Visa

Travel documents | Visa

 

Travel documents

You need a valid passport to enter Austria. Please note that in principle it has to be valid for another 3 months after your trip – so you better check the date your passport was issued!
If you come from an EU country or from Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino or Switzerland you can also use your national ID card instead of a passport.

 

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Visa

Do I need a visa to come to Austria?

NO

  • if you are from an EU country.
  • if you are from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.
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NO if you want to stay for less than 3 months* AND

  • if you are from one of the following European countries:
    Andorra, Croatia, Monaco or San Marino
  • if you are from one of the following European countries and hold a biometric passport:
    Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia (FYROM), Montenegro or Serbia
  • if you are from one of the following countries outside Europe:
    Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Macao, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Seychelles, Singapore, St. Christopher and Nevis, United States of America, Uruguay, Vatican City or Venezuela
  • if you are from one of the following countries and hold a special passport:
    Taiwan, Turkey or United Arab Emirates
* for Japanese citizens: less than 6 months

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YES

  • if you are from one of the following European countries and do NOT have a biometric passport:
    Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia (FYROM), Montenegro or Serbia
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YES if you want to stay for up to 6 months AND

  • if you come from one of the following European countries:
    Albania, Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia (FYROM), Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino or Serbia
  • if you come from one of the following countries outside Europe:
    Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, South Korea, Macao, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Seychelles, Singapore, St. Christopher and Nevis, United States of America, Uruguay, Vatican City or Venezuela
  • if you are from one of the following countries and hold a special passport:
    Taiwan, Turkey or United Arab Emirates
page of a passport with various entry stamps

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YES

  • if you come from a country not mentioned above.

 

Longer stays

If you come from an EU country or from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you can stay in Austria for an unlimited period of time. You only have to register with the authorities within four months.

Nationals of other countries who want to stay longer than six months need to obtain a residence permit.

 

Different visas for different purposes

There are different kinds of visa, most important are travel visas for the Schengen area and visitor visas for stay up to six months:

travel visa (Reisevisum C):

The standard visa for tourists. It allows you to enter and stay in the Schengen area for maximum 3 months.

The Schengen area covers the following countries:
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and Spain.

visitor visa (Aufenthaltsvisum D):

It allows you to enter and stay in Austria for 91 days to maximum 6 months. It is issued mainly for training and study reasons and for bridging the time span between a travel visa and receiving a residence permit.

This is only a national visa which means it does not allow you to stay in another Schengen country. It only allows you to travel through other Schengen countries once (for max. 5 days) in order to get to Austria. This means no travelling through other Schengen states, not even for your way back home!

 

Where do I get it?

Visas for coming to Austria can only be issued by the Austrian representation authority (embassy, consulate) in your country or in exceptional cases by the representation of another Schengen country.

If you apply for a travel visa at the Austrian representation, your main destination must be Austria. If you don’t have a main destination within the Schengen area, Austria at least has to be the country where you enter the Schengen zone.

Note:

  • You have to appear in PERSON at the embassy/consulate!
  • If you’re under 18 you need your parents’ consent (BOTH of them! Either they come with you and sign the visa application form or you have to provide notarised letters of consent!
    If you’re under 16, your parents/legal guardian have/has to sign anyways.
  • Visa can only under very limited special circumstances be issued at the Austrian border or be extended inside Austria!

 

How much does it cost?

  • travel visa C: € 60
    for people from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia (FYROM), Montenegro, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Serbia or Ukraine: € 35
  • visitor visa D: € 100

Note: In case your visa application is denied, you DON’T get the money back!

 

How long does it take to get it?

This is different in different countries, but normally visas are never issued on the same day! So be careful to allow enough time between the visa application and the date you plan to travel (advisably 3 to 4 weeks)!

 

For more information please contact the Austrian embassy/consulate in your country!

 

Sources: Federal Ministry of Interior, www.bmi.gv.at/cms/bmi_fremdenpolizei; Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, Austrian Embassy London, www.bmeia.gv.at/index.php?id=68098&L=1#content
Photos: Reisepass © Rainer Sturm / pixelio.de, Reisefreudig © Rainer Sturm / pixelio.de
Updated: 15.10.2012