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Exercise normal safety precautions in Austria.
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While there have been no recent terrorist attacks in Austria, they can still happen.
Terrorists have staged attacks in European cities in recent years. Targets include:
European security services have stopped some planned attacks.
To protect yourself from terrorist threats:
If there's an attack, leave the area as soon as it's safe. Avoid the affected area in case of secondary attacks.
Terrorism is a threat worldwide.
Austria has a low rate of serious crime.
Petty crime is increasing on public transport and in tourist areas. This includes:
Hotspots for crime include:
Thieves are active on international trains and buses.
To reduce your risk of crime:
ATM fraud occurs in Vienna, particularly around St Stephen's Cathedral.
To reduce your risk of ATM fraud:
Public protests and events that draw large groups of people can turn violent.
Avoid crowds, protests and demonstrations.
Follow the advice of local authorities.
Avalanches, flash flooding and mudslides occur. Several people have died in recent years.
Weather in alpine regions is unpredictable. It can change suddenly.
Skiing outside of prepared skiing areas is dangerous.
For avalanche updates in English, register with the:
Before you travel to alpine areas:
When you're travelling in alpine areas:
Register with the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System to receive alerts on major disasters.
Get comprehensive travel insurance before you leave. Your policy needs to cover all overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation. The Australian Government won't pay for these costs.
If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. This applies to everyone, no matter how healthy and fit you are.
If you're not insured, you may have to pay many 1000s of dollars up-front for medical care.
Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition.
See your doctor or travel clinic to:
Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.
Not all medication available over the counter or by prescription in Australia is available in other countries. Some may even be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.
If you plan to bring medication, check if it's legal in Austria. Take enough legal medicine for your trip.
Carry a copy of your prescription or a dated letter from your doctor stating:
Tick-borne encephalitis is a risk in forested areas.
Ticks are most common in country areas. They're active from spring to autumn.
Cases of West Nile virus have occurred throughout Austria. There's no vaccine for it.
To protect yourself from illness:
To reduce your risk of tick-borne disease:
Health facilities are of a similar standard to Australia.
Most doctors speak English.
You're subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that may appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling.
If you're arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our Consular Services Charter. But we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail.
Penalties for possessing or trafficking drugs are severe. This includes long jail terms and heavy fines.
You must always carry ID or store it in a location you can access at short notice. You may be asked to produce it by local police.
It's illegal to preach unless you belong to a registered religious group and have a permit.
If you're in public places or buildings, it's illegal to cover your face with clothing or objects so you can't be recognised.
You may have to attend a police station if:
Some Australian criminal laws still apply when you're overseas. If you break these laws, you may face prosecution in Australia.
Austria is part of the Schengen area. This means you can enter Austria without a visa in some cases.
In other situations, you'll need to get a visa.
Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. Contact an embassy or consulate of Austria for details about visas, currency, customs and quarantine rules.
Get a clear stamp in your passport when you enter the Schengen area for the first time.
If you're staying in private accommodation for more than 3 days, you must register the location with local authorities.
Some countries won't let you enter unless your passport is valid for 6 months after you plan to leave that country. It can apply even if you're just transiting or stopping over.
Some foreign governments and airlines apply the rule inconsistently. Travellers can receive conflicting advice from different sources.
You can end up stranded if your passport is not valid for more than 6 months.
The Australian Government does not set these rules. Check your passport's expiry date before you travel. If you're not sure it'll be valid for long enough, consider getting a new passport.
Temporary immigration controls are in place at some road and rail border crossings with:
To avoid problems at border crossings:
Your passport is a valuable document. It's attractive to people who may try to use your identity to commit crimes.
Some people may try to trick you into giving them your passport. Always keep it in a safe place.
If your passport is lost or stolen, tell the Australian Government as soon as possible.
Austria's currency is the Euro (EUR).
If you're travelling between Austria and a non-EU country, declare all currency equivalent to 10,000 euros or more. This covers all forms of currency, not only cash.
If you don't declare it or give incorrect information on entry or exit, you'll be fined.
You don't need to declare funds if you're travelling to or from another EU country.
You can drive on your Australian driver's licence for up to 12 months from your date of entry. This only applies if you're not a resident of Austria.
You must also have either:
If you're a resident of Austria, your foreign driver's licence is valid for 6 months from the start of your residency permit.
Road conditions are generally good. However, roads in alpine areas can be hazardous in winter.
Some mountain roads may close for extended periods.
Winter tyres are mandatory from 1 November to 15 April when driving in winter conditions. Carry snow chains if driving in mountainous areas in winter.
To drive on the autobahn, you must display a current highway toll sticker, called a vignette.
You can buy a vignette:
Random vignette checks occur. You'll be fined if you don't have one.
If you get out of your vehicle on the shoulder of the road, you must:
Check your rental car has the required safety equipment.
Your travel insurance policy may not cover you for an accident while driving a motorbike, quad bike or similar. Check before you drive.
Always wear a helmet.
If you travel on public transport without a valid ticket, you'll be fined.
To avoid a fine:
If you plan to join a Danube river cruise, find out about:
Make sure you consider border crossings and travel with your passport.
DFAT doesn't provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths.
Check Austria's air safety profile with the Aviation Safety Network.
Depending on what you need, contact your:
Always get a police report when you report a crime.
Your insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number.
Contact your provider with any complaints about tourist services or products.
Read the Consular Services Charter for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.
See the Embassy website for details about opening hours and any temporary closures.
In a consular emergency, if you can't contact an embassy, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on:
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