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Current information on the coronavirus for guests and tourists

As of: 28.05.2020

 

Like many other countries, Austria is affected by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. The Austrian government reacted very early and took extensive measures to stop the spread of the virus. After the opening of the shops, a gradual opening of tourism is planned for May. With the essential caution, protecting the health of our guests and the hosts accordingly.

Gastronomy businesses will open on May 15, 2020. Animal parks as well as museums and cultural facilities are also allowed to reopen. Accommodation facilities, sights, as well as swimming pools and leisure time facilities will open on May 29, 2020. Our hosts look forward to seeing you again soon.

 

Will I be able to travel 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

 

The borders to Germany will open again on June 15, 2020. We look forward to welcoming our neighboring German guests to Upper Austria again.

 

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

 

Are there any local restrictions?

The federal government's stringent measures to contain COVID-19 are gradually being relaxed. With the opening of the gastronomy businesses from May 15th, 20 as well as the accommodation and leisure facilities from May 29th, a vacation is possible again.

  • 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.
  • There is a gradual opening of shops. After the opening of small shops, handicraft businesses, DIY megastores and garden centers on May 14th, 2020 all shops for the sale of goods as well as hairdressers can open under strict conditions from May 1st, 2020. Wearing mouth-nose protection in shops and in public means of transport is mandatory.
  • Gastronomy businesses can open from May 15, 2020 from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. 4 adults plus children are allowed to sit on one table. The minimum distance of 1 meter must be kept between tables and other guests. Guests must reserve in advance and are directed to the table by the staff. Mouth and nose protection is mandatory for employees in the service area.
  • "Outdoor animal parks" can be maintained from May 15, 2020, as long as the minimum distance of one meter is granted, and also museums can reopen.
  • Hotels and other accommodation facilities will be able to reopen from May 29, 2020. A regulation with details on protective measures is not available yet.
  • Outdoor and indoor leisure time facilities, sights, swimming pools and other leisure facilities will also open from May 29, 2020. Mouth-nose protection must be worn in the indoor area and the restriction to at least 10 m² of space per visitor must be observed.
  • Meetings of up to 10 people are allowed. This applies in a first step from early May to late June 2020.
  • Large events are completely prohibited until the end of August 2020

 

Rules of conduct in the inn or hotel

The Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism together with the Austrian Chamber of Commerce, has drawn up rules of conduct for gastronomy, accommodation and leisure businesses. Read how you can protect yourself and what your hosts will look out for at safe-gastfreundschaft.at.

 

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.

 

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