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Where to find the latest Covid-19 information for your region of Austria
With each Austrian region allowed to tighten emergency Covid-19 measures, restrictions can vary significantly across the country. Here's where to find the latest rules, information and data relevant to where you are.
Published: 27 December 2021 09:42 CET Updated: 3 January 2022 09:54 CET
A health worker prepares a coronavirus antigen rapid test at the coronavirus test center in the Orangery of the Schönbrunn Palace. Photo by ALEX HALADA / AFP.
Austria’s regions are allowed to introduce their own stricter rules on top of the national Covid-19 measures, though they cannot introduce more lenient rules. Whether you live there or are visiting, it’s important to keep informed about the Covid situation, so we’ve listed some of the key resources for the nine regions below.
Some of the below resources are available in German only. The Local is not responsible for the content of external websites and we cannot guarantee their accuracy, but we have only included links to official sites run by either regional authorities or tourist boards.
Nationwide, there are two key phone numbers to be aware of. 1450 is the number to call if you experience symptoms or have medical questions about Covid-19 (call +43 11450, with an extra 1, from foreign phones) and you can call 0800 555 621 for technical questions about Covid-19 for 24/7 answers from experts. You can also find an overview of national and regional Covid-19 rules (in German) from the Health Ministry’s website.
Reader question: Do I need to wear a mask on flights to/from Austria?
The EU has eased recommendations for face masks on flights and in airports, but member states are free to put their own rules in place.
Published: 17 May 2022 10:41 CEST Updated: 22 May 2022 08:44 CEST
Since Monday, May 16th, it is no longer mandatory to wear a medical-grade face mask on flights and at airports within the EU.
But Austria will continue with the rule for now, meaning that masks are required on flights to Austria.
The implementation of the EU recommendation is based on the national rules in individual countries.
For flights, where a destination country has a mask rule in place, then masks must be worn.
An Austrian Airlines spokesperson told the Kronen Zeitung: “The easing of the mask requirement is an EU recommendation that must be reflected in a national regulation in order to also apply in Austria.”
The aviation safety agency EASA and the EU health authority ECDC states that if masks are mandatory on public transport at the point of departure or at the destination, then the regulation should also continue on board the aircraft.
According to current Austrian Covid-19 regulations, wearing an FFP2 mask is still required in hospitals, elderly and nursing homes, public transport (including stops and stations), taxis, customer areas of vital trade, such as supermarkets, and administrative buildings.