Austria visa

There are many reasons why people visit Austria, but whatever your reason for visiting, if you are a foreigner planning to visit Austria, you will likely need a visa.

Whether you need an Austrian visa depends on many factors, such as your nationality, length of stay or purpose of visit.
Here you will find out whether you need a visa, what types of visas are available, what documents are needed and how to apply for a visa.


Do I Need a Visa for Austria?

You will not need a visa to visit Austria if:

  1. You are a citizen of one of the Schengen area countries or EU/EEA countries.
  2. You come from a country that has a visa liberalization agreement with the Schengen area.
  3. You are from the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and your stay will not exceed 90 days.

Additionally, you may need a visa. 

Below you can find a list of countries that need a visa to visit Austria:


  1. Afghanistan
  2. Algeria
  3. Angola
  4. Armenia
  5. Azerbaijan
  6. Bahrain
  7. Bangladesh
  8. Belarus
  9. Belize
  10. Benin
  11. Bhutan
  12. Bolivia
  13. Botswana
  14. Burkina Faso
  15. Myanmar
  16. Burundi
  17. Cambodia
  18. Cameroon
  19. Cabo Verde
  20. Central African Republic
  21. Chad
  22. China
  23. Comoros
  24. Republic of the Congo
  25. Ivory Coast
  26. Cuba
  27. Democratic Republic of the Congo
  28. Djibouti
  29. Dominican Republic
  30. Ecuador
  31. Egypt
  32. Equatorial Guinea
  33. Eritrea
  34. Ethiopia
  35. Fiji
  36. Gabon
  1. Gambia
  2. Ghana
  3. Guinea
  4. Guinea-Bissau
  5. Guyana
  6. Haiti
  7. India
  8. Indonesia
  9. Iran
  10. Iraq
  11. Jamaica
  12. Jordan
  13. Kazakhstan
  14. Kenya
  15. Kosovo
  16. Kuwait
  17. Kyrgyzstan
  18. Laos
  19. Lebanon
  20. Lesotho
  21. Liberia
  22. Libya
  23. Madagascar
  24. Malawi
  25. Maldives
  26. Mali
  27. Mauritania
  28. Mongolia
  29. Morocco
  30. Mozambique
  31. Namibia
  32. Nepal
  33. Niger
  34. Nigeria
  35. Northern Mariana
  36. North Korea
  1. Oman
  2. Pakistan
  3. Palestine
  4. Papua New Guinea
  5. Philippines
  6. Qatar
  7. Russia
  8. Rwanda
  9. Sao Tome and Principe
  10. Saudi Arabia
  11. Senegal
  12. Sierra Leone
  13. Somalia
  14. South Africa
  15. South Sudan
  16. Sri Lanka
  17. Sudan
  18. Suriname
  19. Eswatini
  20. Syria
  21. Tajikistan
  22. Tanzania
  23. Thailand
  24. Timor-Leste
  25. Togo
  26. Tonga
  27. Tunisia
  28. Turkey
  29. Turkmenistan
  30. Uganda
  31. Uzbekistan
  32. Vietnam
  33. Yemen
  34. Zambia
  35. Zimbabwe

*Please note that not all embassies issue visas due to COVID restrictions.
Be sure to check with your local office*

Can You Extend an Austria Visa?

The short answer is yes. Technically, you can extend your visa, but it’s not that simple. To get a visa extension, you must demonstrate that you have a legitimate reason for the extension.

You can extend your Austrian visa if:

  1. You enter the country after the expected date. This means that if your visa was valid for 1 week before you entered the country, you can request an extension for the same period.
  2. You encounter force majeure. For example, if during your stay there was an unexpected natural disaster or, for example, a border closure due to a pandemic, you can request an extension.
  3. You have strong personal reasons. You can request an extension if you have a previous personal engagement that you need to attend, for example a family wedding.
  4. You have humanitarian reasons to stay. Schengen visa policy allows extensions if you can prove you are staying to help someone. This can be any form of help, such as emotional support for a loved one, medical support or financial support.

Types of Austrian Visas

There are two different types of visas for Austria: short-term and long-term visas. These depend on the purpose of your visit.

  1. A Visa– this is also known as a transit visa.
    This type of visa is issued to a person who is traveling through Austria and they need to make a transit stop until they can travel to their destination.
    A transit visa is always issued from your country of origin, you won’t be able to get a visa at the border so please make sure to check if you’ll need one before you plan your trip.
  2. Visa C – Schengen visa.
    This is a short-term visa that allows you to stay in Austria for up to 90 days within a 180-day period.
    The Austrian Schengen visa can be of different types:
    1. Austria Tourist Visa.
    2. Austrian business visa .
    3. Short-term study visa in Austria.
    4. Medical Visa Austria.
  3. Visa D – also known as Permanent Residence Visa because this is a long-term visa.
    It allows you to stay in Austria from 91 days to six months.
    During these six months, the D visa allows you to apply for a residence permit in Austria and settle permanently in Austria.
    D visa types for Austria include:
    1. Work visa in Austria.
    2. Austria Study Visa .
    3. Austria Family Visa .
    4. Austria Residence Permit for Retirement

Highly qualified workers can apply for an EU Blue Card to work in Austria.


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Austria Visa Requirements

To apply for an Austrian visa, you need to prepare some documents:

  1. Passport/Travel Document.
    Your passport must have at least two blank pages and must be valid for at least six months and issued within the last decade.
  2. Visa application form .
    You must complete it and have it signed. You can find the application form here. Be sure to follow the instructions to complete the form.
  3. recent photos.
    These photos must comply with the regulations regarding Schengen visa photos set forth by ICAO.
  4. Visa fee .
    You have to pay a certain amount to apply for a visa. Fees depend on the visa type (see below).
  5. A letter of intent.
    You must submit a cover letter stating the reason for your visit.
  6. A journey.
    You must provide the exact date of your flight and your plans during the trip.
  7. Travel insurance.
    You must have Schengen travel insurance that covers all medical and emergency matters up to €30,000.
  8. Civil status documents.
    This may include your birth certificate or marriage license.
  9. Proof of residence.
    You must provide hotel booking information or proof of any other type of accommodation you have obtained.
  10. Proof of financial means.
    You must provide evidence that you have sufficient means to fund your trip to Austria.
  11. copies of previous Schengen visas.
    Only applicable if you already have a Schengen visa.

Depending on your visa and reason for your visit, you may need additional documents:

  1. University records (if you are a student).
  2. Labor contract.
  3. Bank statement.
  4. Proof of pension (if you are retired).
  5. Commercial license (if you are self-employed).
  6. Proof of invitation (if you are visiting family or applying for a residence permit for the purpose of reunification).
  7. Medical records (if you are seeking medical help).

For minors traveling to Austria, you will need some other documents:

  1. Birth certificate.
  2. Copy of travel document (of both parents).
  3. Form Austria (signed by both parents).
  4. Family court permission (if parent has custody).
  5. Official parental authorization (if child is traveling alone).

How to Apply for an Austria Visa?

  1. Begin by clicking on the “Login” button, which can be found in the menu on the right side of the screen.
  2. If you haven’t registered yet, please register yourself first. After registering, proceed to log in to the panel.
  3. Once you are logged in, navigate to the menu on the left side of the panel.
  4. Select the “Visa Application Form” option from the menu.
  5. Fill out this form with the required information.
  6. Finally, submit the completed form.

Where Do I Apply for An Austria Visa?

For an Austria visa, you need to apply in your local embassy or consulate. Visas are issued by an institution of the Austrian government in your country. You can find them through the online generator.

When Do I Apply for an Austria Visa?

It’s best to apply two weeks before you’re planning to travel. Be sure not to apply three months prior, since applications that early will not be considered.


Austria Visa Fees

Below are the fees you need to pay when applying for an Austrian visa:

  1. Schengen Visa for adults: €80
  2. Schengen Visa for children from 6 to 12 years old: €40
  3. Schengen Visa for children under 6 years old : free
  4. Schengen visa fee for citizens of the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Moldova and Georgia: €35
  5. Transit visa (visa A): €80
  6. Transit visa visa for children from 6 to 12 years old: €40
  7. Transit visa for children under 6 years old: free
  8. Visa D for people under 6 years old: €75
  9. Visa D for people over 6 years old: €150
  10. Visa for a person under 35 years old but over 6 years old of a family member who has requested asylum in Austria: 200€
  11. Visa for a person under 6 years old of a family member who has requested asylum accident in Austria: 100€

How Long Does It Take to Process the Visa Application?

As a rule of thumb, it takes up to 15 business days to process your application. However, sometimes it may take up to 30 days or 60 days.

How Long Can I Stay in Austria with a Visa?

With an Austrian Schengen visa, you can stay for 90 days in a rolling 180-day period. You can also travel freely to any country in the Schengen area during this period. With a long-term visa, you can stay from 6 months to a year.
Depending on the type of long-term visa, you can also stay for up to two years. If you’re not sure how much time you have left, you can use the visa calculator.

What if my Visa Application Is Rejected?

Your visa application may be refused for many reasons. You may have missed some documents, your passport may have expired or some of your documents may be invalid. Regardless of the reason for the refusal, you can appeal the decision.
You can also reapply after your visa has been refused, but be aware of the reasons for the previous refusal. Most embassies/consulates will inform you why your visa was refused, but they may not. It is best to contact the embassy after being informed of their decision.
Remember that fees you have paid are non-refundable.

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