Foreign travel advice

Austria

Summary

The EU Referendum held on 23 June delivered a clear vote for the United Kingdom to leave the EU. The Prime Minister has made a statement. In his statement, the Prime Minister reassured British people living in the EU, and European citizens in the UK, that there would be no immediate changes to their circumstances, and that there would be no initial change to the way people can travel. Until it leaves, the UK remains a full member of the EU. The period for exit, under the EU Treaties, is two years unless the other Member States agree to extend it.

Immigration controls are temporarily in operation at some road and rail border crossing points with Germany, Hungary, Italy and Slovenia. You should carry your passport with you when crossing the border into, or from Austria, monitor local media and check with your transport provider or the Austrian Railways (OBB) website for updates.

There are complex driving laws in Austria, especially for caravan and motor-home owners. See Road travel

There is a danger of avalanches in some areas. Even during summer time this danger still exists for snow covered areas. See Skiing

Around 774,000 British nationals visit Austria each year. Most visits are trouble-free.

You are advised not to carry your passport around with you. Leave it in your hotel safe and carry a photocopy of your passport instead. See Local laws and customs

There is a general threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. Make sure this covers any winter/mountain activities you plan to undertake.

If you need to contact the emergency services in Austria call 112.