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South African citizens require a visa to enter the Schengen territory, i.e. Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
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– If you intend to visit only one Schengen country, you must apply at the Embassy / Consulate / Visa Issuing Authority of that country.
– If you intend to visit several Schengen countries, you must apply for a visa at the Embassy / Consulate / Visa Issuing Authority that is your main destination (i.e. your longest stay).
– If you intend to visit several countries but do not have a main destination, you should apply for a visa at the Embassy / Consulate / Visa Issuing Authority of the country of your first point of entry.
Austria is located in a temperate climatic zone with a Central European climate influenced by the Atlantic climate. The four seasons all have typical temperatures and climatic characters.
Due to the topographical diversity of Austria and the relatively large West-East expanse, there are three differentiating climatic regions:
East: Pannonian climate with a continental influence – low precipitation, hot summers, but only moderately cold winters.
Alpine Regions: Alpine climate – high precipitation (except inner alpine valley regions such as the Upper Inntal), short summers, long winters.
Remainder of the Country: Transient climate influenced by the Atlantic (in the West) and a continental influence in the South-East.
|International Airports:||– Vienna International Airport
– Innsbruck Airport
– Klagenfurt Airport
– Salzburg Airport
|Area:||83 879 km²|
|Time Zone:||“Central European Standard Time
Time zone in Austria (GMT+1) “
|Religion:||– Roman Catholic
– Christian Orthodox
|Exchange Rate:||Please consult your local bank as exchange rates fluctuate.|
|Credit Card Payment Availability:||American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Diners Club are widely accepted|
|ATM Accessibility:||ATM’s are readily available|
|Electricity:||230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz.|
|Water:||Tap water is safe to drink|
|Business Hours:||Mon-Fri – 08:00 – 17:00|
|Banking Hours:||Mon to Wed & Fri 08:00 – 15:00, Thu 08:00 – 17:30; some branches are closed 12:30 – 13:30. In the center of the city many banks are open continuously from Mon to Wed, Fri 08:30 – 15:00, Thu 08:30 – 17:30.|
|Photography Restrictions:||No Restrictions|
|Tipping:||Tip 5 – 10%|
|Vaccination Requirements:||No vaccinations required, however always consult with your medical practitioner or travel clinic.|
|Dress Code Restrictions:||No Restrictions|
|Peculiar Customs to Observe:||– Mistake Austria for Germany
– Forget to Tip Waiters
- Schubertiade – April & October
- Wiener Festwochen (Vienna Festival) – May / June
- Danube Island Festival – 23-25 June
- Formula 1 Spielberg / Austria in June
- Vienna Popfest – July
- Mörbisch Operetta Festival – June
- Bregenzer Festspiele – July / August
- ImPulsTanz – July/ August
- Salzburg Festspiele – July / September
- Musikfestival Grafenegg – late August/ September
- International Art Fair – autumn
- Viennale- October
- Vienna Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market) – November / December
“Vienna is a handsome, lively city, and pleases me exceedingly”
– Frederic Chopin