Japanese citizens holding a valid Japanese passport do not need an entry visas for Austria. They are welcome to enter and stay (as visitors, tourists or business travellers) for a period of up to six (6) months as of the date of entry.
The passport must be valid at least 3 more months after the end of the intended travel and it must have been issued within 10 years.
However, any stay which is longer than three months requires a direct departure from Austria to Japan. If a direct departure is not planned and a transit from Austria via a Schengen country back to Japan is envisaged, a visa from the respective country of departure should be applied for. For example: If a Japanese citizen holds a flight ticket from Vienna via Helsinki to Japan and if the Japanese citizen did stay in Austria longer than three (3) months, a visa issued by the Republic of Finland is required.
If Japanese citizens intend employment during their short stay in Austria which is subject to a work permit, a visa is required. The work permit issued by Public Employment Service Austria ("AMS - Arbeitsmarktservice") has to be attached to the visa application. Visa applications of Japanese citizens are free of consular fees.
A stay in Austria beyond six months as of the day of first entry is subject to a residence permit.
Also 2 consecutive stays over a total period of more than 6 months require a residence permit if the reason of the stays was evident already from the beginning.
Introduction of the Visa Information System (VIS) on 12 October 2015
As from 12 October 2015 all applicants will be required to provide their biometric data (10 fingerprints and an ICAO compliant photograph) when applying for a Schengen visa. It is a simple procedure that only takes a few minutes.
When applying for the first time, all applicants will have to appear in person at a consulate or an external service provider. Biometric data, along with the data provided in the Schengen visa application form, will be recorded in the VIS database and stored for five years. Frequent travellers will only have to complete the procedure once within this period, as the fingerprints will be copied from the previous application file in the VIS.
The VIS will contain all Schengen visa applications and the decisions taken by any Schengen State's consulate. This will facilitate visa application procedures and checks at external borders of the European Union, as well as enhance security. The recourse to biometric technology will protect visa applicants better against identity theft and prevent false identifications, which in certain cases lead to a refusal of a visa or entry to a person who is entitled to enter. This will also allow to establish more easily the lawful use of previous visas and applicants' travel history (e.g. when applying for a multiple-entry visa).
Exemptions from the fingerprinting requirement are provided for a limited number of applicants, including children under the age of twelve and persons for whom the collection of fingerprints is physically impossible. Heads of State and members of the national government with members of their official delegation and spouses will also be exempted, if travelling for official purposes.
Foreigners who require a visa for Austria apply for the common Schengen visa which allows travel to all member states of the Schengen area
Different Schengen Visa types are:
- Visa A (Airport Transit Visa)
- Visa C (Visitor's visa, valid for up to 90 days maximum per semester) (The homepage of the European Commission provides a 'short-stay calculator' (4th paragraph) for calculating the allowed days
There is also a visa D which is not a Schengen, but a national visa. Japanese citizens who will take on employment during their stay in Austria of up to 6 months which would otherwise not be subject to a visa require a visa D (researchers, exchange scientists, interns, volunteers etc. and employees who are subject to a work permit). In addition the visa D permits the holder to travel to other Schengen countries and stay there within its validity for up to 90 days.
Kindly note that from 1 January 2014 a seperate application form for visa D will be provided at the download section below.
The following countries constitute the “Schengen area” :
- Czech Republic
Not all member states of the European Union are Schengen countries. The Embassies and Consulates of the Schengen countries issue so-called “Schengen-visa” that generally is valid for travel to ALL participating countries. Border controls take place at the first entry into the Schengen area. There are no border controls between Schengen countries, although exceptions (random checks) are possible at all times.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Although there is no border control when traveling between Schengen countries you are under the obligation to have your passport with the valid visa on you at all times.
Where to apply for a Schengen Visa
If you wish to visit only one of the Schengen countries, you must apply at the embassy of that country. If you wish to visit more than one of the Schengen countries, you must apply at the embassy of the country which is your main destination. If you do not have a main destination, you must apply at the embassy of the country which you will travel to first. The visa shall be applied for in the country of your permanent residence.
Allow yourself sufficient time when applying for a visa and apply at least 3 weeks prior to the scheduled departure.
Please note that only applications with all supporting documents as follows will be accepted. In some cases further documents and guarantees may be required upon preliminary examination.
The visa application has to be made by the applicant in person.
Documents to be submitted:
Please note: you can only apply for a Schengen Visa earliest three months prior to your journey.
- Application form, duly completed and signed by the applicant. Minors must submit the legal guardian's letter of consent. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
- Passport: Passport and your right to return (visa) to Japan after your stay in the Schengen area must be valid for at least three months longer than the validity of the visa applied for. Only passports issued within the past ten years can be accepted. Make sure it has at least 2 blank pages available.
- as evidence of right to return to Japan: your Japanese Residence Card valid for at least three months longer than the validity of the visa applied for
- copy of your passport (the page with personal details and all visas contained
- 1 passport-size photo; for the required standards see www.passbildkriterien.at
- Japanese Residence Card (+copy)
- Proof of the purpose of your visit to Austria. This should be done by providing a letter of invitation or declaration of commitment (online version "Verpflichtungserklärung" or "EVE") provided for by your host in Austria. For this purpose your sponsor has to call at the Foreigners' Police Unit at his place of permanent residence and follow their guideline.
- Proof of sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay. Cash is no acceptable proof. Please note that bank account documents showing the activities on the applicant's bank account over the last 6 months are generally required.
- Proof of accommodation (hotel reservation, lease contract, ...)
- Proof of comprehensive health insurance (travel insurance), coverage € 30.000,-- minimum (for each medical expenses) plus return transport insurance
- Evidence of occupation/student status: Proof of your current occupation in Japan. Original letter of continued employment stating the start of employment, position and income; if you are self-employed: a letter from your solicitor, accountant or the Chamber of Commerce including income statement ; if you are a student, you will need a letter from the school, college/university confirming your status/attendance
- Flight confirmation
- Visa for onward destination country,
- if you wish to have your original documents and the passport returned by post: prepaid self addressed envelope, (recorded or registered delivery for the safe return of documents).
Please note that additionally the applicant has to provide copies of all documents which cannot remain with the embassy (e.g. passport, bank book, etc.)!
Additional requirement for business travellers:
- Original invitation letter from your Austrian business partner bearing the signature of an authorized company's representative. The letter must specify your name, personal details and passport data, the purpose and duration of your visit and that the company will be financially responsible for you during your stay in Austria.
- an official declaration of commitment (online version "Verpflichtungserklärung" or EVE) provided for by your business partner in Austria might be required. For this purpose the Austrian company inviting you would have to call on the local foreigners' police unit and follow their guideline.
Additional requirement for tourists:
- A confirmed itinerary including all destinations and hotel reservations accordingly
Additional requirements for private visitors:
- Official declaration of commitment (online version "Verpflichtungserklärung" or EVE) provided for by your host in Austria might be required. For this purpose your sponsor has to call on the local foreigners' police unit and follow their guideline. In any case, proof of ID, proof of income and financial status and proof of housing arrangment will be required.
- Visa fee for all types of Schengen visas: € 60,--, to be paid in Yen
- Visa fee for the national visa type D: € 100,--
- Visa for children under the age of 6 are free.
The consular fee for visa application applies once an application is handed in regardless of whether a visa will be issued or refused.
Additional requirements for transit travellers:
- Visa of the country of final destination
- Holders of Schengen visas are still subject to immigration controls and are not guaranteed entry into any of the Schengen countries.
- Also note that the information on this homepage may not always be updated or comprehensive.
- No information given on this homepage can be construed in any way as legally or any other way binding.
- Furthermore all information on this homepage is subject to change any time.
Schengen Information System.
You can find more detailed information about the Schengen Information System at the link english Version.