Vacation in Austria: First hotel tests guests for Covid-19 at check-in

Everywhere in Europe, the number of infections is increasing rapidly – including in Austria. Therefore, the Foreign Office (AA) is currently warning against unnecessary trips to the federal states of Vienna, Tyrol (with the exception of Jungholz) and Vorarlberg (with the exception of the Kleinwalsertal and the community of Mittelberg). Because the seven-day incidence in these federal states has risen to over 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, they are considered a risk area according to the AA.

Four-star hotel lets guests test

In order not to let the business be messed up by the current infection rate, a hotelier from the federal state of Upper Austria (not a risk area) has now come up with a special measure. As reported by the "" portal, the four-star hotel Aviva in the Mühlenviertel will in future have guests tested for the corona virus free of charge.

"We see this as an offer to our guests", the portal quotes the managing director Christian Grünbart. It gives everyone a good feeling when you know what's going on, he explains. The campaign should start on Tuesday.

Guests take action well

In order not to scare his guests off, the hotelier had already checked his customers' acceptance of this measure in advance. The feedback was consistently positive: "There were even some who booked with us precisely because they finally got a test and of course it was also crucial that you don't have to pay for it," quoted "" the managing director.

The hotel, which is a well-known single resort, wants to prevent many people from canceling their booking for fear of infection. Since employees are also tested weekly, Grünbart hopes for more security for everyone.

Quick test only takes 15 minutes

The test campaign, which costs the hotelier 15 euros per person, should run for at least the next two months. A rapid test approved by the health authorities is used, in which a smear is taken from the throat. The procedure takes about 15 minutes; then the result should be there.