Austria Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes Yes No
British Yes No No
Canadian Yes Yes No
Other EU 1 No No
USA Yes Yes No

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Passports

A passport valid for three months beyond the length of stay and issued within the past 10 years is required by all nationals listed in the chart above except (1) EU/ EEA nationals holding a passport or national ID card which is valid for the duration of stay. If travelling from one border-free Schengen country to another however, EU/ EEA nationals are not required to show a passport or national ID card, but it is still recommended that you travel with your passport or ID card to prove your identity if necessary. EU/ EEA nationals also are not required to possess a return ticket or show sufficient funds.

Note that Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the UK are not part of the Schengen area, so a passport or ID card is required if travelling to/from these countries.

Visas

Visas for Austria are not required by nationals of EU/ EEA countries, regardless of the purpose and/or length of stay. However, EU/ EEA nationals who plan to live in Austria for an unlimited period must register with the local authorities after three months.

Australian, Canadian and US nationals may stay without a visa for up to 90 days.

Austria is part of the Schengen system, which allows visitors to travel to all participating countries without a visa. Please click here for information regarding the Schengen visa.

Apart from citizens listed in the chart above, citizens from the following countries can also visit without a visa for Austria for up to 90 days within a six-month period: Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Holy See (Vatican State City), Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macao, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela.

* For Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Ukraine citizens: visa exemption only applies to holders of biometric passports.

* For Taiwanese: visa exemption only applies to holders of passports issued by Taiwan which include an identity card number.

Travellers who need a visa are advised to contact the nearest embassy to check the visa requirements for Austria

Visa note

For visitors who are unsure, you are advised to contact the embassy to check requirements for Austria visas.

From 2021, the 58 countries which currently can visit the Schengen region without a visa will need to apply for ETIAS authorisation before travelling to any Schengen member country. Click here for information regarding the ETIAS.

Types and cost

Schengen visa: €60. Nationals of Georgia, Kosovo, Russia and Ukraine pay €35.

Children under six years of age, family members of EU/ EEA nationals: no fee.

In June 2019 it was announced that the Schengen Visa fee will increase by 33.3% to €80 in January 2020.

Validity

Short-term Schengen visa: up to 90 days within a six-month period.

Transit

Citizens of some countries need an airport transit visa when transiting through international parts of any airports within the Schengen States, whereas citizens of certain countries are only required a transit visa for some of the Schengen states. If you are not from a Schengen visa exempt country, please check with an Austrian consulate near you.

Application to

In person at the consulate or consular section of embassy; appointment required. All applicants aged 12 and over must submit biometric data at the appointment. UK residents requiring a Schengen visa should apply to either the embassy in London or the VFS Global Visa Application Centres in Edinburgh, Cardiff, London and Manchester (www.vfsglobal.com/austria/uk), which charge an additional processing fee of €30 (around £22, payable in Pounds Sterling). If applying at the embassy, you have to book an appointment online in advance via email (visa.london-ob@bmeia.gv.at).

Schengen visas

Austria is part of the Schengen visa scheme.

Temporary residence

If you are not an EU/ EEA citizen or European Free Trade Association member state citizen and intend to stay in Austria for more than 90 days up to 6 months you have to apply for a national Austrian visa.

EU/ EEA citizens staying beyond 90 days need to get a "Residence Registration" (Meldezettel) as well as a "Certificate of Registration" (Anmeldebescheinigung).

Working days

Visa applications may take up to 15 days and it is recommended to submit applications at least 3-4 weeks prior to departure.

Sufficient funds

Schengen visa applicants must be able to provide proof of funds to cover their stay.

Extension of stay

See www.migration.gv.at for details.

Entry with pets

If bringing a pet from another EU country, the animal must have a microchip or tattoo, an EU pet passport and a valid rabies vaccination certificate (the vaccination must have taken place at least 21 days prior to travel). Animals from outside the EU must also have a ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15-digit microchip. Depending on if your pet is from a high-rabies country or a rabies-controlled country, your pet either has to be vaccinated or microchipped first. For pets from high-rabies countries, a rabies tier test must also be administered 30 days after the vaccination. Please check how the European Union classifies the country you are travelling from to follow the right procedure. A veterinary certificate issued by an authorised veterinarian is also required when entering Austria with a pet from outside of the EU.

Embassies and tourist offices

British Embassy in Austria
Telephone: +43 1 716 130. Website: http://www.ukinaustria.fco.gov.uk Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1700.
Austrian Embassy in the UK
Telephone: +44 020 7344 3250. Website: https://www.bmeia.gv.at/en/austrian-embassy-london/ Opening times: Opening times Consulate: Mon-Fri 0900-1200 Telephone enquiries Embassy: Mon-Fr 0900-1700 Telephone enquiries Consulate (passports etc): Mon-Fri 1400-1600 Visa enquiries: Mon-Fr 1400-1600 (Tel: +44 20 7245 6689)
Embassy of the Republic of Austria in the USA
Telephone: +1 202 895 6700 or 6711 (consular section). Website: http://www.austria.org Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1700; Mon-Fri 1030-1300 (consular services).

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