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Austria uses 230V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C and Type F.
The languages that are typically spoken are German
Austria uses the euro (symbol: €), code EUR.Banknotes come in denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 euros. Euro is subdivided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 2 and 1 euros and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.
Automatic teller machines are very common in Austria. You can find them in both large & small cities, tourist areas etc.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Internet speed in Austria is on average 12.3 Mbps. WiFi coverage in Austria is very high. Most hotels, hostels, cafes, restaurants and bars have it.
You can buy a SIM card for about €5.64, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 3 telecoms: 3 (Drei), A1 or T-Mobile. Austria uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900 and GSM 1800. If you don't want to buy SIM card in Austria upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Austria, dial +, then 43 (the country code for Austria), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number. For local calls within Austria, start with the area code (with the initial 0). In the case above area code is 1 .
In Austria you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick). Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 100 km/h (62 mph) on undivided highways, 100 km/h (62 mph) on expressways, 130 km/h (80 mph) on motorways, 30 km/h (18 mph) in residential areas and 50 km/h (31 mph) in all built-up areas. Right turn on red lights is strictly forbidden unless an additional green semaphore arrow allows it. It is illegal to drive with blood alcohol content higher than 0.05%.
Road assistance is available at 120 (ÖAMTC) or 123 (ARBÖ). For general news on Austria's traffic use Asfinag, Traffic and Radar Hotline or OAMTC. For news on Austria’s motorways and tolls use Asfinag. Most popular petrol stations in Austria are Eni, Shell, Aral, Total, Jet, OMV, Esso and BP. Petrol (unleaded) gas options are called SuperPlus (98), benziner or EuroSuper (95). Petrol costs about €1.12 per liter.Diesel option is called diesel.
Import and export information
All items on the prohibited import list.
There are no restrictions on the export of currency if leaving for another EU country. Funds of more than €10,000 must be declared when leaving the EU.
Protected species and products protected under CITES may require a permit for export.
Tobacco:250g of smoking tobacco; or
Tobacco:A proportional combination of these goods (such as 100 cigarettes and 50 cigarillos).
Alcohol:There are no restrictions on the importation of currency into the EU.
Alcohol:Funds of more than €10 000 must be declared to the customs authorities.
Currency:There are no restrictions on the importation of currency into the EU.
Currency:Funds of more than €10 000 must be declared to the customs authorities.
Other items:Medicines for personal use.
Other items:Personal items of non-commercial nature worth up to €430 when travelling by air.
Other items:Personal items of non-commercial nature worth up to €300 when travelling by land or sea.
Other items:Personal items of non-commercial nature worth up to €150 for travellers under 15 years of age.
Certain weapons, such as knuckledusters and pump-action shotguns.
Counterfeit and pirated goods.
Endangered animals, plants, and their derivative products protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) may require protected species permits. For further information, please visit Provisions on the protection of species.
Cats, dogs, and ferrets are subject to a mandatory health inspection at the first point of entry on EU territory. They must also have a microchip or tattoo, and have been properly vaccinated against rabies. A Common Veterinary Entry Document certifying the healthy inspection must be provided with the customs declaration. Pets travelling within the EU must have a valid pet passport. For further information, please visit the Austrian Ministry of Health.
Up to 15kg of fruit and vegetables from all non-EU countries. Any larger quantity will require a permit.
Up to 10kg of potatoes from Egypt, Algeria, Israel, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey. Any larger quantity will require a permit.
2kg of products of animal origin such as milk powder and baby food can be brought in baggage as long as they are still packaged and do not require refrigeration.
Other animal products are subject to certain restrictions. For further information, please visitImport into Austria of products of animal origin by tourists.
Meat, milk and other dairy products for personal consumption are permitted from EU countries, Andorra, Channel Islands, the Faeroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, the Isle of Man, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland.
Plants, flowers, fruit and vegetables are allowed in small quantities from EU countries and in some cases non-EU countries. For further information, please visitTravelling with Plants.
Fireworks and pyrotechnics are subject to restrictions. For further information, please visitPyrotechnic articles.
Firearms and ammunition require a European Firearms Pass. For further information, please visitCarrying weapons.
It is recommended that travellers are up to date on routine vaccinations including measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT), varicella (chickenpox), polio, and yearly flu shots.
As hepatitis A outbreaks occur throughout the world and sometimes in countries with a low risk for hepatitis A, travellers should consult with their doctor prior to travel to see if the hepatitis A vaccine is necessary.
A hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for those who may have sexual contact with a new partner, who may get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.
A rabies vaccination is recommended for those planning an outdoor holiday, for wildlife professionals and researchers, or for those who may come into contact with bats.
Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is often reported in Europe between April and November. For further information, please visit the CDCTick-borne Encephalitis Advice.
H5N1 Avian Influenza has been reported in Austria. For further information, please visit the CDCAvian Flu Advice.