Foreign travel advice

Austria

Important COVID-19 travel guidance

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Travel to some countries and territories is currently exempted.

This advice is being kept under constant review. Travel disruption is still possible and national control measures may be brought in with little notice, so check our travel guidance.

Summary

From 4 July, Austria is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

Travel may be subject to entry restrictions

  • Entry to Austria from the UK without the need for a COVID-19 test or quarantine is now possible
  • If you have been in a country other than the UK in the 10 days before you arrive in Austria, depending on the country you may need to self-isolate on arrival or provide a medical certificate showing a negative test result for COVID-19

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:

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 FCO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

The UK has left the European Union. The rules on travel to EU countries will stay the same until 31 December 2020 while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements. This page will be updated with country-specific information for travellers to Austria as things change. Sign up for email alerts and view the latest updates for UK nationals travelling to and living in Europe.

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

Immigration controls may temporarily be in place at some road and rail border crossing points with Italy. 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 summer time this danger still exists for snow covered areas. See Skiing

Terrorist attacks in Austria can’t be ruled out. 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.

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