General Information

(Free) vaccination in Austria has started, with risk groups being prioritized, you can find more information at the end of the page!

New COVID-measures were put in place in Austria. There are changes in youth work, youth sport.

For several Provinces specific regional measures were put in place: For the Provinces Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland stricter measures were put in place, in Vorarlberg several measures were lifted (please scroll down).

Please note: In Vienna as of 1 April in some public places masks are mandatory outdoors, please check for specific info sur place and inform yourself carefully.

The COVID-19 measures include in detail i.a. the following points:

Minimum distance of 2 metres and mask wearing (for all Provinces)

In all public places (indoor and outdoor), a distance of at least 2 meters must be kept to people not living in the same household.

The use of FFP2 masks without exhalation valves is mandatory in public and closed places.

It applies to the following places:

  • In all currently opened shops (grocery stores, pharmacies, post offices, etc.)
  • In public transportation (metro, tram, bus, train etc.) and carpooling
  • Markets (indoor and outdoor)
  • Gastronomy (as far as opened; such as pick up services and canteens)
  • Administrative authorities (such as BFA) and administrative courts (such as BVwG)

Please note: In Vienna as of 1 April in some public places masks are mandatory outdoors, please check for specific info sur place and inform yourself carefully.

In addition to FFP2-masks, the minimum distance of 2 meters must be kept.

The obligation to wear FFP2-masks applies to all individuals aged 14 and above.  Children between 6-14 years can wear close-fitting masks covering their mouth and nose instead. Children below the age of 6 do not have to cover their mouth and nose.

The obligation to wear FFP2-masks does not apply to pregnant women or in specific cases due to underlying health reasons. Instead, close-fitting masks covering the mouth and nose must be worn.

Leaving the home is only permitted for the following reasons from 20:00-06:00 (please note that rules are stricter in Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland, see below)

  • To avert danger
  • To help others and exercise family rights or perform family duties
  • To meet basic personal needs
    • For example: to go to the supermarket, to the graveyard or to the doctors.
    • For example: contact with the following individuals outside of your household: a partner, close relative (e.g. parents, children, siblings) or significant individual who you regularly see (several times a week). The minimum distance of 2 meters must not be kept in this case.
  • For work purposes if necessary
  • For physical exercise and mental wellbeing (e.g. going for a walk or run)
  • For appointments before the authority or court that cannot be postponed (e.g. BFA, BVwG)

Please note: between 06:00 and 20:00 maximum 2 households are allowed to meet, at most 4 adults with their children.

Events are prohibited.

Schools, kindergartens, universities:

  • Kindergarten is open.
  • Grade 1 – 4 return to classroom teaching
  • From grade 5 students will follow partly classroom and digital teaching.
  • Children who want to attend classes will have to undergo COVID testing.
  • For more detailed info, please click here (in German) and check directly with the school.

Leisure and sports

  • Contact sports (e.g. football, basketball) are allowed for top athlete under certain measures.
  • Outdoor sports without physical contact to others are permitted. The minimum distance of 2 meters must always be kept.
  • Outdoor sport venues (example: ice skating) may be visited. The minimum distance of 2 meters must be kept.
  • New rules for children under the age of 18: outdoor sport groups of maximum 10 children with up to two adult supervisors are allowed. Contact sports are not allowed. Specific rules apply. Please make sure to inform yourself.
  • Museums, libraries, and archives will be open (1 visitor/20 m2, FFP2 mask).

Extracurricular youth work for children under 18

  • Groups of max. 10 children plus up to 2 adult supervisors are allowed.
  • May take place outdoors and in closed rooms.
  • Test obligations in closed rooms apply.
  • Please make sure to inform yourself.

Specific rules (“lockdown”) for Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland

On Thursday, 01.04., a new lockdown was put in place for Vienna, Burgenland and Lower Austria. The new measures include i.a. the following points:

  • A curfew applies between 0-24h. Leaving the home is only permitted for the following reasons:
    • To avert an immediate danger to life, limb or property
    • To help others and exercise family rights or perform family duties
    • To meet basic personal needs
      • For example: to go to the supermarket or to the doctors.
      • For example: to get a COVID-test.
      • For example: contact with the following individuals outside of your household: a partner, close relative (e.g. parents, children, siblings) or significant individual who you regularly see (several times a week). The minimum distance of 2 meters must not be kept in this case.
        Please note: People from one household are only allowed to meet one other person from another household.
    • For work purposes if necessary
    • For physical exercise and mental wellbeing (e.g. going for a walk or run)
    • For appointments before the authority or court that cannot be postponed (e.g. BFA, BVwG)
  • Shops and other services:
    • Only shops offering goods for daily use (such as supermarkets and pharmacies) will remain open; all other shops will be closed.
    • Services with close physical contact will be closed (e.g. hairdressers).
  • Schools:
    • All schools are in Distance Learning from 6 to 9 April. For more detailed info, please click here (in German) and check directly with the school.

Specific measures in the province of Vorarlberg

The gastronomy is open again during the day indoors and outdoors under specific conditions. Events are also taking place again under specific conditions. Please make sure to inform yourself.

Travelling to Austria

Persons entering Austria from abroad must present a negative COVID-19-test (PCR or antigen) upon arrival. If this is not possible, the test must be conducted immediately after entry, at the latest within 24 hours.  Persons entering Austria have to self-isolate for 10 days. After the 5th day of quarantine, there is the possibility to end self-isolation earlier by a negative PCR or antigen test. Please note that there are some (few) exceptions.

People entering Austria need to complete an online pre-clearance  (earliest 72 hours prior to arrival) before their departure, forms are available in English and German.

Before travelling, please check for respective regulations, e.g. on the website of the Ministry of Social Affairs.

Info on vaccination

Further information and protective measures

Information on the correct handling of face masks in different languages:
English | Arabic | Dari/Farsi | Pashto | Somali

Multilingual information can be found on the website of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection:
https://www.sozialministerium.at/Informationen-zum-Coronavirus/Coronavirus—Aktuelle-Informationen-in-Fremdsprachen-.html

Multilingual information of NGO Zebra:
https://zebra.or.at/aktuelles?detailId=79

Recent developments in Austria, FAQs and Videos in several languages

FAQs about Corona in different languages (compiled by the city of Vienna)
English | Arabic | Dari/Farsi | Russian

Multilingual Radio Orange 94.0 series on COVID-19 in German, English, Arabic, Farsi and Somali

Information material by IOM in 32 languages
Audio clips by IOM in 12 languages

Free app from uugot.it provides information on current developments in relation to the Corona virus in various languages and subtitles ORF reports on COVID-19


Information from the City of Vienna

City of Vienna: Information about Coronavirus in different languages

Multi-lingual Info-Service:
English | Arabic | Farsi | Pashto | Russian | Kurdish

Videos for children (City of Vienna) with information about the corona virus and subtitles in several languages