Austria has a population of approximately 8.5 million. The majority of the population speaks local Bavarian dialects of German as their native language. German in its standard form is the country’s official language. Vienna is the capital.
How to access emergency services: Call 144 or 112 for ambulance service.
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Recommended immunizations and vaccines for travelers: Before traveling to Austria, ask your doctor what vaccines are recommended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are excellent resources as well.
Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
It’s also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities, if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacuation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency.
Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers
What to expect in an Austrian hospital: Any minor injuries or illnesses can usually be dealt with at a pharmacy (apotheke). The country’s health care system is of a high standard, and clinics and hospitals are clean, modern, and well-equipped. Should you experience an emergency situation, all of Austria’s main cities have excellent hospitals able to deal with all types of illness and injury.
Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance.
JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in Austria: To read about specific facilities that are JCI- accredited, visit the Hospital Search section.
Austria-specific helpful health resources:
Travel health notices: Visit the CDC or the WHO for up-to-date travel notices.