Vienna Coronavirus Information
Here you have all the information on airports, public transport, attractions and rules and regulations on one page. We’re committed to keeping you informed so you can take the necessary measures and be one step closer to getting back to your normal life in Vienna or get back home safely once the coronavirus is no longer a threat.
Governmental Rules and Restrictions in Vienna
The measures in Austria are gradually being eased. However, It is necessary to follow governmental restrictions and minimise your social interactions to prevent the coronavirus from spreading. It’s important not to panic but it’s also very important to be careful.
While certain measures of social distancing remain in place, the quarantine has been lifted for the remaining three formerly most affected areas in Austria.
Here is a list of the rules and regulations set by the Austrian Government which apply in Vienna and in all other cities in Austria.
- A hard lockdown applicable until the 24th of January.
- Retailers, hairdressers and beauty salons will remain closed again until January 24, 2021.
- Museums and libraries closed until January 24, 2021.
- Cultural institutions (theater, opera, etc.) will be closed until January 24, 2021.
- Masks must be worn when entering the station buildings of public transport and in public transport.
- All events are cancelled until further notice.
- Catering establishments remain closed until January 24, 2021 and may only offer take-away (between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.) and delivery services.
- Hotels are closed (exception: for business travelers).
- As of October 25, 2020 an obligatory mouth-and-nose protection will apply to ALL enclosed public spaces (including interground pedestrian passages, subway stations, platforms, airports, etc.)
- Face shields or chin visors are no longer considered to be mouth and nose protectors.
- The 1 metre minimum distance rule to persons with whom one does not live in a common household must be applied.
- Our tourist information offices (city center, main station, airport) will remain closed.
Visit the official website with all regulations in Vienna here.
Every citizen must comply with the above-stated measures. Relevant authorities are given the right to enforce them through fines and by dispersing gatherings.
Is it safe to travel?
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The New York Times on Vaccines and Masks
Here’s Why Vaccinated People Still Need to Wear a Mask
” The new Covid-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna seem to be remarkably good at preventing serious illness. But it’s unclear how well they will curb the spread of the coronavirus.
That’s because the Pfizer and Moderna trials tracked only how many vaccinated people became sick with Covid-19. That leaves open the possibility that some vaccinated people get infected without developing symptoms, and could then silently transmit the virus — especially if they come in close contact with others or stop wearing masks.” Continue reading here
BBC on Approved Vaccines
Moderna becomes third Covid vaccine approved in the UK
“Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said it is “excellent news” that a third coronavirus vaccine has been approved for use in the UK.
It is made by US company Moderna and works in a similar way to the Pfizer one already being offered on the NHS.
The UK has pre-ordered 17 million doses of the Moderna vaccine – 10 million more than planned – but supplies are not expected to arrive until spring.
It is the last Covid vaccine with final trial data published. ” Continue reading here
BBC on WHO Investigating the origin of COVID
Covid: WHO team investigating virus origins denied entry to China
“A World Health Organization (WHO) team due to investigate the origins of Covid-19 in the city of Wuhan has been denied entry to China.
Two members were already en route, with the WHO saying the problem was a lack of visa clearances.
However, China has challenged this, saying details of the visit, including dates, were still being arranged.
The long-awaited probe was agreed upon by Beijing after many months of negotiations with the WHO.
The virus was first detected in Wuhan in late 2019, with the initial outbreak linked to a market. ” Continue reading here
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Austria Coronavirus Latest News
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Vienna Travel Information
The spread of the coronavirus has resulted in travel restrictions and changes with regards to entry into the country. Flights are not always operating as booked and last minute changes can be expected at airports, as well as at all train, bus and metro stations.
- Since June 4th, Austrian borders have been open to Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Germany and Hungary. People from these countries will not need to quarantine and do not need to provide a medical certificate
- Since June 16th, the requirement for a medical certificate or quarantine has also been lifted for all remaining EU countries except for the UK, Sweden, Spain, and Portugal
- Non-essential travel between the UK and Austria is strongly discouraged at the moment by both the Austrian and the UK government
- Austrian and EU/EEA/CH citizens entering Austria by air will be subject to a 14-day home quarantine
- The Vienna Airport is open and continues to operate
Vienna Airport Information
Official websites are doing a great job at keeping travellers well updated and at providing the latest information. You can read about the impact of coronavirus on your travel arrangements on the official websites of Vienna’s airports.
Find out more here:
All airlines will check in and check baggage for all flights at Terminal 3, counters 301-399; protective face masks must be worn throughout the terminal; Coronavirus tests for passengers can be carried out directly at Vienna Airport; for more information click here
Austrian Ministry of Health orders new landing bans starting July 16th 2020 and must cancel numerous flights up until July 31st 2020, especially to the Balkans
The Austrian Government advises all passengers to avoid long-distance travels unless absolutely necessary. Check with your airline company to find out about any alterations of your travel plans.
Vienna Public Transport
Public transport in Vienna remains functional, however it is minimised in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus. It is advised that pubic transport is used exclusively for essential journeys.
Passengers in public transport are required to wear face masks, and public transport increases the intervals, thus providing more room in the vehicles. Starting May 30th 2020, night buses will operate on a half-hour to hour intervals. On weekends, night buses will be running instead of the night subway until further notice. They also run every hour during the week. As of May 30th, Wiener Linien will intensify the frequency. The night buses will then operate at a compressed 30-minute interval.
Keep up-to-date on Vienna’s public transit here:
- Wien Hauptbahnhof
- Wien Mitte Station
- Vienna Airport Lines
- City Airport Train CAT
- Vienna Westbahnhof Station
- Vienna International Busterminal
- Vienna Bus Terminal Stadion Center
Most Vienna attractions have started to reopen. Here, you can keep yourself informed on attraction reopenings, daily opening and closing times and information on reduced capacity.
In the case that certain locations close again due to changes in restrictions, you can still enjoy some of these attractions after they are open again if you are staying in Vienna for a longer period of time.
Here is the list of Vienna’s iconic attractions and their official websites with the latest updates:
- Vienna State Opera – Closed until further notice (you may watch plays online)
- Viennese Prater – Reopened
- Belvedere Museum Vienna – Reopened
- St. Stephen’s Cathedral – Reopened
- The Hofburg – Starting May 15th 2020 Sisi Museum + Imperial Apartments + Silver Collection open daily from 10 am to 5 pm
- Schönbrunn Palace – Reopened
- Albertina – Reopened
- Rathus – Temporarily Closed
- Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien – Reopened
- Schönbrunn Zoo – Reopened
- MuseumsQuarier – Reopened
- Museum of Natural History Vienna – Reopened
What to do while currently in Vienna
- Food delivery
The coronavirus situation doesn’t need to prevent you from trying delicious food and keeping your body fuelled and healthy. You can visit Lieferando and UberEats or other delivery websites, pick anything you have cravings for and have it delivered to your location.
You can also make your own Viennese dish if you’re craving some authentic Viennese food. Here are some delicious Viennese recipes to try!
- Watch an Austrian movie
If you can’t explore the city because of the restrictions, you can watch an Austrian movie instead! We all know that feeling when we watch a movie, we see a scene filmed where we’ve been and we scream ‘I’ve been there!” How about watching a movie set in Vienna while you are in Vienna? It suddenly changes your current experience of the city. Here is a list of 7 Films to Make You Fall in Love with Austria.
- Read a book
This is a great chance to read those books on your shelf that you’ve always wanted to read but never had the time to. Or how about digging into your e-reader and seeing what reading material you have under « save for later. » Reading has the effect of putting our mind at ease from the stress of everyday.
- Keep the communication going with your loved ones
You can use this time to reconnect with your loved ones through different video options online. Keeping everyone up-to-date about yourself, making sure everyone is healthy and well and « making someones’ day » by giving them a good laugh is a great way to maintain strong relations even when you cannot physically spend time together.
Virtual coffees and dinner dates with a friend, family member, a loved one, or a « double-date » even with another couple is the thing to do during these corona times. Why not enjoy someones’ company while everyone stays in the comfort of their home? Times like these sometimes ask us to adapt to another lifestyle, but why not make the best of it?
As we all know, keeping active is crucial to our well-being. When you’re stuck inside for a longer period of time and running or going to the gym is no longer an option, yoga and stretching are the way to go. These are activities you can do on your own floor or balcony. There are many videos online that you can follow while doing these activities, and you can also tune into live-stream yoga classes available online.
- Go for a run or a nice walk and get some fresh air
Although social distancing during these times is very important, going outdoors for some fresh air and a walk or a run are just as important for our health.
We suggest talking a walk around your living premises, making use of your backyard if you have one or simply going on your balcony more frequently during the day. Staying active is essential to our health and going for a run around your block will help, especially in stressful times like these.
The entire LuggageHero team wishes you good health and positive vibes!
It’s important that we all follow the measures set by the authorities and protect ourselves and others. By social distancing and taking care of our hygiene, we are lessening the change of the virus spreading. Every individual matters. If coronavirus spreads this fast, imagine how contagious some love and a smile are?
Frequently asked questions about coronavirus in Vienna
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about coronavirus in Vienna
Are Vienna's hospitals well-prepared for coronavirus?
Vienna’s hospitals are considered as well prepared. Their resources are largely focused on COVID-19 patients. Non-urgent (“plannable”) surgical operations are postponed.
Can I visit a family member staying at Vienna Hospital?
Visits to hospitals operated by the Vienna Hospital Association (KAV) are generally not allowed for the time being. If you have friends or family staying in hospital there, you are not allowed to visit them. Visits may be allowed in exceptional cases only. Please make contact with the respective hospital ward in the following cases. For example, a child or person under 18 years of age is in hospital in Vienna, a child is to be born in a Vienna hospital, or a patient is in a critical state of life.
What financial support can a business owner get in Vienna?
Together with the Vienna Chamber of Commerce, the City of Vienna is providing funds to prevent emergencies for Viennese businesses and their employees. You can find more information at https://coronavirus.wien.gv.at/site/faq-english/businesses-and-employees/