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Update: Austria’s Travel Restrictions Under Nationwide Lockdown

Planning a trip to Austria for the holiday season? While borders are still open during the nationwide lockdown and travel from most countries is possible, tourism is effectively closed under current regulations.

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On Sunday, Metropole brings you a COVID-19 update from Prof. Dr. Florian Krammer, an Austrian virologist who works and teaches at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City.

Vienna’s Current Coronavirus Rules – in Short

With cases numbers rising and vaccination numbers stalling, the City of Vienna has introduced new measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Austria’s COVID-19 Plan for the Fall

Almost two thirds of Austrians are vaccinated, but the coronavirus is now spreading fast among the unvaccinated. The government has now presented their plan for the fall.

What the New Austrian School Year Brings

As students return to school across Austria, new rules aim to keep them safe. Here’s all you need to know about the coronavirus rules and what other innovations await pupils

President Van der Bellen Urges Austrians to Get Vaccinated

Responding to stagnating vaccination rates, the Austrian head of state posted a personal video message asking everyone to “be part of the solution.”

Austria Introduces New Measures After a Surge in Cases

The government is once again tightening coronavirus measures after the relative summer calm, bracing the country for a potential fourth wave after the number of Covid-19 infections nears 1,000 new cases per day.

Summer in Vienna Brings Lifted Restrictions

As the weather gets warmer, restrictions are continuing to soften. Soon we will be able to enjoy summer in Vienna as we know it – night clubs are reopening, weddings and big events will be unrestricted.

Quarantine Requirements in Austria Lifted for a Number of Countries

The Austrian government ended quarantine requirements for several countries on May 19. But entry from many others remain restricted – especially those affected by COVID-19 variants.

Austria to Open Up on May 19

Schools will resume in-person instruction on May 17. Starting on May 19, restaurants and hotels can reopen, culture and sports events can take place again – for those who are tested or vaccinated. Here are all the details

Coronavirus Variants are Here to Stay – What We Need to Know

Strains from the UK, South Africa, and Brazil are worrisome, but there's no need to panic, as long as we follow the general measures to reduce spreading of the virus.

How Austria Plans to Support Its Schools & Artists

With schools in distance learning until February and cultural institutions closed perhaps through March, the government is stepping up support measures.

COVID-19 Vaccine Allergies? Real But Very Rare. Here’s What You Need to Know

Although there’s a very small risk of severe allergic reactions to the mRNA vaccine, it should not prevent most people – even with other allergies – from being vaccinated.

Overwhelming Uncertainty – Mental Health Issues on the Rise Under COVID-19

With the start of the pandemic, the Donau University in Krems began researching the impacts of the crisis on the moods and well-being of Austrians, with one in five affected.

Where to Get a COVID-19 Test in Vienna

There are many possibilities to get tested for the coronavirus in Vienna. The city offers free rapid antigen and PCR tests, pharmacies and labs offer paid tests.

Hold the Line

With cases skyrocketing again in Europe, it is time to remember the advice a public health expert gave us in April: The virus is unforgiving to unwise choices.
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