Fast Facts: Austria

Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.

Do I need a passport? What is required for entry?

U.S. citizens must have a passport, which should contain at least 2 blank pages and be valid for at least six months after your return date. Passports expiring before then should be renewed as soon as possible.

Many countries also require a travel visa for entry. Some countries issue visas upon arrival, but in most cases, you need to obtain visas prior to travel. Airlines and cruises may deny boarding and your tour may be disrupted if your visa is not in order.

For U.S. citizens booked on a tour or package with Scheduled Dates, we will send you complete visa instructions and application forms after you book.

If you hold a passport from another country, or are not booked on a tour with Scheduled Dates, you are responsible for obtaining your own visa and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

What is the weather like?

The best times to travel in Austria are between the months of May and November, with October being particularly nice due to fewer tourists. Take along a sweater for evenings, even in summer. The higher you are in elevation, the colder it gets. Winters are cold and drizzly but provide the best skiing.

Check out the current weather conditions in Austria.

What is required for entry?

Passports and proof of onward passage are required of U.S. and Canadian citizens. Visas are not required for tourist visits up to 90 days.

Are there any health precautions I should take?

No vaccination requirements for any international traveler.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

What is the currency?

The currency in Austria and the rest of Europe is the Euro. Pease review the current exchange ratre for the Euro.

What are the best items to shop for?

Austria is famous for its crystal! Shop also for antiques, loden coats, wood carvings, enamel, pottery, local handicrafts, costume and fashion jewelry, china, clocks, ski equipment, hand-painted Augarten porcelain, and recordings of Viennese waltzes.

What are the voltage requirements?

230 volts. Plugs C & F. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Can I take my cell phone?

See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.

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