Austria Country Report
Austria is usually a favourable business and investment destination, but there is currently a heightened risk of disruption caused by the COVID-19 virus outbreak and related emergency measures. The government is fast-tracking a range of business reforms, including regarding the establishment of companies, with an overhaul modelled on UK limited companies. In the long run, the operational environment is likely to remain stable and attractive for domestic and international competitors. Further structural reforms to reduce the administrative burden for businesses are likely to be introduced. Austria’s unions are strong, but industrial action is rare. The country maintains solid trade links with its neighbours in the EU and Western Balkans.
The risk of terrorist attacks in Austria is lower than in many other Western European countries, including neighbouring Germany. However, there is a moderate risk of both low-capability and more sophisticated jihadist terrorist attacks launched by lone actors or small cells. Soft targets such as transport hubs, music and sport venues, shopping centres, or public spaces near tourist attractions or in city centres are likely to be most at risk. Moreover, there is a heightened risk of far-right terrorism and anti-Semitic incidents in Austria.
Overall crime levels are likely to remain low. Systematic, large-scale violent and armed crime is particularly rare. Petty crime affects Vienna and other tourist centres, but is nevertheless limited. Drug-related offences have been targeted by increased surveillance of dealer locations in Vienna. Racially motivated attacks occur periodically and remain a risk following increased migration to Austria in recent years. An increase of anti-Semitic incidents over the last two years was reported in June 2020. Organised crime groups are mostly multinational and mainly focus on trafficking people, arms, vehicles, and drugs, taking advantage of Austria’s geographic position as a gateway between Eastern and Western Europe.
Vaccines Required to Enter the Country
No vaccinations are required to enter the country.
Vaccines Recommended for All Travelers
Routine vaccinations: Consult your doctor to ensure all routine vaccinations - such as for diphtheria, tetanus, polio, tuberculosis, influenza, measles, mumps, pertussis, rubella, varicella, etc. - are up to date (include booster shots if necessary).
Vaccines Recommended for Some Travelers
Hepatitis A: The vaccine is given in two doses, six months apart, and is nearly 100 percent effective. The WHO recommends the vaccine be integrated into national routine immunization schedules for children aged one year or older.
Hepatitis B: The WHO recommends that all infants receive their first dose of vaccine as soon as possible after birth, preferably within 24 hours. The birth dose should be followed by two or three doses to complete the primary series. Routine booster doses are not routinely recommended for any age group.
Rabies: The rabies vaccination is typically only recommended for travel to remote areas and if the traveler will be at high risk of exposure (e.g. undertaking activities that will bring them into contact with dogs, cats, bats, or other mammals). The vaccination is administered in three doses over a three-to-four week period. Post exposure prophylaxis is also available and should be administered as soon as possible following contact with an animal suspected of being infected (e.g. bites and scratches).
Austria has highway and road infrastructure meeting the western European standard and public transportation is well equipped and easily accessible. Mountain roads are well tended, but winter weather can see snow blocking some areas. Snow tires and other equipment is recommended for driving in mountainous areas.
Austria's climate is continental in the north and the east of the country, with heavy rain in the summer. Temperatures fluctuate significantly between seasons and snowstorms are common in winter months in the west of the country (mountainous region).
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