VISAS, ENTRY RULES, CUSTOMS REGULATIONS in Austria
Russian citizens are required to apply for a visa to enter Austria. Austria is a member of the Schengen Agreement.
To apply for a visa, you must submit to the Austrian Embassy:
– a completed application form in German or English;
– two color photographs 3.5×4.5 cm;
– a foreign passport with a validity period of at least 3 months after the end of the trip;
– a photocopy of the identity document of the person submitting the documents;
– a copy of the page with the former Schengen visas or presentation of old passports;
– confirmation of hotel reservation (by fax) signed by the hotel manager (owner), with the names of the guests, the date of entry and exit and an indication of the amount / cost for the entire stay;
– confirmation of money transfer from the bank (100% amount) or confirmation of debiting from a credit card or receipt from the hotel by fax;
– medical insurance in the amount of at least 30,000 Euros for the entire stay;
– a copy of the plane (train) ticket or confirmation of ticket booking (round trip);
– certificate from the place of work about the salary.
Citizens of foreign countries can bring with them for their personal consumption or as gifts 200 pcs. cigarettes or 50 cigars, or 250 g of tobacco; 2 liters of wine or fruit liqueur or tincture with an ethyl alcohol content of not more than 22%, or 3 liters of beer and an additional 1 liter of other spirits. The items listed above are only allowed to be imported duty-free into Austria by persons over 17 years of age. Other goods can be imported for a total amount of 175 euros per person. National and foreign currencies can be imported and exported without restrictions.
The rules for importing pets into Austria are quite strict. The owner will have to show a certificate from the veterinarian, which should indicate when the animal was vaccinated against rabies. The certificate must be accompanied by an officially certified translation into German. Pets must be vaccinated at least 30 days and no more than a year before entering the country.
Austria, Embassy website: http://www.bmeia.gv.at/index.php?id=67648&L=5
Embassy in Austria
Austria, Embassy in Moscow
The Consular Section of the Austrian Embassy is located at: Moscow, Bolshoi Levshinsky per. house 7.
Phone (495) 956-16-60
Austria, website of the embassy: http://www.bmeia.gv.at/index.php?id=67648&L=5
Austria, Russian Embassy in the country:
Vienna, Reisnerstrasse 45-47.1030
Tel.: (43-1) 712-1229; (43-1) 713-8622.
Fax: (43-1) 712-3388.
Contact in Austria
You can make a long-distance or international call from any pay phone using a card or coins. When dialing a phone number in Austria, a 0 must be dialed before the area code, but when dialing a phone number from Russia, the 0 is never dialed before the area code.
To call from Russia to Austria, you need to dial 43 – the area code – the subscriber’s number.
To make a phone call from Austria to Russia, dial 007 – area code – subscriber number. The preferential rate for international and long-distance calls in Austria is valid from 18:00 to 08:00.
Emergency Phones in Austria
Fire Department: 122
HOLIDAYS AND WEEKENDS
January 1 – New Year
January 6 – Epiphany
May 1 – Labor Day
August 15 – Spirits Day
October 26 – National holiday of the Republic of Austria
November 1 – All Saints’ Day
December 8 – St. Mary’s Day
December 25 – Christmas
December 26 – St. Stephen’s Day
There are many festivals in Austria, especially in the summer. In July, Vienna hosts the International Youth Music Festival, as well as the Vienna Musical Summer, in Innsbruck in August – the Early Music Festival, as well as various pre-Christmas festivals throughout the country.
In Vienna, you can buy tourist plastic cards that will provide free travel in any form of transport, as well as free admission to museums.
According to lawschoolsinusa, Austrian labor law allows trading in shops from Monday to Friday from 6:00 to 19:30, on Saturday – from 6:00 to 17:00. Stores are usually open from 8:00 to 18:30.
In tourist centers and resorts, trading is allowed from Monday to Friday until 21:00, and on Saturday and Sunday – until 18:00.
Tourists permanently residing in countries outside the European Union, when purchasing goods worth more than 75 euros, can receive a VAT refund. To do this, you need to take a check from a store that has a silver-blue sign “TAX FREE-Free Shopping”, when buying, along with an envelope that is filled in by the seller, and present it at customs, where you will be stamped on your check. Money can be returned at the points of payment at airports, railway stations and border points, which are indicated on the Tax-free envelope.
In restaurants it is customary to give a tip of 5% of the order value. Drivers leave 1-2 euros.
Austrians are hospitable and cordial, very polite and quite conservative.
There are no special vaccination requirements when entering Austria, however, if you intend to visit forest areas, it is recommended to be vaccinated against the encephalitis tick. Medical care is mostly paid. Before the trip, you must take out international medical insurance.