Up-to-date information on the Coronavirus situation
Current situation in Austria
Like many other countries, Austria is reporting cases of infection with the Coronavirus. The Austrian Federal Government has reacted promptly and implemented extensive measures to contain the spread of the virus. In addition to flight bans, border controls and border closings, extensive restrictions in public life have been implemented troughout the whole of Austria. Schools and universities are closed or offer e-learning courses. Shops remain closed (with exceptions such as food retailers). Also, restaurants are closed. All events are prohibited, No more than five people should gather in one place at the same time. The population is urged to stay in and leave their homes only if necessary.
All these measures will entail a substantial change in everyday life. However, the containment of the Coronavirus and the health of the general public and our guests has to be our highest priority.
Direct flights between Austria and the following countries are suspended: Iran, South Korea, China, Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Russia and Ukraine. Innsbruck Airport is closed for regular air traffic. Austrian Airlines has suspended regular air traffic completely. Please refer to your airline to obtain information on the status of your planned flight.
Up-to-date information on air traffic:
Passenger train services between Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Slovakia, Switzerland and the Czech Republic are suspended. Railway connections between Austria and Germany are reduced and completely suspended between Tyrol and Germany. Train service within Austria is increasingly thinned out.
Currently, Austria is carrying out border controls on the borders to Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Liechtenstein, Hungary and Slovenia. Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary control their borders and have issued their own entry restrictions. Please refer to the respective authorities for further information.
Entry into Austria
People travelling from Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, Hungary and Slovenia to Austria are obligated to produce a medical certificate proving a negative COVID19 test result upon entry. Without the certificate, entry will be denied. Transiting the Austrian territory without stopover is permitted.
Third country nationals, who have visited a COVID19 high risk area within 14 days before travelling, are also obligated to carry a medical certificate proving a negative COVID19 test result. The certificate cannot be older than 4 days when entering Austria.
Issue of visas
The Austrian embassies and consulates around the globe are currently not issuing any visas.
Closure of skiing areas
All Austrian skiing areas are closed.
Accommodation facilities are closed for tourism. Exceptions are made for lodging establishments that cater to key employees such as people working in the food trade industry or aid organization staff.
All 279 municipalities in Tyrol are quarantined. In Salzburg this goes for all the municipalities in the Gastein valley, the Großarl valley and the municipalities Flachau, Altenmarkt, Zell am See and Saalbach. In Vorarlberg, the municipalities Lech, Zürs, Stuben, Warth and Schröcken in the Arlberg area and the districts Nenzing-Dorf and Beschling in the market town Nenzing are also quarantined. Meanwhile the quarantine of Heiligenblut in Carinthia has been lifted.
Restrictions for gastronomy and trade
Shops that don’t supply essential services remain closed.
Food retailers, pharmacies, drugstores, post offices and banks will remain open.
Gastronomical establishments are closed or offer delivery service.
Sports grounds, playgrounds and other public meeting places are closed. All events are prohibited. No more than five people should gather in one place at the same time.The Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Regions and Tourism provides up to date information on these regulations on their website.
The Federal Government prohibits gatherings of more than 5 people. Hence, recreational facilities and attractions such as museums, castles, theatres, operas and others are currently closed.
The websites of the respective establishments provide up-to-date information regarding the current status.
Local public transport
Currently, there are no restrictions in place regarding public transport (metro, bus and tram services) in Austria.
Cancellation of trips
For question regarding cancellation terms, please refer directly to your accommodation or your tour operator.
If you are showing symptoms or suspect to be infected with COVID-19, absolutely avoid gatherings of people and public transport. Please quarantine yourself and call the public health hotline 1450 for further instructions.