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 15 September 2021

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

COVID-19 vaccination

The Austrian Federal Government aims to make a thoroughly tested, safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19 available to all people in Austria who wish to be vaccinated. It is becoming apparent that the availability of vaccines will initially be limited. It will therefore be necessary to establish priorities for the groups of people who will first be vaccinated. The following criteria will be considered in making this decision:

•        reduction of the disease burden caused by COVID-19 (severe courses and hospitalisation) to prevent deaths

•        protection of vulnerable groups, such as residents of senior residences and care homes

•        protection of people with a particularly high, work-related SARS-CoV-2 infection risk (professional indication)

•        containing the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in the population

•        keeping the system and critical infrastructure running (food retail, public transport, schools, kindergartens, etc.)

It can be assumed that initially there will not be enough vaccines available to vaccinate everyone in Austria at the same time. What’s more, not all vaccines will be approved for all groups of people. Once it is known which type of vaccine will be available, what its properties and efficacy are, how many doses will be available and for whom they can be used, it will be possible to make a final decision on which target group will be vaccinated at what time. This will also depend on expert medical recommendations against the background of the epidemiological situation. 

Information about the COVID-19 vaccination

The nationwide initiative “Österreich impft” (Austria vaccinates) of the Red Cross has set itself the goal of providing objective information about the COVID-19 vaccination.
You can find all further information as well as questions and answers here:

You will find answers to frequently asked questions below in the FAQs.

Regional measures

You can find further information on regional safety measures at www.corona-ampel.gv.at/aktuelle-massnahmen/regionale-zusaetzliche-massnahmen/, or contact the ÖIF Integration Centre in your province for information in this regard. 
 

Regional measures for Vienna

  • From September 2021, PCR tests are valid for 48 hours and antigen tests for 24 hours only. PCR tests for children under the age of 12 continue to be valid for 72 hours and antigen tests for 48 hours.
  • Customers must continue to wear mouth and nose protection in all business premises (e.g. clothes shops). Customers who cannot show proof of vaccination or a certificate of recovery must wear an FFP2 mask.
  • Customers must present proof of a negative test, vaccination or recovery in cultural facilities such as, for example, museums, libraries, theatres and cinemas, and wear mouth and nose protection in enclosed spaces. Here as well, customers who cannot show proof of vaccination or a certificate of recovery must wear an FFP2 mask.
  • Antigen self-tests (“living room tests”) are no longer accepted as proof of a negative test. This also applies with regard to on-site admission tests
  • The requirement to present proof of a negative test, vaccination or recovery applies to children from 6 years of age.
  • One visitor per patient per day is permitted in hospitals and health spas, except for patients and under-age patients in need of assistance, who are permitted two visitors per day. There are no limits on the number of visitors in situations involving palliative and hospice care, pastoral care or for support with critical life events.

The rules above apply until 31 October 2021.


Coronavirus traffic light

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: very low risk
  • Yellow-green: low risk
  • Yellow: medium risk
  • Orange: high risk
  • Red: very high risk

You can find more information at: www.corona-ampel.gv.at

COVID-19 Protective Measures

The Federal Government has decided to take steps towards opening up the country under special safety precautions, which will apply from 15 September 2021. With a few exceptions, these will apply until 31st October 2021. This document provides you with an overview; you can find detailed information at:

Information on the Obligation to Wear a Mask

  • Children over 6 years of age must wear nose-mouth protection.
  • Exemptions from the obligation to wear an FFP2 mask:
    • Persons who cannot reasonably be expected to wear an FFP2 mask for health or disability reasons (proof of medical confirmation required) – in this case, mouth and nose protection or other close-fitting mechanical protective devices must be worn; if this cannot be reasonably expected either, a protective device (face visor) that is not close-fitting and completely covers the mouth and nose area, if this is reasonable.
    • Pregnant women, but in this case mouth and nose protection is required instead
    • People who are deaf or hearing impaired, in communication with others
    • People who provide or utilise logopaedic health services, for the duration of the provision or utilisation
    • When it is required for therapeutic educational reasons
    • When necessary to provide a service in close physical proximity
    • During the consumption of food and drink
    • During the exercise of sports.

Population-wide COVID-19 testing in Austria

As in other countries, mass screening is also taking place in Austria. The tests are performed on a voluntary basis. As many people as possible should be tested for COVID-19. The goal is to identify infected individuals who are unaware of their status and in doing so to sustainably contain the occurrence of infection and to break the chain of infection.

The legal basis for the population-wide testing is Sec. 5a of the Austrian Epidemics Act. Positive results must be retested with a PCR test and the authorities will commence the collection of contact details (subject to sufficient capacity in the federal province).

Making an appointment

You can make an appointment for a test via the website österreich.gv.at. The earliest date on which appointments can be made in the individual federal provinces depends on the testing periods in the federal provinces. A testing site can be selected when making the appointment.

If anyone is unable to make an appointment online, they can have their appointment made for them by someone in a position of trust. For this reason, multiple bookings may be made via a single mobile phone number or email address. The appointment confirmations and test results will be returned with a code indicating which person they are for. The code comprises the person’s initials and the last two digits of their year of birth. Some federal provinces also offer the possibility to make a booking by phone.

The test procedure

The test result will normally be available within 15 minutes. Depending on the testing station, you may be able to wait for the result. If not, it will be sent to you electronically as quickly as possible. People with a positive test result will be sent a notice to self-isolate and will be able to book a second test. If this second test is held within 24 hours and the result is negative, the notice to self-isolate will be repealed.

A negative test result only means that you tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 at the time of testing. The restrictions based on the COVID-19 emergency regulations and the general hygiene recommendations (social distancing, hand washing and limiting social contacts) continue to apply regardless of the test results.

More information

You can find more information on the process, how to make an appointment, and the testing in your federal province at the following links:

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. 

Information about the COVID-19 vaccination

Information as at: 12 July 2021

Information source: Bundesministerium für Soziales, Gesundheit, Pflege und Konsumentenschutz

 

Population-wide COVID-19 testing

Information as at: 19.04.2021

Information source: Bundesministerium für Soziales, Gesundheit, Pflege und Konsumentenschutz

 

Frequently asked Questions. You will find the right answers here.

Information as at: 20 April 2021
Information source: AGES - Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety

 

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