Austria Travel Information
There has recently been a large spread of coronavirus
infections in Tyrol in Austria and there is a high risk
of further increase in the number of infected,
especially due to the geographical proximity to northern
Italy. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has established
travel advice for Tyrol. After an overall assessment,
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends travel to
Tirol in Austria which is not strictly necessary.
Most trips to Austria are made without special
Norway has an embassy in Vienna and honorary
consulates in the cities of Bregenz, Innsbruck, Salzburg
The risk of terrorist incidents in Austria is
considered low. Vienna is the headquarters of a number
of international organizations, including the OSCE, the
IAEA, CTBTO, UNODC, Unido and Opec. The large
international presence in the city means that the danger
of terrorist attacks is potentially present. The
Austrian authorities have a well-developed emergency
response system and regularly carry out risk
assessments. Currently, these assessments indicate that
the danger of terrorist attacks is low and there are no
publicly known threats of terrorist attacks. Current
information can be found on the website of the Austrian
Ministry of the Interior.
Austria is considered a safe destination with low
crime rates. Normal caution should be exercised anyway.
The risk of robbery and kidnappings is low.
Most trips to Austria are made without special problems.
- Countryaah: Vienna is the capital
of Austria. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Vienna has an extensive network of metro, local
trains, trams and buses that are affordable, efficient
and well maintained. The public transport system
elsewhere in the country is also well developed.
Traveling by public means of communication is considered
safe in Austria.
Austrian highways are of a high standard. The Burner
Pass in Tyrol as well as the border crossings are often
affected by the considerable scope of European heavy
transport passing through Austria. Long queues and
holidays can result in long queues. When traveling on
motorways, a fee is required in the form of a ticket
("Vignette"). Special vehicles apply to vehicles over
3.5 tonnes. You can find more information about driving
in Austria here. In case of emergency stops on motorways
and main roads, it is mandatory to put on a warning
vest. Warning vest must be available in the car so that
the driver can reach it from the driver's seat.
Large parts of Austria have been exposed to huge
amounts of snow this winter, which has developed a great
avalanche danger in the alpine areas. It is therefore
important to follow directions and recommendations from
local authorities. Current information from the Austrian
authorities can be found under Crisis and Disaster
Management and websites with racial information.
In winter, accidents can occur at winter resorts in
the Alps. For downhill skiing, snowboarding, etc. it is
important to exercise caution and follow applicable
laws. If one by one's own behavior causes snowfall,
accidents or endangers the lives of others, one can be
held criminally liable. This applies for example. for
Norwegian citizens staying for a shorter or longer
period in Austria are encouraged to register on
reiseregistrering.no. Everyone who travels is also
encouraged to have valid travel insurance.
Local emergency numbers: Ambulance 144, fire
department 122, police 133, emergency physician 141.
In crisis and emergency, the Embassy in Vienna can be
Address: Reisnerstrasse 55-57, 1030 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 (0) 1 - 71 660 & +47 23 95 37 83
Outside the opening hours of the embassy, the UD's
operational center can be contacted by phone +47 23 95
00 00 and e-mail: UDops@mfa.no.
Please note that entry rules may change. See also
information under Health.
The Foreign Service is not responsible if the
following information on entry regulations or visa
requirements is changed at short notice. It is the
responsibility of the traveler to ensure that travel
documents are valid for entry and to familiarize
themselves with the current entry rules for each
Norwegian citizens do not need a visa when staying in
Austria for up to three months. A valid passport is
Passport is the only valid identification document
for Norwegian citizens in Austria. A valid passport must
therefore always be taken on a journey to the country.
The passport must be valid for the duration of your stay
in Austria. Should the passport be stolen in Austria, it
is important to report the theft to the police.
For foreign nationals with a valid residence permit
in Norway, travel documents for refugees and foreigners
passports are also valid travel documents. It is the
traveler's responsibility to ensure that one's travel
document is valid.
Children under the age of 18 who travel without an
adult to Austria should bring with them a proxy from
their parents who confirm that they agree with the
journey. The authorization should include contact
information for both the guardian and the residence of
the minor in Austria. The authorization is issued in
German or English. Read more about this on the website
of the Austrian Embassy in Oslo.
Austria has a very well-developed public health
system. Sanitary conditions are the same as in Norway.
Coronavirus (covid-19): Salzburg
Airport asks passengers to stay up to date on whether or
not their planes are going. The same advice can be given
to other airports in Austria as cancellations can occur.
By the way, Vienna Airport announces that the Austrian
government will suspend flights between Austria and the
countries Iran, South Korea, Italy, Switzerland, France
and Spain over the next two weeks.
Norwegian travelers should keep abreast of the
development of the corona virus. Follow local
authorities' advice, guidance and instructions on how to
deal with the situation. Austrian health authorities are
constantly updating information about the coronavirus
(in German). Information in English can be found on the
European Center for Disease Prevention and Control
Forest tick cephalitis: Vaccine
against forest tick cephalitis (TBE/FSME) may be
relevant when staying in certain areas. You can find
more information in the brochure " Good advice for good
travel " published by the Institute of Public Health.
Import of medicines: When traveling
to Austria, own regulations apply to which medicines you
can take with you. You can find more information on this
on the website of the Austrian Ministry of Health.
European health insurance card:
European health insurance card gives the right to health
care in emergency situations (accidents and the like)
and to cover expenses for necessary health care in EU/EEA
countries. What is meant by necessary health care
depends on what kind of health care is involved and how
long your stay is intended to last.
Read more about European health insurance card on the
Directorate of Health's website.
Currency unit is euro. The mains is 220 volts. The
area code for telephone calls from Norway to Austria is
+43. There is no time difference between Austria and
Most credit cards can be used. Please note, however,
that many shops and eateries do not take credit cards.
You can withdraw money with most Norwegian ATM cards at
National Holidays: January 1 (New Year's Day),
January 6 (Holy Three Kings Day), Easter 2, May 1
(Workers' Day), Ascension Day, 2nd Pentecost, Corpus
Christi (2nd Thursday after Pentecost), 15 August (Mary
Ascension Day), October 26 (National Day), November 1
(All Saints' Day), December 8 (Mary Annunciation Day),
December 25 (Christmas Day), December 26 (Christmas Day
Usual opening hours for shops are Monday - Friday 9am
- 6pm, Saturday 9am - 12pm. Opening hours vary somewhat,
but in general, some are closed earlier than many are
accustomed to from Norway. Banks' opening hours also
vary, and many banks only open Monday - Friday mornings.
Post offices are often open Monday - Friday 8am - 12pm
and 2pm - 6pm, but also the opening hours vary.
Austria's official language is German. In tourist
places, English is relatively well-used.
The manners in Austria are generally somewhat more
formal than in Norway. When visiting opera, theater and
better restaurants, Austrians often dress nicely.
Austrians often place more emphasis on formal courtesy
than Norwegians. To adult people you do not know very
well, you do not say "You" but "Sie". One would like to
greet "Gr¨¹ss Gott" or "Guten Tag" when entering shops
and eateries, and say "Auf Wiedersehen" when walking.
Academic titles are used far more frequently than in
As of October 1, 2017, a law prohibiting solid
headgear comes into force in Austria. The law means that
covering the face with clothing or other objects in such
a way that the face is not recognizable is prohibited in
public places. The prohibition applies to all persons
staying in Austria, including tourists. The face must,
with certain exceptions, be visible from the chin to the
hairline. The ban also applies to face masks (with
certain exceptions - carnival etc.), clothing covering
the nose and mouth (except in severe cold), mouth
protection (except in case of illness and then with
medical certificate). The list is not exhaustive. More
information can be found on the website of the Austrian
You can find more practical information about Austria
on the Austrian tourist information website.