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    Up-to-date Information on the Coronavirus Situation

    Austria is currently in a phase of closely monitored re-opening. Please always check both Austrian and your home country's regulations before travelling.

    Last update: 9 July

    Current Situation in Austria

    The measures implemented by the Austrian government and the discipline of the Austrian people have taken effect. The strict measures for the containment of the coronavirus are being rolled back in a step-by-step process that is being closely monitored and will be adapted to any new developments.

    Austria is currently in a phase of gradual, secure, and monitored re-opening. Restaurants and museums have opened on 15 May, accommodation facilities and recreational operations on 29 May.

    The borders to many European countries are now open again (see below for details). For all other countries however, cross-border travel is still strongly discouraged or impossible. Please check both Austrian and local regulations before booking a trip.

    Find below the available information on current and planned measures. Additional details are currently being drawn up by the Austrian government – these details depend on further developments. The safety of our guests, our hosts, and of the Austrian citizens remains the primary objective throughout this whole process.

    Please note: The following information has been researched with the utmost care. However, we can provide no guarantee of accuracy.

    Latest News at a Glance

    8 July: Travellers from Bulgaria and Romania need a medical certificate (negative COVID-19 test) or must commit to self-quarantine when entering Austria.

    8 July: Carinthia is reintroducing a mask requirement for selected towns/regions from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

    8 July: Due to a rise in new cases, a regional requirement to wear masks more widely has been reintroduced in Upper Austria. In Upper Austria, you will need to wear a mask: when entering a restaurant (you can take it off while seated at the table); throughout your hotel; in all shops and supermarkets; in municipal buildings; on public transport; in businesses providing a service; and wherever you cannot maintain the minimum distance (1 m / 4 ft) to others.

    29 June: Due to a high number of cases, travellers from the Gütersloh district in Germany will need a negative COVID-19 test (administered in the last 48 hrs) to travel to Austria.

    Current Entry Requirements to Austria

    Open Borders

    At the moment, travellers from the following countries do not need to show a negative COVID-19 test or commit to quarantine: Belgium, Germany (exception: travellers from Gütersloh district need a negative COVID-19 test administered in the last 48 hrs), Denmark (including the Faroe Islands), Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia, Ireland, Cyprus, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City, Spain.

    The regulation applies only to people who are residents in the listed countries or Austrian citizens. It is also a prerequisite that you have not been in any country other than Austria or those European countries in the past 14 days.

    You do not need to show a test if you are only transiting through Austria without a stopover.

    Only Essential Travel with COVID-19 Test or Self-Quarantine

    From the UK, Sweden, Portugal, Bulgaria, and Romania only essential travel in conjunction with a negative COVID-19 test or self-quarantine is permitted.

    Entry Prohibited

    Entry by air is prohibited to third-country nationals from states outside the Schengen area. Third-country nationals travelling from inside the Schengen area by air have to carry a medical certificate proving a negative COVID-19 test result or are obligated to commit to a 14-day quarantine.

    Please keep in mind that that you also need to check other countries' rules and regulations when travelling across borders.

    Entry Requirements for UK Citizens

    Non-essential travel between the UK and Austria is currently strongly discouraged by both the Austrian and the UK government. Whilst we very much look forward to a time when we'll be able to welcome you back as usual, there is currently no specific date set by the Austrian government when this will be the case.

    If you have to travel (for instance, for medical reasons or for work), you can enter Austria as a UK citizen if:

    • You can produce a health certificate in German or English, which is not older than four days and which confirms that the molecular biological test for SARS-CoV-2 is negative, OR
    • You agree to a self-monitored 14-day quarantine immediately upon arrival.

    Returning home: From 10 July, you will no longer need to quarantine if you travel to the UK from Austria or any of the other countries listed here. When you return to the UK from any other country, you will still need to self-quarantine for 14 days. Learn more

    Austrian Embassy - All Entry Requirements

    UK Government Advice on Travelling

    Cloud in the shape of Austria

    Entry Requirements for US Citizens

    In response to the public health threat associated with the spread of coronavirus, Austria has been suspending the entry of third-country nationals (non-EU/EEA/CH citizens) to Austria by air from outside the Schengen area since 11 March 2020. Exceptions apply.

    Exempt third-country nationals as well as those arriving by air from within the Schengen area will only be allowed to enter Austria upon presentation of a medical certificate confirming a negative molecular-biological SARS-CoV-2 test or committing to a 14-day self-quarantine.

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    Schönbrunn Palace

    Entry Requirements for Australian Citizens

    Entry by air is prohibited to third-country nationals from states outside the Schengen area. Third-country nationals travelling from inside the Schengen area by air have to carry a medical certificate proving a negative COVID-19 test result or are obligated to commit to a 14-day quarantine.

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    Forest

    Entry Requirements for Indian Citizens

    In response to the public health threat associated with the spread of coronavirus, Austria has suspended the entry of third-country nationals (non-EU/EEA/CH citizens) entering Austria by air from outside the Schengen area. Therefore, it is not possible to apply for a Schengen Visa. 

    For more information visit the website of the Austrian Embassy in New Delhi.

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    Sunflowers in nature park

    Entry Requirements - Scandinavia & Benelux

    Austrian borders are now open again to all EU countries except for the UK, Sweden, and Portugal. Austria is in talks with additional countries concerning a reopening of borders, but there is no specific date set as of yet.

    In addition, the following local rules are in effect:

    • The Swedish government will lift travel warnings for the following countries per 30 June: Greece, Croatia, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, France, Iceland, Belgium, Switzerland, and Luxembourg. The travel warning for other countries, including Austria, is in effect until 15 July. A travel warning for non-EU countries is in effect until 31 August. Read more on our Swedish site
    • The Danish government allow travel to Austria as of 27 June. Read more on our Danish site
    • The Dutch and the Belgian governments permit international travel (EU) as of 15 June. Read more on our Dutch site
    Adults only waldSPA

    Entry Requirements for Russian Citizens

    Entry by air is prohibited to third-country nationals from states outside the Schengen area. Third-country nationals travelling from inside the Schengen area by air have to carry a medical certificate proving a negative COVID-19 test result or are obligated to commit to a 14-day quarantine.

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    Mit Sunweb nach Österreich

    Issue of Visas

    The Austrian embassies and consulates around the globe are currently not issuing any visas.

    Arrival by Plane and Train

    Flight Connections

    Austria's airports are operating with a limited flight plan. Austrian Airlines have resumed flight operations for selected destinations.

    Please contact your airline directly to find out whether your planned flight is actually departing.

    Important Information for Air Travellers:

    Vienna Airport now offers molecular-biological COVID-19 tests (PCR test) directly on-site at the airport. The test findings are available within a period of about three hours. Please note that it is necessary to arrange an appointment and that this service entails costs. All details are available here.

    Train Connections

    Cross-border train traffic has resumed. Please check the Austrian Railways website for the latest information.

    Vienna airport

    Current Safety Measures

    The safety of our guests, hosts, and the Austrian population is our top priority. If everyone follows a few rules of conduct, we can all stay safe. Find below an overview of current safety measures.

    There is currently no general requirement to wear masks when entering restaurants or shopping in supermarkets.

    Update 8 July: A regional requirement to wear masks has been reintroduced in Upper Austria only. In Upper Austria, you will need to wear a mask: when entering a restaurant (you can take it off while seated at the table); throughout your hotel; in all shops and supermarkets; in municipal buildings; on public transport; in businesses providing a service; and wherever you cannot maintain the minimum distance (1 m / 4 ft) to others.

    When riding in taxis, on public transport, and wherever a minimum distance of 1 metre/4 feet is not possible to maintain, you are still required to wear a mask throughout all of Austria.

    • Stopp Corona App

      "Stop Corona" App

      Austria’s official contact tracing app automatically records any and all contacts while adhering to strict data protection guidelines. As soon as a user reports an infection, all contacts are automatically notified. Powered by the latest COVID-19 contact tracing technology for iOS and Android, the app is available in German and English.

    Accommodation

    Hotels and other accommodation facilities are generally open again. Please contact your accommodation to find out whether it is open.

    Facilities such as holiday apartments and chalets can also be rented by people who are not living in the same household.

    Austria will be one of the first countries to implement nationwide COVID-19 testing for travel and tourism industry employees, with the goal of regular tests for 65,000 sector employees by July 2020. The first phase of testing began in designated trial regions on 29 May. Tests will be available for travel service providers across all Austrian provinces from July 2020 onwards.

    Restaurants

    Restaurants, inns, pubs, and ice cream parlours have reopened on 15 May.

    • Restaurant

      Reservations Reservations

      If possible, reserve a table before visiting a restaurant.

    • Romantic dinner at the Weyerhof

      At the restaurant At the restaurant

      1 m (4 feet) of distance to people who do not live in the same household as you.

    • 26°EAST bar at Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna

      Nightlife Nightlife

      The same rules as in restaurants apply. Please maintain minimum distance. Curfew: 1 a.m.

    • Dinner at Hotel Goldried

      Dining in hotels Dining in hotels

      Hotels have been able to reopen their restaurant areas to guests since 15 May.

    • Ice cream from the famous "Eis Greissler"

      At the ice cream parlour At the ice cream parlour

      Anyone who joins the queue must be at least one metre (4 feet) away from others.

    • Breakfast buffet at Hotel Wiesler

      Are buffets allowed? Are buffets allowed?

      Self-service is generally allowed if hygienic guidelines are followed.

    • Kontaktlos bezahlen

      Go contactless Go contactless

      If possible, pay the bill by card.

    • View from "Hideaway" apartment to Lake Altausseer See

      Better safe than sorry

      Stay at home if you're exhibiting any symptoms.

    Events

    Indoor and Outdoor Events

    The opening takes place in stages:

    • Since 1 July, events for up to 250 people (indoors) and 500 people (outdoors) respectively are permitted.
    • From 1 August, indoor events for up to 500 people and outdoor events for up to 750 people will be permitted.

    Under specific circumstances and subject to an official permit, larger events may be permitted. Please contact your event organiser to find out if an event is taking place.

    Salzburger Festspiele are one of Austrias most renowned festivals with the Highlight Hugo von Hofmannsthal's "Jedermann"

    Leisure Activities and Sights

    Museums, sights, swimming pools, zoos, and other leisure facilities are generally open as usual.

    Please check opening hours before visiting.

    More Information

    If COVID-19 Infection is Suspected

    If you notice symptoms during your stay in Austria or suspect that you have become infected, please avoid crowds of people and public transport. Put yourself in quarantine and call the health hotline at 1450 for further instructions.

    Cancellation of Trips

    For questions regarding cancellation terms, please refer directly to your accommodation or your tour operator.