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Austria travel insurance: the trouble-free way to prepare every step of your journey
Do you want to discover Austria and the beautiful cities of Vienna, Graz, Linz and Salzburg during your stay in Europe? We’re here to help you enjoy good travel insurance for Austria, as well as providing you with plenty of advice; most importantly with regards to 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 less than 5 years past its expiry date in order to visit Austria. Children must be registered on the passport of the parent(s) travelling 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: http://www.bmeia.gv.at/en/foreign-ministry/service/austrian-representations-in-german.html (in English) or http://www.bmeia.gv.at/aussenministerium/buergerservice/oesterreichische... (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 take out travel insurance for the Schengen Area. This visa will enable you to move around many European countries in 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: 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. This purchase is unnecessary if you hire a car in the country. The sticker must always be fully visible on the windscreen. From November to mid-April, snow chains or winter tyres must be fitted.
By plane: many companies serve Austria from various European cities with both direct flights and ones with a layover.
By train: The Austrian railway network Österreiche Bundesbahn offers various rail links, including a daily night train from Paris (allow 12 to 13 hours for the journey). Multiple connections are available from Brussels and other European cities.
Advice on health and vaccinations
There are no compulsory vaccinations for visiting Austria. Nevertheless, 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 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 definitely 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. Go 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 metres of exhibition space.
-Of course, Vienna would not be the same without its incredible cafes; the unmissably 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: the favoured 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 marvellous combination of architectural elements both modern and traditional.
-By bike or car, taking a tour of Austria will also allow you to go in search of a rich culture, as well as towns and villages such as Feldkirch and Hallstat, 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 observed in European cities. Nevertheless, it is important to remain vigilant with regards to potential pickpockets, especially in the capital.
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.