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Restrictions on public life 

The Austrian Federal Government has imposed restrictions on freedom of movement: social and public life are reduced to the bare minimum. The Austrian government called on the population to “self-isolate,” meaning to only ”have social contacts with the people you live with.” Playgrounds, sports fields and further public places are closed. As of Monday the 16th March, you should only leave your house for four reasons:

  • for work engagements and activities that can’t be delayed or carried out from your own home,
  • to make urgent purchases of food,
  • to go to the aid of other people in urgent need.
  • to go for a walk, but only alone or with people you live with

Further information: https://fm4.orf.at/stories/3000031/ 

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 232 out of 365 Hotels in Vienna are closed. Bed capacity is reduced by 56 %, since 32.700 out of 61.200 are currently not available (last update: March 24, 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/ 

Event updates

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.

Source: FAQs from the Ministry of Health (English version): https://www.sozialministerium.at/en/Coronavirus/FAQ-Coronavirus.html

World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public   

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