Business is big in Austria’s largest city. Every year, more than 21 million travelers arrive at the Vienna International Airport. Many of these travelers arrive on business. Due to the large number of tourists and business travelers who flock to Vienna and regional cities, visitors must be aware of their surroundings. By researching travel reviews and following these travel tips, visitors will enjoy a safe and productive business trip.
Vienna is one of Austria’s largest business cities. There are many large banks, auto manufacturers and international agencies located across the country. As a member of the European Union, Austria uses the euro and follows Schengen rules for passports, visas and entry requirements. Travelers who are visiting Austria for more than 90 days must apply for a visa.
While in Austria, travelers should store passports in a safe place. To prove legal entry, travelers should photocopy the photo page and the page that contains the Austrian or European entry stamp. Travelers should retain a card with the phone number and name of their hotel plus the phone number for the U.S. Embassy in Vienna.
Although the risk of terrorism and national crimes is very low, it’s recommended that business travelers from the United States join the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. This program allows travelers to receive travel warnings and gives friends, family members and coworkers a way to contact travelers in case of an emergency.
If a passport is lost, damaged or stolen, a travel insurance policy can help visitors contact the nearest embassy and order a replacement. If an emergency situation arises, travelers can contact local authorities by calling 133, which is Austria’s 9-1-1 service. The State Department has recorded many instances of theft and pick-pocketing in Vienna’s central metro stations, so travelers should be aware of the risk.
Travel insurance is also useful if briefcases, laptops, baggage or personal items are lost or stolen. Before traveling overseas, it’s important to know if health insurance policies are valid internationally. Supplemental coverage purchased through a travel insurance company is the best solution. Even companies that regularly send workers overseas underestimate the risks associated with international travel. If companies aren’t purchasing travel insurance, workers should purchase coverage individually.
If a worker becomes seriously ill or needs medical care while overseas, local hospitals and healthcare providers will not file claims with foreign insurance companies. Each patient must pay the bill before leaving. Invoices and receipts can then be submitted to the patient’s insurance company along with a claim form. To ensure the highest level of coverage and protection, it’s smart to review travel insurance policies and buy one that fits your needs for business travel.