ÖIF HOTLINE: Telephone information service

For information on containing the spread of coronavirus in German, the employees of ÖIF are on hand to assist you from Monday to Thursday from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, and on Friday from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm on tel. +43 1/715 10 51 - 263.

Coronavirus safety measures in 17 languages

The website is continuously updated and expanded with new information.

Status of information: 27 November 2020

The coronavirus traffic light is an instrument for showing the current coronavirus situation in Austria and, depending on the individual traffic light colour, enables consistent measures to be taken to contain the spread of coronavirus. The four traffic light colours – green, yellow, orange and red – reflect the current coronavirus risk level of the province or region and give the population an overview of the precautionary measures recommended by the government:

  • Green: low risk
  • Yellow: medium risk
  • Orange: high risk
  • Red: very high risk

You can find more information at: www.corona-ampel.gv.at
Last updated: 17 September 2020

Current travel warnings

For information on the current regulations and restrictions that apply to entering Austria in view of the coronavirus pandemic and on currently applicable travel warnings please visit the website of the Austrian Ministry for European and International Affairs at www.bmeia.gv.at

COVID-19 Protective Measures

The Federal Government is taking protective measures aimed at containing coronavirus (COVID-19). These provisionally apply until 6 December 2020. This document provides you with an overview; you can find detailed information at www.oesterreich.gv.at.

The individual provinces can set their own regional coronavirus safety measures.

Further and more detailed information in German can be found at:

Last updated: 27 November 2020


Information about compulsory masks

The wearing of a close-fitting protective device around the nose and mouth (e.g. wearing of face visors is not permitted, for example) is mandatory in the following areas:

  • When entering public areas inside enclosed spaces.
  • On all forms of public transport and in the related stations and waiting areas.
  • When collecting food and drink from dining establishments.
  • The operators of hospitality and retail establishments and their employees must wear a mask when in contact with customers, unless another suitable form of protection is available for spatial separation of the individuals concerned.
  • For professional gatherings.
  • When visiting care homes, hospitals and health spas as well as places providing health and care services.
  • In taxis and in taxi-like operations, when transporting schoolchildren and children at kindergarten, as well as when transporting people with special needs.
  • When attending administrative authorities and administrative courts in person.
  • At funerals, demonstrations and events listed in the ordinance (training and development courses, integration measures).
  • Instead of a mask, a close-fitting scarf or cloth may also be used to cover the nose and mouth as a means of protection.
  • Children aged 0-5 years and people who cannot reasonably be expected to wear a mask for health reasons are not required to wear a mask (medical certificate required as proof). The same applies to deaf and hearing-impaired people when communicating with others.
  • The wearing of a mask is mandatory for schoolchildren and teachers outside of the classrooms.
  • In addition to wearing a mask, the safety distance of at least 1 metre must be kept between people who do not live in the same household.

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