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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,  an autumn and a winter 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 autumn and winter vacation 2020.

 

Travel to Upper Austria - are there any restrictions?

 

Austria's borders are open. Free traveling to Austria is possible from all EU countries with the exception of Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, Sweden, Spain and Portugal.

Entering Austria from the following European countries, there is no obligatory to have a COVID-19 test (PCR test) and also no quarantine measures are needed: Andorra, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Great Britain, Ireland , Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, San Marino, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Vatican and Cyprus. You do not need to show a test if you are only transiting through Austria without a stopover.

Do you enter Austria from a risk area?
Countries for which a travel warning concerning the coronavirus has been issued, are considered risk areas. You can find more information about travel warnings on the Ministry of External affairs website (german). EU/EEA/Swiss citizens arriving from a high-risk area are obligated to produce a medical certificate proving a negative COVID-19 PCR test (the test has to have been administered in the last 72 hours before arrival). If you were unable to get tested before entering Austria, you are required to get tested within 48 hours after arriving, and you have to self-quarantine until your test results arrive.

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 measures to contain COVID-19 were gradually relaxed. Catering and accommodation facilities as well as recreational facilities are open again and an autumn or winter vacation in Upper Austria is possible again. If we follow a few rules of conduct, we are safe together.

     

    Mouth and nose protection must be worn in the following areas:

    • In all shops
    • In the service sector (including health care)
    • Outdoors also at markets and fairs
    • In schools outside the own classroom
    • In dealings with public authorities
    • In catering for staff and for guests, as long as they are not sitting at their table.
       

    What needs to be considered in the gastronomy:

    In the catering trade for staff and guests, mouth and nose protection must be worn. Food and drink may only be consumed while seated, with a maximum of ten people sitting at a table. The mask must be worn in restaurants and bars whenever you move away from the table. Only at the table itself is mouth-nose protection not compulsory. The closing time is 1.00 a.m. for all catering establishments, this also applies to closed events in privately rented clubs or pubs.

     

    What you need to know for events:

    For events without allocated seats - this applies primarily to private parties and closed events, for example in restaurants and club premises - the criteria are raised considerably: In the future, only ten people (instead of 50) will be allowed indoors. A maximum of 100 participants will be allowed for private outdoor parties. These rules also apply to weddings.

    Funerals are excluded from the restrictions. Nor do they apply to celebrations or gatherings within your own four walls or on your own property. Here, however, the government appeals to everyone to reduce social contacts to the bare minimum.

    For events with allocated seats and a security concept - including sporting events such as matches in the German football league - the existing regulation remains in place: 3,000 spectators are allowed at open-air events, 1,500 indoors. The same conditions apply to the cultural sector - theatres, operas, concerts.

    A CoV prevention concept must be presented for events indoors with 50 or more people and outdoors with 100 or more people. An official permit is generally required for events with 250 or more people.

     

    Please always follow the general regulations:

    • Keep a distance of 1 meter to people with whom you do not live in the same household.
    • Do not shake hands or hug people when greeting them.
    • Wash hands several times a day for at least 30 seconds.
    • Sneeze or cough into the crook of your arm or into a handkerchief.

     

    Corona traffic lights:

    Here you will find detailed information on the Austrian federal government's corona traffic lights with the classification of the individual districts as well as the meaning of the traffic light colors and the resulting measures. 

     

    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.