Although we hope you'll remain healthy during your time in Vienna, things can always go wrong. Even if it is just a minor incident, you need to be medically insured. In addition, sufficient health insurance is required for receiving your visa.
In theory, you can choose between getting private/travel insurance that qualifies to cover costs abroad while still in your home country or you can get insurance when you’re in Austria. However, a local insurance is usually the cheapest and it drastically decreases the amount of paperwork needed to get your money back after seeing a doctor, so we would recommend you to switch to an Austrian insurance if you’re planning on staying for a while. Pick a short-time solution to cover you during the transition period and get yourself an Austrian insurance after your arrival!
Within Austria, there are two main types of insurance: either you go for the public insurance (WGKK, short for Wiener Gebietskrankenkasse) or you go for private insurance.
Not sure about what you should do? Check our flowchart to get a better idea of your options. Don't forget to click the tabs to get the full explanation of the possible short-term solutions and the difference between public and private health insurance.