New measures on account of Omicron - January 2022

With the increased emergence of the Omicron variant, a control obligation has been in force in shops since 11th January. The lockdown for unvaccinated persons remains in place. In addition, an FFP2 mask must also be worn outdoors if a distance of two metres is not possible.

Essential shops - such as grocery shops, pharmacies, drugstores, banks and petrol stations - remain accessible to everybody. However, purchases are only possible for vaccinated and recovered people.

FFP2 mask obligation now also outside
The mask obligation is tightened: Where no minimum distance of two metres is possible outside, such as in pedestrian zones, waiting areas and groups, an FFP2 mask must also be worn. The federal states can also impose a mask requirement in heavily frequented places.

An FFP2 mask must still be worn in all enclosed spaces. Masks are also still compulsory in all public transport. In cable cars and cogwheel railways, on bus trips and on excursion ships, 2-G is compulsory.

No more distinction between contact people
Since 8 January, there is no longer a distinction between K1 and K2 - there are only contact people. In future, a person is not a contact person if he or she has been immunised three times (three times vaccinated or twice vaccinated plus once recovered) or if all persons involved have worn an FFP2 mask. This also applies to children who have not yet received a third vaccination.

Closing time remains 10.00 p.m.
Closing time in restaurants is 22.00. Bars will remain closed. Unvaccinated persons may pick up food. FFP2 masks are compulsory in pubs except in seating areas. You also have to give your contact details.

Lockdown for the unvaccinated
For people without a valid 2-G certificate, there is still a general, all-day curfew. Only under the already existing conditions - such as work, education, purchase of essential goods - are they allowed to go out. Participation in gatherings such as funerals and demonstrations is also possible.

On Monday 13th December: commerce opens with 2G rule

In Carinthia all areas in the retail sector as well as in the event and leisure industry have opened with the 2G rule. 

Mask obligation and minimum distance
An FFP2 mask must be worn in all enclosed spaces. This also applies in the workplace if no other suitable protective devices are available.

A minimum distance for people who do not live in the same household - keyword "baby elephant" - is not prescribed, but a distance of two metres is still recommended.

Trade, body-related services, gastronomy
Shops providing basic services - such as food markets, pharmacies, drugstores, banks and petrol stations - remain accessible to everyone. (Christmas) shopping is only possible for vaccinated and recovered persons. For hairdressers and body-related services you need a 2-G certificate. As a customer, you need an FFP2 mask everywhere.

For people without a valid 2-G certificate there is still a general, all-day restriction on going out. They are allowed to go out under these conditions: work, education and purchase of essential goods. Participation in certain gatherings such as funerals and demonstrations is also possible.

Children under the age of twelve are exempt from the curfew and other rules. For pupils over twelve, the "Ninja Pass" is equivalent to a 2-G certificate until the end of compulsory schooling.

Corona vaccinations - Winter 2021

If you want a vaccination you do not need to register. Make sure you bring an e-card, photo ID and an FFP2 mask. 


The City of Villach is expanding its Corona vaccination services:

- Until further notice, vaccinations will be held every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 12pm to 7pm at the Town Hall.
- At the ATRIO shopping centre. On Thursday 23rd December and on Thursday 30th December, both from 10 am to 6 pm. On the 2nd floor near Planet Lollipop.

VEZ shopping centre - pre-registration necessary!
In the VEZ shopping centre at Badstubenweg 93 there is also a vaccination service run by the Red Cross on behalf of the province of Carinthia. Until further notice, it will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 am to 6 pm. Please register for the vaccination appointment via https://kaernten-impft.ktn.gv.at/. Vaccine used: Pfizer.

All information is available here.


Vaccination without registration:

- at the City Arkaden, in the basement. Fridays from 13.00 to 17.45 pm. Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Vaccination with registration:

Standort Hypo Alpe Adria Zentrum
Impfzentrum des Landes Kärnten in Klagenfurt (Event Center AAZ, Alpen Adria Platz)
Vaccination and hours and the link to registration are available here.

Current information for Klagenfurt residents can be found here.

The Green Pass

Austria is opening up with simple, secure and verifiable certificates and 3-G proofs. For comprehensive information from the government, please click here.

How to do a Corona self-test

The free COVID-19 self-tests ("living room tests") can be obtained from pharmacies using an e-card.

Negative self-tests recorded in an official data registration system are valid for 24 hours. They are valid as official entrance tests for restaurants and other leisure facilities.

A guide and an instruction video are available in German here.

The self-test in Carinthia (only in German)

myVisitPass, Kärnten

Wherever you see "myVisitPassLogo" you can enter your registration details electronically. Complete your myVisitPass once and always register quickly and efficiently.

Fill in the data once and keep it as "MyVistPass" exclusively on your cell phone. You can also print it out.  When entering the business/restaurant, you scan the QR code of the establishment and thus carry out the registration. A printed pass can be scanned by the establishment. Your data will be transferred and stored anonymously in the establishment's registration database. After 28 days, your data will be deleted automatically.
Any transfer of your data will only take place in encrypted form by the establishment upon request by the authorized health authority.

To myVisitPass.

Useful Websites

Information Bundesministerium:

Kärnten, Corona-Ampel

Information in English about the latest measurements taken by the Austrian government can be found at
Coronavirus - The Local Austriametropole.at/coronavirus-in-austria and Latest Information on the Coronavirus Situation in Austria.

Coronavirus: Facts and security regulations in 16 languages:

Please stay updated with the latest news regarding this situation by reading, watching or listening:

orf.at/corona/stories/3158537/ (English, Türkçe und Bosanski-Hrvatski-Srpski)

ZIB 100 (German)
FM4 (some English radio programs)

Information and guidance (travel advice, how to protect yourself, situation reports, etc.) from the World Health Organisation:
who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 (English)

Travel warnings and further information
 from the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs:
bmeia.gv.at/reise-aufenthalt/reisewarnungen (German/English)
Further Link for travel:
iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news (English)

Information sheet (Land Kärnten):
PDF Information sheet for people entering this country from areas at risk

The coronavirus simply explained (in German)

Here you get information about the coronavirus in simple German language.

A simple explanation of the Coronavirus for children

To watch the video, just click here!

A curious guide for courageous kids

The guide is available in lots of languages including English here.

A British article about guarding mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

Please click here to find out more.

Website on treatment for addiction and mental health treatment in the times of COVID-19

Please click here to go to the website in English.