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Current information and guidelines on Covid-19 for guests and travellers

The Austrian Federal Government and the Government of Upper Austria have adopted far-reaching measures to contain Covid-19. Here is an overview of the most important information and regulations for a mindful coexistence.

 

Lockdown in Austria

From 17 November 2020 to 6 December 2020, the following measures apply in Austria: 

Exit restrictions

There are only the following reasons to leave the house:

  1. The way / the drive to work
  2. Purchase of basic goods
  3. The way to medical care
  4. To recover body or psyche (such as walks, sports alone)
  5. The care of persons in need of support
  6. The walk to the cemetery
  7. To visit religious institutions
  8. For the supply of animals
  9. To avert immediate danger to life, limb and property

Distance rules, mask obligation

The one-meter distance rule to persons not belonging to the household in public spaces is still valid. In closed public spaces, the obligation to wear a mouth and nose protector (MNS) continues to apply, children up to the age of six years are still excluded.

Contact restrictions

Contacts with people from outside the household should be kept to a minimum. If possible, contact should only be maintained with the life partner, or with individual close relatives or individual important caregivers who one normally meets several times a week under normal circumstances. Ideally, a household should only meet with one person from outside the household at a time.

Gastronomy

The entire catering trade remains closed for customer operations. Collection of food and beverages is permitted between 6.00 and 19.00 hours. Delivery services remain permitted around the clock.

Events 

Events remain almost completely prohibited, with exceptions for demonstrations, religious events, and party and political events, among other things.

Hotels and lodging establishments

All hotels and lodging establishments will be closed for tourist purposes. Exceptions are made for business travelers.

Sports 

Sports facilities for amateur athletes are closed. All contact sports in the leisure sector are prohibited, including soccer. Individual and recreational outdoor sports may be practiced as long as no physical contact is made. Professional sport remains upright.

Leisure facilities

Leisure facilities such as gyms, baths, libraries, museums, galleries and museum railroads, cinemas, theaters, concert halls, cabarets, zoos, leisure and amusement parks are closed.

Shops and services

Open are grocery stores as well as the health sector, agricultural and pet food stores, gas stations, banks, the post office, cell phone stores, tobacconists, waste disposal companies, cleaning shops and bicycle and car repair shops. All other business doors remain closed.  Opening hours are limited to 6.00 AM to 7.00 PM. All service businesses close to the body, such as hairdressers, beauty salons and massage practices, are closed.

At the workplace

Where possible, home office is recommended. If neither the one-meter distance nor other protective measures are possible, wearing a mouth and nose protector is mandatory.

Schools and kindergartens

The schools will be run by means of distance learning, and supervision will continue to be provided as needed - just as in the kindergartens. 

Hospitals, old people's homes and nursing homes

In hospitals, only one visit per week and patient is now possible. Pregnant women may be accompanied by one person before and after the birth, minors and persons in need of support by two persons. Employees must take a coronavirus test once a week. Also in nursing homes only one visit per week and patient is possible.

Funerals and religious communities

Maximum 50 persons may participate in funerals, the minimum distance rule and the obligation to protect the mouth and nose applies. In interiors of religious communities a mouth nose protection must be carried in any case.

 

Travel to Upper Austria - are there any restrictions?

Austria's external borders are open and entry to Upper Austria from most European countries is possible without restrictions. Here you will find an overview of the status of entry and return travel regulations.

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

 

    Travel Warning in Germany

    Germany has declared Upper Austria, as well as all other Austrian federal states, a risk area. Since November 8, 2020, the following entry regulations have been in effect, which also apply to travel returnees.

     

    What do guests from Germany who are currently staying in Upper Austria have to do?

    Travellers from a risk area have to register before entering Germany by means of a digital entry registration and after entry they have to go into a mandatory 10-day quarantine. The quarantine obligation can be terminated prematurely if a corona test carried out on the fifth day after entry at the earliest is negative.

    However, it is no longer possible to prevent the quarantine by a test in the risk area or directly on entry.

    There are exceptions to these entry requirements for people who have been in a risk area for less than 48 hours for professional reasons. In any case, please observe the regulations of the respective federal states. You can find an overview here.

     

    What happens when passing through Germany?

    Transit through Germany to other countries is possible without restrictions.

     

    New entry regulations for the Czech Republic

    From Monday, 09.11.2020, 00:00 AM, the following conditions apply for the entry into the Czech Republic:

    Before entering the country, a report must be made to the Hygiene Office using an electronic form (Public Health Passenger Locator Form). On entry, a negative PCR test, which must not be older than 72 hours, must be presented and sent to the Hygiene Office, or a PCR test must be showed within 5 days of entry into the Czech Republic and sent to the Hygiene Office. Until the test result is available, the Office of Sanitary Affairs will order a quarantine (10 days).

    Exceptions are for business trips of up to 12 hours duration and for transit trips through the Czech Republic.

    You can find more information here. 

     

    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.