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Questions and Answers

Here you can find FAQs and contacts in relation to the EU Digital COVID Certificate in Austria.

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AGES hotline

If you have further questions in relation to the EU Digital COVID Certificate, you can contact the AGES hotline around the clock on 0800 555 6212.

If you have been issued with a wrong or faulty certificate, fill out the AGES form for further support.

Multilingual documents and Easy Reading and ÖGS content are available on the service page.

Questions and Answers

What is a EU Digital COVID Certificate?

The EU Digital COVID Certificate is an umbrella term for a system to provide simple, safe and verifiable proof of a coronavirus vaccination, recovery from an infection with SARS-CoV-2, or a negative test result. The uniform solution in all EU Member States are the EU Digital COVID Certificates which have been realised in Austria as test certificates, certificates of recovery and vaccination certificates. Each of these certificates comes with an EU-compliant QR code. This forms the basis for checks by the respective authorised entity and will thus act as a ticket for admission to a pub or restaurant, a cinema or a gym, for example*. These certificates can easily be saved on electronic devices such as smartphones. In order to retrieve the certificates in electronic form, a mobile phone signature or citizen’s card  is necessary. The latter should therefore be applied for in good time.

In Austria, these EU-compliant certificates supplement the already existing forms of proof, which will continue to be valid. Together they form the EU Digital COVID Certificate. At a European level, the EU-compliant certificates were introduced at the beginning of July and are now making it possible to travel more easily again between EU Member States.

Please note: Since 8 November 2021 the 2-G rule has applied in Austria.

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What are the advantages of the EU Digital COVID Certificates?

The EU Digital COVID Certificate offers many advantages regarding the handling and documentation of individual forms of proof. It makes it easier for people to move around and counteracts the uncontrolled spread of SARS-CoV-2. The EU Digital COVID Certificate is an important step towards safely resuming social contacts and normality within the European Union.

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Is the EU Digital COVID Certificate obligatory?

Using the EU-compliant certificates with a QR code is not obligatory, as the previously common forms of evidence such as self-isolation orders or officially recognised vaccination passes are still valid in Austria. However, for those checking them such as hotels or cultural venues, scanning a QR code is quicker and easier than having to examine a printed document. The EU-compliant certificates are particularly relevant for travelling abroad, as the reciprocal recognition of the certificates is possible in EU Member States. The EU Digital COVID Certificates are intended to provide equal and simple access to the life of society to persons who have tested negative, have recovered or been vaccinated.*

Please note: since 8 November 2021 the 2-G (vaccinated or recovered) has applied in Austria.

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Which consequences does it have when one presents forged certificates?

This constitutes a violation of the 5. COVID-19-Schutzmaßnahmenverordnung and is sanctioned with a fine of up to €500. In addition, presenting forged evidence can have consequences under criminal law.

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Which consequences does it have when one presents a forged EU-compliant certificate?

This constitutes a violation of the currently valid 5. COVID-19-Schutzmaßnahmenverordnung and is sanctioned with a fine of up to €500. In addition, presenting forged certificates can have consequences under criminal law.

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Which consequences does it have if you actively forge and distribute EU-compliant certificates?

Such actions can lead to a report being made to the public prosecutor’s office and consequences under criminal law.

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My EU Digital COVID Certificate was issued incorrectly. Where can I turn to?

You can apply for your certificate to be corrected and re-issued via the AGES Hotline 0800 555 621, or online via the AGES service form.

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The EU Digital COVID Certificate in Austria

Which regulations apply after the introduction of the EU Digital COVID Certificate in Austria?

Since June 2021, in addition to the already existing forms of proof, the EU Digital COVID Certificate certificates (at EU level referred to as the Digital COVID Certificate), which are PDF files with an individual QR code, are being deployed in Austria in order to support the continuing reopening measures. These certificates can be presented on a mobile device or printed out.

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Which forms of evidence can be shown in Austria instead of the EU-compliant EU Digital COVID Certificates?

Regardless of the introduction of the EU-compliant EU Digital COVID Certificate certificates in Austria, the already existing forms of proof can still be shown. These are:

• Tested: Persons who have been tested can prove this with their negative test result. Its validity and its area of applicationis based on the previously established time scales.

• Recovered: Persons who have already recovered from a SARS-CoV-2 infection can prove this with their self-isolation order or a medical certificate. Evidence of a positive test for neutralising antibodies is valid for three months in Austria.

• Vaccinated: Persons who have already been vaccinated against  COVID-19 can prove this with officially recognised vaccination passes such as the yellow vaccination pass, the vaccination cards used in some provinces, or with the e-vaccination passport. 

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What information does the EU digital COVID Certificate contain?

The EU Digital COVID Certificate consists on the one hand of the already existing forms of evidence, and on the other of three EU-compliant certificates which enable simple checks on whether a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19 (vaccination certificate), has recovered from an infection with SARS-CoV-2(certificate of recovery) or has a negative test result (test certificate). All three certificates can be retrieved and used individually and independently. Due to the equal status of test certificates, certificates of recovery and vaccination certificates, there is no discrimination with regard to the conditions attached to freedom of movement.

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What is a test certificate?

Test certificates are one of the three EU-compliant certificates of the EU Digital COVID Certificate. Their validity and how long they can be used is based on the respective periods of time laid down in the 5. COVID-19-Schutzmaßnahmenverordnung measures regulation:

•  A PCR test is valid for 72 hours. PCR tests are processed in a laboratory, such as in the Alles Gurgelt campaign for gargling tests.

•  An antigen/lateral flow test, which is carried out at a testing site or in a pharmacy, is valid for 24 hours.

Information: Regardless of the introduction of the EU Digital COVID Certificate in Austria, the following already existing forms of proof can still be shown:

•  all previously recognised test results.

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Which data does a test certificate contain?

The data which is necessary for the issue of the certificates mentioned above is called a minimal data set. Alongside an EU-compliant QR code, a test certificate contains the following data:

•       Date of birth of the tested person

•       Disease or pathogen for which the person was tested – in this case only COVID-19

•       Type of test

•       Name of the test

•        Name of the manufacturer of the test

•        Date and time when the sample was taken

•        Test result (positive/negative)*

•        Name of the testing site or the organisation carrying out the tests

•        Name of the state in which the test was carried out

•        Name of the issuer of the test certificate

•        Unequivocal identifier of the test certificate.

* Positive means that the presence of the virus was detected, negative means that the virus was not detected.

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How do I obtain the test certificate?

For persons who have tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 (e.g. at a testing site, as part of the Alles Gurgelt programme, in a pharmacy, etc.) an EU-compliant test certificate is created automatically  and sent to the person tested either by email or text message, or made available via gesundheit.gv.at

In addition, the test certificate can be printed out free of charge at the testing site.

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What is a certificate of recovery?

Certificates of recovery are one of the three EU Digital COVID Certificates. From today’s perspective, certificates of recovery are valid for six months: a certificate of recovery is valid at the earliest from the 11th day after the respective infection has been confirmed by a molecular test (PCR) and for up to 180 days after that. Positive antigen/lateral flow tests are not taken into account when issuing EU-compliant certificates of recovery.

Certificates of recovery are only made available if the first positive molecular test result was recorded no more than 180 days (six months) before the day of issue of the certificate. If the test result is from a time before this, no certificate of recovery will be issued.

Information: In spite of the introduction of the Green Pass in Austria, the following already existing forms of proof can still be shown: a self-isolation order, a medical certificate on an infection with SARS-CoV-2 which took place in the last six months and has now been overcome, or evidence of a positive test for neutralising antibodies.

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Which data does a certificate of recovery contain?

The data which is necessary for the issue of the certificates mentioned above is called a minimal data set. Alongside an EU-compliant QR code, a certificate of recovery contains the following data:

•         Surname and first name(s) of the tested person

•         Date of birth of the tested person

•         Disease or pathogen which the person was vaccinated against – in this case only COVID-19

•     Date of the first positive molecular test result

•        Name of the state in which the test was carried out

•        Name of the issuer of the test certificate

•     Date from which the certificate of recovery was valid

•     Date when the certificate of recovery expires

•        Unequivocal identifier of the test certificate.

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How do I obtain the certificate of recovery?

For persons who have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 and were recorded in the EMS (epidemiological reporting system) in Austria, an EU-compliant certificate of recovery is automatically issued and made available to the person who has recovered via the gesundheit.gv.at platform. A mobile phone signature or a citizen’s card is necessary to retrieve it. When the certificate of recovery has been downloaded and saved, it can be used for the entire period of validity as proof of having already been infected with SARS-CoV-2. The certificate can, however, also be retrieved again at any time.

In addition, it is possible to have the certificate of recovery printed out free of charge at the ELGA Ombudsperson’s offices or at local authorities (Gemeinde) and district administration authorities (BH).

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I had a SARS-CoV-2 infection abroad. Will I receive a certificate of recovery?

EU-compliant certificates of recovery can only be issued in Austria if the infection was confirmed with a molecular test (e.g. PCR Test) and recorded in the epidemiological  reporting system (EMS). If an infection was not entered into the system at the time, this cannot be carried out retrospectively, and thus no certificate of recovery can be issued.

If a person contracted SARS-CoV-2 abroad and spent the period during which they were ill in an EU Member State and not in Austria, they should contact the authorities in that country and apply for an EU-compliant certificate of recovery from there. This is then also valid in Austria and all other EU countries.

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I have a positive test for neutralising antibodies confirmed by a laboratory. Will I receive a certificate of recovery?

No. At a European level, there are no plans to include neutralising antibodies in the EU Digital COVID Certificate.

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What is a vaccination certificate?

Vaccination certificates are one of the three EU Digital COVID Certificates. Their validity in Austria is as follows:

• Vaccination certificates for COVID-19 vaccinations which require two doses (such as BioNTech/Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna) are valid from the day of the second vaccination for a total of 360 days.*

• Vaccination certificates for COVID-19 vaccines which require only one dose (such as that from Johnson & Johnson) are valid from the 22nd day after vaccination for a total of 270 days from the day of the vaccination.**

• Vaccination certificates of recovered persons who – from the current perspective – only need one dose due to an infection with SARS-CoV-2 (confirmed by PCR test), are valid in Austria for 360 days from the day of vaccination together with the proof of the PCR test.*

• Vaccination certificates of another dose after first vaccination series are valid for another 360 days from the day of the vaccination.*

 *Please note: as of 6 December 2021 the validity of these vaccination certificates is reduced to 270 days.

**Please note: from 3 January 2022, this vaccination certificate is no longer valid in Austria.

Certificates can be issued for all COVID-19 vaccinations which are recorded in the e-vaccination register. However, the vaccines must have been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The period of validity is not affected if a series of vaccinations is composed of two different vaccines, as long as they are approved by the EMA.

Information: Regardless of the introduction of the Green Pass in Austria, the already existing forms of proof can still be shown:

• Officially recognised vaccination passes such as the yellow vaccination pass

• The vaccination cards used in some provinces

• A printout of data from the e-vaccination pass

The vaccination cards and printouts from the e-vaccination pass are not official documents. For this reason, only the yellow vaccination pass is accepted for entry into other countries.

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What data does a vaccination certificate contain?

The data which is necessary for the issue of the certificates mentioned above is called a minimal data set. Alongside an EU-compliant QR code, a vaccination certificate contains the following data:

• Surname and first name(s) of the vaccinated person in that order

• Date of birth of the vaccinated person

• Disease or pathogen which the person was vaccinated against – in this case only COVID-19

• Vaccine

• Name of the vaccine in accordance with its licensing

• Owner of the licence or manufacturer of the vaccine

• Number of the vaccine dose and the total number of vaccine doses in a series of vaccinations

− A certificate on partial immunisation with only one vaccination contains the information 1 of 2.

− Full immunisation (also if there several jabs are given in the case of so-called non-responders) contains the information 2 of 2

− A single-dose vaccination certificate contains the information 1 of 1 (Johnson & Johnson)

− A single-dose vaccination certificate after a recovery from an infection with SARS-CoV-2 confirmed by a molecular test contains the information 1 of 1

• Date of the vaccination (for each dose of vaccine received for basic immunisation and booster vaccinations)

• Name of the state in which the vaccination was carried out

• Name of the issuer of the vaccination certificate

• Unequivocal identifier of the vaccination certificate.

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How do I obtain a vaccination certificate?

For persons who have had a COVID-19 vaccination in Austria, an EU-compliant vaccination certificate is automatically issued. It is made available to the person who has been vaccinated by means of the e-vaccination passport (accessed via gesundheit.gv.at). A mobile phone signature or a citizen’s card is necessary to retrieve it. When the certificate of recovery has been downloaded and saved, it can be used for the entire period of validity as proof of having received a COVID-19 vaccination. The certificate can, however, also be retrieved again at any time.

In addition, the vaccination certificate can in future be printed out free of charge at pharmacies*, doctors’ practices*, the customer service points of Österreichische Gesundheitskasse or at the ELGA Ombudsperson's Offices.

In order to ensure particularly low-threshold access to vaccination certificates, all persons who have been fully immunised by the end of June 2021 will receive their vaccination certificate by post.

*Since 1 July 2021 it has been possible to print out vaccination certificates free of charge at pharmacies and doctors’ practices once a month (i.e. a maximum of three times per quarter). For each additional printout a small fee can be charged. As soon as the vaccination certificate for third or the second dose is available, printouts of the vaccination certificate for the second (or first) dose are no longer possible.

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I have received my COVID-19 vaccination. Which vaccination certificate should I show?

For every dose of a COVID-19 vaccination, an EU-compliant vaccination certificate is issued and made available at gesundheit.gv.at. However, since 15 August 2021 only full immunisation is recognised in Austria  as evidence in line with the 2-G rule (tested, vaccinated or recovered). Thus, only the EU-compliant certificate on the second dose with the information 2 of 2 should be shown. This automatically shows the validity of 360 days from the date of the second vaccination.

*Please note: as of 6 December 2021 the validity of this vaccination certificate is reduced to 270 days. From 3 January 2022, the vaccination certificate for a single dose of the Janssen vaccine is no longer valid.

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I have been vaccinated against COVID-19 with two different vaccines. Will I receive a vaccination certificate?

Vaccination certificates can be issued for all COVID-19 vaccinations which are recorded in the e-vaccination register. However, the COVID-19 vaccines must have been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The period of validity is not affected if a concluded series of vaccinations is composed of two different vaccines (mix-and-match approach) as long as they are both approved by the EMA.

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I have recovered and have only received one dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine. Will I receive a vaccination certificate?

Yes. Persons who, on the basis of a recommendation by the National Vaccination Board, only receive one dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine because they have recovered from an infection with SARS-CoV-2, and who are thus considered fully immunised in Austria, have received special EU-compliant vaccination certificates since the beginning of August. The certificates are valid for 360 days from the day of the vaccination.*

The realisation of special EU-compliant vaccination certificates for persons who have recovered from COVID-19 and then been vaccinated is based on the EU Council Recommendation 2021/961 of 14 June 2021. The latter recommends that this group of persons should be issued with a special EU-compliant vaccination certificate as evidence of full immunisation. The certificate contains the information dose 1/1. As in the case of the binding rules on the issue of EU-compliant  certificates of recovery, the issue of EU-compliant vaccination certificates to persons who have recovered and then been vaccinated is conditional on the COVID-19 vaccination being recorded in the vaccination register and on a molecular test (e.g. a PCR test) having been recorded in the epidemiological  reporting system (EMS).

*Please note: as of 6 December 2021 the validity of this vaccination certificate is reduced to 270 days.

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Can persons who have recovered and then been vaccinated travel without restrictions within the European Union again with their EU-compliant vaccination certificates?

As not all EU Member States are following the recommendations issued at EU-level, it is not guaranteed that the new EU-compliant vaccination certificates for persons who have recovered and then been vaccinated will be accepted when entering other EU Member States. It continues to be the case that travellers should inform themselves sufficiently about the entry regulations before travelling abroad. If EU-compliant vaccination certificates are not accepted for entry to another EU Member State, in most cases a test certificate can be shown as an alternative. Information for travellers is available from the website https://reopen.europa.eu and the website of the BMEIA (Federal Ministry of European and International Affairs).

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I have recovered and have received one dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, but have not been issued with an EU-compliant vaccination certificate for persons who have recovered and then been vaccinated. Why?

As in the case of the binding rules on the issue of EU-compliant  certificates of recovery, the issue of EU-compliant vaccination certificates to persons who have recovered and then been vaccinated is conditional in Austria on the COVID-19 vaccination being recorded in the e-vaccination register and on a molecular test (e.g. a PCR test) having been recorded in the epidemiological  reporting system (EMS). This procedure is due to the EU Regulation on the issue of the EU Digital COVID Certificates. Given that the EU Regulation states that proof involving neutralising antibodies and positive antigen/lateral flow tests cannot be taken into account in the issue of EU-compliant certificates of recovery, the issue of such vaccination certificates for persons who have recovered and then been vaccinated cannot currently be realised.  

The vaccination must have taken place at least 21 days after the infection with SARS-CoV-2. A vaccination certificate with the information dose 1 of 1 will not be issued if the infection took place between the first and second doses of the vaccine. In this case it is recommended to have the second dose of the vaccine at least four weeks after recovery.  

As an alternative to EU-compliant vaccination certificates for persons who have recovered and then been vaccinated,  evidence of recovery can still be shown together with a vaccination certificate in Austria. Here too, the certificates are valid for 360 days from the day of the vaccination.*

 *Please note: as of 6 December 2021 the validity of these vaccination certificates is reduced to 270 days.

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I have neutralising antibodies and have only received one dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine. Will I receive a vaccination certificate?a

Yes, an EU-compliant vaccination certificate is principally issued for every COVID-19 vaccination received. However, at a European level there are no plans to include neutralising antibodies in the EU Digital COVID Certificate. As in the case of the binding rules on the issue of EU-compliant  certificates of recovery, the issue of EU-compliant vaccination certificates to persons who have recovered and then been vaccinated is conditional in Austria on the COVID-19 vaccination being recorded in the e-vaccination passport, and on a positive molecular test (e.g. a PCR test) having been recorded in the epidemiological  reporting system (EMS).  

You will therefore receive a vaccination certificate for the first dose with the information dose 1 of 2, but this alone does not confirm active immunisation. In Austria and for travelling to Austria, a certificate on neutralising antibodies must therefore be presented along with a vaccination certificate. The validity of the vaccination is set at 360 days from the day it was received.*

*Please note: as of 6 December 2021 the validity of this vaccination certificate is reduced to 270 days.

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I have been vaccinated against COVID-19 abroad. How do I obtain a vaccination certificate?

Entering a COVID-19 vaccination received abroad into the e-vaccination passport retrospectively is possible in return for a small fee at healthcare providers (doctors’ practices, etc.). Entry into the e-vaccination passport forms the basis for the issue of a vaccination certificate. If the vaccination was carried out with a vaccine approved by the EMA and entered into the e-vaccination passport, a vaccination certificate can be created and retrieved from gesundheit.gv.at. 

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Where can I retrieve the certificates in electronic form?

All EU-compliant EU Digital COVID Certificate certificates can be retrieved with a mobile phone signature or a citizen’s card from gesundheit.gv.at.  A mobile phone signature or a citizen’s card citizen’s card; should therefore be applied for in good time. Digital certificates can also be printed out by the respective person, carried with them and shown when needed.

Information: A citizen’s card or mobile phone signature can also be easily activated from home via the FinanzOnline website:

•   Log-in to FinanzOnline using your login details

•   Choose the menu item ‘Bürgerkarte/Handy-Signatur aktivieren’

•   Within a few days you will receive a letter of confirmation by post.

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Is it possible to retrieve the certificates electronically for other people?

Yes. Under certain circumstances, it is possible to retrieve the certificates electronically from gesundheit.gv.at for other people by acting as their representative (e.g. parents can do this for their children, and guardians for the person they represent, etc.). Further information is available from gesundheit.gv.at.

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Where can I have my EU Digital COVID Certificates printed out?

All EU-compliant EU Digital COVID Certificate certificates can be printed out free of charge at the following places:

•         Vaccination certificates:

−          Pharmacists*

−          Doctor’s practices*

−          Customer service offices of the Österreichischen Gesundheitskasse

−          ELGA Ombudsperson’s offices

 

•         Certificates of recovery:

−          Local authorities

−          District administrative authorities

−          ELGA Ombudsperson’s offices

 

•         Test certificates:

−          Directly at the testing site

For persons who show proof of their identity at these locations, a search can be carried out and the existing certificates can be printed out free of charge.

*Since 1 July 2021 it has been possible to print out vaccination certificates free of charge at pharmacies and doctors’ practices once a month (i.e. a maximum of three times per quarter). For each additional printout a small fee can be charged. As soon as the vaccination certificate for the third or the second dose is available, printouts of the vaccination certificate for the second (or first) dose are no longer possible.

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Is it possible to have certificates printed out for other people?

Yes. It is possible to have certificates printed out for other people at authorised locations. To do so, a signed power of attorney and the social insurance number of the person you are representing is necessary.

If parents or legal guardians wish to have certificates printed out for children at authorised locations, they need to present evidence of their parenthood or guardianship plus the social insurance number of the child.

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The EU Digital COVID Certificate in the European Union

When will there be a EU Digital COVID Certificate (officially referred to as the EU Digital COVID Certificate) at a European level?

Within the European Union, the reciprocal recognition of certificates has been possible from the beginning of July 2021. The reciprocal recognition of certificates at EU level will help to make travelling easier. The data which is contained in the QR code may not be stored by the states which a person visits.

The area of application of the Digital COVID Certificate envisioned by the European Union is primarily travel between the Member States. At a national level, Member States can also deploy the EU Digital COVID Certificate / Digital COVID Certificate to enable the safe reopening of areas such as restaurants, pubs and cafes as well as culture and sport. This is also the case in Austria.

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Will the Austrian EU Digital COVID Certificates also be recognised in other countries?

Yes. In order to ensure the verifiability of certificates throughout the EU, the necessary technical interfaces between the systems of the Member States are being created. In this way the certificates can be read anywhere in the EU. At every border it will then be possible to prove with the QR code that one has been vaccinated, tested, or has recovered. What this means in terms of access to facilities, events etc. for travellers who have been vaccinated, tested or have recovered is, however, dependent on the respective epidemiological situation and is decided independently by each Member State. Before travelling to another country one should still obtain information about the existing regulations. A good overview of entry regulations is available at https://reopen.europa.eu/en

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Where can I find information on the entry regulations of other countries?

• Information on entry to other EU Member States is available from reopen.europa.eu.

• Information on entry to third countries is available from the website of the Federal Ministry of European and International Affairs.

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Will the EU Digital COVID Certificate /Digital COVID Certificate also be a precondition for travel within the EU after the pandemic?

The use of the certificates is currently only planned for combating the pandemic.

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Checking the EU Digital COVID Certificate – information for companies

As a company/business, which forms of proof can I accept after 8 November?

• Evidence of recovery: Persons who have already recovered from an infection with SARS-CoV-2 can prove this with their self-isolation order or a medical certificate on an infection with SARS-CoV-2 which took place in the last six months and has now been overcome.

• Evidence of vaccination: persons who have already been vaccinated against COVID-19 can prove this with officially recognised vaccination passes such as the yellow vaccination pass, the vaccination cards used in some provinces, or temporarily also with a printout of data from the e-vaccination passport.

• Vaccination certificates for COVID-19 vaccinations which require two doses (such as BioNTech/Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna) are valid from the day of the second vaccination for a total of 360 days.*

• Vaccination certificates for COVID-19 vaccines which require only one dose (such as that from Johnson & Johnson) are valid from the 22nd day after vaccination for a total of 270 days from the day of the vaccination.**

• Vaccination certificates of recovered persons who – from the current perspective – only need one dose due to an infection with SARS-CoV-2 (confirmed by PCR test), are valid in Austria for 360 days from the day of vaccination together with the proof of the PCR test.*

• Vaccination certificates of another dose after first vaccination series are valid for another 360 days from the day of the vaccination.

*Please note: as of 6 December 2021 the validity of these vaccination certificates is reduced to 270 days.

**Please note: from 3 January 2022, this vaccination certificate is no longer valid in Austria.

Information: Children up to their twelfth birthday are exempted from the obligation to provide evidence of being tested, vaccinated or recovered, and thus do not have to present a test result. For children and young people aged twelve and over who are in compulsory schooling, the following applies: The Ninja pass is considered to be equivalent to 2-G evidence and can thus be used as evidence for access to venues such as restaurants, cinemas or cable cars.  After completing year 9 of school, young people also have to possess 2-G their own evidence (vaccinated or recovered) in order to enter 2-G settings

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May I let a person who has no form of evidence into my company/onto my premises?

No. Every visitor has to show their relevant proof to the person responsible for checking their status. If you nevertheless let persons who have no valid proof of their status into your business (e.g. a restaurant, gym, hair salon, etc.) you risk an administrative fine of €3,500.

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How are EU Digital COVID Certificates checked?

All saved certificates can be shown when required either electronically or in printed form in combination with photo ID. In addition, alternative forms of evidence also remain valid.

The person checking the evidence (in a restaurant, cinema, gym, etc.) can verify the validity of the certificate with the official app GreenCheck. For electronic checks, a mobile phone or tablet with a functioning camera is required. No personal data is transferred here – the check takes place offline, only in the device of the person carrying out the check. Since the EU-compliant QR code of the certificate cannot be read by a normal QR code reader, it can only be verified with the GreenCheck app.

If electronic verification is not possible, the information which can be seen by humans on the presented certificates can of course just be read.

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