Eligible foreign citizens traveling to the country for a stay of up to 90 days for business or tourism will soon be able to obtain a visa for Austria through a simple online application.
However, those not eligible for the Austria visa online, or those wishing to stay for longer or to live or work in Austria, are required to apply for another type of Austria visa from an Embassy or Consulate in their country of residence.
Austria offers representation through 274 Consulates all over the world, with over two dozen Austrian Consulates in the United States alone. There are also 83 Austrian Embassies spread across the globe.
Austrian Embassies around the World
What Can I Do at the Embassy?
Not all citizens are required to obtain a visa from an Austrian Embassy or Consulate. There are currently 62 countries and territories whose citizens may enter Austria and the Schengen Area visa-free for short stays (90 days within a 180-day period).
Visa-exempt travelers planning to spend more than 90 days in Austria and the Schengen Area will need to apply for a visa at one of the Austrian Embassies or Consulates in their country of residence.
The type of visa for Austria will depend on the nationality of the applicant and the length and purpose of the stay. A work permit or residence permit will be required for those planning to stay in Austria for an indefinite period to work or study.
Non-visa exempt travelers who want to spend up to 90 days in Austria or any of the 26 Schengen member counties may apply for a Schengen visa from an Austrian Embassy in their country of residence.
If traveling to more than one Schengen country, applicants should apply at the Embassy of the principal destination or of first entry. As well as 26 countries currently in the Schengen Area. Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, and Romania also accept Schengen visas, though they may not issue them.
The application for the Schengen visa must be submitted 3 months before the intended date of entry. The process involves an interview with consulate officers and applicants are also required to provide biometric data (involving a digital photograph and ten fingerprints).
Travelers from formerly visa-exempt countries will soon be required to pre-register an ETIAS visa waiver for short stays of up to 90 days within a 180-day period. This new electronic travel authorization for the Schengen Area is expected to be implemented from 2021 in order to strengthen the internal border security of the zone.
Eligible citizens will be able to do this before they travel, through a simple online application that can be completed in a few minutes. Applicants can complete the ETIAS for Austria application from anywhere in the world without having to go to an Austrian Embassy or Consulate.
List of Austrian Embassies
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States
- Vatican City