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See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Austria for information on U.S.-Austria relations.
See the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for information on vaccines required or recommended for Austria.
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 plotting attacks in Europe. European governments are taking action to guard against terrorist attacks; however, all European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations. Austria’s open borders with members of the Schengen zone allow the possibility of individual terrorists entering/exiting the country undetected.
In response to sharply-increased migration, some Schengen area governments, including Austria, have temporarily imposed border controls where none previously existed. These controls can cause considerable delays at both train and vehicle crossings.
U.S. citizens are reminded to remain vigilant with regard to their personal security and to exercise caution.
Protests and Demonstrations: All of the major cities in Austria have occasional protests and demonstrations which cause occasional disruption to the local travel routes (i.e. street closures and public transit detours). Normally these protests are non-violent in nature. However, U.S. Government personnel in Austria have been instructed to avoid areas where demonstrations and protests are occurring.
Crime: Austria has one of the lowest crime rates in Europe, and violent crime is rare. Crimes of opportunity involving theft of personal property do occur. These crimes are most frequently reported in tourist areas, to include the plaza around St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the nearby pedestrian shopping areas in Vienna’s First District.
Victims of Crime:
U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault should first contact the U.S. Embassy.
Report crimes to the local police by dialing 133, and contact the U.S. Embassy at +43-(0)1-313-390.
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 for assistance.
Tourism: The tourism industry is generally regulated and rules with regard to best practices and safety inspections are regularly enforced. Hazardous areas/activities are identified with appropriate signage and professional staff is typically on hand in support of organized activities. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is widely available throughout the country. Outside of a major metropolitan center, it may take more time for first responders and medical professionals to stabilize a patient and provide life-saving assistance. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
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 the Department of State’s International Religious Freedom Report.
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 all 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. Homosexual couples are permitted to marry or a legally recognized civil union, at their option.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance. Accessibility and accommodation may be very different than what one finds in the United States. Austrian federal law mandates access to public buildings for persons with physical disabilities, so accessibility has greatly improved. 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 available at the Vienna Tourist Information website. Click here for information regarding accessibility in other regions of Austria.
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for women travelers.
Local hospitals will not settle accounts directly with American insurance companies. You must pay the bill to the local hospital and later claim a refund from the insurance carrier in the United States. The Austrian Medicine Import Act generally prohibits the import of prescription drugs into Austria, with two exceptions: 1) Non- European Union residents are allowed medicines as part of their personal luggage, but only the quantity required during the course of the stay, 2) Travelers may receive medicines by mail for personal use while staying in Austria. However, the quantity is limited to the length of their stay in Austria and cannot exceed three packages.
Further health information:
Road Conditions and Safety: Road conditions in Austria are generally excellent. During the winter, roads in alpine areas may become dangerous due to snowfall, ice, or avalanches. Some mountain roads may be closed for extended periods, and tire chains are often required.
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 have resulted in several deadly accidents in recent years. Traffic information and road conditions are broadcast on the English-language channel located between 91-105 FM depending on the locale. Emergency roadside help and information may be reached by dialing 123 or 120 for vehicle assistance and towing services (Austrian automobile clubs), 122 for the fire department, 133 for police, and 144 for ambulance. The European emergency line is 112.
Please see Austria’s travel webpage for detailed information related to driving. Below are key laws to consider:
Austrian Federal Railways (Österreichische Bundesbahnen) offer excellent railroad service to all major towns and all major cities in Europe. There is also an extensive network of Österreichische Post bus lines. All major cities offer excellent public transportation services. Click here for Vienna’s public transportation website.
Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of Austria’s Civil Aviation Authority as being 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.