Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption.
Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are generally
safe to eat.
For UK nationals on a temporary visit to Austria,
an E111 is not required – production of a British passport
is sufficient to obtain medical treatment. For other EEA
nationals (including Austrians), resident in the UK, an
E111 is required. Visitors who are treated privately may receive
a refund for part of the costs, up to the amount that would have
been payable for public hospital treatment. These refunds are available
from Regional Health Insurance Offices (Gebietskrankenkassen)
which also provide addresses of medical and dental practitioners.
Referral to a public hospital will require an admission voucher
issued by a doctor.
In an emergency, UK nationals should show their passport to the
hospital administration which will ascertain from the insurance
office whether the costs of treatment will be met.
Ticks often live in heavily afforested areas during the summer months
in some of the more easterly parts of Austria and can create discomfort
and, in very rare cases, serious infection to people who are bitten.
Immunisation against tick-borne encephalitis is available and travellers
likely to find themselves in these wooded areas should take a course
Rabies is present in Austria, although there have been no incidents
reported in recent years. For those at high risk, vaccination before
arrival should be considered. If you are bitten seek medical advice
without delay. For more information consult the Health appendix.