Authorities in Austria plan to tighten the nation's coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related restrictions due to an increase in infection rates until at least end-November. Effective Nov. 3, the following measures will be in place:
- 2200-0600 nightly curfew will be in effect until Nov. 12; people are instructed to remain at home unless they have a specific reason to leave, such as for work, school, or exercise.
- Several categories of nonessential businesses are permitted to remain open but have to adhere to social distancing regulations.
- All pubs and restaurants will close except for takeout and deliveries.
- Public recreation centers, including gyms, swimming pools, and saunas, will be closed; entertainment facilities, such as cinemas and theaters, will also close. Museums, theatres, and other culture & leisure facilities will also close.
- Large events will be suspended.
- Public gatherings are limited to 10 people from two different households.
- Authorities are encouraging people to work from home when possible.
- Tourism-related hotel stays are suspended; hotels may only host business travelers.
- Nonessential travel is discouraged.
- Protective facemasks remain mandatory in all enclosed public spaces and outdoor spaces where social distancing of 1 meter (3 feet) cannot be maintained.
International entry restrictions also remain in effect in Austria as of Nov. 1. Travelers arriving from a country with a travel warning, or anyone who has visited these countries in the preceding 10 days, are required to present a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test taken within 72 hours of arrival or be tested within 48 hours of arrival and self-isolate while waiting for the result. Authorities have issued travel warnings for multiple countries, including nations within the EU; per the most recent advisory, the Austrian government has designated travel warnings for the following countries:
- Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria (Blagoevgrad, Burgas, Dobrich, Gabrovo, Jambol, Kardzhali, Montana, Plovdiv, Rasgrad, Shumen, Sliven, Smolian, Sofia, Stara Zagora, Targovishte, and Varna), Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China (Hubei Province), Costa Rica, Croatia (except Brod-Posavina, Istria, Koprivnica-Krizevci, Osijek-Baranja, Sibenik-Knin, Varazdin, and Zadar), Czech Republic (Prague Region), Ecuador, Egypt, France (Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur and Ile-de-France), India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Kosovo, Kuwait, Maldives, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Portugal (Norte Region and Lisbon), Romania, Russian Federation, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, Spain (mainland and Balearic Islands), Turkey, Ukraine, and the US
Travelers from all EU countries without travel warnings, as well as the UK, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, and Uruguay, are permitted to enter the country without restriction. Travel from all other countries remains prohibited indefinitely; exceptions are in place for health workers, freight workers, diplomats, individuals in transit, and urgent or essential reasons decided on a case-by-case basis. Citizens of countries not currently approved for travel but arriving from within the Schengen Area, Andorra, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Monaco, Romania, San Marino, the UK, or the Vatican are required to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test no older than 72 hours upon arrival.
Authorities could amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.
Background and Analysis
The measures taken by the Austrian government are similar to actions undertaken by other regional governments in recent weeks following increasing infection rates. As countries relax blanket restrictions across Europe, authorities could reintroduce sporadic, highly targeted measures in response to local COVID-19 outbreaks.
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments.