In order for you to enjoy a relaxed journey, we have compiled important information here about customs regulations, border formalities and entering Austria with pets.
Each child needs its own identification document (identity card or passport), as children's entries in a parent's passport are no longer valid since 26.06.2012.
For more information about who requires a visa for entry into Austria, please check here.
Travel Allowances and Limits for Goods within the EU
Tobacco products or alcoholic beverages are exempt from duty only for personal use. If the standard quantities stated below are exceeded, you have to proof that the goods are intended for personal use.
Attention: Duty free purchases are no longer possible when travelling directly within the EU.
This provision does not apply to the Canary Islands (Spain), Gibraltar (Great Britain) and the British Channel Islands (Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney, etc.). When entering from these countries, the same import quantities are allowed as when entering from non-EU countries.
Travel Allowances and Limits for Goods from Third Countries
Maximum quantities for duty-free import into Austria from third countries for personal use or as a gift in air and sea travel:
Other goods up to a total value of 300 euros (for entry by land); for air travellers up to a total value of 430 euros.
For travellers under 15 years of age, these two allowances are generally reduced to 150 euros (regardless of the mode of transportation used). Multiple travellers may not add their travel allowances together.
Travel equipment for personal use during the stay may be imported into Austria duty-free and informally, provided there are no import bans.
Further information on entry from non-EU countries
This is what you need to keep in mind
- A maximum of five animals per person are allowed.
- Each animal must be identified by a microchip. However, a tattoo carried out before July 3, 2011 is still valid, provided that it is clearly legible.
- Each animal must have a pet passport issued by a veterinarian authorized by the competent authority. It must also show that the animal in question has a valid rabies vaccination and, if applicable, a valid booster vaccination. The rabies vaccination is valid for 21 days after completion of the basic immunization, if the animal has undergone regular booster vaccination thereafter.
For more information on entry, validity of rabies vaccination and entry requirements for puppies, please visit the website of the Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection. There you will also find information on entry and re-entry with pets from third countries to Austria.
Leash or Muzzle Obligation
Leash and muzzle must be carried during your stay in Austria. In Austria, the regulation of the leash or muzzle obligation is the responsibility of the individual communities. There is no nationwide law in which the leash or muzzle requirement is precisely regulated. The tourism association of the chosen holiday destination can provide precise information about the regulations that apply in the respective municipality.
In general, the Upper Austrian dog-keeping law is taken as a basis.
An excerpt from it:
In the local area there is a leash OR muzzle obligation. If necessary, but in any case at bus stops, in public transport, in schools and kindergardens/nurseries, in children's playgrounds, as well as in larger gatherings of people, such as in shopping centers, bathing facilities and at events, there is a leash AND muzzle obligation.
Police dogs on duty, assistance and rescue dogs, trained hunting dogs, as well as dogs on whose assistance certain persons are dependent (e.g. guide dogs for the seeing impaired) are exempt from these regulations.
The municipality may determine by ordinance:
- where leash OR muzzle obligation does NOT apply in the local area (free running areas)
- where leash AND muzzle obligation applies in the local area
- where the carrying of dogs is generally prohibited in the local area (dog-free zone)
- where leashing OR muzzling is also compulsory outside the local area