Overall Information

Important Telephonenumbers

  • Rettung / Emergency Ambulance: 144
  • Ärztenotdienst / Emergency Physician: 141
  • Feuerwehr / Fire Brigade: 122
  • Polizei / Police: 133

Entry Requirements for Austria
For people who live in the EU, a valid passport or identification card is necessary. For people coming from countries not in the EU, a valid passport must be shown. Austrians need to show valid ID.

Visits to a doctor or dentist
Some foreign health insurance certificates from health insurance institutions or complementary insurances are recognised. In any case it is advantageous to take out private insurance for the time you plan to be in Austria. The organisation office can give you information regarding the closest doctor, dentist, emergency clinic as well as the nearest veterinarian or animal Hospital.

Currency in Austria
The currency in Austria is Euros.
Changing money from a foreign currency to Euros is possible in all banks during the bank’s business hours. There are also currency exchange offices in the airports. Changing money in your hotel is not recommended. The safest way is to use a credit card (VISA or Mastercard, etc.) for purchases. Car rentals are not possible without a credit card. If you have a pin code you can also get cash from any cash machine using your credit card.

Road Traffic
Right hand driving is valid in Austria. Please note that Austrian police pay special attention to the following things:

  • All passengers must have their seat belts on
  • The driver is not allowed, under any circumstances to use their mobile phone while driving
  • Strict alcohol control is carried out. The blood alcohol limit in Austria is 0.5 per mille. If you exceed the limit your driving license will be confiscated immediately.

Information and Safety Instructions

  • Dogs are to be kept on a leash at all times, except when working
  • Please keep on the main roads and pathways when walking or driving
  • Participants must carry an identification card with them and present it on demand
  • Damage and/or accidents must be reported to the training area supervisor immediately
  • Stopping and parking, especially for campers, is allowed in the designated areas, only. Please follow the instructions of the marshals on site
  • Public areas are to be kept clean at all times (Do Not Litter!)
  • Dog handlers are liable for any damages incurred

Due to new legislation in the Austrian Animal Protection Act, the use of chain collars is only permitted if the collar has a “Stop Ring” which will prevent choking.

Because the Austrian Kennel Club training clubs have not allowed dogs to be choked (it is defined in the examination regulations that it is forbidden to use chain collars with a choking effect on dogs) there no real changes to our rules.

However, we ask that all local groups are informed of the legislation and make sure that if a chain collar is used, it has a stop ring on it to prevent choking the dog.

Judges must make sure that during any examinations and trials the dogs are only wearing collars that are allowed by law – even if the dog is not on a leash during the examination and only free range obedience is being judged. (ÖKV)