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The mask obligation currently applies in some Viennese museums, in supermarkets, post and bank branches, petrol stations, bakeries, public transport, visits to nursing homes, hospitals and health resorts, doctor's surgeries, pharmacies and at events in closed rooms (except at the seat).
Entry into Austria from all countries for which there are entry restrictions is now only permitted with a negative PCR test (corona test). The test may be taken no more than 72 hours before entry.
Important information at a glance
- As at: August 6, 2020
- Health hotline (in case of suspected infection only!): 1450 (24 hours)
- Coronavirus information hotline: 0800 555 621 (24 hours)
Public life in Vienna
- The mask obligation currently applies in supermarkets, post and bank branches, petrol stations, bakeries, public transport, visits to nursing homes, hospitals and health resorts, doctor's surgeries, pharmacies and at events in closed rooms (except at the seat). It was also re-introduced in the following museums: Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Natural History Museum, Albertina, Belvedere, MAK - Museum of Applied Arts and Wien Museum (all locations)
- The 1 metre minimum distance rule to persons with whom one does not live in a common household still applies.
- Hotels are open. This means that guests can once again spend the night in one of Vienna's many hotels. A mouth and nose protector is not necessary.
- Our Tourist Infos in the city centre (Albertinaplatz), at the Vienna Main Station and at the Airport Vienna are open. The high standards and criteria of the world's first global safety and hygiene stamp "Safe Travels" created by the World Travel & Tourism Council were implemented at the Tourist Infos. Details about the opening hours
- Public transport in Vienna is NOT restricted. Masks are compulsory in all public transport, including taxis and transport service providers.
- Restaurants, bars and coffee houses are open between 5 a.m. and 1 a.m. Reservation is recommended.
- Most sights and museums are already open again.
Details of the open museums
Details of the open sights
Some theatres, opera houses and concert halls are open again.
- The Vienna parks, the Federal Gardens (Schönbrunn Palace Park, the Augarten, the Burggarten, the Volksgarten and the Belvedere Garden) and playgrounds are open.
- Indoor leisure facilities, gyms and swimming pools are open again. Cinemas may also open.
- Indoor and outdoor events are permitted for up to 100 people. Since July 1, 2020, the upper limit has been raised to 250 people indoor and 500 people outdoor. From August 1, 2020, indoor events with up to 500 people will be possible, for events with up to 1,000 people a special prevention concept is required. For outdoor events, up to 750 visitors will be permitted from August 1, 2020 (up to 1,250 persons with a special prevention concept)
- Trade fairs and congresses are allowed again in Austria - after official approval and with Covid-19 prevention concept.
- Clubs and discos are still closed.
Information on arrival
- Entry into Austria from all countries for which there are entry restrictions (Albania, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Egypt, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kosovo, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Nigeria, Northern Macedonia, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Sweden, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, Turkey, Ukraine, USA and Hubei Province (China)) is now only permitted with a negative PCR test (corona test). The test may be taken no more than 72 hours before entry.
- Since July 27, 2020, when entering Austria from these 32 risk countries or areas, Austrian, EU and EEA citizens as well as Swiss citizens must carry a health certificate (with a negative PCR test) or must undergo a PCR test within 48 hours of entry: Albania, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Egypt, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kosovo, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Nigeria, Northern Macedonia, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Sweden, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, Turkey, Ukraine, United States and Hubei Province (China).
Non-EU, EEA or Swiss nationals from third countries are still subject to an entry ban, unless they come from the Schengen area and can present a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours. After entry, these persons must also undergo a ten-day quarantine. Please find more information on our b2b website.
- As of July 16, 2020 a general landing ban will apply at Vienna International Airport from the following countries: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Great Britain, Iran, Kosovo, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, Portugal, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Sweden and Ukraine.
- Austrian Airlines resumed flight operations on June 15, 2020. Details of the flight schedule can be found at www.austrian.com
All current information on flights to and from Vienna can be found on the Vienna Airport website.
- Vienna International Airport offers the possibility of a molecular biological Corona/Covid 19 test (PCR test). The result is available within about 3 hours. Arriving passengers who do not have a health certificate can have themselves tested at the airport. If the result is negative, the prescribed 14-day quarantine can be suspended upon arrival in Austria. Passengers departing from Vienna can prove that they are free of Corona with the health certificate when entering another country. But please note: The validity depends on the entry regulations and is subject to the approval of the respective national authorities at the destination. Further details
- The City Airport Train to and from the airport will cease operation on March 19, 2020. The airport buses have adjusted their timetables.
- The ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways) has resumed full operation.
- 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.
Falling sick on vacation: precautions for people visiting Vienna
If, despite taking every precaution, you fall sick when on vacation in Vienna, you can always trust in the city's extensive hygiene and safety measures. If you are feeling slightly unwell or are suspected of having COVID-19 but have no way of self-isolating at home, then a number of accommodations a with a total of 130 places are available (like on the site of the Otto Wagner Hospital, the former Vienna Geriatric Center, and the former Floridsdorf Hospital). A further 30 accommodations can be activated in the autumn if required. Vienna thus has around 6,000 possible accommodation spaces suitable for people who may or may not be in need of special care and support, as well as for medical staff.
If you have to quarantine yourself in one of Vienna's facilities on the basis of an official measure or government notice (in accordance with the Epidemics Act), you won't have to pay the costs of doing so. However, in the absence of any official instruction to the contrary, guests may also quarantine themselves in a hotel, but will have to pay for this themselves. The possibility of repatriating infected or sick guests will be considered on a case-by-case basis and depends on the person's health and the length of the journey.