Important Travel Document Information – Please Read
If you are wishing to gain a Austria Schengen Visa you will be pleased to know that the Austrian embassies have reopened for business and are now processing Austrian Schengen visas. The processing of Austria visas can take up to 12 weeks. You can select ‘express processing’ from the drop down menu on the application for a quicker response.
We strongly advise to apply as soon as possible to ensure that you are approved for a visa to Austria in time for your trip. You will not be allowed on your flight without a valid visa document. You are required by law to answer any application information accurately and truthfully.
What is an Austrian Schengen Visa?
A Schengen Visa to Austria is a short-term European visa. This type of Visa enables the holder to travel freely throughout the Schengen Area. The visa, itself is issued by one of the Schengen nations. That is to say, you can visit any of the Schengen countries for up to 90 days during a 180-day period.
The Schengen Visa is the most common visa in Europe. In order words, it entitles the holder to enter, travel freely within, and exit the Schengen area from any Schengen member country. There are no border controls within the Schengen Zone .
You can apply for one of the following Schengen visa types for Austria, depending on your reason for visiting:
Austrian Airport Visa - for individuals who need to pass through an Austrian airport on their way to a country outside of the Schengen Zone.
Austrian Tourist Visa - for those planning a vacation or sightseeing trip to Austria.
Austrian Visitor Visa - for visitors who want to pay a visit to friends or family in Austria.
Austrian Business Visa — for business individuals who need to go to Austria for business purposes.
Official Delegations going to Austria on an official trip will need an Austrian Visa for Official Visit.
For those seeking medical treatment in Austria, an Austrian Medical Visa is required.
Austrian Study Visa - for students who intend to enrol in a course at an Austrian educational institution for up to three months.
Austrian Visa for Cultural, Sports, and Film Crews — for anyone wishing to participate in a cultural, sports, or film-related activity in Austria.
Non-EU nationals will be required to submit some travel and identification documents to an Austrian border officer when arriving at the Austrian port of entry. The following are the documents:
- A passport or other travel document that is valid. It must have been issued within the last ten years and be valid for at least three months after your departure date.
- If you are subject to the Austrian visa regime, you will need a visa.
Please keep in mind that the Austrian border officer has the last say on whether or not you are allowed to enter Austria. The border official will examine your documentation and may inquire about your travel to Austria, such as:
- What is your reason for visiting Austria?
- What is your plan for your time in Austria?
- Where will you be staying in Austria? Etc.
If everything appears to be in order, you will be permitted to enter Austria and consequently the Schengen Zone.
When you enter the Schengen area, be sure the Austrian border official stamps your passport. You could be penalised or deported from Austria if you dont have a stamp.
Any application for a short-term Austrian Schengen visa must include the following documents:
- Form for applying for a visa in Austria. Fill it up completely and honestly. After youve printed it, dont forget to sign it.
- Two images that are nearly identical. The images should be passport size, with a light background and a recent whole-face shot. See the photo parameters and requirements.
- Your passport/travel document is as follows:
- Valid for at least three months after your planned departure date from Austria (the Schengen zone).
- No more than ten years old.
- It also has to have at least two blank pages.
- a copy of any previous Schengen visas youve held (if applicable).
- A letter of introduction. In which you explain why youre visiting Austria and give a full schedule of your vacation.
- Itinerary for a round-trip flight. It contains the dates and flight numbers for entering and exiting Austria.
- Travel Insurance for the Schengen Area. Confirmation that you have travel insurance for Austria and the entire Schengen area, with at least 30,000 € in medical emergency coverage.
The Schengen Zone is made up of 26 European nations. At their shared borders, they have agreed to eliminate all passports and other forms of border control. In terms of international travel, the region primarily functions as a single jurisdiction with a uniform visa policy.
All third-country nationals who have not yet signed a liberalization agreement with Schengen member states must get this travel authorization before to traveling in Europe. To determine if you need a Schengen visa to visit a Schengen member country
For detailed information on specific parts of the EU visa process, you can refer to the links below to find the answer to your query. If you are unable to find any particular information, please contact us via email.
|EU Visa News|
|EU Visa Fees|
|Schengen Visa Types|
|How to submit a Visa Application|
What is the maximum amount of time we can stay in Austria without a visa?
If you are a visa-exempt national, you will be allowed to stay in Austria for up to 90 days during a 180-day period. The first day you enter Austria is counted as day one, and the last day is counted as day zero. Keep in mind that time spent in other Schengen Area countries is included in this calculation.
Please ensure that you are aware of the 90/180 Schengen Visa Rule. Do not break this law, even for a single day, because overstaying in Schengen zone may result in penalties.
You will not be able to enter Austria without a visa if you are a national of a country that has not yet negotiated a visa-free agreement with Austria and the other Schengen members.
This depends on a number of things such as whether or not you have had a Schengen visa in the past or how many countries you intend to visit. Generally you first Schengen visa will be issued for the duration of your stay. Future applications may be granted for multiple entry for a number of years.
There are 26 Schengen members states in Europe. You can see the full list of countries in the Schengen zone in the table on this page.
You can expect an update on your application within 3 days of submission. You can choose express processing at checkout for a response within 24 hours.
Once you attend your appointment, your visa can take up to 15 working days to be processed by the Embassy.