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+++UPDATE: In addition to Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Slovenia have also declared Vienna a risk area due to the sharp increase in new infections.

Due to a rapid increase in cases, Austria released travel warnings for Andorra, Argentina, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Kuwait, Israel, the Maldives, Paris, Prague, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur und Île-de-France (including Paris) in France. These entered into force on September 28, 2020.  In addition, the entry ban for 6 third countries was lifted. These states are: Australia, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Uruguay.

  • Covid-19 tests or quarantine are no longer necessary for a total of 37 countries/regions when entering Austria: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France (except the Île-de-France and Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur regions), Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal (except Lisbon and Norte regions), Republic of Korea, San Marino, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (Canary Islands only), Czech Republic except Prague region, Hungary, Uruguay, Vatican City, United Kingdom, Cyprus.
  • When entering the country from these risk countries or areas, Austrian, EU and EEA citizens, Swiss as well as citizens of the United Kingdom must carry a health certificate (with a negative PCR test - not older than 72 hours) or must undergo a PCR test within 48 hours of entry: Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Egypt, Ecuador, France - only the Île-de-France and Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur regions, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Kosovo, Kuwait, Maldives, Mexico, Moldova Montenegro, Nigeria, Northern Macedonia, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Portugal - only the Lisbon and Northern regions, Romania, Russian Federation, Senegal, Serbia, Spain (except the Canary Islands), South Africa, Czech Republic - only the Prague region, Turkey, Ukraine, United States (USA), Hubei Province (China).

Non-EU, EEA or Swiss nationals from third countries are still subject to an entry ban, unless they come from the Schengen area and can present a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours. After entry, these persons must also undergo a ten-day quarantine.

Exceptions: Persons who are nationals of the following third countries may enter without a Covid-19 test and without quarantine: Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Uruguay.

Further information can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (English)

Measures in public

Measures to ease restrictions in Austria started on 1 May when the Covid-19 Lockerungsverordnung ordinance entered into force. Lockdown has now been lifted. With the ordinance, rules of conduct, such as the 1-metre distance rule, came into force.

Since September 14, 2020, the obligation to wear masks in closed rooms has applied to the following areas, among others: in all business premises for customers and staff in the customer area (e.g. supermarkets, banks, hairdressers, etc.), in accommodation establishments (hotels) for guests and staff in contact with customers in generally accessible areas, in catering for staff in contact with customers, in museums, exhibitions, libraries, archives and other leisure facilities for guests and staff in contact with customers, at events in closed rooms (except at the allocated seat), in taxis and public transport.

Further information can be found on the website of the Ministry of Health

From September 21, 2020, it is mandatory to wear a mask at religious events, at trade fairs and markets (also outdoors), in restaurants and also in hotels in generally accessible areas (indoors).

Accommodations

From May 29, 2020 the city’s accommodations are open for tourism once again. The following rules for accommodations were published:

  • In principle, guests must maintain a minimum distance of one meter from other people at all times unless they are part of a group of guests, live in the same household or the space is arranged in such a way that the risk of infection is minimized through protective measures such as physical space separators.
  • A group of guests refers to visitors who are staying in a shared unit of accommodation.
  • Wellness and spa facilities can be used, provided that operators have aligned bathing regulations and hygiene measures to the recommendations issued by the Ministry for Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection. Further information on guidelines and recommendations for accommodation providers can be found online at: sichere-gastfreundschaft.at/beherbergung/
  • A mask is to be worn in accommodation establishments (hotels) for guests and staff during customer contact in generally accessible areas in closed rooms.

From the beginning of July 2020, voluntary testing for SARS-CoV-2 will be available to employees in commercial accommodation establishments on a regular basis. Further information on this can be found at: www.sichere-gastfreundschaft.at/

Leisure sector and sights

The measures introduced by the federal government to halt the spread of Covid-19 are gradually being relaxed. Since May 29, 2020, the wide range of leisure activities is available again. Sports facilities, zoos and animal parks, museums, archives, libraries, swimming pools and places of interest were allowed to open again. The following general rules are in place for leisure facilities:
  • A distance of at least one meter must be kept between people who do not live in the same household.
  • Since September 14, 2020, the wearing of a mask in museums, exhibitions, libraries, archives and other recreational facilities for guests and staff with customer contact in closed rooms as well as in sports facilities for guests and staff with customer contact in closed rooms.
  • You can find an overview of which museums and sights have reopened here.
  • Our Tourist Infos in the city centre (Albertinaplatz), at the Vienna Main Station and at the Airport Vienna are open. The high standards and criteria of the world's first global safety and hygiene stamp "Safe Travels" created by the World Travel & Tourism Council were implemented at the Tourist Infos. Details about the opening hours

Events

On May 27 the Minister of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection announced an amendment to the ordinance on easing Covid-19 restrictions which affects the meetings and events sector. These were updated in September in response to increasing case numbers.
  • Since September 21, 2020, events are permitted for up to 10 participants in enclosed spaces and up to 100 participants in outdoor spaces.
  • In addition: since September 14, 2020, meetings with assigned and labelled seating are permitted for up to 1,500 participants in closed spaces and up to 3,000 participants in outdoor spaces.
  • Events with more than 250 participants require a permit from the district authority locally responsible for the venue.
Further details are published online at sichere-gastfreundschaft.at

Trade- & public fairs

  • Trade and public fairs are again possible with the approval of the district administrative authority responsible for the venue.
  • Prerequisite for the approval is the appointment of a COVID-19 representative and a COVID-19 prevention concept of the organizer (in addition, among other things, the control of the flow of visitors, hygiene measures and regulations in case of an infection count).

Additional information regarding guidelines for events are covered by the Ordinance of the Federal Ministry for Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection in which the Covid-19 Lockerungsverordnung is amended (second amendment regarding easing of Covid-19 restrictions)

Bars and restaurants

Bars and restaurants have been permitted to open between 5am and 1am, provided they comply with the following rules:

  • Consumption is only allowed at the seat (consumption at the bar is prohibited).
  • Since September 21, 2020: In restaurants, a maximum of 10 people can sit on one table. Masks have to be worn everywhere when not sitting.
  • Waiters must carry a mouth nose protection.
  • Places where food and drinks are served (i.e. bistro tables or dining tables) must be arranged in such a way that a distance of one meter can be maintained between different visitor groups.
  • Other safety measures such as plexiglass screens or other space dividers are also possible.
  • Since September 28, 2020 there is a registration obligation for guests in restaurants in Vienna.

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From the FAQs published by the Ministry of Health

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.

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

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/ 
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