Austria is a small country in the very center of Europe, located in the foothills of the Alps. On the in the north it borders on the Czech Republic, in the northeast – on Slovakia, in the east – on Hungary, in the south with Slovenia, Italy and Switzerland, in the west with Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Germany.
Flight – Moscow – Salzburg takes 2 hours 30 minutes. The capital is Vienna. The language is German. In large cities and resort centers, in hotels it will not be difficult to find a person who speaks English, however, knowing at least a few German phrases will greatly facilitate contact with the locals. Everything announcements on trains and buses are made only in German.
National composition: Austrians (98%), Croats, Slovenes, Hungarians, etc.
Religions – Catholics (78%), Protestants (5%).
The state structure is a parliamentary republic.
Time – behind Moscow for 2 hours.
New Year (January 1), Epiphany (January 6), Easter, Labor Day (May 1), Ascension, Spirits Day, Feast of the Body of Christ, Assumption (August 15), national holiday of the Republic of Austria (October 26), All Saints Day (November 1), Conception of the Virgin Mary (December 8), Christmas (December 25) brya), Saint Stephen’s Day (December 26).
Currency – euro. In circulation are euro banknotes in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros and coins in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents. There are 100 cents in one euro.
If you want to take a dog or cat to Austria, you must have a valid certificate about the vaccinations against rabies made to the animal and its officially certified translation into German. Pets must be vaccinated at least 30 days prior to entry into country, but not more than one year before entry. Dogs are required on public transport to be muzzled.
According to Bridgat, the climate in Austria is temperate continental. In winter, the weather is sunny in the southern regions, in the Alps often overcast. The average temperature in the valleys is -5°С, in the mountains -10°С. Don’t forget to bring warm clothing to protect against wind and frost.
Customs rules when leaving the Russian Federation
There are two corridors in the customs control zone: “green” and “red”. Through the “red” corridor go those who declare goods in writing, and through the “green” – those who have there are no goods subject to written declaration. For the correct passage customs control, we inform you that at the moment foreign currency can be carry according to the following rules:
– amounts up to $ 3000 inclusive – without a written declaration and without permits (bank reference or customs declaration);
– amounts from $ 3,000 to $ 10,000 – with mandatory written declaration and subject to availabilitydocuments;
– amounts over $ 10,000 – with the written permission of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation.
Traveler’s checks are subject to mandatory written declaration, regardless
from the amount, securities, precious stones and metals in any form and condition. Must be entered into a written declaration of items whose turnover is restricted by law (weapons, drugs, cultural values, etc.). If necessary, you can get information about goods and cultural valuables that are not subject to export from the country from our employees.
Entry into the country
Citizens of Russia and CIS countries need a visa to enter Austria. Border control officer in law require a return ticket, hotel voucher, insurance, and sufficient funds to stay in the country.
On January 1, 2013, the European Union changed the rules for the import and export of cash currency and now it is necessary declare cash amounts in excess of 10,000 euros, and you need to declare on entry. and on the go. Declarations are subject not only to the euro, but also cash in any currency, and also securities and travelers checks. The EU has already developed new declaration forms.
In the package of documents you receive an insurance policy. Please read the terms and conditions carefully insurance, paying particular attention to emergency telephones with the dispatch service.
The dispatch center with Russian-speaking operators operates around the clock. Operators will tell you where and how to ask for help. Medical assistance provided by insurance doctors companies, provided free of charge. If in an emergency you cannot contact the dispatcher service and assistance to you is provided by a doctor who is not a representative of our insurance company, you it is necessary to pay bills on the spot, take receipts of payment and be sure to report to dispatch service of the insurance company about the insured event. If necessary, further assistance assistance, you need to use the services of doctors representing the insurance company. Transportation, including the delivery of the victim by helicopter, if necessary, will be organized and paid by the insurance company.
You may need to pay out-of-pocket for medicines your doctor will prescribe, and call to the control center. In order to be reimbursed for the expenses incurred, you must, within 30 calendar days after returning from a trip, submit a written application to the insurance company. The contact details of the insurance company are indicated in your policy.
Work of institutions, banks, shops, restaurants
Banking hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 08:00 to 12:00 and from 13:30 to 15:00. On Thursday, banks are open from 08:00 to 12:30 and from 13:30 to 17:30. Small banks close before – from 12.30 to 13.30. Banks are closed on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday morning money can be exchanged at American Express offices.
Museum hours vary. The day off in museums is usually Monday.
Standard store hours are from 9.30 or 10.00 to 18.00. Break – from 12.00 to 13.00 or 13.30. In small towns, the break can last until 15.00. Large central stores zines in major cities operate without interruption. On Saturday, shops are open until 12.00 or 13.00, except for the first Saturday of the month when they are open until 17-18.
Restaurants – lunch time from 13:00 to 16:00. Dinner from 20:00 to 23:00. Many restaurants work melt until 24:00. Menus are posted at the entrance to the restaurant.