Moving to Austria

With bordering countries Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Slovenia, Italy, Slovakia and Hungary, Austria is one of the richest countries in Europe. Not only is it a beautiful country with rolling countryside, historical villages and modern cities, Austria’s capital Vienna was also ranked first by the Economic Intelligence Unit and Mercer for quality of life.

Austria offers a wealth of opportunities for expats with unemployment rates being low and a number of sectors open to expat interest. Jobs in areas such as project management, finance and logistics are popular amongst expats along with linguistic roles such as English teachers and translators. There are also many more tourism and leisure jobs becoming available as the country develops its offerings to tourists.

Popular attractions within Austria include the Danube River and various cultural events such as music, theatre and opera- often showcasing the works of renowned Austrian composers such as Mozart and Strauss.

The public transport network in Austria is excellent, particularly the rail network which is fast, reliable and has links all over the country. Austria is known as a car loving nation but as a result parking spaces can become very limited within cities and other popular locations. A UK driving licence is valid within Austria and third-party car insurance is compulsory.

German is the most widely spoken language in Austria and will come in useful when dealing with everyday situations such as making reservations, doctor’s appointments, shopping etc. For those that are unable to speak German there are various ‘Volkshochschule’- schools that teach German for beginners.

You will need a valid UK passport to enter the country but as both the UK and Austria are both members of the EU, UK nationals do not need residence or work permits whilst in the country. However, if you are planning on staying for more than three months you may be required to prove that you can support yourself and any independents without having to rely on the state.

Once you arrive in Austria you must report to the local registration service (Meldeservice) within three days, and you must inform the registration service each time you move address. Also, if you stay in the country for a longer period of time you will be considered a resident in Austria and will be required to pay medical insurance contributions to your local social insurance organisation (Sozialversicherungsträger)

We’ve got a wealth of experience in helping our customers relocate abroad and our team of experts can help you to navigate the various requirements. Simply get in touch – we’re here to help! E: T: 0845 4680 160

Don’t forget to take a look at our handy checklist as a guide to help with organising your move. There’s additional space for you to add your own notes, as every move is different.

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