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A landlocked country in Central Europe, Austria is where the contemporary meets the historic. Full of soul-stirring scenery, historic villages, fairy-tale castles and an eclectic culture, it offers a wealth of unique experiences to its visitors.

Is it safe travelling to Austria after COVID 19?

Given the current climate and our understanding of the coronavirus, it is advisable to not travel to Austria. The COVID-19 situation is constantly evolving and the jury is still out on when the country will open its international borders to non-essential travelers, especially tourists. As the number of new cases has begun to stabilize, the country has etched out a phased plan of recovery that will allow non-essential travelers to enter shortly

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Easing Travel Restrictions and Lockdown Measures

Austria was the first country in Europe to ease restrictions and opened up restaurants and cafes on May 15 and is positively headed to normalcy.

The number of new cases of the virus has decreased significantly throughout the country. Austria is now gradually re-opening the country after monitoring the situation carefully.

Quarantine Rules

There will be a compulsory 14 day quarantine period whether people test positive or not.

Updates on Travel Restriction in Austria

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  • Domestic travel Residents can travel within countries with flights being operational since May. 

  • International Travel Austrian authorities have opened their borders for the nationals of the neighbouring countries, these include Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary or Slovenia. The country has decided to close its borders for Italy and other countries until further notice. Health certificate is necessary for entry, and those without a certificate, must self-isolate for 14 days. Testing facility available at Vienna airport for €190.

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Where to go in Austria

Historic architecture, charming villages with musical undertones, spiral ski slopes and bottomless lakes - you can find all of these and more in Austria. Explore the mountain slopes of Bad Gastein and take a dip in one of its hot springs. If you are a sports enthusiast, Innsbruck is a must-visit. Salzkammergut, Salzburg and Zell am See are some of the other places you just cannot miss.

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  • Vienna
  • Loipersdorf bei Fürstenfeld
  • Krimml
  • Geinberg
  • Bratislava
  • Brno

Things to do in Austria

An ideal destination for adventure seeking travellers, Austria is famous for its extensive collection of winter-sport experiences. Whether you are interested in ice skating, snowboarding or snowshoe hiking, Austria has got you covered! Take a trip to the Bavarian mountains and enjoy the spectacular view from your vantage point. Discover the thriving wildlife of Vienna at Tiergarten Schönbrunn, the oldest zoo in the world and enjoy a recital at the impressive Marble Hall.

New Rules and Reopening of Tourist Attractions in Austria

A country that gave birth to many of the world’s greatest artists, no trip to Austria is complete without visiting Staatsoper, one of Vienna’s most prestigious opera houses. Marvel at the fountains of Schloss Hellbrunn, admire the Gothic architecture of Stephansdom and spend some time in the ice caves of Eisriesenwelt.

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Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
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Technisches Museum Wien
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Leopold Museum
Krimml Waterfalls
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Museum der Illusionen
Therme Wien
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Thermal Spa Loipersdorf

Away from the Crowd

Austria is the perfect place to go off the radar and enjoy many picturesque destinations that are yet to be discovered. If snow-capped mountains and royal castles interest you, head over to the whimsical alpine town of Innsbruck. The charming pear orchards of Mostviertel, the scenic hiking trails of Vorarlberg, the city of Graz with a distinct artistic heritage and the beautiful valley of Alpbach are all worth a visit.

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    Entry and Exit

    In response to the threat that COVID-19 poses, most foreign nationals are denied entry into the country except in certain exceptional cases.

    Flights
    Trains
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    Local Transport
    • Currently, all domestic flights have been grounded.
    • Some airlines are still operating emergency flights in order to repatriate citizens stuck abroad
    • Most airlines have completely shut down their operations while plans are being made for the resumption of flights from mid June.
    • We don’t have an answer to when exactly will flights resume as the answer today may be different in a couple of weeks. This section will be updated with the exact dates once the information is available.
    • Quarantine rules apply to all incoming international passengers.

    Post COVID Travel Essentials for Austria

    You must be wondering about what measures and safety guidelines to follow before and during your trip. This section takes you through everything you need to know to plan a safe trip, including visa and passport essentials, travel insurance, what to pack, etc.

    Packing Essentials
    • N-95 masks N95 mask is a global-standard respirator mask that is made from polypropylene and can filter out at least 95% of very small (0.3 micron) particles. N95 masks are also capable of filtering out all types of pathogens, including bacteria and viruses. With mandatory use of masks across airports and all forms of social interactions, it's mandatory that you carry at least 2 masks with yourself.

    • Gloves Non-sterile patient examination gloves, which are routinely used in healthcare settings, are appropriate for keeping your hands from getting contaminated. Remember to carry a bunch due to their disposable nature.

    • Hand sanitizer Hand sanitizers sold in pharmacies typically have an alcohol concentration of around 60%. It has been observed that hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol concentration work effectively and can inactive the novel coronavirus. Though most attractions are reopening with sanitisation stations, it's only beneficial to carry your own in case you run into an emergency.

    • Portable charger We all understand the value of staying connected in these times. As travel in the post COVID world moves towards a more contact-free and digital experience, it’s important that you always carry a portable charger when you travel.

    • Digital thermometer & first-aid kit You can prevent unnecessary trips to the hospital if you carry a first-aid kit with yourself. Take a digital thermometer along as they’re durable and you can keep a regular check on your body temperature.

    • Extra clothes Carry an extra pair of clothes with you that you wear only at the airports or other places with heavy footfall while traveling. While catching the air-borne virus can be prevented by wearing masks and social distancing, carrying an extra pair of clothes just minimises the risk that much further.

    • Ziplock bags Use zip lock bags to isolate pieces of clothing or items that you will not be using again. This will prevent any possibility of cross-contamination.

    Health & Hygiene
    • Wash your hands frequently Wash your hands with soap regularly and thoroughly to remove pathogens. You can also use alcohol-based sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol to kill bacteria and viruses.

    • Maintain distance and avoid close contact (6 feet or 2 arms length) Maintain at least 6feet distance between yourself and others. When someone coughs or sneezes, or speaks they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus.

    • Always wear a mask in public Since COVID-19 is a respiratory disease and is air-borne, wear a mask, coupled with social distancing to prevent getting infected and/or spreading it to others.

    • Clean and disinfect surfaces Clean surfaces using soap and water, then use disinfectant. Cleaning with soap and water reduces the number of germs, dirt and impurities on the surface. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces.

    Travel/Health Insurance

    Travel insurance is now going to become even more important than it was. Whether it’s regarding flight cancellations or medical emergencies, insurance while traveling is going to play a major part in our travel planning and expenses. There are 5 major types of insurances available for you to consider:

    • Trip Cancellation These insurances cover you if you were to cancel your trip due to unforeseen events such as illness, injury, or death suffered by the insured or a member of the insured’s immediate family. Some policies however exclude trip cancellation in the event of war or civil disturbance.

    • Flight Delay/Cancellation Flight delay/cancellation insurance pays for new travel arrangements/flight tickets and in some cases, accommodations and meals. This depends on your provider so read your policy carefully.

    • Medical Insurance Medical insurance covers the cost of transportation in case of emergency medical evacuation, due to injury or sickness. Some medical insurances also cover COVID-19 infections should you get infected after the effective policy date.

    You may sometimes end up having to pay up front for your medical services, which will then be reimbursed by your insurance company. In other cases, the insurance company will provide “proof of direct payment” to the healthcare provider.

    • Baggage Loss Baggage loss insures you in case your luggage is lost, delayed, or stolen. It sometimes includes a cash payment if your bags are delayed for more than 12/24 hours after you arrive at your destination.

    • Travel Document Protection Travel document protection insurance covers you so that you can replace a lost passport or other travel documents.

    What to do in an Emergency

    Seek medical attention if you have any of the following symptoms:

    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • Troubled breathing
    • New confusion
    • Inability to wake or stay awake
    • Bluish lips or face

    If you think you have been exposed to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) or have any of the symptoms mentioned above, seek medical attention immediately.

    Virtually Experience the Best Destinations in Austria

    Just because we’re staying home doesn’t mean we’ve lost our wanderlust. Join online experiences, from interactive cooking classes to livestream walking tours, no matter where you are in the world.

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    • Technisches Museum Wien
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    Post COVID International Travel

    The word is reopening again. Pockets of movement and travel bubbles have begun to pop up. While the cautious may stick to their own shores and travel domestically, international travel looks to be slowly recovering. In our extensive report linked below, you can learn about each country’s international travel policies, their current status with regards to COVID-19 numbers and the travel regulations in place.

    The report also looks at 500+ major tourist attractions around the world and regularly updates their opening dates and rules of visiting in real-time. We also take a close look at how COVID-19 will impact the way we make our travel plans - picking destinations, choosing the right time to visit, packing essentials and more. Click on a link to read more.

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