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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Vienna, Austria (March 18, 2020)
March 18, 2020

Location: Austria

Event: The Government of Austria has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 3 Health Advisory for COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice.

State local government actions:

  • The government has implemented quarantines in select areas of Austria.
  • The Austrian Government has requested that individuals maintain limited social interactions and comply with the following:
    • Public gatherings of more than five people are forbidden.
    • Stay home except for essential duties, such as:
      • Procurement of groceries and necessary supplies.
      • To assist others who are unable to leave their homes.
      • To perform essential work or assist with COVID-19 response.
      • For walks with co-habitants in groups no larger than five.
    • All restaurants, bars, cafes and non-essential businesses are closed. Groceries, pharmacies, and other essential shops remain open, but with limited hours. Essential shops/services include grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, postal services, pet stores, gas stations, medical facilities and public transportation.
    • Employers should allow employees to telework whenever possible.

People found in violation of these regulations may be fined by local police.

The Austrian Coronavirus Hotline is available for individuals in Austria who believe they may have a COVID-19 infection. It can be reached by dialing 1450 from within Austria. Callers will be given directions on what actions to take by calling the hotline. Keep trying if you cannot get through. Many people are calling at once.

For life or death emergencies, 112 is the emergency number for Austria. Visit the local government COVID-19 website for updated information.

Actions to Take: