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Safe holidays in Upper Austria - current information about the corona virus for guests and tourists

Thanks to the successful implementation of the measures to contain the corona virus,  a summer vacation in Upper Austria is possible again. Step by step, gastronomy, accommodation, leisure and cultural facilities have been reopened. Our hosts look forward to seeing you again. Here is an overview of the most important information and regulations for a mindful and safe summer vacation 2020.

 

Travel to Upper Austria - are there any restrictions?

There are partial restrictions for Lombardy in Italy, as well as for the districts of Gütersloh and Warendorf in the German federal country Nordrhein-Westfalen. Travelers from these regions must submit a negative corona test when entering Austria, which must not be older than 4 days.

The entry to Austria is possible without restrictions from 30 other EU countries (with the exception of Great Britain, Sweden and Portugal). The previous restrictions regarding quarantine or COVID-19 test no longer apply when entering these countries. We look forward to welcoming our guests to Upper Austria.

There are currently international travel and entry restrictions to Austria for travelers from high-risk areas. Countries with a travel warning in connection with the coronavirus are considered risk areas. For more information on travel warnings, please visit the website of the Ministry of European and International affairs


Current travel, border and traffic information can be found on following pages:

 

    Staying safe - what can I contribute?

    The federal government's stringent measures to contain COVID-19 were gradually relaxed. With the opening of the gastronomy businesses, the accommodation and the leisure time facilities it's possible to spend holidays in Upper Austria again. If we adhere to a few rules of conduct, we are safe together.

    • Furthermore, the general rule will apply that people who are not in the same household must keep back a minimum distance of 1 meter from the next person.
    • Avoid shaking hands and hugging when greeting.
    • Wash hands several times a day for at least 30 seconds.

    • Sneeze or cough in the crook of the arm or in a handkerchief.

    • Wearing mouth-nose protection is only mandatory in the following cases:
      • in public transport,
      • in pharmacies and health care,
      • in the service sector if a distance of at least one meter between the service provider and the customer cannot be maintained,
      • when entering event venues in closed rooms, but not while visitors are in the assigned seats. However, if the distance is less than one meter despite the fact that the seats next to it are left free, a mouth-nose protection must also be worn on the assigned seats, provided that they are not people who live in the same household or belong to the same group of visitors.

    • Gastronomy businesses can open from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. Guests can also sit together at a table in groups. The minimum distance of 1 meter must be maintained between the tables. 
    • Hotels and other accommodation facilities as well as outdoor and indoor leisure time facilities, sights, swimming pools and other leisure facilities are reopened.
    • "Outdoor animal parks" can be maintained, as long as the minimum distance of one meter is granted, and also museums reopened.
    • Shops and hairdressers are opened again.
    • Meetings of up to 10 people are allowed. 
    • Events: As of July 1, 2020, events with assigned and marked seats in closed rooms with up to 250 people and in the open-air area with up to 500 people are permitted. From August 1st indoor events up to 1,000 people and outdoor events up to 1,250 people are allowed.

     

    Wearing mouth and nose protection from July 9, 2020

    As of July 9, 2020, wearing a mouth and nose protection is mandatory in public spaces. Specifically, this means:

    • In the gastronomy businesses, guests must wear a mouth and nose protection on the way to and from the table; the mouth-nose protection can be removed at the table. This also applies to outdoor dining areas. Up to ten guests are allowed to sit at one table.
    • In accommodations and leisure time businesses, wearing a mouth and nose protection is mandatory indoors, and a distance of 1 m must be observed in the outside areas.
    • A mouth and nose protection must also be worn in all shops and supermarkets, official buildings, service companies, in the health sector and in public means of transport.
    • If the distance of one meter cannot be maintained in the outside area, wearing a mouth and nose protection is also mandatory outdoors.

     

    Can I cancel my holiday?

    In the event of cancellation or if you decide not to make your trip, the standard cancellation conditions of the respective accommodation company generally apply. Please contact your accommodation provider or your travel insurance company directly for further information.

     

    Where can I find up-to-date and official information on the current situation around COVID-19?

    The Austrian Ministry of Health provides information on its website regarding the current spread of the virus worldwide and on the current situation in Austria. You can also find daily updated information from the Agency for Health and Food Security (AGES) and the Federal government of Upper Austria.

     

    How can I protect myself against potential infection?

    Wash your hands several times each day with soap and water or use an alcohol-based disinfectant, cover your mouth and nose with a paper tissue (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze and avoid direct contact with people who are ill. Keep a safety distance of at least 1 meter. In addition, nose and mouth protection must be worn in shops and public means of transport.

    For information on transmission, symptoms and prevention, you can also call Austria’s national health number on 1450 or contact the dedicated AGES coronavirus info line 0800 555 621.

     

    If infection is suspected

    If you have symptoms or the suspect that you have become infected, put yourself in quarantine and call the health hotline 1450 for further instructions.