Information on the effects of the war in Ukraine

Up-to-date information for businesses on economic restrictions, sanctions, entry, employees, etc.

The Austrian Business Agency (ABA) provides information in English on entry, residence and access to the labour market (→ ABA) for workers from abroad.

Caution

There is an increased danger in cyberspace. Businesses should raise awareness among their workforce and review their cybersecurity systems.

Economic restrictions and sanctions

The European Union has issued sanctions (→ BMDW) banning the import and export of certain goods and technologies to Russia and Belarus as well as business relations to certain individuals. The European Commission provides Information for customs authorities, importers and exporters (→ EC) in English. The Federal Ministry of Finance provides information regarding the SWIFT block (→ BMF).

The Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs (BMDW) answers the most frequently asked questions about the sanctions (→ BMDW) in German. The Austrian Chamber of Commerce (WKO) also provides information on the current status of the sanctions (→ WKO) in German.

General information on export credit insurance and embargoes can be found on USP.

Tip

The WKO provides detailed information in German on economic restrictions and labour law on the page "Ukraine/Russland/Belarus: Infos und FAQ für Unternehmen" (→ WKO).

Temporary right of residence and employment in Austria

Ukrainian nationals and persons entitled to protection in Ukraine who had to flee due to the war are granted a temporary right of residence until 3 March 2023 (→ oesterreich.gv.at). To access the labour market, they currently need an employment permit. For this, they have to present their card for displaced persons at the Public Employment Service (AMS) and register. If there is a prospect of a concrete job, the future employer applies for the employment permit. 

Current information on the labour market in English and Ukrainian is available on the → website of AMS. Companies wishing to employ people from Ukraine can post job advertisements on job sites like → Ukraine Jobs or → Jobs for Ukraine.

Further Information in German on the employment of third-country nationals who do not have a temporary right of residence can be found on USP.

There are no COVID-19 entry restrictions for persons entering Austria due to armed conflicts.

Tip

Companies can write off aid in cash or in kind that they provide in connection with acute disasters at home or abroad as business expenses for tax purposes. More information on the tax treatment of aid can be found on USP.

Further Information

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Last update: 30 June 2022

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