Brexit and Travelling to Austria
One thing’s for certain: You can still travel to Austria after Brexit – and we look forward to welcoming you. However, there are a few things travellers might want to consider to be on the safe side.
On 31 January 2020, the UK has left the EU with a deal. Overall, this means that nothing will change until the end of 2020. What happens after 31 December 2020 depends on the agreement between the UK and the EU reached during the transition period.
You will not need a visa to travel to Austria for a holiday (up to 90 days in any 180-day period).
- Free movement applies to UK citizens until the end of the transition period (the end of 2020).
- Recent EU measures have ensured that, as of 1 January 2021, UK nationals will not need a visa for short-term stays (up to 90 days in any 180-day period). This does not mean that you will have the right to work in the EU. This provision is subject to the reciprocity mechanism applying to third countries, i.e. it could be suspended if EU citizens would cease to be given visa-free access to the United Kingdom for short stays.
- From 2021, you may need to show a return or onward ticket or prove that you have enough money for your stay at border control.
- You may need a visa or permit to stay for longer, to work or study, or for business travel.
Until the end of 2020, you can freely travel to the EU with a UK passport, provided that it is valid for the entirety of your trip. Starting on 1 January 2021, the following rules apply:
On the day you travel, you’ll need your passport to both:
- have at least 6 months left
- be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)
If this is not the case, you may not be able to travel to the EU, including Austria.
EHIC / Travel Insurance
Within the EU, the EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) gives citizens access to a wide range of healthcare options; you will still be able to access all these services freely until 31 December 2020. Please be aware that private healthcare and services like mountain rescues are not covered.
It is highly recommended to buy travel insurance for any trip after the end of 2020.
Driving in Austria
- Until 31 December 2020, your British driving licence is valid to drive in Austria.
- Starting on 1 January, it is recommended to bring an International Driving Permit, which you can obtain from your post office.
- If you drive to Austria using your own vehicle, you might also need a ‘green card’ or valid proof of insurance and a GB sticker.
Taking Your Pet on Holiday
Until 31 December 2020, European pet passports remain valid and you can travel with your pet as you usually would. What happens after that depends on the ongoing negotiations.
- The UK could ask the EU to become an "EU listed country" which would make it easier to travel with pets.
- If this is not the case, the preparation process to travel with pets to the EU will take approximately four months, so please plan accordingly.
- Nothing will change until 31 December 2020
- Future rules depend on the ongoing negotiations
- You will not need a visa to travel to Austria
- 2020: your passport needs to be valid for the entirety of your trip; from 2021: needs to be valid for 6 months & be less than 10 years old
- 2020: European health insurance still valid; travel insurance highly recommended for travel after December 2020
- 2020: no changes for driving in the EU; 2021: bring an International Driving Permit