Foreign travel advice

Austria

Important COVID-19 Travel

Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays or leisure purposes. Check the rules in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Do not travel unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. In England, from 8 March you must complete a declaration form for international travel (except for travel to Ireland).

Check our advice for all the countries you will visit or transit through. Some countries have closed borders, and any country may further restrict travel or bring in new rules with little warning.

To enter or return to the UK from abroad (except from Ireland), you must follow all the rules for entering the UK. These include providing your journey and contact details, and evidence of a negative COVID-19 test before you travel. When you arrive, you must quarantine and take additional COVID-19 tests. This will take place in a managed quarantine hotel if you enter England from a red list travel ban country, or enter Scotland.

Summary

The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to:

  • the whole of Austria based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

If you are returning to the UK from Austria, you will need to self-isolate on your return (unless you are exempt). Check the latest guidance for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Travel may be subject to entry restrictions

  • A landing ban is in place for all flights from the UK to Austria until 24 March 23:59
  • All travellers arriving in Austria from the UK must fill in a pre-travel clearance online form and quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. You have the option of taking a self-funded PCR or antigen test after 5 days (your day of arrival counts as day 0). If your result is negative, you will no longer need to stay in quarantine

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

Preparing for your return journey to the UK

If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:

If your return journey to the UK transits another country, you should check whether it is subject to a travel ban or any other additional requirements. If so, contact your travel provider.

Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.

If you’re planning travel to Austria, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

There are rules about taking food and drink into the EU. See Taking food and drink into the EU for further information.

Around 980,000 British nationals visit Austria each year. Most visits are trouble-free.

If you’re living in or moving to Austria, visit our Living in Austria guide in addition to this travel advice.

It’s generally illegal in Austria to wear in a public place any clothing or object that conceals the face and makes facial features unrecognisable. This does not apply to medical or fabric face masks, which are compulsory in some situations due to coronavirus. See Local laws and customs

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 occasional demonstrations in Austria’s cities. Although these are generally peaceful, you should take extra care near demonstrations and follow the advice of local authorities.

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

There’s a danger of avalanches in some areas, particularly in periods of heavy snowfall. Even during summertime this danger still exists for snow-covered areas. See Skiing

Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Austria. You should be vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities. See Terrorism

Don’t carry your passport around with you. Leave it in your hotel safe and carry a photocopy instead. See Local laws and customs

If you need to contact the emergency services call 112.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

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.