Your Safe Visit in Kleinwalsertal

CAREFUL | GENTLE | SAFE

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Entry & return

Information on travel regulations for Guests

What should be considered when traveling to Kleinwalsertal?
  • Kleinwalsertal is exempt from the Austrian entry regulations. Therefore, there are no registration (pre-travel clearance) or testing obligations for the getting to Kleinwalsertal (also not for children under 12 years).
  • For the check-in in the hotel, in a vacation apartment or camping site you always need a proof (recovered or vaccinated). Further information here.
  • Please note that a vacation or day trip always depends on the regulations in your home town. Please inform yourself at the responsible authorities about the regulations for departure or return.


What applies on the return journey to Germany?

Kleinwalsertal is not a high-risk area (exception by the RKI from January 14th, 2022). This means that there is no obligation to register (digital entry registration) or quarantine for children under the age of six when returning to Germany.

However, the general obligation to take tests when entering Germany still applies. This means that everyone aged six and over needs a current negative test certificate, certificate of recovery or certificate of vaccination. In principle, COVID tests (antigen tests or PCR tests) may be no more than 48 hours old at the time of entry. Children under the age of six are exempt from the obligation to provide proof.


What applies to the return to Switzerland?
  • Stricter entry regulations have been in force for entry into Switzerland since December 20, 2021: Vaccinated and convalescent people must also present a negative PCR test or rapid antigen test and fill out the digital entry form before entering Switzerland.
  • Return journey from Kleinwalsertal / Vorarlberg to Switzerland: People who travel through Switzerland without stopping, cross-border commuters and people who come from border areas, including all of Vorarlberg, are exempt from the test and form requirement.
     
What applies for guests from the Netherlands ?
  • Guests from the Netherlands must check the validity of their 2G certificate in time for their vacation in Kleinwalsertal: Janssen vaccinations (Johnson&Johnson) are only valid from 3rd January if a second vaccination has been given. All information on the validity of G proofs can be found here.
  • The Kleinwalsertal is exempt from the Austrian entry regulations. This means that despite the classification of the Netherlands as a virus variant area, guests from the Netherlands can still travel to Kleinwalsertal (without quarantine). A prerequisite is a valid access certificate for hotels, restaurants, mountain railways etc. in Austria. All information on the validity of G proofs can be found here.
  • Austria is currently listed as a "high risk area" by the Netherlands, for the return journey to the Netherlands this means that everyone 12 years and older needs a valid 3G proof.

Further helpful information for travelers in the EU can be found at reopen.europa.eu/de.

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Testing & aCCESS

Information on Covid-19-testing options for guests

In addition to prevention and hygiene concepts in the companies, the 2G rule (vaccinated or recovered) has been binding in Austria. This means that PCR or antigen tests are no longer valid as proof of access.


A 2G proof of entry is mandatory for:

For all types of accommodation, gastronomy, mountain railroads, ski school, trade (except stores for daily needs), body-related services, a 2G proof (recovered or vaccinated) is required.

Which regulations apply to children?
  • Children under the age of 12 do not yet need any proof (not even a test).
  • Generally, the 2G rule applies to everyone over the age of 12.
  • However, there is an exception to the 2G proof for not or not yet fully vaccinated schoole age children (from 12 to 15 years) from Germany and abroad: Holiday Ninja Pass.

    Young people who were born before September 1st, 2006 are no longer subject to compulsory schooling in Austria and cannot use the Holiday Ninja Pass.

  • Requirements for the Holiday-Ninja-Pass are serial testing and consistently valid test certificates. All information as well as the Holiday-Ninja-Pass for download can be found here. (site in german only)

  • All information about the test offer in Kleinwalsertal can be found below under the tab "Opening times of the test station in the Walserhaus".
What proofs apply to the 2G rule and how long are they valid?

Proof of vaccination:

  • A vaccination is valid in Austria for nine months from the day of the 2nd vaccination. After 9 months, a 3rd dose is required for valid proof of access. This is also valid for 9 months from the day of vaccination.
  • ATTENTION: As of February 1, 2022, the validity of the 2nd vaccination will be reduced to six months in Austria. The 3rd vaccination is still valid for nine months.
  • Also a cross vaccination (e.g. first vaccination with AstraZeneca, second vaccination with a mRNA vaccine) is valid.
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson): Since January 3, 2022, vaccination certificates with a single Janssen vaccination are no longer valid in Austria. For a valid 2G access certificate, a further vaccination must have taken place prior to arrival. On the day of the second vaccination, the vaccination certificate is valid again in Austria as 2G proof for 9 months.
    Recovery + 1st dose of Janssen: It is still valid as 2G evidence if recovery was made prior to the Janssen vaccination. For proof of access you then need: Proof of recovery and proof of the first Janssen vaccination. The prerequisite is that the vaccination was carried out within the validity of the proof of recovery (6 months).

  • Proof of vaccination is the EU-compliant vaccination certificate, the yellow vaccination card, a vaccination card and a printout or PDF (e.g. on a cell phone) of the data from the e-vaccination card.
  • Approved vaccines: BioNtech/Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, Moderna

Green passport validity calculator: Here you can check the validity of your vaccination certificate in Austria

OR

Recovery Certificate:

  • A certificate of recovery is valid for 180 days 
  • A physician's certificate is valid for 180 days after an expired infection with SARS-CoV-2. This must have been detected by molecular biology (e.g., PCR test). 
  • An official segregation notice is also valid for 180 days. 
  • Antibody tests are NOT valid as G detection anymore.

What is valid for vaccination after recovery?

The recovery certificate is valid for six months. For the duration of your vacation, you must ensure that your certificate is valid or extend it in time by vaccination. For already recovered persons who have been vaccinated once so far, the vaccination is valid for 270 days from the date of vaccination.


Who is exempt from the 2-G rule? 

The only exceptions are people who cannot be vaccinated for health reasons and pregnant women. In such cases, evidence from an authorized body of a negative PCR test, which must not be older than 72 hours, must be presented together with a medical certificate.

Teststation Walserhaus

In the test station in the Walserhaus in Hirschegg, you can make a PCR screening free of charge, as well as an antigen test, carried out by medical staff. An appointment is required for all tests. 

A PCR test is valid in Austria for 72 hours from sample collection and an antigen test for 48 hours.

Opening times of the test station in the Walserhaus:

  • Monday
    8:00 am - 12:00 pm
    2:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, Thursday Friday:
    10:00 am. - 12:00 pm
    2:30 pm. - 6:00 pm.
  • Saturday:
    8:00 am. - 12:00 pm
    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.


PCR gargle tests

PCR gargle test kits are available in the Walsertal pharmacy and in the Spar market in Riezlern:

  • Everyone can do up to 3 tests per week for free. Guests can also use this offer. The place of stay (e.g. hotel address) must be entered as the address.
  • Online registration is required to pick up the test kits at www.test.zmdx.at.

Tests are done at home, then returned to the pharmacy or supermarket and forwarded to the lab. Deadlines for drop-off are Monday through Friday no later than 5:00 pm and Saturdays no later than 11:00 am.

The result should be available within 24 hours via SMS. However, delays may occur if demand is high.
Instructions for the PCR gargle tests can be found here. (german language only)

 

Doctors in Kleinwalsertal

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.

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Accommodation

Important Information on your accommodation

  • For the stay in the hotel / vacation apartment / pension / campsite you need a 2G proof (vaccination or recovery). Applies to everyone from 12 years.
  • Exception to the 2G rule for young people of school age (from 12 to 15 years) from Germany and abroad who have not been vaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated: Holiday Ninja Pass (site in german only).
  • Children under 12 years of age do not yet need any proof.
  • FFP2 mask requirement in the generally accessible areas (FFP2 from 14 years, mouth and nose protection from 6 years)
  • For employees in the hotel & catering industry, a 3G rule applies at the workplace.
  • Contact details for each guest / guest group must be available for quick and direct contact follow-up.
  • Each accommodation has its own prevention concept and a Covid-19 representative.
  • With participating hosts, you can enjoy flexible cancellation conditions as part of Flexi-Book.
  • For optimal insurance protection, we also recommend taking out travel insurance, e.g. from Europäische Reiseversicherung.
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Gastronomy

Information for Visiting Restaurants, Cafés and Huts

 

  • Required for visiting restaurants or cafés (indoor & outdoor) is a  2G certificate (vaccined, or recovered). Applies to everyone from 12 years.
  • Exception to the 2G rule for young people of school age (from 12 to 15 years) from Germany and abroad who have not been vaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated: Holiday Ninja Pass (site in german only).
  • Children under 12 years of age do not yet need any proof.
  • FFP2 mask required when entering (FFP2 from 14 years, mouth and nose protection from 6 years)
  • Contact tracking: Register with your contact details. The majority of businesses in Kleinwalsertal use a digital QR code solution from the company mtms Solutions. You don't need an app for this, all recorded data is deleted after 28 days.
  •  If possible, reserve a table in advance.
  • Follow the general hygiene rules.
  • For employees in the hotel & catering industry, a 3G rule applies at the workplace.
  • Takeaway is possible without proof of access.
  • Until further notice, no night catering / après-ski, standing catering or bar operation
  • curfew from 10:00 pm. (also on New Years Eve)
     
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Cable Cars & Lifts

Information about Cable Cars & Lifts

Regulations for the cross-border ski region Kleinwalsertal - Oberstdorf (according to the current status):
  • 2G proof: You need 2G proof to use the mountain railways on the Austrian and Bavarian side.
  • FFP2 compulsory: In Austria, FFP2 compulsory applies from 14 years of age, normal mouth and nose protection from 6 years. In Bavaria, FFP2 is compulsory from 16 years of age, normal mouth and nose protection from 6 years of age.
  • Capacity restrictions: There are no capacity restrictions on the Austrian side; in Bavaria, gondolas/cabins are not fully occupied.

 

What applies to children at OK Bergbahnen:

As a two-country ski region, the OK Bergbahnen are in the difficult position of having to meet the different regulations from Bavaria and Vorarlberg. Therefore, the stricter regulations of the other country are applied. In Vorarlberg and in Bavaria, the 2G rule applies to children from the age of 12. In both cases, there are exceptions for school-age children, but with different age limits and time restrictions.

In Bavaria, the ordinance regulating the transition period for not yet vaccinated minors applies until February 9, 2022. Therefore, the exception to the 2G obligation for school-age children up to 15 years is initially limited to this date.


Further information on safety measures and the special features of ticket purchases can be found at the OK Bergbahnen website.

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Walserbus

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.

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Retail & Rental 

Information for visiting Shops, rental, hairstylists and cosmetics

  • Currently, a 2G proof of duty also applies to trade / rental (except for shops in daily demand). Applies to everyone from 12 years.
  • Exception to the 2G rule for young people of school age (from 12 to 15 years) from Germany and abroad who have not been vaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated: Holiday Ninja Pass (site in german only).
  • Children under 12 years of age do not yet need any proof.
  • A general FFP2 mask obligation applies in all stores (FFP2 from 14 years, from 6 years mouth-nose protection).
  • Please reserve rental equipment in advance online or by phone to avoid waiting times on site. If possible or if available, use the online check-in.
  • All rental items are cleaned and disinfected after use.
  • Follow the general hygiene and distance rules.
  • For visiting hairdressers or other body-related services (cosmetics, pedicures, massages etc.) the 2G rule (vaccinated or recovered). Applies to everyone from 12 years.
  • Exception to the 2G rule for young people of school age (from 12 to 15 years) from Germany and abroad who have not been vaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated: Holiday Ninja Pass (site in german only).
  • Children under 12 years of age do not yet need any proof.
  • There is a general FFP2 mask requirement (FFP2 from 14 years, from 6 years mouth and nose protection).

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SKI & MOUNTAIN SCHOOLS

Important information FOR Ski & Mountain Schools

  • Please use the possibility to book the course online in advance or to clarify questions by phone.
  • Proof of 2G (vaccination or recovery) is required for participation of ski courses. Applies to everyone from 12 years.
  • Exception to the 2G rule for young people of school age (from 12 to 15 years) from Germany and abroad who have not been vaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated: Holiday Ninja Pass (site in german only).
  • Children under 12 years of age do not yet need any proof.
  • FFP2 masks are compulsory indoors (from 14 years, mouth-nose protection from 6 years).
  • Small group sizes and as little change as possible within the winter sports classes.
  • Data protection compliant contact tracing
  • Please also note the currently valid rules at the mountain railroads as well as for a visit to a restaurant.

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.

When suffering from signs of illness (ce.g. cough, breathing difficulties, fever, runny nose, sore throat or ear), please call one of the doctors.