Austria is known for its gardens, regal palaces, and stately baroque concert halls. The country’s rich history of arts, culture, and natural landscapes of valleys and mountains makes it a popular travel destination.
The standards for patient care and medical services in Austria may differ from your home country. Austria has both public and private health sectors that provide a high standard of care. Patient satisfaction with the healthcare ranks high compared to the average for the European Union (EU). It is common for doctors and nurses to speak at least some English.
In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals in Austria typically require upfront payment in cash or credit card, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate
travel health insurance. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Austria.
Pharmacies are available in most areas in Austria, however the number of pharmacies does fall below the EU average. Prescriptions for medications must be obtained from a doctor and prescription drugs cannot be purchased without one. Pharmacists are trained and licensed.
If you are travelling with medication, check with Austria’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. If your medication is a psychotropic or narcotic, you can review Austria’s regulations on the
International Narcotics Control Board. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.
Roads in Austria are very well maintained but weather conditions can create hazards for drivers. Seat belts must be worn by all passengers at all times. Cycling is popular in Austria for locals and tourists alike. Helmets are mandatory for cyclists.
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