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Austria

If you’re travelling to Austria, our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information.

Get travel and medical insurance

Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), available by contacting the Health Service Executive, and that you also obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.

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  • Avoid non-essential travel
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  • Overview
  • Safety and Security
  • Local Laws and Customs
  • Climate and Skiing
  • Health
  • Embassy Contact

Overview

Overview

Security Status

High Degree of Caution

Latest Travel Alert

Anyone considering travel should be aware that restrictions are subject to change at short notice, and all passengers should undertake proper research and carefully consider the necessity of their travel at this time. Citizens should be aware of the possible limitations to any consular assistance that could be provided. It is also important to check with your travel insurance provider on coverage before travel.

If considering travelling abroad, you are advised to monitor the official advice and information provided by the authorities at your destination. Information about entry restrictions applied by other countries is available below. Additional restrictions may be imposed by the country of your destination, including during your visit.

Travel to Austria

In Austria, a full lockdown has been in effect since Monday 22 November. This lockdown will likely last until 12 December (review 10 days after commencement). During lockdown, exit restrictions for all, vaccinated and unvaccinated, apply, and non-essential services, shops, restaurants, Christmas markets, tourist facilities, etc. remain closed. The borders remain open for the time being.

When entering Austria from Ireland, or another country listed at Appendix 1, the following requirements apply:

  • Evidence of compliance with the 2.5-G rule (“Geimpft, PCR-Getestet, oder Genesen”) – meaning “vaccinated, negatively PCR-tested, or recovered” from COVID-19. This means having one of the following, in German or English:
  • A negative PCR-test taken no more than 72 hours prior to entry.
  • A vaccination certificate, consistent with the requirements set out below.
  • Proof of recovery from Covid-19 in the past 6 months (180 days), consistent with the requirements/definitions set out below.

Note: Antigen and antibody tests will then no longer be permitted (except for commuters, but with a reduced validity of 24 hours).

If you enter the country without the corresponding valid ‘2.5G’ proof, a test for SARS-CoV-2 (PCR) must be carried out immediately after entry, within 24 hours at the latest, and a registration for pre-travel clearance must be carried out before entry. Registration for pre-travel clearance can be completed at the earliest 72 hours before entry. In the event of an official inspection, this must be presented in digital or print format. The authenticity of the document can be checked using the QR code.

These documents must be in German or English and must be presented to the authorities upon request. The above is also valid for children from the age of 12.

Subject to compliance with the above, no quarantine period is necessary.

Who is considered as ‘vaccinated’ against SARS-CoV-2? In Austria, a proof of vaccination is a document with a vaccine as stated in Appendix C. In addition, the following conditions must be met:

  • Second vaccination, which must not be older than 270 days, and at least 14 days must have elapsed between the second and the first jab; or
  • 21 days have elapsed since vaccination in the case of vaccines for which only one vaccination is foreseen (i.e. Janssen vaccine from Johnson & Johnson), provided that this vaccination is not older than 270 days;
  • Vaccination of convalescents, no more than 270 days old, provided that a positive molecular biology test (PCR-test) for SARS-CoV-2, or evidence of neutralising antibodies was available at least 21 days prior to vaccination;
  • A further vaccination (3rd jab) which must not be older than 270 days. There must be at least 14 days between the 1st and 2nd jab, and at least 120 days between the 2nd and 3rd jab.

Who is considered as ‘recovered’ from SARS-CoV-2? A proof of recovery is a medical or official confirmation of recovery from an infection with SARS-CoV-2 within the last 180 days, which has been molecular biologically approved (PCR-test).

Entry from other countries or areas that are not listed on Appendix 1 is possible under certain conditions.

The following rules apply to these people upon entry:

  • Registration for pre-travel clearance. This can take place at the earliest 72 hours before entry.
  • Presentation of a negative molecular biological test result (PCR-test) for SARS-CoV-2 in German or English, which must not be older than 72 hours.
  • Immediate start of a ten-day quarantine. The ten-day quarantine must be commenced immediately and can only be ended with a negative molecular biological test (PCR-test) from the fifth day after entry. The day of entry is to be regarded as "day zero".

Exemptions to the 2.5-G rule exist for children traveling under the supervision of an adult, up to the age of 12. In any case, the child must be registered for pre-travel clearance, if this is part of the requirements as set out above.

Anyone considering travel to Austria should check the latest information from the local authorities regarding requirements for international passengers arriving in the country. Further information from national authorities about restrictions on passengers entering Austria is available here.

After the lockdown, a return to the 2G (vaccinated, recovered) or 2.5G (vaccinated, recovered, PCR-tested) rules is envisaged. An overview of the regional regulations that apply in addition to the nationwide measures, including the recently tightened measures in the provinces of Vienna, Upper Austria and Salzburg, can be found on the website https://corona-ampel.gv.at/aktuelle-massnahmen/regionale-zusaetzliche-massnahmen.

General Travel Advice

Specific measures are in place throughout Austria, and you are advised to follow the guidelines of nationalregional and local authorities. The Austrian four-stage Corona traffic light system provides information on the regional risk situation including both the risk of spread and the systemic risk (= risk of overloading the health care system with COVID-19 patients).

Current information on flights to and from Vienna can be found on the Vienna Airport website. Please check with your airline if in doubt.

The Austrian Ministry of Health monitors the current developments closely and measures are regularly revised by the responsible authorities. You can follow updates by the Austrian ministries here:

For more information please see the following links: Ministry of Heath / Public Health Authorities

The Austrian Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection provides detailed information, recommendations and download material about COVID-19 (mainly in German).

The Health Hotline 1450 has been created for people with symptoms or people suspecting to have been infected.

The Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) has established a 24/7 Corona-Information-Hotline 0800 555 621.

The Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs regularly updates travel warnings also related to COVID-19. Information is provided in German.

The Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research offers information and recommendations for schools, students, staff and researchers in German and English. 

While there are currently no reports of major delays on public transport, visitors are advised to check with Austrian Federal Railways for information regarding any disruptions to service.

All visitors to Austria, must carry their passport when crossing all borders, and are advised to carry photo identification at all times, when travelling within Austria. The Embassy recommends carrying a copy of your passport.

An incident, suspected to be a terrorist attack, took place in Vienna city centre (on several locations in the 1st district near Schwedenplatz) on 2 November 2020. People are asked to remain vigilant in crowded and popular inner city places.

You can contact the emergency services in Austria by dialling 112. Specific emergency numbers are:

  • Police: 133
  • Fire brigade: 122
  • Ambulance: 144

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Safety and Security

Safety and security

Crime

Crime remains relatively low in Austria but you should take sensible precautions.

  • Don’t carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place.
  • Don’t carry your passport unless absolutely necessary and leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home.

Be particularly aware of petty theft at Vienna´s largest train stations, Westbahnhof, and Hauptbahnhof. There have also been several recent reports of thefts on the trains between Vienna and Prague/Budapest.

Reporting a crime

If you’re a victim of a crime while in Austria, report it to the local police immediately. And you can contact us at the Irish Embassy if you need help.

Passport loss/theft

If your passport is lost or stolen, you should contact the Embassy as soon as possible and report the loss or theft to the nearest police station or Magistrat. You will need to submit a copy of your police statement when you’re applying for a new passport or if you’re making a claim on your insurance.

In some cases, you may be able to use this statement instead of a passport, but you should check with the airline before going to the airport. If your airline won’t accept the statement, the Embassy may issue you with an Emergency Travel Certificate, valid for one journey from Austria to Ireland, or a Temporary Passport, valid for a restricted period of time.

Walking and Cycling

Please observe traffic lights when walking in Austrian towns and cities, particularly Vienna. On the spot fines are administered for crossing the road at a red light.

It is important to observe the rules of the road when cycling. On the spot fines are administered for cycling in pedestrian areas. It addition, cyclists in Vienna are subject to random breath testing. Failing a test may result in a fine, imprisonment, or both.

Driving

The rules of the road are more complex in Austria than those in Ireland, especially for caravan and motor home owners so if you’re planning on driving, remember:

  • Bring your full Irish driving license and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance.
  • Using your headlights is mandatory in poor visibility and recommended at all other times.
  • Carry a high-visibility vest and a hazard warning triangle in the car.
  • Motorists in Austria must form an emergency corridor as soon as traffic ceases to progress and congestion is imminent on motorways or dual carriageways and highways, regardless of whether emergency vehicles are already in the vicinity or not.
  • Road conditions are generally good although roads in alpine areas can become hazardous during winter and some mountain roads may be closed for extended period.

Using the motorway

If you’re planning to use motorways and ‘S’ roads in Austria, you risk heavy, on-the-spot fines if you don’t display a Motorway Vignette on your vehicle. You can buy these Motorway Vignettes at all major border crossings into Austria and at larger petrol stations.

Drink Driving

The legal drink driving limit in Austria is 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. The limit is 10 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood for coach/HGV drivers and those who have had a licence for less than two years. Penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol are severe.

Hiring a vehicle

If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.

Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).

Local Laws and Customs

Local laws and customs

Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or even illegal

Illegal drugs

Illegal drug use (no matter what the drug) carries stiff penalties, including fines and long prison terms.

Personal identification

Under Austrian law, you must carry identification, such as a passport, at all times, or be able to produce identification within a short timeframe. We advise you to carry photocopies of the relevant pages of your passport, and keep the original in a safe place.

Registration

If you’re staying in private accommodation in Austria for more than three days, you must register your place of residence with the local authorities. 

Climate and Skiing

Climate and Skiing

Practical advice

If you’re travelling to Austria, make sure you know what to expect – then plan and pack so that you’re prepared. Get local advice on how to manage in the case of a serious incident or dangerous conditions and co-operate with local authorities.

Climate

Austria’s climate is moderate and generally pleasant, with warm summers and cold winters (temperatures largely depend on altitudes). From June to September, you can expect sunshine and low rainfall and from November to March the weather is much colder and usually ideal for winter sports.

Skiing

If you are planning a skiing holiday contact the Austrian Tourist Agency which covers Ireland (1890 930 118 or holiday@austria.info) for advice on weather and safety conditions before you travel. Off-piste skiing is highly dangerous. You should follow all safety instructions carefully, given the danger of avalanches in some areas, in particular in times of heavy snow.

Always check with the local tourist offices on current snow and weather conditions on arrival. Avalanche beepers (receivers) are the most common rescue devices and when properly used provide the fastest way of locating an avalanche victim. You can get avalanche information by telephoning +43 512 581839 or by visiting the following the websites of the Tirol Avalanche Warning Service or the European Avalanche Warning Service. Take extra care during the spring season, as this is when avalanches most commonly occur.

Please register with the Embassy if embarking on a ski holiday.

Health

Health

Tick-borne encephalitis

If you’re planning to travel in forested areas, you risk being exposed to tick-borne encephalitis. Ticks are very common in country areas and are active from spring to autumn. Vaccinations can be organised with your local medical practitioner.

Travel Insurance

We can’t pay for emergency medical repatriation, repatriation of remains, or for expenses as a result of a personal emergency while you are abroad. If you buy an appropriate travel insurance policy, these costs will be covered, provided you haven’t broken the terms and conditions.

Buying comprehensive travel insurance can save you and your family a lot of money if something goes wrong. It will also ensure that you get the medical attention you need, when you need it. Hospital bills can quickly run into thousands of euro, and a medical evacuation back to Ireland can cost thousands more.

Not all policies are the same, and the cheapest one might be cheap for a reason. Make sure your policy covers all the activities you plan to do on your trip. Insurance Ireland recommend that you purchase a policy that provides a minimum medical cover of €1 million.

Emergency expenses

Your policy should cover:

  • All medical care abroad, including evacuation by air ambulance, or other emergency procedures, and any other costs associated with an unexpected longer stay.
  • Your entire trip, from departure to return. Consider an annual multi-trip policy if you’re making more than one trip in the year.   
  • 24-hour emergency service and assistance.
  • Personal liability cover (in case you’re sued for causing injury or damaging property).
  • Lost and stolen possessions.
  • Cancellation and curtailment.
  • Any extra activities you intend to do that are excluded from standard policies (e.g. skiing, water sport activities such as jet skiing or other extreme sports).

Exclusions: You should know most insurance policies will not cover drink or drug-related incidents.

European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

As an Irish resident you are entitled to get healthcare through the public system in countries of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland if you become ill or injured while on a temporary stay there. Ensure that you get or renew your EHIC (the new name for the E111) before you go, and remember, you need one for every person travelling in your group.

The EHIC is not a substitute for proper travel insurance provided by a reputable insurer. It doesn’t cover medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or treatment of a non-urgent nature. Also, some private hospitals may not accept the EHIC, so you should check with the hospital administrator beforehand.

Medication

Make sure you bring enough medication for your entire trip and for any unexpected delays. Bring copies of your prescription in case you lose your medication, or in case you are asked to justify why you have certain medications at an entry point (airport, port, land border etc.).

Bear in mind that not all over-the-counter medications available in Ireland are legal in other countries and do your research before you go. Check with the nearest Embassy or Consulate of the country you’re planning to visit if you’re unsure which medications you may be able to bring with you.

 

Embassy contact

Embassy Contact

If you are an Irish citizen and require urgent assistance while the Embassy is closed, please dial the Embassy: +43 1 715 4246.

A recorded message will provide the telephone number of the Duty Officer in Vienna, which can be called in case of a genuine consular emergency that cannot wait until office hours.

Embassy of Ireland to Austria &
Permanent Mission of Ireland to the International Organisations in Vienna.
Rotenturmstrasse 16-18
5th Floor
1010 Vienna
Austria

Tel: +43 1 715 4246
Fax: +43 1 713 6004

Monday to Friday 09.30-12.30

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