Currency and Creditcard

 

Currency:
Since March 1, 2002 the Austrian currency is the Euro ().

There are bank notes with denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 Euro. Coins are available at a face value of 1, 2, as well as 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 Cents.

Austrian Schillings are no longer accepted.

National and foreign currencies:
can be imported and exported in unlimited amounts.

Credit Cards:
Credit cards are accepted in cities and tourist centres by numerous hotels, restaurants, shops and gas stations. If and which credit cards are accepted is indicated by the logos displayed on the exterior facade of the respective business (usually on the entrance door).

 

 

Visa

 

Passports:
Austria is a signatory of the Schengen Accords and passports are theoretically not required by EU nationals, although it is advisable to take passports for identification purposes. Passports are required by all other nationals.

Visa:
Nationals of EU countries, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand do not require visas. Some foreign visitors may require an official invitation and a financial guarantee from an Austrian host, thus obtaining a visa may be rather time consuming. For changing planes at the airport, nationals of the following countries require visas: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Ghana, Iraq, Iran, Liberia, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka and Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Za´re). Nationals of most industrialised countries may enter Austria for up to 90 days without a visa.

 

 

Business Hours

 

Banking:
Mon-Wed and Fri: 8.00 - 12.30 and 13.30 - 15.00; Thu: 8.00 -12.30 and 13.30 - 17.30. Banks are closed on Saturdays and Sundays. The exchange counters at airports and main railway stations are usually open from the first to the last plane or train, i.e. from 8.00 -22.00 seven days a week.

Business:
Mon-Fri: 8.00 - 12.30, 13.00 - 17.30 (offices/companies do not work Friday afternoon.).

Government:
Mon-Fri: 8.00 - 12.30, 13.00 - 17.30 (offices/companies do not work Friday afternoon.).

Shops:
Mon-Fri: 8.00 - 19.30 or 8.00 - 18.00; many shops close for a two-hour lunchbreak. Sat: 8.00 - 17.00.

 

Electricity

 

Electricity supply is 230V AC, 50Hz. Electrical outlet: plugs have only 2 pins - e.g. US participants need plug adapters and converters for 110/120 Volt appliances.