Summary of current Topics and Key Aspects
Welcome to the Website of the Austrian Embassy in Riyadh!
On the following pages you will find a range of information on Austrian visas, travelling to and studying in Austria.
A variety of useful links to other governmental, tourism and academic websites will facilitate planning your stay in Austria.
Austrian Embassy Riyadh
Diplomatic Quarter Riyadh
P.O. Box 94373
Tel: (+966) 11 480 12 17
Fax: (+966) 11 480 15 26
Sunday - Thursday
09.00 - 12.00
The Austrian Embassy in Riyadh is also representing the Republic of Austria to the Sultanate of Oman and Republic of Yemen.
Starting December 2012 you have to schedule your appointments for visa applications and applications for resident permits and legalizations of signatures online. Note: please book an appointment for all travelers including children under 12 years old who do not need to present themselves at the embassy.
Please click online appointment
Austria's Membership in the UN Human Rights Council 2011-2014
On May 20, 2011 the General Assembly elected Austria to the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for a three-year term. This is the first time the Republic of Austria will occupy a seat in this council and it proves the member states’ confidence in Austria’s work in the United Nations.
Important information with regard to asylum in Austria
· Do not trust yourself or your families into the hands of human traffickers. Human trafficking is considered a felony in Austria and will be harshly punished. Human traffickers are not concerned with the wellbeing and safety of refugees, on the opposite, they often expose the persons who trust in them to mortal danger.
· Do not believe in false rumours spread by human traffickers or ill-informed media: They are no trustworthy source of information on the situation in Europe. European states do not send ships to the Lebanon or to Turkey to gather up refugees from there, applications for asylum cannot be launched at European embassies. Human traffickers are and remain criminals who try to make profit from the refugees sorrow.
· Asylum applications launched for economic reasons will be rejected on principle. Poverty or the search for work and better living circumstances are no reasons for asylum.
· Persons, who seek asylum in the EU and are more than 14 years old, must let themselves be registered in the first EU-country which they enter, provide their fingerprints and launch their asylum application there.
· Family members cannot be brought to Austria during the application process.
· During the asylum process, applicants will mainly be given allowances in kind (non-cash benefits).
· Because of the great number of refugees they will be accommodated in large-capacity shelters.
· In case of a denial of asylum a fast deportation from Austria ensues.
· Also an illegal border crossing into Austria can result in the loss of the right to stay and in a fast removal at the border.
· Persons who have been deported, usually are denied entry into Austria, Germany, Sweden or other Schengen-area countries for a number of years thereafter.
Austrian hostage in Yemen is back home in Austria
Austrian citizen Dominik Neubauer who had been abducted in Sana’a, Yemen, on 21 December 2012, has regained his freedom and is back home in Austria. The Finnish couple who was abducted at the same time is also free. This positive outcome is also the result of close cooperation between Austria and Finland. continue