What Happens If I Get Sick on Holiday?

    Whilst preparing for your holiday you might wonder: “What happens if I fall ill with coronavirus whilst away?” Here is all the information you need.

    Austria’s hosts are doing everything they can to ensure you have a carefree stay, but there are of course no 100% guarantees in these unprecedented times. What happens if you think you might have contracted coronavirus? We answer the most important questions.

    • What happens if I experience coronavirus symptoms whilst on holiday in Austria?

      If you start to feel unwell whilst on holiday in Austria and experience typical coronavirus symptoms such as a dry cough, unusual fatigue, or a high temperature, call the health advice hotline 1450. They will tell you what to do next and advise how you can best protect yourself and others. Please reduce your contact with others, avoid crowds of people and public transport and self-isolate if possible.

    • I feel ill. Should I get tested?

      If you experience typical coronavirus symptoms such as a dry cough, breathlessness, or loss of sense of smell/taste, please contact the health advice hotline 1450, whose experts will be able to evaluate your symptoms and advise on next steps. In some provinces, there are special testing options for people with symptoms.

    • Who will pay for the test?

      Your contact at the health advice hotline 1450 will evaluate whether there is a reasonable suspicion of infection. If they order a test, you will not have to pay for it yourself. This applies to both tourists and Austrian residents.

      Read more about the health advice hotline 1450
    • My rapid test is positive. Do I have to quarantine?

      If your rapid test (antigen test) is positive, you need to take a PCR test and self-isolate until you receive your PCR test result. If the PCR test is negative, you can end your quarantine. If your PCR test is positive, you are required to continue to quarantine. Your contact at the health advice hotline 1450 will have details for you.

    • What rules do I need to follow during quarantine?

      During quarantine, you are not allowed to leave your accommodation or receive private visitors. If you live with others, keep your distance (stay in separate rooms if possible). You might be subject to a check by officials during quarantine.

    • Am I allowed to return home?

      Public health officers can decide whether individuals are allowed to travel home, e.g. by private car. Train or plane journeys are not permitted with suspected or confirmed symptoms.

    • How much will it cost if I fall ill on holiday?

      It is not possible to estimate costs and cover for any treatments that may be required as these depend on individual circumstances. Please contact your health or travel insurance.

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