With its mountains and stretches of nature in between towns, Austria is a great place to go if you want to holiday safely, away from any crowds. Even in normal times, it's quite easy to find hikes where you're the only person on the path that day.
That's why, when the pandemic started, I created this post covering all the travel restrictions and corona measures for and in Austria. I work directly with the Austrian National Tourism Board to make sure my information came straight from the source.
Luckily, Austria has opened for tourism again and as things are changing more rapidly now, I decided to remove anything that could become outdated and replace it with a short list of links to official websites you can check for the latest updates.
On Worldometers, you can find regular updates on the current cases in Austria. It's important to keep in mind that every fourth Austrian is living in Vienna, so it's normal that a higher percentage of cases is reported there.
For the latest information on travel restrictions to Austria and measures within the country, check the website of the National Tourism Board.
Important to know is that everyone traveling to Austria currently needs to obtain pre-travel clearance.
Contact tracing app
The Austrian Red Cross have developed their own app called Stopp Corona which is in use countrywide. Over 800,000 people have downloaded the app which informs you if you have come into contact with someone who could be a risk. You can download the app directly from the app store on your device. You can get more information here.
What to do when you think you have COVID-19 in Austria?
If you start to suffer from symptoms while in Austria you can call the 1450 hotline (this is in German only). They will give you advice on what to do next.
You should avoid others and going into public places if you show symptoms. You should NOT go to a doctor or hospital without an appointment and should try to self isolate.
There are over 40 testing sites currently in Austria, a test costs €140, the hotline will advise you if you should get tested.
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