What travel insurance do I need when visiting Austria?
Austria travel insurance: the trouble-free way to prepare every step of your journey
If you want to discover Austria during your trip to Europe, visit beautiful cities like Vienna, Graz, Linz, and Salzburg, or experience the majesty of the Alps, AXA is here to help you by providing comprehensive travel insurance for Austria, as well as plenty of advice on important information, like Schengen Visa requirements, but also on the weather, safety, and Austria’s must-see attractions.
Important formalities before leaving for Austria and the need for a Schengen Visa
Citizens of the Schengen Area only require a valid ID card or a passport fewer than five years past its expiry date in order to visit Austria. Children must be registered on the passport of the parent(s) traveling with them or possess their own passport.
If you live in any other country, you can find more information on the website of the Austrian embassy: bmeia.gv.at/en/travel-stay/entry-and-residence-in-austria/ (in English) or bmeia.gv.at/reise-aufenthalt/einreise-und-aufenthalt-in-oesterreich/ (in German).
Travel insurance for Austria that allows you to obtain your Schengen Visa
For third-country nationals who require a visa to enter Austria, it is possible to do so with a Schengen Visa, without which you will have to request a visa specific to Austria. In order to obtain the Schengen Visa, you must provide documents including passport photographs and accommodation and travel information and take out travel insurance for the Schengen Area. This visa will enable you to move around many European countries with complete freedom during a stay of up to 90 days.
Travel insurance for Austria may also prove very useful in the event of illness or accident. In a short period of time expenses can grow substantially, especially if you plan to go hiking in the mountains, as you have to pay for the emergency services in Austria. Extensive protection for children and repatriation are just a few of the factors allowing you to visit Austria with full peace of mind.
How to get to Austria
By car: Austria has an excellent network of roads and driving by oneself is safe, but you have to pay to use the Austrian motorways. You will have to buy a toll sticker if you enter Austria with your own vehicle, and it must always be fully visible on the windscreen. This purchase is unnecessary if you hire a car in the country. From November to mid-April, snow chains or winter tires must be fitted and seat belts must be worn by children under the age of 12. Foreigners can drive in Austria with a recognized international driving permit for up to six months after entering the country. After that one has to obtain an Austrian license.
By plane: Many airlines serve Austria from various European cities and beyond with both direct flights and ones with a layover.
By train: You can travel to Austria on the Österreichische Bundesbahnen rail network, which offers various rail links, including a daily night train from Paris (allow 12 to 13 hours for the journey) and multiple connections are available from other European cities.
Advice on health and vaccinations
There are no compulsory vaccinations for visiting Austria. Nevertheless, if you are not already, it is recommended that you be vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, hepatitis A and B and, especially for children, measles and pertussis (whooping cough).
Austria enjoys a temperate continental climate. It often snows in winter - especially in the mountains - and summer temperatures are cool.
If you want to explore the towns and cities – whether you want to move around the entire country with ease or would like to go hiking in the Austrian Alps – spring and autumn are the best seasons for you, especially May, June, and September. The ski season runs from December to April.
Equipped with your Schengen Visa, it will be very easy for you to move around Europe, allowing you to explore Austria. If you like nature, mountains, and discovering a new culture, you will love Austria and its countless riches:
-Vienna, with its architecture and cafes: the Austrian capital of Vienna alone is reason enough to visit the country. Discover the spectacular palaces of Schönbrunn, Hofburg, Palais Schwarzenberg, and Palais Kinsky. Do you like museums? Don’t miss the MuseumsQuartier with its 60,000 square meters of exhibition space.
-Vienna would not be the same without its incredible cafes; the unmissable delicious apfelstrudel (apple strudel) has your name on it. If you’re visiting with children, head to the famous Wiener Prater for a turn on the Giant Ferris Wheel.
-Charming Salzburg: the city of Mozart will delight music enthusiasts. For these visitors, the composer’s birthplace is a must-see, as is his former residence, the Mozarthaus, now a museum. When the weather is fine, Salzburg is a magical city offering splendid walks through cobbled streets.
-The Tyrol: a favored destination of lovers of the great outdoors and winter sports, the Tyrol never fails to delight its visitors. From Innsbruck, head for the cable cars at one of the area’s ski resorts.
-Graz: Austria’s second-largest city, Graz is located in the south of the country. There you will enjoy your strolls as you admire the marvelous combination of architectural elements both modern and traditional.
-By bike or car, taking a tour of Austria will also allow you to sample a rich culture, as well as towns and villages such as Feldkirch and Hallstatt, to name but a few.
In terms of safety in Austria, it should be noted that the crime rate in Vienna is lower than that generally seen in European cities. Nevertheless, it is important to remain vigilant with regards to potential pickpockets, especially in the capital.
The Austrian capital is Vienna, where most countries will have their embassy. Check to see where the embassy of your home nation is before leaving in case you need to visit in an emergency.
The official language of Austria is German.
The Austrian currency is the Euro.
Cars drive on the right.
Shops are generally open weekdays from 9am to 6pm, and until 1pm (sometimes 5pm) on Saturdays.
How can AXA help?
AXA can help by providing you with Low Cost Schengen Area travel insurance that meets your visa requirements when traveling to Austria from as little as €0.99 per day - a fee that will cover you for medical expenses up to €30,000 in all Schengen countries. A certificate proving you are insured will be available immediately, meaning you can get on with your application.
AXA is the number one brand and offers assistance 24/7, as well as other options and tailor-made products. Other coverage available includes our Europe Travel insurance, costing €1.50 per day, or Schengen Multi Trip insurance, perfect for regular travelers, available for €298 for a year’s coverage.
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Frequently asked questions about travel insurance to Austria
Will my travel insurance cover repatriation if I get injured?
Yes, AXA’s insurance will cover your repatriation in case of injury or illness.
Will my travel insurance fees be refunded if my visa is refused?
Yes. If your visa is refused, AXA will refund your insurance fees.
Are my children covered on AXA’s Schengen travel insurance?
Yes. AXA’s insurance provides coverage for your family on your trip, providing you with peace of mind throughout your stay.