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Austria is a highly developed, stable democracy with a modern economy. Tourism is an important pillar of the Austrian economy and facilities are widely available. Read the Department of State Background Notes on Austria for additional information, or see the information at the Austrian National Tourist Office web site, http://www.austria.info.



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Country Name: Austria
Continent: Europe
Capital City: Vienna
Boundary Countries:

Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland

Recommended Hospitals in Capital:

Goldenes Kreuz Privatklinik (Vienna), St. Johanns Spital (Salzburg)

Landeskrankenhaus Kirchdorf, Otto Wagner Spital mit Pflegezentrum, Krankenhaus Lainz, Moorheilbad Harbach, Unfallkrankenhaus Wien Meidling, Donauspital, Kaiser-Franz-Josef- Spital, Krankenhaus Rudolfsstiftung, Labor Birkmayer, Sanatorium Hera, Privatklinik Grinzing, Allgemeines Krankenhaus Vienna General Hospital, Landeskrankenhaus Villach, Neurologisches Therapiezentrum Kapfenberg GmbH

Main Cities:

Vienna, Salzburg, Linz

Country Size: 83,870 sq km
Population: 8,174,762



German (official), Slovene, Croatian, Hungarian

Currency: Euro (EUR)
Predominant Religions:

Roman Catholic (73.6%), Protestant, Muslim

National Holidays: National Day 26 October – Commemorates the State Treaty restoring national sovereignty, the end of occupation and the passage of the law on permanent neutrality
Economic Status:

Austria has a well-developed market economy and high standard of living.


Land forces (KdoLdSK), Air forces (KdoLuSK)

US Presence:

U.S. Embassy in Austria
Boltzmanngasse 16
1090 Vienna, Austria
Phone: (+43-1) 31339-0

Document Requirements:

Austria is a party to the Schengen agreement. As such, US citizens may enter Austria for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. The passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay. For further details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet. Anyone intending to stay longer than 90 days must obtain the appropriate visa issued by the Austrian Embassy in the United States.

There are no vaccination requirements for international travelers.

Visit the Embassy of Austria web site at http://www.austria.org/ for the most current visa information. There are four Austrian Consulates General in the United States. As each one serves clients from a particular region, please contact the appropriate office for assistance. If you reside outside the US, please contact the responsible Austrian Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence. A list of Austrian Embassies/Consulates is available at http://www.bmeia.gv.at/aussenministerium/buergerservice/oesterreichische-vertretungen.html.

Information about dual nationality and the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our web site. For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information sheet.

Major Airports:

Vienna International Airport (Flughafen Wien)

Servicing Airlines:
Risks and Precautions:

Austria remains largely free of terrorist incidents. Every year, a number of avalanche deaths occur in Austria's alpine regions.  Many occur when skiers/snowboarders stray from the designated ski slopes.

Mortality Statistics:

Infant mortality rate –4.68 deaths/1000 live births
Life expectancy at birth: total: 79.07 years  (male: 76.17 / female: 82.11)

Immunization Indicators:

Required: None
Recommended: Hep A & B
Boosters: DPT or MMR, as needed

Infectious Disease Concerns:

Tickborne encephalitis (TBE) occurs in warmer months in the southern part of the nontropical forested regions of Europe.
Variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob cases have been reported primarily from the United Kingdom, although a few cases have been reported from other countries in Western Europe. Large outbreaks of trichinosis have occurred; outbreaks in France have been linked to horse meat.
Risk of hepatitis A is low, although sporadic outbreaks have occurred in developed countries.
Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N1 has been documented in wild birds or other avian species in several of the countries in Europe. For a current list of countries reporting outbreaks of H5N1 among poultry and/or wild birds, view updates from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

Overall Quality of Medical Services:

There is an adequate number of hospitals available in Austria.

The Austrian Medicine Import Act generally prohibits the import of prescription drugs into Austria, with two exceptions:
A) Travelers residing outside the European Union are allowed to carry with them (as part of their personal luggage) drugs and medicines, but only the quantity that an individual having a health problem might normally carry; and,
B) Travelers while staying in Austria may receive drugs and medicines for their personal use by mail. The quantity is limited to the length of their stay in Austria and must never exceed three packages.
Generally, it is recommended that travelers have either a prescription or written statement from their personal physician that the medicines are being used under a doctor's direction and are necessary for their physical well-being while traveling.
Public health conditions in Austria are excellent. The level of community sanitation in Vienna meets or exceeds that of most large American cities. Disease incidence and type are similar to that seen in the major cities of Western Europe and the United States. At the present time, air pollution is not a major health problem in Vienna.

Providers in Network:
Direct Payment: 13
Referrals: 79
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Recent Medical Threats/ Concerns/Warnings:

Measles outbreaks occurred in several European countries in 2006.


Communications Info:

Country Calling Code:  + 43
Internet code:  .at


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