COVID-19 Lockdown Update 21.12.2020
New, stricter lockdown rules have been in effect in Austria since 21st December 2020, scheduled to last until 17th January 2021 at the earliest. More information can be found as follows and via austria.info/en/service-and-facts/coronavirus-information.
At the moment, a lockdown is in effect in Austria. Tourism and leisure travel will be able to resume from 18th January 2021 at the earliest.
Current measures - in effect until 17th January 2021 at the earliest - include the following:
- Hotels are closed to leisure travellers/tourists; only essential travel (e.g. for business that cannot be delayed) is permitted.
- Restaurants and bars can only offer takeout/delivery services. Dining in is not permitted.
- Events such as concerts, plays and exhibitions are cancelled.
- Theatres, cinemas, gyms, pools, zoos, amusement parks, and most other culture and leisure facilities are closed.
From 22nd December 2020 until 1st January 2021:
- Flights from the United Kingdom are not permitted to land in Austria.
From 24th December 2020:
- Cable cars and ski areas can reopen. This means that skiing will be possible - however, please be aware that hotels and restaurants will still be closed and entry regulations are in effect. De facto, skiing will only be possible for locals and day guests.
- Zoos and botanical gardens can reopen.
From 26th December 2020:
- Only essential shops are permitted to remain open. All others must close.
- Individuals in Austria are required to stay at home and only leave the house for essential reasons.
From 18th January 2021, strictly under the condition that Austria's 7-day incidence rate falls below 100, the following measures will be taken:
- Hotels, restaurants, cultural institutions, and shops will be able to reopen.
- A negative COVID-19 test is mandatory in order to attend events, stay in hotels etc.
- Mass testing throughout Austria will take place before any other rules are relaxed.