Do I Need a Visa?
Holders of an EEA (EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) or Swiss passport do not require a visa. Nationals from EU-countries as well as Switzerland and Liechtenstein may stay for an unlimited time.
Holders of British Passports (European Union) do not need a visa for Austria. There are no restrictions on the remaining validity of your passport, providing you leave Austria before its expiry date.
SPOUSE/DEPENDANT /CIVIL PARTNER of EU/EEA NATIONALS exercising their right of free movement:
You will NOT need a visa to visit Austria for a maximum of 90 days, if all of the following three criteria apply:
- A family member of an EU/EEA national
- AND if you hold a British “Residence Card of a Family Member of an EEA National” according to EU Directive 2004/38/EC with a validity of 5 years (download example of “Residence Documentation” here)
- AND if you are travelling together with or to the EU/EEA national.
If you do NOT fulfill these three criteria you HAVE to obtain a visa in order to travel to Austria.
Nationals of countries listed below will NEED to obtain a visa to travel to Austria!
All holders of Travel Documents and Certificates of Identity (CID), i.e. issued by Great Britain etc NEED a visa!
Please note general processing time is 2 weeks except for applicants of the following countries, which have a processing time of 3 weeks. Please also make sure that your application is submitted on time.
Democratic Republic of Congo
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Sudan (North Sudan), South Sudan
United Arab Emirates
and holders of British Travel Documents (black and blue)
Citizens of countries listed below do NOT need a visa for Austria (if your stay does not exceed 90 days and is for tourist purposes only)
Albania (biometric passports only)
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia-Herzegovina (biometric passports only)
Hong Kong (SAR only)
Macao (RAE only)
Macedonia (biometric passports only)
Montenegro (biometric passports only)
Serbia (biometric passports only and NOT issued by Koordinacija Uprava)
St. Christophe and Nevis
Taiwan (all passports if they contain the holder's identity number)
United States of America
In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1244/2009 amending Regulation (EC) No 539/2001, nationals of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia holding biometric passports are exempt from the visa obligation (OJ L 336, 18.12.2009, p. 1); the VFA continues to apply to holders of non-biometric passports.
In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1244/2009 amending Regulation (EC) No 539/2001, nationals of Montenegro holding biometric passports are exempt from the visa obligation (OJ L 336, 18.12.2009, p. 1); as non-biometric Montenegrin passports are no longer valid, the VFA is no longer applied in practice.
In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1244/2009 amending Regulation (EC) No 539/2001, nationals of Serbia holding biometric passports (excluding holders of passports issued by the Serbian Coordination Directorate [in Serbian: Koordinaciona uprava]) are exempt from the visa obligation (OJ L 336, 18.12.2009, p. 1); the VFA continues to apply to holders of non-biometric passport holders and holders of passports issued by the Serbian Coordination Directorate.