FAQ Package Holidays
In these FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) we give a brief overview of your rights on package holidays under the new Austrian Package Travel Act (PRG).
Insolvency protection for package travels
You have been looking forward to a nice holiday for a long time, but then one of the companies involved becomes insolvent. This is a shock for many consumers. Can I still travel? Do I have to pay a certain part again? Do I get all the money back? Or have I also lost my savings?
Defects at destination
ECC Austria knows how to deal with travel deficiencies and which rights consumers have.
Travel by Train, Coach or Ship
Passenger rights in railway travel
The EU has been regulating rail passengers' rights since 2009. You can find out which rights are guaranteed in this regulation, for example in the case of train delays or information obligations by the railway companies, as well as answers to the most frequently asked questions in our article. We updated on the occasion of the proclaimed EU "Year of Rail 2021".
Your rights on bus tours
The Bus Passengers Rights Regulation of the EU protects consumers travelling long distances by bus since 2013. Find out more about your options in case of delays, cancellations or accidents.
Rights of ship passengers
Since 2012, an EU regulation clarifies the rights of passengers travelling by sea and inland waterway.
Travel by Car
FAQ Car rental
Knowledge is half the battle. We often deal with complaints when booking rental cars. Here are the 15 most common questions and some tips from practice.
Winter tire obligations in Europe
In time for the winter travel season, we present an overview over the different obligations regarding winter tires in Europe. The information was gathered and is provided by our Network of the European Consumer Centres (ECC-Net).
Driving bans in Italy
Who drives in Italy with his car should be aware of driving bans in the city centres. Driving in a so called "zona a traffico limitato" without a special permit is expensive.
Deficiencies at your holiday hotel
The hotel room is dirty or not available, instead of a "fine sandy beach" you find a rocky bay and instead of the longed-for peace and quiet you are tormented by annoying construction noise. Especially during the peak travel season, we receive an increasing number of complaints from holidaymakers whose stay did not turn out quite as expected. But what can you do if you have problems on holiday? We provide information on the options available to consumers.
Warning about timeshare rip-off in the Canary Islands
On the road again - sales agents on the Canary Islands are pushing touristst into unfavourable timeshare contracts. What you have to watch out for and what you should do when signing a contract, you can find out here.
Fraud with fake holiday homes
When timeshare flats or holiday homes booked online do not exist. Criminals are trying to extract money from the pockets of holidaymakers by using internet offers with stolen photos of real holiday flats.
Danger at Destination
Austria's participation in the EU Green Passport slightly delayed
The "Green Pass" and its EU-wide introduction is delayed by a few weeks and will only be activated for EU travel here in the course of July. Here is our update on the rules and formalities and some warnings about scams.
EU health certificate to enable travel during summer holidays
Preparations are in full swing to enable a legislative and technical basis for an EU-wide digital vaccination and testing card before the start of the summer holidays, to replace the numerous Covid19 restrictions and quarantine requirements for health certificate holders. Despite many difficulties, the project is ambitious in terms of time. It is intended to be practical and fair. We summarise the framework and goals that have been set out.
ECC advises on danger at holiday destination
The ECC Austria is an official counselling centre for legal consumer questions on travelling to dangerous areas.