Austrian Visa Requirements
Traveling to Austria is fairly easy for citizens
of Unites States, European Union, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
No visa is required if you want to stay in Austria for less than 90
days. All you need is a valid passport. Most European Union citizens
only need a valid identity documentations to enter Austria.
Requirements for granting
A Visa C basically
authorizes entry and residence in all Schengen countries up to a
total length of stay of 90 days within a period of 180 days,
provided the general entry requirements are met.
A Visa D
entitles you to enter and stay in Austria and can be issued for a
stay of 91 days to six months. Holders of a Visa D generally enjoy
freedom of travel to the territory of the other Schengen countries
for up to 90 days per half-year, provided the general entry
requirements are met.
The visa must be applied for personally
before entering Austria at the responsible Austrian representative
authority (embassy, consulate general) in the country of
residence. It is issued by this authority itself.
documents necessary for an application can be found in the checklist
at the top of the page.
If students are already in the
Schengen area with a residence permit from another Schengen country,
a visa for entry into Austria can only be requested from the
Austrian representative authorities in Bratislava, Ljubljana or
A visa application can be submitted to the
responsible representative authority at the earliest three months
before the planned travel date and should never be submitted later
than 15 calendar days before the planned stay.
times can vary regionally or seasonally (e.g. due to strong demand).
As a guide, we recommend that you apply for the visa at least four
weeks before you intend to enter the country.
Travel health insurance must be taken out to enter Austria with a
visa (or for the entire duration of your stay). It should be noted
that the scope of validity includes Austria and that there is
sufficient protection for various illnesses (coverage well above
30,000 euros, with the guarantee that any recovery and repatriation
costs will be covered).
The pursuit of a
self-employed or self-employed activity is not permitted during the
visa-free stay or a stay within the scope of visa C or D described
above. A special visa is always required to take up gainful
employment (Visa C or D "for work purposes"). Employment free of
charge can also be regarded as gainful employment (e.g.
Extension and changeover options
A visa can in principle neither be applied for nor extended. When
the visa expires - unless a residence permit has been issued - you
must therefore leave the Schengen area.
circumstances, you may be authorized to apply for a residence permit
at the competent residence authority in Switzerland (e.g. for a
"Residence permit - student"). In all cases, however, it should be
noted that the application for a residence permit alone does not
provide a right of residence beyond the duration of the stay
permitted in the visa.
Family members * can
apply for a derived visa C or D at the competent Austrian
representative authority in the country of residence, depending on
the type of student visa. If family members are entitled to a
visa-free entry due to their nationality, they can stay in Austria
for a period of up to three months or 90 days within six months or
180 days (Japanese citizens up to six months) without a visa.
Working in Austria is generally not permitted during this stay.
* Spouses, registered partners or minor unmarried children.
Spouses and registered partners must have reached the age of 21 at
the time of application.
You must register
with the registration office at your place of residence within three
working days of entering Austria.