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.
Visit the Embassy of Austria website for the most current visa information.
The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Austria.
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.
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.
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy’s consular section for assistance.
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Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.
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.
Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Traffic Laws: Please see Austria’s travel webpage for detailed information about driving.
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.
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.