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Free rapid antigen tests

Free rapid antigen tests are offered. On these pages you can find information about the locations and opening hours of the testing stations.

- Corona-tests in Carinthia

- Coronavirus information - city of Villach
- The chemists listed here are carrying out FREE COVID-19-Antigen tests on symptom-free people. You must make an appointment by phone beforehand.


Travel warning: South African mutation in Tyrol

After the Austrian federal government issued a travel warning for Tyrol on Monday, 8th February, the governor of Carinthia Peter Kaiser has appealed to the population to avoid non-essential travel to Tyrol at present. In Tyrol the aggressive South African variant of the coronavirus is spreading. While more and more suspected cases of the British mutation are being recorded in Carinthia, there is as yet no evidence of the South African mutation.

Everybody who has been in Tyrol in the last two weeks is urged to get tested. Please report to the Corona hotline 1450.

From Friday, 12.02. a negative test result is required to travel from North Tyrol, which must be no older than 48 hours.

Additional test lanes will be set up for commuters.


Covid-19 vaccination

Pre-registration: Since the last week of January it has been possible to register for the voluntary Covid-19 vaccination in Carinthia on an online platform of Land Kärnten. The form is available in English, Slovenian and Italian as well as German. After registering you will be informed by email or text when and where you will be vaccinated.

Allocation of dates: The allocation of vaccination dates is based on a priority list of the National Vaccination Board. In addition to age (in English here), health and occupational factors are also taken into account. In Carinthia Land Kärnten will carry out vaccinations as explained in German here.

Assistance: People who need help with registration can also register for vaccination at their local municipality. Moreover, a Corona hotline 050 536 53003 is available for further questions.

Information: For more information about the vaccination platform and Covid-19 testing opportunities in Carinthia, visit the Coronainfo page of Land Kärnten (in German). General information in different languages is available on the pages of the Ministry of Social Affairs. Please also refer to the links below.


Relaxation of Covid-19 safety measures

On Monday, Feb 8th, Covid-19 measures will be relaxed in certain areas. These are the main changes:


The curfew will only be in force from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Outside this time period, people from two households are allowed to meet. 


Retailers are allowed to reopen. FFP2 masks are mandatory and only one person is allowed in each 20m². 


Schools will reopen. Elementary schools go back to face-to-face classes. For students in the lower and upper grades of high schools, classes will be held in shifts. 


Body-related services (such as hairdressers, beauty salons) may only be used with a negative Covid-19 test taken in the previous 48 hours. 


New COVID-19 protective measure regulations

On Sunday, January 17, 2021 the Austrian government extended the current third lockdown. The strict lockdown will therefore continue up to and including Sunday, February 7th, 2021.

For the time being, however, the measures will be tightened once again. The general distance requirement will be extended from one to two meters. From Monday, January 25th, 2021 higher-quality FFP2 masks must be worn in shops and on all public transport (children up to the age of six and people who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons are exempt from this regulation). 

In addition, we have summarised the most important measures that are currently in force for you here. This list is not complete. For more detailed information please refer to the links at the bottom of this page.

The rules on not going out apply around the clock (from 0 to 24hrs).  People may only go out in exceptional cases - for example, to cover necessary basic needs, to care for family members or for physical and psychological relaxation. Contact with other people (from other households) must be reduced to a minimum. Therefore only contact with partners not living in the same household or with individual close relatives or reference persons is allowed. 

Schools will now NOT open on January 25th but after the semester holidays, and still on a gradual basis. In most states including Carinthia this means February 15th, in Vienna and Lower Austria on February 8th. As before, parents who need childcare may send their children - from 7 years old - to schools or nurseries from January 7th. In schools masks are compulsory for over-10's and there will be distance learning from Thursday January 7th. 

Nurseries will operate in the same way as as schools. The obligation to attend the final year of a nursery is cancelled.

Retail will be closed from December 25th, 2020. Only grocery stores, drugstores, pharmacies and post offices will be open. As of January 25th, 2021, FFP2 masks are mandatory and a distance of two meters needs to be maintained. Between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. it is, however, possible to shop via Click & Collect at other stores (e.g. construction markets).

Restaurants, food outlets, bars and hotels will remain closed at least until the end of February 2021. 

Public transport is (as of January 25th, 2021) subject to the minimum distance requirement of 2 meters and the FFP2 mask-wearing rule.

Gyms and other sports facilities will remain closed and ski stations may open from December 24th, 2020, with FFP2 masks to be worn in waiting areas (as of January 25th, 2021). Single-person types of sport are permitted (for example, jogging, cycling, cross-country skiing). 

Work. If possible people are recommended to work from home.

Covid-19-related travel regulations

Electronic registration before entry: As of Friday, January 15th, 2021 (00:00 hrs), people wishing to enter Austria (including Austrians!) must register electronically at least 24 hours in advance. You can download the corresponding form from the BMEIA website. There you will also find information about who is exempt from these regulations. 


Quarantine after entry: As of Saturday, December 19th, 2020 (00:00 hrs), quarantine is mandatory for 10 days after entering Austria. However, there are some exceptions, e.g. for persons entering from less affected countries (such as Norway, Australia, South Korea) and for people who commute regularly.

 

General guidelines:
Wash your hands!
Take special care!

 

Implementation of the "Corona-Ampel"

On September 4, 2020, the Austrian government implemented the "Ampelsystem" (traffic light system) - a system for assessing the regional epidemic situation. The system is based on indicators, which among others take into account the number of cases, the ability to reconstruct infection chains as well as the availability of resources in the health system. The "Ampel" enables politicy makers to initiate targeted action. 

Here you can find further information on the "Ampelsystem" and the current situation in Austria:
- FAQ Ampelsystem
- Austria map of the Corona Ampel

 

 

 

Useful Websites

Information in English about the latest measurements taken by the Austrian government can be found at
metropole.at/coronavirus-in-austria and
welcome2villach.at/en/coronavirus-in-carinthia

Coronavirus: Facts and security regulations in 16 languages:
integrationsfonds.at/coronainfo/en/ 

Please stay updated with the latest news regarding this situation by reading, watching or listening:

orf.at/corona/stories/3158537/ (English, Türkçe und Bosanski-Hrvatski-Srpski)

ORF
 (German)
orf.at/corona 
(German)
ZIB 100 (German)
FM4 (some English radio programs)

Information and guidance (travel advice, how to protect yourself, situation reports, etc.) from the World Health Organisation:
who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 (English)

Travel warnings and further information
 from the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs:
bmeia.gv.at/reise-aufenthalt/reisewarnungen (German/English)
bmeia.gv.at/reise-aufenthalt/reiseinformation/vor-der-reise/ 
(German)
sozialministerium.at/Informationen-zum-Coronavirus/Neuartiges-Coronavirus-2019 
(German/English)
Further Link for travel:
iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news (English)


Information sheet (Land Kärnten):
PDF Information sheet for people entering this country from areas at risk
(English)


The coronavirus simply explained (in German)

Here you get information about the coronavirus in simple German language.


A simple explanation of the Coronavirus for children

To watch the video, just click here!


A curious guide for courageous kids

The guide is available in lots of languages including English here.


A British article about guarding mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

Please click here to find out more.


Website on mental health and addiction treatment in times of COVID-19

Click here to go to the website.