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VisaVISA

Nationals of Member States of the European Union do not need a visa. It is simply recommended that you have valid identity papers.
Nationals of countries outside the European Union must have a passport valid for at least 3 months after their date of departure from Austria. Some countries are exempt from the visa requirements. Check with the consular services to see whether you should request one.

HealthHEALTH

No vaccinations are required to enter the country.
You are however advised to make sure all your boosters are up to date: measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-poliomyelitis (DTP) vaccine.
A flu vaccination is recommended between November and April.
Vaccination against rabies is recommended for all travellers planning activities in the wild natural environment, particularly where there may be bats.

Precautions:
It is recommended that nationals from the countries of the European Union obtain a European Health Insurance Card. For nationals of countries outside the European Union, check with your insurance company.

ElectricityELECTRICITY

230 volts
Plug type F/C
Frequency: 50 Hz
Plugs have two round pins
Bring a European adapter

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MoneyMONEY

Currency
The Austrian currency is the euro.
1 EUR = 1.1 USD*
* Exchange rate provided as a guideline only

Where can you change your money?
You can change your money in international banks and airports.
Exchange offices are located in train stations and airports.

Tips
It is customary to give a 5-10% tip in cafes and restaurants, for taxis and in petrol stations. It will be added to the total amount of the bill.

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TravelTRAVEL

To rent a car, you must have had your licence for at least one year and be at least 21 years old. Driving is on the right.
Austrian trains connect the major cities, but also go through the provinces. There are also a great many night trains. The InterRail Austria Pass lets you enjoy unlimited travel in all major Austrian cities (free trips on Vienna’s S-Bahn). The Vorteilscard offers 45% to 50% discount on ticket prices.
Buses complement train journeys. The bus companies serve over 40 000 stops.
You can also travel by boat in Austria, with cruises on the Danube and Austrian lakes.

Key numbersKEY NUMBERS

In Europe, 112 is the number to call for emergencies of any type.
Assistance: 144
Police: 133
Fire service: 122

LanguageLANGUAGE

The official language of Austria is German.

A few phrases to remember :

Hello: Hallo
Goodbye: Auf Wiedersehen or Tschüss
Thank you: Danke
Please: Bitte
I don't understand: Ich verstehe nicht
Doctor: der Arzt ou der Doktor
The bill: die Rechnung
How much is this?: Wie viel kostet das?
Toilets: die Toilette
How do I get to…?: Wie komme ich zum… ?
Where is…?: Wo ist… ?
Left: links
Right: rechts

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As of 12 November 2014, this visa facilitation covers the following countries

Afghanistan ; Albania ; Argentina ; Bahrain ; Bangladesh ; Benin ; Botswana ; Brazil ; Brunei ; Burkina Faso ; Burma (Myanmar) ; Chad ; Cambodia ; China ; Colombia ; Comoros ; Congo ; Cuba ; Djibouti ; Dominican Republic ; Ecuador ; Egypt ; Equatorial Guinea ; El Salvador ; Ethiopia ; Fiji ; Gabon ; Guinea ; Haiti ; Hong Kong ; Iran ; Iraq ; India ; Ivory Coast ; Jamaica ; Kuwait ; Laos ; Lebanon ; Libya ; Macedonia ; Madagascar ; Malaysia ; Mali ; Mauritania ; Mauritius ; Mexico ; Mongolia ; Morocco ; Nepal ; New Zealand ; Niger ; Oman ; Pakistan ; Panama ; Papua New Guinea ; Paraguay ; Peru ; Qatar ; Saint Lucia ; Salvador ; Senegal ; Serbia ; Seychelles ; Singapore ; South Africa ; South Korea ; Sudan ; Surinam ; Taiwan ; Tanzania ; Thailand ; Togo ; Tunisia ; Turkmenistan ; Uganda ; Uruguay ; Vanuatu ; Venezuela ; Yemen ; Zimbabwe