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COVID-19

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.

Healthcare worker prepares test
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.

Burgenland

Carinthia

Lower Austria

Salzburg

Styria

Tyrol

Upper Austria

Vienna

Vorarlberg

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COVID-19 RULES

Austrian court rules certain bans for unvaccinated were ‘unconstitutional’

Austria's constitutional court found that banning unvaccinated people from going to hairdressers or cultural institutions was unconstitutional

Austrian court rules certain bans for unvaccinated were 'unconstitutional'

The Constitutional Court (VfGH) has found a regulation which stopped people from going to hairdressers in the second lockdown for the unvaccinated was unconstitutional and, therefore, illegal.

However, the Court of Justice did confirm it was admissible to distinguish between people with and without 2G evidence (proof they had recovered from or been vaccinated against Covid-19), meaning the lockdown for the unvaccinated was itself legal.

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As there were exceptions to the lockdown, allowing people without vaccinations to leave their homes to “cover the necessary basic needs of daily life”, this should have included trips to the hairdressers as part of these “basic needs” on a long term, the court ruled.

It clarified that the rules were at first supposed to last for 10 days, but as the lockdown got extended several times, lasting a total of 11 weeks, the “basic needs” evolved and should have included hairdresser visits.

According to the Constitutional Court, it was also illegal for the government to ban unvaccinated people from entering cultural institutions in autumn 2021.

In this case, the reason was that people were still allowed to go to church and other places of religion, which the court found was “in violation of equality”.

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The court found the ban on entering sports facilities ordered by the Minister of Health during the first lockdown in March and April 2020 was also unlawful, as there was not sufficient justification, broadcaster ORF reported.

Strict Covid-19 measures

Austria was one of the countries which imposed several lockdown periods during the pandemic, as The Local reported. While some were aimed at the entire population, more recently, only those who didn’t get vaccinated against Covid-19 were prevented from going out of their homes without a justification (such as grocery shopping or emergencies).

The country had also imposed a Covid-19 vaccination mandate, but that was scrapped after new variants of the virus evolved into less severe cases of the disease, the government said.

Currently, there are few coronavirus restrictions in place. You can check out all the measures across Austria here.

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