vorarlberg portal (german language only). You will receive the tests at your accommodation.
- The tests are provided with a QR code, which enables the test result to be reported in the Vorarlberg portal, so that you receive an official test certificate.
- The test result can be reported online, ideally via smartphone or tablet, to the Vorarlberg Covid portal. You will then receive a test certificate, valid for 24 hours. This type of test serves as verification in the respective company as well as in other facilities / services in Kleinwalsertal.
- For multiple tests during your stay, it is recommended to create a user account on the Vorarlberg Covid portal prior to arrival.
- You can find a tutorial here (german language only).
Antigen test, self-test under supervision & PCR-screenings in Walserhaus:
- Guests without a smartphone / tablet can do an antigen test, a self-test under supervision or a PCR-screening in the test station in the Walserhaus in Hirschegg.
- Registration and appointment reservation: https://covid.lwz-vorarlberg.at or by phone at +43 0800 201 360. Your host may be able to help you with the appointment reservation.
- Antigen-tests and self-tests under supervisionare valid for 24 hours (from testing) as proof of access. A PCR-Screening is valid for 72 hours.
Self-test under professional supervision in the accommodation
- Some houses have registered as test stations.
- There you can do a self-test under supervision under the supervision of a qualified employee.
- This test is valid for 24 (from testing) hours as proof of access.
- Please ask your host if they offer this kind of testing
Antigen test, self-test under supervision & PCR-Screening (free of charge)
In the test station in the Walserhaus in Hirschegg, guests and locals can take a free antigen test which is carried out by medical staff, a supervised self-test or a PCR-screening.
- An appointment is required for all tests.
Opening times of the test station in the Walserhaus for rapid antigen test, self-test under supervision & PCR-screening:
- Monday: 4:30 pm. - 7:00 pm.
- Tuesday, Thursday Friday: 10:00 am. - 12:30 pm. and 2:30 pm. - 6:00 pm.
- Saturday: 8:00 am. - 12:30 pm. and 2:30 pm. - 4:00 pm.
- Wednesday & Sunday: closed
The test result of the PCR screenings is usually available in the course of the next day from sample collection. However, no liability, warranty or guarantee can be given for keeping of this processing time, as the service provision and/or keeping of certain deadlines depends on various factors such as laboratory capacities and transport logistics.
Doctors in Kleinwalsertal also offer a PCR test (EUR 150.00) or a rapid antigen test (EUR 30.00) by appointment. More information on the doctors.
Important Information on your accommodation
- Upon arrival / check-in you will need proof of access (3G rule: tested, recovered, or vaccinated). This applies to children from the age of 12:
- Negative test evidence
- Vaccination certificate
- Proof of recovery not older than 6 months / antibody test not older than 3 months
- We have summarized all the details about the access tests for you here.
- If there is no proof of recovery or vaccination, a currently valid test result must be submitted when using the gastronomy in the hotel or breakfast in your guesthouse as well as for other services such as massages.
- You do not have to wear a mask where the “3G certificate” applies. However, each house can handle this individually.
- Employees are regularly tested for Covid-19, and each company has its own prevention concept and a Covid-19 officer.
- With participating hosts, you can enjoy flexible cancellation conditions as part of Flexi-Book.
- There is free Covid-19 cancellation insurance for all bookings arriving by 31st October 2021. This means:
- In the event of a Covid 19 infection or an officially ordered quarantine for you or your family members in the common household, your vacation is insured prior to departure.
- The insurance applies automatically, you do not have to do anything. An insured event must be reported in writing to Allianz Travel within 48 hours or 2 working days. Details on the free cancellation insurance can be found here.
- For optimal insurance protection, we also recommend taking out travel insurance, e.g. from Europäische Reiseversicherung.
Information for Visiting Restaurants, Cafés and Huts
- Required for visiting restaurants or cafés (inside & outside) is a "3G certificate" (tested, vaccined, or recovered). This applies to children from the age of 12. All information about access and testing can be found here.
- You do not have to wear a mask where the “3G certificate” applies. However, each company can handle this individually.
- Register with your contact details. The majority of businesses in Kleinwalsertal use a digital QR code solution from mtms Solutions. You don't need an app for this, all recorded data will be deleted after 28 days.
- If possible, reserve a table in advance.
- Pay attention to the general hygiene rules.
- Employees in the catering industry are regularly tested for Covid-19
- For take-away you do not need a proof of access.
Cable Cars & Lifts
Information about Cable Cars & Lifts
- You do not need verification (tested, recovered or vaccinated) to use the cable cars and lifts on Austrian site, but need to have it with you for visiting restaurants or huts.
- For the use of cable cars, lifts and restaurant visit on the German side, a 3G proof (tested, recovered, vaccinated) is currently required. Children under the age of 6 and schoolchildren are generally exempt from the 3G requirement.
- For the employees of the OK Bergbahnen there is a test concept tailored to the area of application.
- Further information on the safety measures can be found on the OK Bergbahnen website.
IMportant Information regarding the Walserbus
- You protect yourself and other passengers by wearing an FFP2 mask or close-fitting mouth and nose protection.
- Keep your distance where possible and observe the general rules of hygiene.
- All buses are cleaned and disinfected daily.
- All buses were equipped with highly efficient virus filter systems from EvoBus. In addition, a powerful air conditioning system ensures a constant exchange of air with a short circulation time of 3-4 minutes.
- For additional fresh air, the doors at numerous stops are opened every 2-5 minutes.
- Repeater buses are used at peak times.
- The Walserbus scouts are helpful contacts for all questions about the Walserbus. They also pay attention to compliance with the corona measures on the buses and at the stops.
For legal reasons, it is not possible to limit the number of passengers for public transportation. Despite a high frequency and the use of repeater buses, the Walserbus can reach capacity limits at certain times during the high season. If that happens, please wait few minutes for the next bus or plan your day anticyclically.
Retailer, Rental and Hairstylists
Information for visiting Shops, rental, hairstylists and cosmetics
- A compulsory Antigen-test is NOT required to enter a shop for the purpose of purchase and/or rental.
- Protect yourself and other visitors by wearing an FFP2 mask or a close-fitting mouth and nose protection (MNS from 6 years).
- Please reserve bicycles & rental equipment in advance online or by phone to avoid waiting times on site. Use online check-in if possible.
- All rental items are cleaned and disinfected after use.
- Please follow general hygiene rules and the minimum distance requirements.
- For visiting hairdressers or other body-related services (cosmetics, pedicures, massages etc.) the 3G rule (tested, vaccinated, or recovered) applies for adults and children from the age of 12. All information about the testing and access can be found here.
- Please note the general hygiene and distance rules.
Winter Season 21/22
Important information FOR THE Winter Season 21/22
The anticipation for the winter season is growing. The first official measures for the winter season 2021/22 in Austria were published on September 20, further details are being clarified. We have summarized the current status for you below:
- The 3G rule (for children from 12 years) will also apply to the winter season 21/22.
- A 3G certificate will also be required for the use of the mountain gondolas and lifts in winter. It will also apply for hotels / vacation rentals, restaurants (inside & outside), other leisure facilities or a visit to the hairdresser / cosmetic studio.
- Après-ski – a special case: The same rules apply here as in night-time bars / catering. Until further notice, only the proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative PCR test is required, in the event of further tightening, only the 2G rule (proof of vaccination or recovery) will apply.
FFP2 Mask compulsory / mouth and nose protection
- According to current information, FFP2 will continue to be compulsory in places and in shops for everyday needs as well as in public transport (groceries, pharmacies, buses, cable cars, etc.).
- An FFP2 mask is recommended in retail (e.g. sports and fashion stores) and cultural institutions; it is mandatory for those who have not been vaccinated.
- There is currently no mask requirement in the catering and hotel industry, but each business can decide individually as to what their own requirements are.
Further Important information for the winter season 21/22
- No capacity restrictions on mountain gondolas and lifts
- Prevention concepts, Covid-19 officers and contact tracing in businesses
- Uncomplicated and sufficient test options on site
What does the 3-step plan mean in Austria?
The measures in Austria for the winter season 21/22 are based on a 3-step plan, which is based on the capacity of the intensive care beds available:
- The first stage has been in force since September 15 and applies when 200 intensive care beds (10%) are occupied by Covid-19 patients.
- The second stage comes into effect seven days after the occupation of 300 intensive care beds (15%) has been exceeded. Self-tests ("living room tests"), including self-tests that are registered in the Covid portal Vorarlberg, are then NO longer valid as proof of access.
- The first stage has been in force since September 15 and applies when 200 beds (10%) are occupied by Covid-19 patients.
- The second stage comes into effect seven days after 300 occupied intensive care beds (15%) have been exceeded. Self-tests ("living room tests"), including self-tests that are registered in the Covid portal Vorarlberg, are then NO longer valid as proof of access.
- The third stage occurs seven days after 400 occupied intensive care beds (20%) has been exceeded. Only a negative PCR test result, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery are then valid as proof of access.
Important information on guided tours
On the guided tours, organized by Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen and its partners, the applicable hygiene and preventive measures are observed. Please also consider:
- Keeping your distance is not a problem in the Walser countryside.
- Please have an FFP2 mask or close-fitting mouth and nose protection with you.
- All tours are carried out in small groups (max. 6 - 9 people plus guide, depending on the tour).
- For multi-day tours or programs with a stop, you need a negative test, vaccination or recovery certificate (applies to children from the age of 12).
INFORMATION About DOCTORS IN KLEINWALSERTAL
Please make an appointment by phone during office hours.
The doctor on duty can be reached outside office hours via the telephone number given below.
- Dr. Elmar Lingg - Phone: 0043-5517-34000
- Dr. Andreas Grote - Phone: 0043-5517-3470
- Dr. Lukas Fritz - Phone: 0043-5517-30800
- Outside office hours: - Phone: 0043-5517-5315-141
When suffering from signs of illness (ce.g. cough, breathing difficulties, fever, runny nose, sore throat or ear), please call one of the doctors.