ÖIF HOTLINE: Telephone information service

For information on containing the spread of coronavirus, 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.

Information as at 22nd November 2021

Click here for online advice on all aspects of COVID-19.

Regional measures


  • PCR test: accepted as valid proof for 48 hours
  • The result of an antigen test is no longer accepted as a valid proof. Exception: 3G rule (proof of vaccination, certificate of recovery or negative test result) at the workplace
  • 3G rule for children between the ages of 6 and 3 months after their 12th birthday: PCR test valid for 72 hours, antigen test valid for 48 hours
    • The coronavirus test pass ("Ninja Pass") of a school applies in the week in which all envisaged tests of the teaching week are entered, also on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of this week as corresponding proof.
  • 2.5G rule for school-age children from 3 months after their 12th birthday: PCR test valid for 48 hours

Valid until 24 November 2021



  • The residential abode (apartment, house, home, etc.) may only be left between 00:00 and 24:00 for the following reasons:
    • to avert direct danger to body, life and property; to support people who require assistance and to fulfil their family rights/obligations
    • to fulfil basic needs:
      • to buy food
      • to visit the doctor, get a coronavirus vaccination or be tested for coronavirus
      • to contact life partners, close relatives (parents, children and siblings), important reference persons (people from one household may meet up with one person from another household)
      • to meet a residential need
      • to meet religious needs
      • to care for animals
    • for work and training, participation in necessary measures of the Austrian Public Employment Service (AMS) and of the Austrian Integration Fund (ÖIF)
    • to spend time outdoors
    • to participate in urgent meetings at authorities or courts, elections
    • Participation in the following gatherings:
      • funerals
      • gatherings according to the Law concerning Processions and Assemblies (demonstrations)
      • urgent work-related meetings
      • urgent meetings of executive bodies of political, legal parties or executive bodies under labour constitution law
      • of medical and psychosocial self-help groups
      • elite sport
      • drive-in cinemas
    • People from one household may meet up with one person from another household.
    • The restrictions on leaving your home provisionally apply until 1.12.2021. An extension until 11.12.2021 has been announced.

COVID-19 Protective Measures

COVID-19 Protective Measures

The protective measures have applied since 22 November 2021 and apply provisionally until 1 December 2021; an extension until 11 December has been announced. This document provides an overview of the applicable measures. For more information, please refer to: www.oesterreich.gv.at, Coronavirus - Aktuelle Maßnahmen (sozialministerium.at).


Please note the special regulations for the Austrian Provinces  → Map Coronavirus Traffic Light | Coronavirus Traffic Light

Please note the special regulations for Vienna as specified under → “Regional measures for Vienna”.


Information on the Obligation to Wear a Mask

  • Children under the age of 6 do not have to wear a mask.
  • Face masks for children from 6 to 14 years of age. FFP2 masks compulsory for children from 14.
  • Exemptions from the obligation to wear an FFP2 mask:
    • health-related or disability-specific reasons (then mouth-and-nose protection or other closely fitting mechanical protection device; if this cannot be reasonably expected, face shield)
    • Therapeutic educational reasons
    • While providing a service in close physical proximity (if required without a mask)
    • While providing or receiving speech therapy
    • While eating and drinking
    • During the exercise of sports
    • Pregnant women (face mask instead)
    • People who are deaf or hearing impaired, in communication with others

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