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Up-to-date information on the Coronavirus situation

The number of new infections in Austria continues to decline, according to the official information resource of the austria.info

Up-to-date information on the Coronavirus situation

Photo: www.austria.info

Let's start with the good news: the number of new infections in Austria continues to decline. This encouraging development can be attributed to the rapid implementation of extensive measures by the Austrian Government and the discipline of the Austrian people. One such measure is the mandatory use of masks in supermarkets. From April 14, when small shops will be able to reopen their doors, the use of masks will also be mandatory in these stores and in all forms of public transport.

Austria has made clear principles on when and how public life can be resumed. By the end of April, a decision has been made to set a date for the service sector to resume operations. The aim is to ensure a gradual resumption of work. Activities can only be carried out after the results on the number of infected and recovered people are received at the end of June. In early May, the Austrian government decided on how to proceed in the summer of 2020.

Currently, Innsbruck and Salzburg airports are closed for regular flights.

Passenger trains between Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Slovakia, Switzerland and the Czech Republic have been suspended. Rail services between Austria and Germany are dwindling.

Detailed information can be found on the official website of the Austrian Federal Railways ÖBB

Austria currently has border controls at the borders of Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Liechtenstein, Hungary and Slovenia.

Persons travelling from Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, Hungary and Slovenia to Austria are required to produce a medical certificate confirming the negative result of the COVID-19 test. Without a certificate, entry will be denied. Transit through Austrian territory is allowed non-stop. Third-country nationals who have visited the COVID-19 high-risk zone within 14 days prior to travel are also required to carry a medical certificate confirming the negative result of the COVID-19 test. The certificate may not be made before 4 days before entering Austria.

Up-to-date information on all travel warnings can be found on the website of the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs.

Austrian embassies and consulates around the world do not currently issue visas.

Accommodation facilities are closed for tourism. Exceptions are made for residential establishments where people working in the food industry or employees of the health care organization live.

Until the end of April, the situation will be closely monitored to facilitate the resumption of the work of the organizations.

Quarantine areas: Paznaun Valley, St Anton, Selden and Tyrol. In Salzburg, quarantine applies to all the municipalities of the Gastein Valley, the Grosarl Valley and the municipalities of Flachau, Altenmarkt, Sell am See and Saalbach.

Currently, only shops that provide basic services are open: food trade, pharmacies, banks and post offices.

In stores of more than 400 m2, wearing a mask is a must.

The gradual resumption of outlets depends on the results of the indications of the growth of infected people at the end of April.

Sports and children's playgrounds, as well as other places of public meetings, are closed. All events are banned until the end of June 2020. No more than five people can gather at the same time in one place.

Recreational facilities and attractions such as museums, castles, theatres, operas and others are now closed.

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