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With the ongoing travel warnings in relation to the prevailing situation in relation to Covid-19, there are frequent queries from anxious expats on various fora. unsure about whether they will be able to go off on holiday, as well as whether they will need to quarantine at either end. In addition, there are also regional restrictions in Austria and abroad. We would like to advise that it remains the responsibility of individuals to ensure their own safety, observe local regulations and restrictions, and in the event of feeling unwell to take the necessary steps including testing, self-isolation, wearing of facial masks etc.
Both the FCO (UK Government) and Austria’s BMEIA continue to advise against all non-urgent travel.
The links below are intended to help people considering travelling either within Austria or to neighbouring countries to inform themselves about the current situation. Those still intending to travel should also check the applicable regulations for transit (e.g. restrictions about stopping in a country during transit), as well as requirements regarding whether they are required to have confirmed negative tests for entry and exit, and/or quarantine restrictions that may apply.
Coronavirus – Daily Updates
Metropole – English language updates about coronavirus.
Current situation regarding number of cases of infections:
Please note that figures are reported at different times of the day and different countries use different counting criteria.
Mass Transit and Travelling by Car
ÖBB – information about rail travel
Austrian Airlines – information about flights etc. in English
ÖAMTC – information about travel restrictions by car
Twincityliner – information about services between Vienna and Bratislava
BMEIA – Country list broken down into travel warnings for the entire country, and countries where non-urgent travel to certain regions is not recommended. The currently enforced version of the Regulation including the risk countries list can be found on the RIS here.
Austrian Health Ministry FAQs on travel and tourism (In German)
Stay Healthy in Austria – Travel responsibly
Gov.uk – FCO pages with travel warnings for each country
EU – includes a map for measures taken by EU Member State.
Current situation: measures in force in Austria
Information about the situation in neighbouring countries
- Where at all possible information is taken from government websites of the respective governments and serves as guidance for essential travel (leisure travel is as a rule considered “non-essential”).
- Czech Republic
Covid-19 Sprachführer – German/English resource about Covid-19 – useful for communication in the case that you believe you might have Covid-19.
25.7.2020 – link added to RIS source for current country lists.