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Information on Schengen Visa

Before you visit Austria you have to check whether you need to apply for a Schengen Visa first!!

1. Who needs a Schengen Visa?
2. What is a Schengen Visa?
3. Where to apply for a Schengen Visa?
4. How to apply for a Schengen Visa?
5. Visa collection
6. Processing time
7. Austrian representations

1. Who needs a Schengen Visa?

Please note that holders of an EEA (EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) or Swiss passport do not require a visa.

Spouse/dependant of EU/EEA nationals:
You will not need a visa to visit Austria for a maximum of 90 days, if you are:

  • a family member of an EU/EEA national
  • AND if you are traveling together with the EU/EEA national.

You only need a visa if you are a national of one of the following countries:

Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Antigua & Barbuda, Armenia, Azerbaijan

Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Botswana, Burkina-Faso, Burundi

Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Colombia, Comores, Congo (Republic), Congo (Democratic Republic), Cote d'Ivoire, Cuba

Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic

Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ehtiopia


Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana


India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast

Jamaica, Jordan

Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea (Democratic People's Republic, North), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan

Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya

Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar

Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria


Pakistan, Palestine, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines


Russian Federation, Rwanda

Samoa, Sao Tome & Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia & Montenegro, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, St. Lucia, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & Grenadines

Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu

Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan

V, W
Vanuatu, Vietnam

X, Y
Yemen, Yugoslavia

Zambia, Zimbabwe

2. What is a Schengen Visa?

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

The issue of a Schengen visa is discretionary and depends on examination of each individual case, including purpose of visit and intention to return. If you intend to visit one of the Schengen countries for business, as a tourist or for a personal/private visit, you must first obtain a Schengen visa, which is valid in all Schengen countries. This normally enables you to visit any, several or all above mentioned countries and move freely in all of the Schengen countries during one trip within the validity of the visa. A Schengen visa is not appropriate if you wish to remain in a Schengen member state for longer than 3 months or take up employment or establish a business or trade or profession.

3. Where to apply for a Schengen visa?

You should normally apply to the Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence.

  • If you intend to visit only one Schengen country, apply to the Embassy or Consulate of that country.
  • If you intend to visit several of the Schengen countries, you must apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the country in which your main destination is situated (longest duration of stay).
  • If you intend to visit several of the Schengen countries without having a main destination, you should apply for the visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the first Schengen country on your travel itinerary that requires you to have a visa.

You must apply in person to the Embassy or Consulate during the opening hours to lodge your application.

Processing time: Your application should be lodged at the Embassy or Consulate at least several weeks before the proposed journey is undertaken.

Requirements for a Schengen visa may vary slightly between the different Schengen missions. Please note that only applications with all supporting documents will be accepted. In some cases further documents and guarantees may be required with your application.

4. How to Apply for a Schengen Visa?

Visa applications can be made IN PERSON ONLY.
In order to apply for a visa you need to BOOK AN APPOINTMENT.

The following documents are required:

  • Completed application form, duly signed by the applicant(s).
    You must answer all the questions, otherwise your application will not be accepted. In some cases more than one application form may have to be submitted. Minors must submit a letter from school, college, university and/or legal guardian. Furthermore both parents must sign the form. If one parent is unable to sign the form, he/she must submit a letter of agreement together with a copy of his/her passport.

            Visa application form 2009 (PDF)

  • A full national passport or official travel document valid for more than 3 months beyond the validity of the requested visa, with a blank visa page to affix the visa sticker. Your British Residence Permit must also exceed by more than 3 months the validity of the requested visa. Exception will be made (1 month) for people returning for good to their country on presentation of their travel tickets.
  • 2 passport-size photos according to the following standards
    (do not staple or damage the photo, background has to be light and plain)
  • Proof of why you want to visit Austria
    e.g. confirmed hotel reservation or confirmation of registration.
  • Proof of sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay (e.g. recent bank statement, travellers cheques) with the applicant's name, amounting to a minimum of GBP 30.00 day/person. Please note that cash and credit card statements are no acceptable proof.
  • Proof of health insurance (travel insurance) - minimum of medical coverage GBP 15,000 comprehensive accident and medical insurance, valid for all Schengen countries, validity must exceed validity of the visa, insurance company must be based in Austria or other EU member states, e.g. insurances can be bought from post offices, bank, travel agencies or BUPA-insurances! Please make sure that the document includes the following information: name of applicant, duration of the insurance, cover details (e.g. winter sport cover). Documents not in English or German require certified translation. A policy number only is not sufficient!
  • Transport documentation:
    airline ticket or email confirmation of airline
    - or rail ticket
    - if you are driving: ferry confirmation, registration document, proof of legal ownership of vehicle, insurance papers (Green Card, which provides additional proof that the minimum legal third party cover is held. For further advice please contact your insurance company), if applicable: export license.
  • Visa for onward destination country, if required.

5. Visa collection

  • Visa Application Fee
  • Minors under the age of 6 years: Visa Application Fee is free of charge
  • Schengen visas are issued free of charge to the spouse of EU nationals. Proof of relationship is required (original passport of EU-spouse or children and original birth certificate/s of child/ren or marriage certificate). Documents not in English or German require a certified translation. Photocopies of documents are also required.
  • All supporting documents must be submitted together and in duplicate - in ORIGINAL and PHOTOCOPY! Ensure all documents requested are provided. Incomplete applications will not be dealt with: Applicants will need to book another appointment to provide the lacking documents.

6. Processing time

Nationals from the following list of countries should allow several weeks for the processing of the application from the date of appointment/receipt of documents:

Bangladesh, Belarus, Burundi
Democratic Republic of Congo
Egypt, Equatorial Guinea
Indonesia, Iran, Iraq
Kazakhstan (Service passports only)
Lebanon, Libya, Liberia
Nigeria, North Korea
Palestine, Pakistan, Philippines
Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria
United Arab Emirates
Vietnam (not for service and diplomatic passports)

For ALL OTHER NATIONALS the processing time is approx. 3 working days from the date of appointment/receipt of documents. Please note that the visa cannot be issued on the same day.

We would kindly ask you NOT to send any of your supporting documents (i.e. letter of invitation, travel insurances, ...) prior to your application.

Depending on the circumstances of your application you may be requested to produce further documentation.

7. Austrian representations

Browse the menu for Austrian representations in your country or download the full list of Austrian representations.



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