Latest information on the coronavirus
Measures in public
At the moment, a lockdown (April 1 - 18, 2021) is in effect in Vienna.
Current measures include:
- A 24-hour curfew. You are required to stay at home and only leave the house for essential reasons.
- Non-essential shops and close contact services (e.g. hairdressers and cosmetic services) are closed, supermarkets and pharmacies are open.
- Restaurants and bars are closed and can only offer takeaway/delivery services, dining in is not permitted.
- Events (e.g. concerts, plays, exhibitions) are not permitted.
- Cultural institutions (e.g. theatres, cinemas, opera houses, museums, zoos, libraries) are closed.
- Hotels (for leisure guests) are closed.
The following general rules are in place:
- Wearing a FFP2 mask in means of transportation and its facilities, in all indoor spaces and a distance of 2 meters are mandatory.
- The FFP2 mask is also mandatory at highly frequented outdoor locations such as the Danube Canal, Stephansplatz, Schwedenplatz, Karlsplatz, Maria-Theresien-Platz and in the entire MuseumsQuartier area.
Further information can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health(German)
+++ Travel warnings and entry requirements
The current COVID-19 entry regulation is in effect until May 31, 2021.
From January 15, 2021 all travellers to Austria have to register online prior to their entry. The corresponding form (German/English) is available on oesterreich.gv.at.
Since February 10, 2021 in addition to the registration and quarantine requirements, travellers must also present a negative SARS-CoV-2 test result.
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
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 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:
- Overview from the Austrian Ministry of Health: https://www.sozialministerium.at/en.html
• FAQs from the Ministry of Health (English version): https://www.sozialministerium.at/en/Coronavirus/FAQ-Coronavirus.htmlAdditional FAQs can be found on the City of Vienna website: https://www.wien.gv.at/english/health-socialservices/coronavirus.html
Other links and hotlines
- Up-to-date information on the coronavirus situation from the Austrian National Tourist Office: www.austria.info/en/service-and-facts/coronavirus-information
- Information on the current situation in Vienna for tourists on our B2C website: https://www.wien.info/en/travel-info/coronavirus-information
- The latest travel information and warnings from the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs: https://www.bmeia.gv.at/en/
- 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/