Latest information on Coronavirus
The Austrian Federal Government has imposed restrictions on freedom of movement: Please stay in your accommodation and only leave it if absolutely necessary (e.g. food shopping or a necessary walk to the pharmacy).
Important information at a glance
- As at: April 1, 2020
- Health hotline (in case of suspected infection only!): 1450 (24 hours)
- Coronavirus information hotline: 0800 555 621 (24 hours)
- The Ministry of Health of the Republic of Austria is monitoring current developments very closely and is in constant communication with the relevant national and international authorities so that it can take quick and consistent action as required. The main objective across Europe is to contain Coronavirus.
Restrictions on public life in Vienna
- The Austrian Federal Government has imposed restrictions on freedom of movement: Please stay in your accommodation if possible and only leave it if absolutely necessary (e.g. food shopping or a necessary walk to the pharmacy).
- On March 30, 2020, the Austrian government announced in a press conference that hotels will soon be closed. Further details are yet unknown but will provided as soon as possible.
- Our Tourist Information centres in the city centre (Albertinaplatz), at the main railway station and at Vienna Airport Schwechat will remain closed until further notice.
- With the exception of grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, drugstores, post offices and other shops responsible for basic services, all shops will remain closed until further notice. In supermarkets, masks are compulsory. These are issued at the entrance.
- All restaurants, bars, cafés etc. are closed until further notice.
- Religious events and services are suspended until further notice.
- Sights such as Schönbrunn Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral, museums, theatres, opera houses and many more are currently closed and cannot be visited.
- Parks will remain open until further notice. Please keep the prescribed distance of at least one meter! All playgrounds in Vienna are closed.
- The Federal Gardens (Schönbrunn Palace Park, the Augarten, the Burggarten, the Volksgarten and the Belvedere Garden) are closed and cannot be visited.
- Public transport in Vienna is NOT restricted.
- The City Airport Train to and from the airport will cease operation on March 19, 2020. The airport buses have adjusted their timetables.
- Austrian Airlines is temporarily suspending regular flight operations. The Laudamotion aircrafts will also remain on the ground. Wizz Air is not operating flights to and from Vienna for the time being.
- Some countries are currently warning against travelling to Austria. Please check with the relevant authorities in your country.
- Current information can also be found on the website of the Ministry of European and International Affairs.
- Entry stop to Austria for persons from Italy, Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein (exception: with medical certificate). Passenger traffic by train and airplane is suspended.
- Entry stop to Austria for persons from Great Britain, the Netherlands, Ukraine and Russia.
- From March 16, 2020 flight and train connections from Spain and France to Austria will also be discontinued.
- The borders with Germany, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia are closed.
- The Austrian embassies and consulates have suspended visa operations.
- Increased attention is required at Vienna International Airport in Schwechat. Until further notice, direct flights from Northern Italy (Venice, Milan and Bologna), China, Iran and South Korea to Vienna have been suspended. Passengers from third countries from a crisis region - i.e. parts of China, South Korea and Iran - require a doctor's certificate as entry requirement. Additional informational material (posters, flyers), which provides information about Coronavirus and how to behave accordingly, is available for travelers in several languages.
- Airlines must report any passengers traveling from areas affected by Coronavirus without delay. This applies to those passengers who have visited an area subject to travel advice issued by the Austrian Foreign Ministry relating to Coronavirus within the last 14 days before commencing their journey and who landed at an airport in Austria. If infection is confirmed, the airlines must "immediately hand over the entire passenger list", in accordance with the Regulation on Airline Passenger Data Disclosure.
- Vienna International Airport will switch to emergency operation on March 18, 2020. Scheduled flights will be largely halted due to flight cancellations. Operations at Vienna International Airport will be maintained to the necessary extent: in order to concentrate on the return of Austrian citizens and to maintain the supply of cargo flights, the General Aviation Center will also remain in operation. This should above all continue to allow the delivery of important goods, such as medicine or urgently needed goods.
- From March 23, 2020, the ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways) will reduce passenger traffic. All passengers are asked to inform themselves again about the current connections in their region immediately before departure.
- The EU has closed its external borders for 30 days. This also affects countries without direct EU external borders such as Austria, where flights from third countries arrive. Entry into Austria from outside the Schengen area by air is therefore generally prohibited. The entry ban applies to all "unnecessary travel".
- Cancellation of holidays: Please contact your tour operator or insurance company direct.
Suspicion of infection
- If you suspect that you are infected, please stay in your room and avoid gatherings of people and public transport.
- Call the health hotline on 1450: You will be looked after by medical staff over the phone and given further information.
- Information of the City of Vienna (in English)
- Brief overview of the Austrian radio station FM4 in English
- Information of the Ministry of Health (in German only)
- Information of AGES - Austrian Health and Food Safety Agency (in German only)
- Information of the WHO in English (World Health Organization)
- Austrian Airlines