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Car registration in Austria: current rules and necessary documents for Ukrainians

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Car registration in Austria: current rules and necessary documents for Ukrainians

Refugees from Ukraine can stay in Austria in their own car. However, the vehicle must be registered. Find out more about how to do this, when you can avoid registration and whether you need to exchange your driving license in the country

An insurance policy is a guarantee of your safety and peaceful stay outside of Ukraine
An insurance policy is a guarantee of your safety and peaceful stay outside of Ukraine
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Austrian law requires Ukrainians who stay in the country for more than a year to register their cars. However, there is a way to avoid registration. We will tell you about it and important rules for drivers.


How can Ukrainians avoid car registration in Austria?


In order to avoid registering a car, refugees need to do the following: cross the Austrian border before the end of their 12-month stay in the country. When you return to Austria, the countdown will start again, so you will have another year during which you can not register your vehicle.


Austria allows voluntary registration of vehicles if a person is a permanent resident of the country.


We would like to add that there is no simplified procedure for Ukrainians. Also, keep in mind that after receiving Austrian license plates, you are obliged to pay taxes: NoVA (standard consumption tax) and the engine-related insurance tax.


Do Ukrainian citizens need to exchange their driving license in Austria?


In July 2022, the EU adopted a regulation concerning driving licenses of Ukrainian refugees:


- driving licenses are valid in all EU countries, including Austria;

- there is no need to translate the license, even if the document does not contain information in Latin;

- a lost or stolen ID can be restored without passing exams if the Ukrainian side confirms that the document was issued. At the same time, a medical certificate is required. 


How to insure a car in Austria?


All cars driving on European roads must have a valid insurance policy. There are two ways to protect yourself from damage:


- purchase a Green Card;

- to take out border insurance.


Please note! The Green Card is the most convenient way to insure your vehicle. You can buy it online, even while you are already abroad, by providing all the necessary information on the website. It only takes a few minutes and the policy is available on your smartphone. 


Toll roads in Austria


All drivers have to pay tolls on Austrian toll roads - the privileges for Ukrainians have already been canceled. So buy vignettes to avoid violating the law.


Humanitarian aid vehicles transporting goods or displaced persons are exempt from purchasing vignettes.


As a reminder, Austria is regularly ranked among the most comfortable countries in the world. In particular, the country attracts tourists and expats with its high standard of living. Read more about the cost of renting a house, utilities and food prices in the country here.




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