Austria Travel Guide

By | July 11, 2021


Overview Austria

Current information

Germany and Austria have temporarily reintroduced border controls. The controls take place differently depending on the border crossing. This can lead to disabilities and long waiting times in travel. For more information, go to: External link, opens in a new windowSituation at the borders

Travelers are advised to find out about the current traffic situation before starting their journey and to have a valid ID document with them for entry.

Country-specific safety information

There is currently no country-specific safety notice for Austria, a country located in Europe according to ehealthfacts.

Worldwide safety notice Please also note the external link, opens in new window, worldwide safety notice.



The following articles can be imported into Austria duty-free when entering from non-EU countries:

200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250 g tobacco (without warning notices printed on them in German);

1 liter of spirits with an alcohol content of more than 22% or 2 liters of spirits with an alcohol content of up to a maximum of 22%;

4 liters of wine (not sparkling wine);

16 l of beer;

Gifts / other goods up to a total value of € 430 (air and sea travel) or € 300 (travel by train / car); Children under 15 years of age generally € 150.


(a) The condition that the goods are free of duty is that they are carried in the traveler’s personal luggage.

(b) Tobacco products and alcoholic beverages may only be imported by persons aged 17 and over.

Import regulations

Travelers who bring meat and milk products into the EU from outside the European Union must register them. The regulation does not apply to the import of animal products from the EU countries as well as from Andorra, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland. Anyone who does not register these products must expect fines or criminal penalties.

Prohibited imports

Fresh meat and canned meat, milk and dairy products (see also import regulations), certain weapons. There is a general import ban on live poultry, meat and meat products from third countries (with the exception of the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland).

Import / export to the EU

The movement of goods within the EU is unrestricted for travelers, provided that the goods are intended for personal use and not for resale. In addition, the goods must not have been bought in duty-free shops. Proof of personal needs can be requested from travelers. Member States have the right to impose excise duties on spirits or tobacco products when these products are not intended for personal use.

The following maximum quantities apply to personal requirements:
800 cigarettes (people aged 17 and over) (with warning notices printed on them in German);
400 cigarillos (people aged 17 and over) (with warnings printed on them in German);
200 cigars (17+) (with warning notices printed on them in German);
1 kg tobacco (people aged 17 and over) (with warnings printed on them in German);
10 liters of high-proof alcoholic beverages (people aged 17 and over);
20 liters of fortified wine (e.g. port or sherry) (people aged 17 and over);
90 liters of wine (including a maximum of 60 liters of sparkling wine) (people aged 17 and over);
110 liters of beer (people aged 17+);
Perfumes and eau de toilette: No restrictions if it can be demonstrated that the amount is for personal consumption.
Medicines: amount according to personal needs during the trip.
Other goods: The movement of goods within the EU is unrestricted for travelers. However, gold alloys and gold plating in the unprocessed state or as a semi-finished product and fuel are excluded from this. Fuel may only be imported from an EC member state exempt from mineral oil tax if it is in the vehicle’s tank or in a reserve container carried with it. A fuel quantity of up to 10 liters in the reserve tank will not be rejected.

If additional quantities of these goods are carried, z. B. a wedding an event with which a bulk purchase could be justified.
Note: There are, however, certain exceptions to the regulation of the unrestricted movement of goods. They particularly concern the purchase of new vehicles and purchases for commercial purposes. (For more information on taxes on motor vehicles, see the European Commission’s guide “Buying goods and services in the internal market”).

Duty-free sales at airports and shipping ports have been abolished for travel within the EU. Only travelers who leave the EU can shop cheaply in the duty-free shop. When importing goods into an EU country that were bought in duty-free shops in another EU country, the same travel allowances and the same travel allowance apply as when entering from non-EU countries.



Hotel classification: Hotels are divided into the Hotelstars Union star categories from one to five stars.


You can stay overnight on all of the approx. 500 campsites without any major formalities, approx. 160 of the campsites are also available in winter. Discounts for children and members of camper associations. The usual fees apply to caravans, motorbikes and cars. Caravans may not be parked on the motorways or at rest areas, vehicles with caravans may park here as long as the relevant regulations are observed. Some mountain roads are closed to caravans. Further information can be obtained from the automobile clubs, the Österreich Werbung (see addresses), from which the Austria Camping Card is available, and the Austrian Camping Club (ÖCC),which is primarily available for its members, but to a limited extent also provides information by telephone or e-mail. Address: Schubertring 1-3, A-1010 Vienna (Tel: (01) 713 61 51. Internet:

Other accommodation options

All youth hostels in Austria are available to members of the International Youth Hostel Association. It is advisable to book in advance, especially in the high season. For more information, please contact the Austrian Youth Hostel Association, Gonzagagasse 22, A-1010 Vienna (Tel: (01) 533 53 53. Internet:
Address directory available from the Bundesverband Urlaub am Bauernhof, Gabelsbergerstraße 19, A-5020 Salzburg (Tel: (0662) 88 02 02. Internet:

Austria Travel Guide