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Latest information on the coronavirus

Ban of entering tourist accommodation establishments until May 29

Entering accommodation establishments for the purpose of recreation and leisure is prohibited with immediate effect until May 29. Exceptions are accommodation

  • of persons already in accommodation (for the duration agreed in advance),
  • for the purpose of care and assistance to persons in need of support,
  • for professional reasons or
  • to meet an urgent housing need.

This regulation is valid from April 4, 2020 until April 30, 2020. Find the complete regulation (in German) here. On April 28 the government announced that starting on May 29 hotels may reopen.

UPDATE: On April 28 the government announced that starting mid-May, restaurants and cafes may reopen. Restaurants and bars can reopen on May 15, from 06:00 in the morning to 23:00 in the evening. Masks or a protection for mouth and nose will be mandatory for staff. There can be no more than four people (plus children) on one table at any one time. All public events will remain cancelled until the end of June.

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UPDATE: On April 30, at midnight (24:00), the restrictions on movements within Austria will expire. Additional measures like keeping 1-meter distance from others in public, wearing masks in shops and when traveling in public transport and a heightened attention to hygiene will still be in force.

Please find the latest corona updates in English at the website of Metropole, the leading English-language media outlet in Austria.

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UPDATE: Events 

Gatherings up to 10 people will be allowed starting from May 1. All bigger events are suspended until further notice. Further updates on postponed or cancelled events in the meetings sector: https://www.vienna.convention.at/en/event-planning/covid-19

Since April 6, face masks covering mouth and nose are mandatory in supermarkets – and recommended for the public sphere – for everybody, additional to the 1-meter distance rule. Supermarkets will ensure distribution of masks for the population, self-made cloth masks are an alternative. Furthermore, people will only be allowed to enter the shops one by one and new signs on the ground will make distancing even clearer.

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Austrian Tourism in the Corona Crisis - a Analysis by WIFO Economist Oliver Fritz: WIFO Analysis

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Since March 17, 2020 all restaurants, bars, cafés etc. are closed. Grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, drugstores, post offices and other shops responsible for basic services will remain open. The Tourist Info Vienna – Albertinaplatz, the Tourist Info Vienna Airport and the Tourist Info Vienna – Central Station are all closed from March 16, 2020 until further notice!

A survey by the Vienna Tourist Board showed that 283 out of 365 Hotels in Vienna are closed. Bed capacity is reduced by 75,9 %, since 45,954 out of 61,200 are currently not available (last update: May 8, 2020).

Official information

As the spread and impact of the Covid-19 coronavirus is changing all the time, we recommend checking the updates published on official channels for all the latest information: 

Other links and hotlines

  • Health Hotline (telephone support): 1450 (calls from Austria charged at local rate)
  • Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) for questions relating to transmission, prevention, etc.: 0800 555 621, (Content currently only available in German): https://www.ages.at/themen/krankheitserreger/coronavirus/ 

Travel restrictions

Austria is carrying out border controls on the borders to Italy (since March 11, 2020), Switzerland and Liechtenstein (since March 14, 2020) and from March 19 onwards also to Germany, Hungary and Slovenia. Czech Republic and Slovakia control their borders.Citizens of one of these countries travelling to Austria are obligated to produce a medical certificate proving a negative COVID19 test result upon entry (certificate cannot be older than 4 days). On March 18 the EU closed all Schengen Borders for 30 days.

Passenger flights suspended

Austrian and EU/EEA/CH citizens entering Austria by air, will be subject to a 14-day home quarantine. The Austrian embassies and have suspended visa operations.

Vienna Airport down to minimum operation from March 17, 2020 onwards

All flights, excluding commercial air freight traffic have been suspended. Passenger flights have stopped completely. Home Carrier Austrian Airlines and Laudamotion have already reported a steep decline in demand for flights. Since March 19, 2020, they have temporarily suspended all flights. The Vienna Airport and the General Aviation Center will still be operating, especially to enable freight flights (e.g. medicine) and flights to bring Austrian citizens back home.
Flight connections from China, France, Iran, Italy, Switzerland, Spain and South Korea are currently suspended. From March 18, flights from Great Britain, the Netherlands, Russia and Ukraine will be discontinued by order of the Austrian federal government. Austria Airlines: current travel alerts 

From the FAQs published by the Ministry of Health

Suspected coronavirus cases in Vienna

If a visitor, meeting participant, employee or other individual displays symptoms or has any concerns that they might be infected with Covid-19 they should: 
  • stay at home or in their hotel room
  • avoid contact with others
  • call the Health Hotline on 1450 (no area code required when calling from land lines and cell phones within Austria) and precisely follow the advice given. 

Recommended preventive measures

  • Wash your hands several times a day with soap or an alcohol-based disinfectant. Watch the World Health Organization (WHO) video for tips on how to protect yourself against COVID-19: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=89&v=1APwq1df6Mw 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a paper tissue (not your hands) whenever you cough or sneeze. 
  • Dispose of used paper tissues immediately and wash your hands afterwards.
  • Maintain a minimum distance of 1-2 meters from anyone suspected of having the virus
  • At present, neither the WHO nor the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control are recommending face masks for the healthy general population.
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