Up-to-date Information on the Coronavirus Situation
The government are closely monitoring the Coronavirus situation in Austria and (re-)introducing measures where needed. Please always check both Austrian and your home country's regulations before travelling.
Last update: 14 November
Due to rising Coronavirus cases (find current numbers here), the Austrian government have decided to implement a second lockdown from 3 November until 6 December. Measures include:
- Hotels are closed to leisure travellers/tourists; only business travellers are allowed to stay in hotels. 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 can only offer takeout/delivery services, dining in is not permitted.
- Events such as concerts, plays, exhibitions etc. are cancelled.
- Museums, theatres, cinemas, gyms, pools, zoos, amusement parks, and other culture and leisure facilities must close.
- All ski resorts are closed to the general public during lockdown. Ski area openings scheduled for November have been postponed to December. Professional ski teams will still be able to train.
- Cable cars are closed.
- Christmas markets cannot take place until 6 December.
- Only essential shops can remain open. All others must close.
- You are only allowed to leave the house for specific reasons, such as buying groceries.
- All shops must close at 7 p.m. at the latest.
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
14 November: Lockdown will be extended until at least 6 December. From 17 November, non-essential shops must close and you are only allowed to leave the house for essential errands.
12 November: Shops have to close at 7 p.m. at the latest. The nightly curfew has been extended until at least 22 November.
31 October: From Tuesday, 3 November, a second lockdown will take effect throughout Austria. Leisure travel will not be allowed, restaurants can only offer takeout, and events will be cancelled until 30 November.
30 October: Travellers arriving in Austria from the following locations now need to present a negative COVID-19 test: the Czech Republic, Brussels and Wallonia in Belgium, the North East, the East Midlands and Yorkshire and The Humber in the UK. Please find the updated entry regulations here.
22 October: Certain regions in Bulgaria and Croatia are now deemed safe again. Please find current entry regulations here.
19 October: From Friday, 23 October, indoor gatherings (e.g. in restaurants) will be limited to 6 people, outdoor gatherings to 12. Larger events will only be permitted with assigned seats (limited to 1,000 people indoors, 1,500 outdoors).
Guests now have to provide contact details to restaurants in the provinces of Vienna, Salzburg, Tirol, Upper Austria, and parts of Lower Austria.
8 October: Residents of the following countries can now enter Austria again without the need for a negative COVID-19 test or self-quarantine: Australia, Japan, Canada, South Korea, New Zealand, Uruguay.
28 September: Travellers from Sweden no longer need a negative COVID-19 test to enter Austria. Travellers from Portugal now only need a negative test when arriving from Lisbon or the Norte region. Travellers arriving from the following countries/cities/regions now need a negative test: Prague, Ile de France (including Paris) and Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur, Andorra, Argentina, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Israel, Kuwait, Maldives.
Protective measures: In Vienna, you will have to provide your contact details when visiting a restaurant as of today. In Lower Austria, local protective measures will be in effect from 5 October (please check locally).
23 September: From Friday, 25 September, bars and restaurants in the provinces of Vorarlberg, Tirol, and Salzburg have to close at 10 p.m.
- European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
- World Health Organization Europe
- USA: Department of Health and Human Services
- Travel Advice on GOV.UK
- Australian Department of Health
- Coronavirus Information of the Ministry of Health
- Official information on current entry requirements
- Medical certificate template download