Official Travel Advice for Austria
Summary and Terrorism section – updated information and advice about the threat from terrorism reflecting a decreased threat
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Advice current as at 4:00 am 18 Jul 2019.
While the winter’s snows are mostly melted, some remains at high altitude. Travellers visiting mountainous areas should exercise caution and follow the advice of the local authorities.
It’s illegal in Austria to wear in a public place any clothing or object that conceals the face and makes facial features unrecognisable. See Local Laws and Customs.
Immigration controls may temporarily be in place at some road and rail border crossing points with Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia 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.
If you’re living in or moving to Austria, visit our Living in Austria guide in addition to this travel advice.
If you’re travelling to Austria to do business or provide services, see further guidance on providing services in Austria after Brexit.
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.
Around 980,000 British nationals visit Austria each year. Most visits are trouble-free.
Don’t carry your passport around with you. Leave it in your hotel safe and carry a photocopy instead. See Local laws and customs.
Terrorist attacks in Austria can’t be ruled out. You should be vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities. See Terrorism
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.
Quick Facts Tourist Information for:Austria
Drive on the: right
Visitors/Tourists: 23,012,000 in 2011
Vienna (also largest city)
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Population: 1,731,236 (in 2011)