VISA REGIME
 

For holders of diplomatic and official passports:

Visa is not required for a stay of up to 90 days for a period of six months*.

For holders of national passports and other travel documents:

Visa is not required for a stay of up to 90 days for a period of six months*.

*Visa-free regime does not apply to holders of passports of the Republic of Serbia issued by the Coordination Directorate of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia–.

Note:

The holder of an emergency travel document in transit requires a visa unless it is a transit on the route a non-Schengen countryAustriaa non-Schengen country (e.g., the Republic of Serbia).

 

ENTRY REGIME FOR CITIZENS OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

In order to enter Austria citizens of the Republic of Serbia need to present one of the following:
- certificate of complete vaccination against Covid-19 (in German or English) with one of the following vaccines:  BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson&Johnson, Sinopharm, Sinovac
Certificate is accepted if:
Second dose was received and no more than 360 days have passed since receiving the second dose and at least 14 days have passed between the two doses (at least 22 days and no more than 270 days for those vaccines that are received in only one dose)
Or proof of positive molecular biological test for SARS-CoV-2 at least 21 days prior to vaccination (no more than 360 days have passed since vaccination)
- certificate of recovery against disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 (in German or English) not older than 180 days, or proof of presence of neutralizing antibodies not older than 90 days.
Those with either a certificate of complete vaccination or certificate of recovery do not need to pre-register digitally and do not need to go to quarantine.
Travelers that do not have neither of those two documents need to present either a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours or negative antigen test not older than 48 hours from swabbing (in German or English). In order to enter Austria they also need to pre-register digitally (which can be done at earliest 72 hours prior to travel) and need to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival (quarantine may be canceled after fifth day if a negative PCR or antigen test is received. Online registration (Pre – Travel Clearance – PTC) is possible via following link https://entry.ptc.gv.at
Following categories are exempt from online registration and quarantine:
- if one has a regulated stay (residence permit) in Austria
- if for the purpose of scientific research, i.e. students either beginning or continuing their studies
- if entering for school activities
- if arriving for unforeseen, urgent and especially relevant reasons within the family in individual cases. If they are unable to present a certificate of complete vaccination nor certificate of recovery and do not have a negative PCR or negative antigen test, need to do a test within the 24 hours upon arrival to Austria (at travelers expence) and also need to preregister online.
- if arriving for business reasons
- if arriving for humanitarian reasons  
- if one is accompanying a person traveling for medical reasons
- if one is attending judicial or administrative proceedings before the Austrian authorities
Minors under the age of 12 do not need to present a negative, but all the same provisions apply to them as to an adult under whose supervision they travel.
Transit through Austria is allowed if one may enter the country of destination. Test is not needed for transit, and there is no need to pre-register.
We stress that the final decision on entry into Austria is made by the border authorities.

 

ENTERING AND LEAVING THE COUNTRY

The condition for citizens of the Republic of Serbia to enter the Republic of Austria is that they have a biometric travel document, which must be valid for at least three months after the planned date for leaving the territory of an EU member state.

Holders of biometric passports of the Republic of Serbia do not need a visa to stay for up to 90 days in a period of six months from the date of the first entry into a Schengen country. The visa-free regime does not apply to holders of passports of the Republic of Serbia issued by the Coordination Directorate of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia.

Over 10,000 euros in cash must be declared upon entry into or exit from Austria. There is no duty on hand luggage, goods and medicines that are carried for personal use. All other goods must be declared.

Pets may be brought into the country if they have the prescribed health documentation, with data on vaccinations and a certificate of vaccination against rabies.

SOCIAL SECURITY AGREEMENT

The Social Security Agreement between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Austria grants persons insured in the Republic of Serbia, during their private stay in Austria (tourist stay), the right to use health care at the expense of compulsory health insurance only in case of emergency medical care in order to eliminate the immediate danger to life and health. To exercise the right to use health care abroad, it is necessary to obtain a bilingual form before departure, which is issued by the competent branch of the National Health Insurance Fund (which issued the health insurance card).

 

USEFUL INFORMATION

HEALTH SITUATION — Austria has an excellent network of health facilities which provide good health care. If necessary, contact the nearest general hospital. You may find current information on the health situation in the country on the website of the World Health Organization.

SECURITY SITUATION — Austria is listed as one of the safest countries in Europe. However, since the terrorist attack in 2020, the Austrian authorities have been applying increased security measures. For several years now, the general crime rate has been declining.

TRANSPORT — As a significant tourist destination, Austria has 6 international airports (Vienna, Salzburg, Klagenfurt, Linz, Graz and Innsbruck), as well as a very good railway network. The entire territory of Austria is connected with several highways or the so-called fast roads (highways without a third stop lane) that enable fast and safe travel. During the winter period (1 November−15 April), the use of winter tires on all wheels is mandatory, while in some mountainous regions of Austria it is necessary to have other winter equipment (chains, etc.).

A driver's license and vehicle registration papers are required to drive a motor vehicle. Holders of a driver’s license of the Republic of Serbia do not need an international driving permit to drive a motor vehicle when transiting through or entering the territory of the Republic of Austria. Citizens of the Republic of Serbia who have a regulated stay in the Republic of Austria, may exchange their national driver's license for an Austrian one (within 6 months), for all categories of driving, without taking a driving test.

Highway tolls must be paid, and the vignette may be bought at petrol stations by the Austrian border or by the Hungarian border when travelling from Serbia.

Before going on the road, it is necessary to check the technical condition of the motor vehicle, especially trucks. The fines are high, and there is a possibility of exclusion from traffic due to a technical malfunction of the vehicle. Public safety or road surveillance officers have the authority to fine and impose certain traffic offences immediately upon stopping the vehicle. However, payment by a payment request form is not possible. This applies to all drivers, regardless of whether they reside in Austria or not. A driver's license may be revoked if the driver is under the influence of alcohol or opiates, or the driver is unable to drive due to a physical or mental condition. Multiple consecutive use of high beams, without the need for traffic safety, is a misdemeanour, for which a fine is prescribed.

 

OTHER INFORMATION — The official currency is the euro. In Austria, it is possible to use payment cards of Serbian banks at ATMs of Austrian banks, as well as to in larger hotels and shops.

Important telephone numbers:

  • Roadside assistance by auto-moto association: OeAMTC 120 and ARBOe 123,
  • Customs Service: 00 43 1 51 433, 00 43 56 40 53,
  • Border police at Schwechat airport: 00 43 05 91 33 32 93,
  • Police: 133,
  • Ambulance: 144,
  • Fire brigade: 122.

 

Contact information

During your stay in Austria, for consular assistance and protection, you may contact the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Vienna, the Consular Department, GumpendorferStrasse 83−85, 1060 Wien, at the following number: 00 43 1 544 75 85, and e-mail address: consulate.vienna@mfa.rs, and the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Salzburg, Schallmooser Hauptstrasse 99, 5020 Salzburg, at the following number: 00 43 662 84 52 54 and e-mail address: genconsulate.salzburg@mfa.rs.