5 Things to Know Before Travelling to Austria

    From current entry regulations to protective measures, here are five important things you should know before travelling to Austria.

    Austria is looking forward to your visit! We are working hard to ensure you have a relaxing and carefree stay without major restrictions. Here are the most important things you need to know about your holiday in Austria.

    1. Targeted COVID-19 Protective Measures

    In Austria, a variety of protective measures are still in place to avoid a second lockdown.

    Measures such as face mask requirements are being (re-)introduced as needed, some of them locally. Currently, face masks are required in all public indoor areas, such as in shops, museums and the service sector (at the hairdresser's). Masks are also required on public transport, in cable cars, and in restaurants whenever you're away from your table.

    Find all information on current regulations here.

    Current protective measures
    MAK (Museum of Applied Arts), view from Stubenring

    2. Entry Into Austria

    Austria’s borders are open and we are pleased to welcome guests from countries with a stable COVID-19 situation.

    At present, guests from most European and a handful of non-European countries can enter Austria without restrictions. Travellers arriving from high-risk areas need to show a negative COVID-19 test.

    Please make sure to always check relevant regulations in other countries in addition to Austrian rules, e.g. regulations on returning to your home country from Austria.

    Find detailed information on entry into and travel through Austria here.

    Current entry regulations
    Hiking in Austria

    3. Nationwide Testing for Tourism Employees

    In July, nationwide testing was introduced within the tourism industry. Those working at accommodation establishments can be tested on a voluntary basis, with the costs covered by the Austrian government. This large-scale testing means that possible cases can be found early and necessary measures put in place.

    Current measures in hotels and restaurants
    Hochkönigin Hotel

    4. Attractions and Recreational Facilities Are Open

    Austria has been able to open its touristic infrastructure after lockdown. Restaurants, hotels, cultural institutions, attractions, and recreational facilities await you in Austria! There are some COVID-19 measures in place, such as social distancing rules and capacity restrictions at outdoor pools, face covering requirements in museums etc. Austria’s cable cars are also taking you to the mountain top with protective measures in place.

    Please take a look at individual rules and opening hours before you visit.


    5. It’s in Your Hands With Our App

    Austria is one of the first European countries to have developed its own app that helps identify chains of infection and break them. The "Stopp Corona" app has been downloaded more than 800,000 times since March 2020. The app adheres to the "Privacy-Preserving Contact Tracing" guidelines, meaning that chains of infection can be broken whilst maintaining privacy.

    You can download the app from the App Store or Play Store regardless of whether you live in Austria or not. Find more information on the "Stopp Corona" app here.

    Using the Stopp Corona App

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