Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 9 August 2022, 11:51 NZST
  • Still current at: 16 April 2024

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If you are planning international travel at this time, please read our COVID-19 related travel advice here, alongside our destination specific travel advice below.

Exercise increased caution

We advise that New Zealanders exercise increased caution in Austria (level 2 of 4).

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The crime rate in Austria is low. However, petty crime (such as pickpocketing and bag snatching) occurs in shopping areas, restaurants, cafés, hotel lobbies, on public transport at tourist attractions. Travellers on international trains and buses, such as the train between Vienna and Budapest, are often targeted for theft. New Zealanders in Austria should be alert of their surroundings and take steps to safeguard their personal belongings at all times. Never leave your bags unattended. 

New Zealanders should also be wary of ATM and credit card fraud, and only use ATMs in well-lit public areas or inside a bank or business.

Terrorist groups, individuals returning to Europe from areas of conflict, and individuals adhering to various forms of extremist ideologies, continue to make threats to conduct attacks in Austria and across Europe. Groups adhering to various ideologies have conducted attacks in the past.  

On 2 November 2020, four people were killed and several others injured in an attack in Vienna.

New Zealanders in Austria are advised to keep themselves informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources. We recommend following any instructions issued by the local authorities and exercising vigilance in public places.

Civil unrest
Demonstrations occasionally occur in Austria. New Zealanders in Austria are advised to avoid all protests, demonstrations and large public gatherings as even those intended as peaceful have the potential to turn violent.

General travel advice
Under Austrian law, you're required to carry identification documents at all times.

A high risk of avalanches exists in parts of Austria. Follow the advice of local authorities and your tour operator.

Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe and can include lengthy imprisonment and heavy fines.

If you're in public places or buildings, it's illegal to cover your face with clothing or objects which makes your facial features unrecognisable.

New Zealanders travelling or living in Austria should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place.

New Zealanders in Austria are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Travel tips

The New Zealand Embassy Vienna, Austria

Street Address The ICON Vienna, Tower 24, Level 15, Suite 15.02, Wiedner Gürtel 13, 1100 Vienna, Austria Telephone +43 1 505 3021 Fax +43 1 505 3020 Email Web Site Hours Mon-Fri 0900-1630 Note Notarial Services (by appointment only): 0900-1200 Monday & Friday; 1230-1400 Wednesday

See our regional advice for Europe

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New Zealand Embassy Austria

Street Address
The ICON Vienna, Tower 24, Level 15, Suite 15.02, Wiedner Gürtel 13, 1100 Vienna, Austria

Telephone: +43 1 505 3021

Fax: +43 1 505 3020



Hours: Mon-Fri 0900-1630

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