Entry Permits (Visa)
Overview of Visa Categories
- I) Airport Transit Visa (Visa A)
- II) Travel/Schengen Visa (Visa C)
For travel up to 90 days (within a 6 month period) in Austria and/or the Schengen countries.
Australian and New Zealand citizens do not require a Visa C unless the stay is work related (short term employment in Austria, work-related training course).
- III) Visitor Visa (Austrian National Visa D)
For stays between 91 days and 6 months/year in Austria.
- IV) Austrian Job-Seeker Visa
For highly qualified professionals (business leaders, researchers etc.)
- V) Working Holiday Visa
For New Zealand citizens only.
Visa Application in Australia
All Austrian visa applications (Schengen-visas "category A and C" for Austria, Germany and Latvia as well as Austrian national visa "category D") are handled by VFS Global Australia (Applications must be lodged in person at a VFS Global office in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth or Canberra, or directly at the Austrian Embassy in Canberra (personal application only).
For more informaion on the visa applcation process see VFS Global Australia/Austrian Visa Website.
For more information on entry permits see Entry requirments for Austria
Visa Application in New Zealand
All "Schengen"-visa applications for tourism, conference participation and business trips (category A and C) have to be lodged through the German Embassy in Wellington.
For the Austrian national visa D, visa for short term temporary employment (including seconded employee and vocational training, category C and D) as well as the working holiday visa (category C or D) please see the information below.
Working Holiday Visa Agreement between Austria and New Zealand
The Working Holiday Scheme for New Zealand nationals entered into force on 18 April 2012. This Agreement allows a limited number of young people from New Zealand to stay and work in Austria for up to six months.
All visa applications of New Zealand citizens for an Austrian national visa "category D" are handled by VFS Global New Zealand (Applications must be lodged in person at a VFS Global office in Auckland, or directly at the Austrian Embassy in Canberra (personal application only).
For more informaion on the visa application process see VFS GLOBAL
See the following link for further information on the WORKING HOLIDAY SCHEME:
Temporary Employment and Work-related Training in Austria (up to 6 months)
Visa-free entry for eligible (non-EU) countries only applies for tourism purposes and short business trips (meetings, conferences etc.).
A visa will be required if you
- plan to take up temporary employment (with the relevant work permit or registration - under clearly specified circumstances e.g. seconded employee, artist or entertainer on short-term engagement, journalist on short-term assignment etc.);
- you are sent for work related training to Austria (registration with the Austrian Employment Office - "AMS-Anzeigebestätigung" necessary);
- plan to do an internship or voluntary work in Austria ("AMS-Anzeigebetätigung" required)
- For stays up to 90 days: Visa C
- For stays between 91 days and 6 months: Visa D
- For stays exceeding 6 months per year: Austrian Residence Permit
Austrian Job-Seeker Visa
This visa is designed to allow highly qualified professionals (such as business leaders, researchers, university professors etc.) to search for employment in Austria directly. The application process takes approx. 2 months, the visa will be issued with a maximum validity of 6 months.
To continue the legal stay in Austria after a job offer was found the relevant residence permit (Red-White-Red-Card) has to be applied for during the legal stay in Austria (validity of the visa). If the holder of this visa was unable to find employment in Austria he has to leave the country before the visa expires.
Re-application of this visa is only possible 12 months after the previous visa has expired.
Last updated: 8 April 2016