Karwendel – Matt Nobles

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All the alpine countries have restrictions because of Covid-19.  Although these are gradually being relaxed, each country has its own travel restrictions, quarantine and social distancing rules and certification requirements. These are constantly changing as local lockdowns become necessary. The UK Foreign Office has now lifted advice against travel to nearly all European countries.  

Click for more information about Austria.

To see the Austrian traffic-light maps of local areas of concern, where personal precautions are particularly important see either the large-scale map, or the detailed map.

The Federation of Alpine Associations of Austria (VAVÖ) has issued guidelines for mountain activities: click to see the English translation of version 2.

When you return to the UK, from certain countries you will need to provide your journey and contact details to the UK government in advance: see https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk

Austrian huts are now open!

Modified Matratzenlager in Lizumer Hütte – Romed Giner

Since 15 May some huts have been open for the sale of food and drink with a minimum of 1m between all visitors, at table, going to and from tables, and while waiting for a table.  The 1m rule also applies to toilets.  Face masks are compulsory except while eating.  Frequent hand washing and social distancing as in the valley!  Click for additional rules for day visitor.

From 29 May huts are also able to offer accommodation according to the following four rules:

  1. Only visit our huts if you are fit and well!
  2. Bring your own face mask!
  3. You must reserve your bed in advance (by telephone or click for the online booking system: no booking – no bed!
  4. You must bring your own lightweight sleeping bag and pillow case! No blankets will be supplied.

In those huts where it has not been possible to erect partitions (as in the photo above), the minimum space between sleeping spaces must be 1.5m (unless from the same household).  Click to see additional rules for overnight visitors.

Huts throughout the alps are now open with similar restrictions to those in Austrian and German huts in Austria.  For further information please check the websites for the Swiss Alpine Club, French Alpine Club, Italian Alpine Club and South Tyrol Alpine Club.

Most UK events have been cancelled or postponed.  New dates are now being advertised, see the activities pages for details.  A virtual AGM will be held on 7th November.  All overseas tours and courses until the end of the year have been cancelled but plans are afoot for 2021.

The AAC(UK) Office is now partially staffed on most days.  Membership applications will be processed daily and you will receive a confirmation e-mail with your membership number.  Your membership and insurance will be valid from midnight (UTC) on the day your application is processed but membership cards will only be posted once a week.

The shop is now open with the exception of high value items (which must be sent by recorded delivery).  Orders will be processed and posted once a week.  Please note that orders being sent to USA or Canada are experiencing longer delays.  If you have any merchandise queries please email our office team at aac.office@aacuk.org.uk

Photo of the month

Sunrise Sail-to-Ski in Kamchatka – Andrey Golovachev

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If paying by cheque, please make payable to “Austrian Alpine Club (UK) Limited”: please use this name exactly.

AWS Insurance

The AAC(UK) Office is unable to interpret the AWS leaflet and members with insurance queries should contact KNOX Versicheringsmanagement GmbH:

Tel Austria: 0043 512 238300-30
Fax Austria: 0043 512 238300-15
email: av-service@knox.co.at

Although the UK left the EU on 31 January, EHIC cards will be valid during the ‘transitional period’ until 31 December 2020.

In the event of repatriation KNOX have access to members details via a report sent from the AAC(UK) office. If you change your address, the AAC(UK) office must be informed to ensure the information sent to KNOX is up to date. There is no need to inform KNOX as this will be done automatically. If you request Insurance confirmation from KNOX, your new address must appear on the report sent to KNOX.

To assist with planning for 2021 click to see the hut page with links to hut opening times and the ÖAV Hut Finder


AAC(UK) Members’ Facebook group. This new Facebook group is run by members, not the Club. Click for more information


ÖAV Equipment recall notice – this may affect your safety!



Covid-19 advice for UK event leaders

Covid-19 advice for UK event participants


[Updated 13 October 2020]

Become A Member FOR 2020

2020 Membership is valid from midnight (UK time) on the day of processing up to 31 December 2020.

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