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Exercise normal safety precautions in Austria.
Exercise normal safety precautions in Austria.
Health advice due to COVID-19 is continually changing. Rules and restrictions to prevent outbreaks can change quickly. It’s important to regularly check the rules in the destinations you’re travelling to and transiting through.
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Terrorist attacks can occur at any time. In November 2020, 4 people were killed in an attack in the inner city of Vienna.
Terrorists have staged attacks in other European cities in recent years. Targets include:
European security services have stopped some planned attacks.
To protect yourself from terrorism:
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 increasingly common on public transport and in tourist areas. This includes:
Hotspots for crime include:
Thieves are active on international trains and buses.
To protect yourself from crime:
Scams and fraud
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 are usually peaceful but can turn violent. They can disrupt traffic and public transport.
Protests in Vienna are usually held around the Ring Road and on the Mariahilfer Strasse shopping street.
To stay safe:
Austria experiences severe weather, including:
People have been killed in mudslides and avalanches in recent years.
Weather in alpine regions is unpredictable. It can change suddenly.
If you're visiting an alpine area:
Before you travel:
Skiing outside of prepared skiing areas (off-piste) is dangerous. Stick to marked slopes and trails.
Hiking or mountain climbing without appropriate footwear (hiking boots) is dangerous. Stick to marked trails.
For avalanche updates in English, register with the:
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. Consider whether you may be in a vulnerable category for COVID-19.
See your doctor or travel clinic to:
Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.
If you have immediate concerns for your welfare, or the welfare of another Australian, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or contact your nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate to discuss counselling hotlines and services available in your location.
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 medication for your trip.
Carry a copy of your prescription or a dated letter from your doctor stating:
COVID−19 remains a risk in Austria. Public health measures may be in place to help protect you and others. These measures may vary according to location. For the latest information, follow local media and the Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection websites and the Austrian National Tourist Office.
To protect yourself and others from illness:
For information on Austria's COVID−19 vaccination program, refer to the Austrian vaccination website. You should consult your local health professional for advice on vaccine options, including assistance that may be available locally. The Australian Government cannot provide advice on the safety, quality and efficacy of vaccines that have been approved for use outside of Australia's regulatory process.
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:
The standard of medical facilities is of a similar standard to Australia.
Most doctors speak English.
Medical care can be very expensive. Make sure you have travel insurance before you arrive.
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.
Don't use or carry illegal drugs. Penalties for drug offences are severe. Possessing even small amounts of illegal drugs can lead to prison sentences. This includes marijuana.
You must always carry an ID, such as your passport. You may be asked to produce it by local police.
Preaching is illegal 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 be fined or 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.
Every country or territory decides who can enter or leave through its borders. For specific information about the evidence you'll need to enter a foreign destination, including COVID-19 vaccinations and tests, check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering.
Make sure you meet all entry and exit conditions. If you don't, the Australian Government can't help you.
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.
Entry into Austria
You don't need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, recovery or a negative PCR result to enter Austria. This may change subject to COVID-19 developments.
Land borders are open, but you may be subject to random checks by Austrian authorities. Airports are open, and schedules are returning to normal.
Austria is part of the Schengen Area. Refer to the European Commission Re-open EU web platform for country-specific information for each EU Member State, including on entry restrictions.
Departure from Austria
Vienna, Salzburg and Innsbruck Airports are open, and schedules have returned to normal.
Refer to the relevant travel advisory of neighbouring countries for departure and entry information.
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.
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).
Only change money at banks or other authorised dealers. Don't use street money changers.
Declare funds of more than 10,000 euros or equivalent if you're travelling between Austria and a non-EU country. This covers all forms of currency, not just cash. Failure to do so will result in fines.
You don't need to declare cash 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 entry date. 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 motorways (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.
You must have in your car:
If you get out of your vehicle on the shoulder of the road, you must:
Check your rental car has the required safety equipment.
Check with your travel insurer that your policy covers you for riding a motorbike, quad bike or similar.
Always wear a helmet.
Taxis are reliable and safe. Make sure the meter is running.
Austria's public transport network is well-developed and reliable.
You'll be fined if you travel on public transport without a valid ticket.
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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