Austria is the country with the best quality of life in Europe. Each year, many of you decide to pack your bags to settle there. This article will give you more details about all the necessary documents and information you will need to plan your move to Austria. 

Moving to Austria

Moving to Austria

If you are a Swiss citizen or a citizen of the European Union, you do not need a visa or residence permit to settle in Austria, a simple identity document is sufficient. 

If you come from another country, please contact the Austrian embassy.

 

INTERNATIONAL MOVING SERVICES

Hire a professional company 

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Our partner companies are all experienced in international moves and can help you at every step with the planning of your move to Austria.

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Moving on your own

If you are moving on your own, you can rent a vehicle and organise everything by yourself. Check the different documents below to be sure that you are not forgetting anything.

 

PROCEDURES FOR YOUR MOVE 

Lists of documents to be presented to customs 

  • The exhaustive list of the inventory you are carrying in triplicate, detailed and quantified
  • Proof of change of residence (work contract or lease) 
  • The ZBefr2E and ZBefr2aE customs clearance application forms  
  • A valid identity document

If you are moving with a professional company, you do not have to be present at the customs, the customs documents are sufficient.

Exemption from customs taxes

As for the other member countries of the European Union, you are exempted from customs taxes on the transport of your personal belongings if you meet the following criteria: 

  • You have been living in Switzerland for at least 12 months.
  • You wish to transfer your main residence to Austria. 
  • You are transporting your personal belongings, intended for your personal use or for the needs of the household (alcohol and tobacco are excluded).
  • You are not intending to sell your belongings within 12 months of your move.  
  • You have been in possession of your personal belongings for at least 6 months prior to the date of your move.

Find more information on the official government website