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Country Specific Info.

The United States State Department produces Consular Information Sheets with health, safety and other country information for every country in the world. They are one good source of information, though you should look at multiple sources of information and take your own personal situation into account when selecting a country to study in.

The latest Consular Information Sheet for Austria is below. We do not take responsibility for this information or edit it in any way. You can access the State Department travel site directly at:

May 22, 2017

Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Vienna

U.S. Embassy, Consular Section
Parkring 12A
1010 Vienna, Austria
Telephone: (+43 1) 313-39-7535 (Mon to Fri 8:00 am  – 4:30 pm, except U.S. & Austrian holidays)
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(43 1) 31339-0
Fax: +(43 1) 51 25835

Destination Description

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Austria for information on U.S. – Austria relations. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay. You need sufficient funds and a return airline ticket. 

Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements

Visit the Embassy of Austria website for the most current visa information.

Austria is a party to the Schengen Agreement. This means that U.S. citizens may enter Austria for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Officials enforce this regulation strictly. If you stay longer, the government may fine you and ban your re-entry. For additional details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet.
Your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond your planned period of stay.
Prospective residents or anyone intending to stay longer than 90 days must obtain the appropriate visa. Austria takes fingerprints of all U.S. visa applicants.
Students and prospective students should visit the Study in Austria webpage for the most current information on student visa requirements. Fulbright students and scholars with questions should contact their respective program officer. Additional information for students is available here.

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Austria.

Find information on dual nationality, prevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

Safety and Security

Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue to plot attacks in Europe. European governments are taking action to guard against terrorist attacks. However, all European countries are vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations. Austria’s open borders with other Schengen area countries allow the possibility that terrorists may enter or leave the country undetected.

Responding to sharp increases in migration, some Schengen area governments, including Austria, imposed temporary border controls where none existed previously. These controls can cause considerable delays at train and vehicle crossings.

We urge U.S. citizens to remain vigilant about their personal security and to exercise caution.

Demonstrations occur regularly in Austria. Demonstration organizers must obtain prior police approval, and police routinely oversee participants. U.S. citizens should avoid areas around protests and demonstrations. Demonstrations can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. The Embassy posts security messages on its website.

Crime: Austria has one of the lowest crime rates in Europe, and violent crime is rare. Theft of personal property does occur, however. The most frequently reported areas for theft include the plaza around St. Stephen’s Cathedral and nearby pedestrian shopping areas in Vienna’s First District.

Beware of pickpockets on public transportation, trains, and train stations. All modes of transport coming into and out of the city center and trains that run between Vienna and Budapest, Prague, and Rome are high-risk.
Do not leave bags unattended.
Be alert to criminal schemes in public places such as cafes and tourist areas.
Do not buy counterfeit and pirated goods, even if they are widely available. It is illegal to bring bootlegged items back into the United States, and you may be breaking local laws.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime:

Report crimes to the local police by dialing 133 or 0800 / 112 112 (victims of crime hotline) and contact the U.S. Embassy at (+43 1) 31339 - 0.

Local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

help you find appropriate medical care
assist you in reporting a crime to the police
contact relatives or friends with your written consent
explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
provide a list of local attorneys
provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
provide information on victim’s compensation and support in Austria
provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support if you are destitute
help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy’s consular section for assistance.

For further information:

Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
Call us in Washington at 1-888-407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
See the State Department's travel website for Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, and the Europe Travel Alert.
Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
See traveling safely abroad for useful travel tips.

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.

Furthermore, some laws are prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

Special Circumstances:

Expect long prison sentences and heavy fines for possessing, using, or trafficking illegal drugs in Austria.
Contact the Austrian Embassy in the United States for specific information regarding customs requirements.
Credit cards are not as widely accepted in Austria as in the United States. However, ATMs (‘Bankomat’) are available throughout Austria. Please note that it is very common NOT to receive a receipt.

Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:

Faith-Based Travel Information
International Religious Freedom Report– see country reports
Human Rights Report– see country reports
Hajj Fact Sheet for Travelers
Best Practices for Volunteering Abroad

LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Austria. The LGBTI community is well-developed in larger cities, such as Vienna, Graz, Linz, Innsbruck, and Salzburg. LGBTI organizations generally operate freely. While there is some societal prejudice against LGBTI persons, Austria has become more liberal with laws and social opinion concerning sexual orientation and gender identity. Anti-discrimination laws also apply to LGBTI persons. Civil partnerships of same-sex couples are legal under a January 2010 law but are not equivalent to marriage.

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance. Accessibility and accommodation may be very different than in the United States. Austrian federal law mandates access to public buildings for persons with physical disabilities, so accessibility has improved greatly. While many stores and restaurants in Austria still lack ramp or elevator access, most tourist attractions are accessible. A comprehensive assessment of public buildings, including tourist sites, restaurants, cafes, and hotels in Vienna, is on the Vienna Tourist Information website. Click here for information about accessibility in other regions of Austria.

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.


Medical Care and Facilities: Austria has good medical care and facilities. Austrian hospitals will not settle accounts with American insurance companies. You are responsible for paying medical bills onsite and claiming a refund with your insurer later. 

The U.S. Government does not pay medical bills.
Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not provide coverage overseas. 
Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas or purchase travel insurance for this purpose.
Most care providers overseas accept cash payments only. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

Prescription Medications: If traveling with prescription medication, check with the Austrian Federal Ministry for Health to ensure the medication is legal in Austria. Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.

See the government of Austria website for more information about bringing medication into Austria.

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Tick-borne encephalitis is common; a non-USDA-approved vaccination is available. Travelers anticipating high-risk activities (camping, adventure travel) should take precautions.

Further health information:

World Health Organization
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Travel & Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety: Austrian road conditions in general are excellent. During the winter, roads in alpine areas may become dangerous due to snowfall, ice, or avalanches. Some mountain roads may close for extended periods, and tire chains are often mandatory.

Be alert when you drive through autobahn construction zones, particularly on the A-1 East/West Autobahn. Reduced lanes and two-way traffic in these zones resulted in several deadly accidents in recent years.
The English-language channels between 91 and 105 FM (depending on the locale) broadcast traffic information and road conditions. See the Austrian motorway operator website for more information.
Emergency roadside help and information may be reached by dialing 123 or 120 for vehicle assistance and towing services (Austrian auto associations), 122 for the fire department, 133 for police, and 144 for ambulance. The European emergency line is 112.

Traffic Laws: Please see Austria’s travel webpage for detailed information about driving. 

Penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol are stricter than in many U.S. states.
Austria requires all motor vehicles on Austrian freeways to display a highway toll sticker (“Autobahnvignette”) on the inside windshield of the vehicle.  Purchase this sticker at border crossings, gas stations, or “Tabak” shops.  Fines for failing to display a valid toll sticker are around $300.00.
The maximum speed limit is 130 km/hr (81mph) on the Austrian autobahns.
Using a hand-held cell phone while driving is illegal.
Turning right on red is illegal.
Cars on Austrian motorways must leave an emergency corridor in between the far-left lane and all others to the right, even when no emergency vehicle is approaching.
Failure to use winter tires on your vehicle between November 1 and April 15 will result in substantial fines. Not using winter tires will void your insurance coverage.
You must equip your rental car with proper tires and obey the provisions of the rental contract. Driving a rental car across country borders carries some restrictions. Do not attempt to enter countries listed as “prohibited”.
If you have a valid U.S. driver's license, you can drive in Austria without an Austrian license for up to six months, IF accompanied by an international driving permit or an official translation of your U.S. license (from one of the Austrian auto associations, ÖAMTC or ARBÖ).

Public Transportation: Austria has an extensive and safe public transportation network of buses, streetcars, trains, and subways. Use common-sense safety practices; guard your valuables and remain aware of your surroundings on all public transportation.

The Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) offer excellent railroad services to all major towns and all major cities in Europe.
ÖBB Postbus offers an extensive network of bus lines.
Click here for Vienna’s public transportation website. 

See our road safety page for more information. Visit the website of the Austrian National Tourist Office for more transportation information.

Aviation Safety Oversight:

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) found the government of Austria’s Civil Aviation Authority in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Austria’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

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