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Current information on the coronavirus for guests and tourists

As of: 1 April 2020

 

Like many other countries, Austria is also affected by the global outbreak of the corona virus. The Austrian government reacted very early and decided to take extensive measures to stop the spread of the virus in our country as quickly as possible. In addition to flight bans, border controls and closures, there are restrictions on the public life all over Austria. Schools and universities remain closed or switch to e-learning. Shops remain closed with exceptions (e.g. groceries). Restaurants remain closed. All events are prohibited, not more than five people should be at a place at the same time. The population is called on to leave the houses only in urgent cases. All of these measures mean major cuts in our everyday lives. The highest priority is the containment of the corona virus and the health of the population and our guests.

 

 

Will I be able to travel to Upper Austria?

There are currently entry restrictions for travelers from high-risk areas. Risk areas are countries with travel warnings in connection with the coronavirus. The highest travel warning (security level 6) currently applies to France, Iran, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland, Spain, South Korea, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. A high security risk (security level 4) applies to all countries worldwide. Border controls are currently taking place on the borders with Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and and Germany. For more information on travel warnings, visit the website of the Ministry of European and International affairs

 

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Are there any local restrictions?

Due to the measures prescribed by the federal government there are massive restrictions:

  • Events are completely prohibited
  • Freedom of movement in public spaces is massively restricted. Not more than five people are allowed to meet at the same time at the same place. People must keep back a minimum distance of 1 meter from the next person. The BMLRT provides further information on its website.
  • Shops that do not serve basic services remain closed. Grocery stores, pharmacies, drugstores, post offices and banks remain open.
  • Gastronomy businesses remain closed or switch to delivery service.
  • The federal government prohibits meetings of more than five people. As a result, facilities for leisure time, cultural institutions and much more are currently closed. You can find more information on the websites of the respective institutions.
  • All rehab hospitals, health resorts and thermal are closed.
  • Hotels and other types of accommodation for guests are to be closed nationwide - a corresponding regulation is in preparation. Many hotels in Upper Austria are closed on a voluntary basis. Please contact your hotel directly for further information. A list of open hotels can be found here: openhotels.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 spread of the virus?

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?

The same measures apply for the coronavirus as with the seasonal flu: 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. 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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