Travel warnings

Decision-making matrix / Security risk / Travel warning

The following section provides a brief overview of the criteria applied by the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs in the classification of security situations. These classifications are based on the comprehensive information provided by Austrian and European representation authorities and are regularly updated. These risk classifications aim to provide travellers with the most comprehensive basis and the highest possible level of transparency enabling them to make better-informed travel-related decisions.

Based on a good level of safety and security that uses the Austrian situation as a reference benchmark, risk standards are scaled in ascending order to enable differentiation, with the highest risk class being a travel warning.

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Security levels


Good Security Level


Definition:

"Good security level, comparable with Austrian standards"

2) Increased Security Risk


Defintion:
"For travel to .... /  in the area/region  .... attention is drawn to the elevated security risk"

Reasons:
Street robbery, mugging, attacks also during the day, increased violent demonstrations, natural disasters (volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, flooding) as well as industrial accidents and the resulting damage to people and property, risk of terrorist attacks

High security risk in a certain area/region


Definition:
"it is advised not to undertake any non-essential travel to this area/region” 

Reasons:
violent clashes involving fatalities, high risk of terrorist attacks

4) High security risk in a country


Definition:

"It is advised not to undertake any non-essential travel to this country"

Reasons:

Violent clashes involving fatalities, high risk of terrorist attacks

5) Partial travel warning for a certain area/Region

 


 

Definition:

  1. "It is advised not to travel to this area/region"
  2. "Austrian nationals currently staying in this area/region, are urgently requested to contact the competent Austrian representation or the nearest representation of an EU Member State without delay"
  3. "Austrian nationals living in this area/region are urgently advised to leave the country."

Reasons:
(Civil)war-like situation, martial law in force, war, civil war

6) Travel warning


Definition:

  1. "it is advised not to travel to this country"
  2. "Austrian nationals currently staying in this region are urgently requested to contact the competent Austrian representation or the nearest representation of an EU Member State without delay"
  3. "Austrian nationals living in this area/region are urgently advised to leave the country by all practical means”

Reasons:
(civil)war-like situation, martial law in force, war, civil war