Austria is a Schengen Member
At present, the following countries are signatories of the Schengen Agreement:
Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Island (non EU-member), Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway (non EU-member), Austria, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Czech Republic, Hungary
Citizens of the Republic of South Africa require a valid (international) passport to travel to Austria, as well as a visa or residence permit.
For short visits to Austria of up to maximum 3 months within half a year (calculated as of the first entry), you require a visa of the C category.
If you are planning a non-tourist stay of no longer than 6 months, e.g. as a student for one semester, as a businessman, artist, guest researcher…etc., you require a visa of the category D.
For all stays which last longer than 6 months, you require a residence permit.
Applications for the residence permit should be submitted at the Embassy and which will be forwarded to the competent Austrian authority for a decision.
The Austrian Embassy Pretoria wishes you a nice stay in Austria!
Online Appointment System
To avoid unnecessary queuing and to provide a fast and more efficient submission, the Embassy has introduced an online appointment booking service. Applications without appointment will not be accepted.
The Visa-Informtionsystem (VIS) in practice
The visa applicant's biometric data (10-digit finger scans) is collected. It is a simple and discreet procedure that only takes a few minutes. Biometric data, along with the data provided in the visa application form, is recorded in a secure central database.
10-digit finger scans are neither required from children under the age of 12 nor from people who cannot physically provide finger scans.
The visa holder's finger scans may be compared against those in the database at the Schengen Area's external borders.