Covid Information

VOC is planned as a covid-safe event while not compromising on the atmosphere. Orienteering is back to normal.

A valid EU Digital COVID certificate is your entry passport for Vienna O Challenge. The Austrian 3G rule imply that participants aged 12 and older must be Covid-tested negative, recovered, or vaccinated to participate. This makes VOC a safe event. By the end of August most people will not need to test anymore, but for those who need, Covid testing will be offered free of charge in Vienna for international participants.

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Green Pass - EU Digital COVID Certificate

The EU Digital COVID certificate is valid as an entrance test in Austria. If you have had a vaccination and it is valid, no further actions need to be taken except bringing it with you to the event.
Read more about the Green Pass
How to receive a certificate

3G rule

The “3G” rule (short for German “geimpft, getestet, genesen – vaccinated, tested, recovered”) is used to define low-risk groups in epidemiological terms. The „Green Pass“ confirms that you are tested, vaccinated or have recovered from Covid 19.
The following rules apply if you have been vaccinated against Covid-19:
The first vaccination is valid under the 3G rule from the 22nd day for a maximum of three months, counted from the day of vaccination.
The second vaccination (booster shot) extends this period for a further six months.
If the vaccine you received requires no booster shot (e.g. Johnson & Johnson), the first vaccination is valid for the 3G rule from the 22nd day after the vaccination for a total of nine months. Again, the nine months are counted from the day of vaccination.
If you have recovered from Covid-19 and received your first vaccination, you are in the 3G group for nine months from the day of vaccination.

If you have recovered from Covid-19, you do not have to test for the virus for six months from the end of the infection. You need your quarantine order or a medical certificate from your doctor to prove you have recovered from the infection. A positive test for antibodies neutralising the virus is valid for three months from the date of testing.

Tests remain valid for different periods of time:
PCR tests are valid for 72 hours from the time of taking the sample.
Antigen tests carried out by an authorised body are valid for 48 hours from the time of taking the sample.
Read more about the 3G rule
In Vienna, there are several test centres where you can get tested for free (walk or drive through). You need to show your passport and provide an address (e.g. hotel address). The rapid test takes just a few minutes. Be aware, that some private test providers offer tests too, that need to by paid (e.g. at the airport).
Read more about testing
Yes. At the "Gurgelboxen" you can do a gargle test. Please make an appointment for it before to provide your personal details (needed to conduct the test and to send the results via email or sms). The result is sent to you within 24 hours.
Read more about free PCR testing
"3G" (tested, vaccinated, or recovered): with a proof of Covid-vaccination, test, or recovery from an infection you can participate at events, go to the restaurant, and many more things. At the Event Check-in the Covid-status will be checked.

The best protection is to have covid-antibodies, either through double vaccination or to be recovered from Covid. If you haven't received a vaccination and want to be on the safe side, we recommend to use a FFP2 mask anytime you are indoors during your stay in Vienna (although it is currently not mandatory to wear a mask at certain places).

We will provide disinfectant at the start and finish.
The delta variant will lead to higher incidence. However, because most of the vulnerable population now is protected against Covid, a rise in numbers will not lead to immediate new restrictions. With the Austrian 3G rule, and very broad testing and isolation of cases in Vienna, no further restrictions are expected to be implemented before school starts in September.

However, in case the situation is not allowing a full scale event, we have a plan B and will provide an alternative event program with 3 days orienteering in the city of Vienna.
If you have a positive Covid-test result, we will transfer your registration to VOC 26-28 August 2022.


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