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Measures in public

Due to rising COVID-19 cases, the Austrian government have decided to implement a second lockdown from 3 November until 6 December.

Measures include:

  • A 24-hour curfew/stay-at-home order is in place, with exceptions only for grocery shopping, exercise, caring for another person, or commuting to essential workplaces.
  • Leisure travel is not allowed; hotels can only host business travellers. Visitors who are already staying at a hotel when the measures take effect are allowed to remain there until their scheduled departure.
  • Restaurants and bars are closed and can only offer takeaway/delivery services, dining in is not permitted.
  • Public events are not permitted (exceptions include, among others, sporting events in top-class sport without audience, demonstrations, professional meetings and funerals with a max. of 50 persons)
  • Museums, theatres, cinemas, zoos and most other culture/leisure facilities are closed.
  • Christmas markets cannot take place until 6 December.
  • From 17 November, only essential shops can remain open. All others must close.
  • All shops must close at 7 pm at the latest.

The following general rules are in place:

  • public places outdoors: a distance of 1 metre must be kept between people who do not live in the same household.
  • public places in enclosed spaces: a distance of 1 metre must be kept between people who do not live in the same household and nose-mouth protection must be worn.

Further information can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health (German)

+++ Travel warnings and entry requirements

 Further information about entry requirements can be found on our B2B-website , the website of the Austrian National Tourist Office and the Federal Ministry of Health.

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.
Further information can also be found on the Austrian National Tourist Office website

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   

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