Relocating to Austria


To make your move to Austria as smooth as possible, take time to plan and prepare for your move. Researching before your arrival into preferred neighbourhoods, housing options, schools and employment options can make the transition easier. It is also recommended, if needed, to improve your German language skills, as almost all government and administrative transactions are conducted in German. The following section contains information to assist with planning your move.

Finding a moving company

Many international moving companies can help with planning and executing a move to Austria. Prices for their services can vary widely depending on the goods to be transported and the value of fragile and irreplaceable goods. It is recommended to get quotes from several companies before deciding on a company. It is also useful to check their insurance policies, the transport time, and the transport method. Goods can be transported by land, sea or air, and costs will vary depending on the transport method and the delivery time frame, with costs increasing if delivery is urgently required.

To find the best moving company, look for places who are experienced, have positive customer reviews online, are fully insured and accredited, and are open and transparent with their pricing and delivery methods. It is helpful to start research well in advance of your planned moving date, to allow for sufficient time to pack, prepare, and relocate.

Moving to Austria with pets

To relocate to Austria with your cat or dog, you must have an identification microchip and proof of rabies vaccination for your pet. If rabies paperwork and all other documents are provided and are current, then the 21-day quarantine period is usually not required. A health certificate from your pet’s veterinarian is also required. If your pet is from a high-risk rabies country, a Titer rabies test is required before entering. Austria does not have a list of pet breeds that are banned from entry.

Other pets, such as rodents, fish and reptiles are not subject to the rabies vaccine, but must meet other requirements and have a health certificate. This only applies to those entering from EU states.


If you travel into Austria by air, your airline may have additional requirements for pet travels, with fees attached. Contact your airline for more information.

Customs requirements

When entering Austria, the duty requirements vary, depending on whether you are entering from an EU or non-EU country. However, all passengers must declare cash in the value of EUR 10,000 or more (in any currency). Arrivals from non-EU countries must also declare tobacco, medicine, and alcoholic purchases that are over the duty-free limits, as well as goods intended for commercial sale or goods that are restricted. Immigration and customs officials can conduct checks at any time, so it’s best to be aware of all customs requirements before entering the country.

It is also recommended to travel with copies of your prescriptions for all medicines you are taking, as customs may ask for these as proof that you have been prescribed the medicine you are carrying.

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