Sending post in Austria before Christmas? Here are the dates you should know

Amid a stronger than usual demand, Austria Post has warned the public to send their packages on time in order to arrive by Christmas.

Sending post in Austria before Christmas? Here are the dates you should know
Will your Christmas package arrive on time? Photo: SAMUEL KUBANI / AFP

In order to get there by December 24th – the post will deliver as normal on December 24th – parcels should be sent by December 21st. 

Letters and cards should be sent by December 22nd, while eco-letters should be sent by Friday, December 18th. 

Post Express items can be sent up to and including the 23rd of December. 

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These dates apply when the sender and the recipient are in Austria. For shipments made abroad, “an earlier posting deadline should be observed”, reports ORF

Coronavirus delays? 

A spokesperson for Austria Post told ORF that the above deadlines apply if things continue as normal regarding the pandemic, i.e. if no unexpected or additional coronavirus restrictions are put in place. 

“This information is subject to corona-related restrictions, which can lead to delivery delays. In the case of Post Express as well as parcel shipments to third countries, special attention must also be paid to the processing time for customs clearance in the respective country of destination,” the spokesperson said. 

Post offices in Austria will be open up to and including the 24th of December. Most locations will only from 9am to midday on the 24th, but some post offices – particularly those in shopping centres – may be open longer, says Austria Post. 

In addition to longer opening hours on Wednesday, October 23rd, deliveries will be made on Saturday, December 19th. 


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EXPLAINED: How to register for the monkeypox vaccine in Vienna

Austria's capital city Vienna has begun registration appointments for those who want to get a monkeypox vaccine. Here's what you need to know.

EXPLAINED: How to register for the monkeypox vaccine in Vienna

As of September 9th, people can make reservations for monkeypox vaccination in Vienna, authorities announced. It is possible to register for the vaccine using the health service line by calling 1450 or via the Impfservice website.

The City of Vienna has said the pre-registration is needed because all planning will be done through a central system due to a shortage of vaccines.

“Please understand that due to the vaccine shortage, we cannot offer preventive monkeypox vaccination to everyone interested. We can use the reservation platform to quickly allocate available appointments and contact interested parties as soon as there are more vaccines”, the authorities said.

After the registration, people will be contacted to book appointments on September 14th. The first available date will be September 19th.

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Who should be vaccinated against monkeypox?

Vaccination of the general population is currently not recommended.

Preventive vaccination is only offered to health care workers with a very high risk of exposure to people with monkeypox (designated monkeypox departments/outpatient clinics/offices) and persons with individual risk behaviour (persons with frequently changing sexual contacts), the City of Vienna said.

The health authorities in Vienna also have a specific information sheet in English with more information on the disease.

Monkeypox is a notifiable disease caused by a virus closely related to the smallpox virus and which can cause a condition similar to smallpox but rarely deadly. People with immunodeficiencies, pregnant women and children are at risk of more severe symptoms.

The virus spreads from person to person through contact with infectious skin lesions, via air droplets through speaking, coughing, sneezing, or other body fluids, and when having prolonged and close physical contact, e.g. through sexual intercourse.

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Usually, the first symptoms show up 5 to 14 days (at the latest, 21 days) after exposure. These include fever, general exhaustion, headaches, muscle and body aches, gastrointestinal problems and frequently painfully swollen lymph nodes.

“If you have symptoms and have had contact with someone with monkeypox, you must self-isolate at once and call 1450. If you have a confirmed monkeypox infection, you need to stay in self-isolation until the last crust has fallen off”, the Austrian authorities added.