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: 15 July
Austria is currently in a phase of gradual, secure, and monitored re-opening. This process is being closely monitored and containment measures are being (re-)introduced as and where needed.
The borders to many European countries are now open again (see below for details). For all other countries, 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
15 July: Direct flights from the following countries are not allowed to land in Austria: Egypt, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Iran, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Serbia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, China, Belarus.
15 July: Travellers from the Gütersloh district in Germany can once again freely travel to Austria, without the need for a negative COVID-19 test.
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.
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.
At the moment, travellers from the following countries do not need to show a negative COVID-19 test or commit to quarantine: Belgium, Germany, 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 by air is prohibited to third-country nationals from states outside the Schengen area. Exceptions apply. 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.
Issue of Visas
The Austrian embassies and consulates around the globe are currently not issuing any visas.
1. Distancing in public
2. Saying hello
3. Masks protect you
4. Hygiene measures
5. Bless you!
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.
If possible, reserve a table before visiting a restaurant.
At the restaurant
1 m (4 feet) of distance to people who do not live in the same household as you.
The same rules as in restaurants apply. Please maintain minimum distance. Curfew: 1 a.m.
Dining in hotels
Hotels have been able to reopen their restaurant areas to guests since 15 May.
At the ice cream parlour
Anyone who joins the queue must be at least one metre (4 feet) away from others.
Are buffets allowed?
Self-service is generally allowed if hygienic guidelines are followed.
If possible, pay the bill by card.
Better safe than sorry
Stay at home if you're exhibiting any symptoms.
Museums, sights, swimming pools, zoos, and other leisure facilities are generally open as usual.
Please check opening hours before visiting.
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.