As a general rule, if you intend to stay in Austria for up to 6 months you will need a visa (if you intend to stay in Austria for a period longer than 6 months, a residence permit is required). Depending on the purpose and duration of your stay you can either apply for a short-term "Schengen Visa" for stays of up to 90 days or for a long-term "Austrian National Visa D" for stays from 91 days up to 6 months.
Please be aware that nationals of countries which signed agreements on the abolition of visa requirements for the Schengen Area, such as Australia or New Zealand, are visa-free if they stay in Austria for a maximum period of 90 days and do not take up employment/voluntary work/work related training or an internship (see also the respective country list).
For background information on "Schengen Visa", "Austrian National Visa D", "Working Holiday Visa for New Zealand citizens", "Studying in Austria", "Researching in Austria" or "Artist Mobility" please refer to the respective links on this page.
How to apply?
Applications for visa to Austria have to be lodged at VFS Australia and are then processed at the Austrian Embassy Canberra. For lodging an application and further queries on how to obtain a visa - click here.
- Schengen Visa applications for tourism, conference participation and business trips with the main travel destination Austria have to be lodged and are processed at the German Embassy Wellington.
- Any other visa applications (such as applications for Austrian National Visa D or Working Holiday Visa for New Zealand citizens) have to be lodged at VFS New Zealand and are then processed at the Austrian Embassy Canberra. For lodging an application and further queries - click here.
- The processing time of visa applications is up to 15 working days from receipt of a complete application by the Embassy. During peak times this timeframe might be exceeded.
- Visa applications should ideally be submitted at least 3-4 weeks prior to departure. If the application is filed less than 15 calendar days before departure, the issuance of the visa on time is highly unlikely.
- Applications cannot be submitted more than 3 months prior to departure.
- The Embassy will not provide any information about the status of your application via phone or e-mail. If additional documentation is required the Embassy will contact you.
- There is no legal claim on obtaining the visa you applied for. In the event that changes are made to the application after it was received, additional fees may apply.
- If you plan to take up temporary employment in Austria or if you are sent for work related training to Austria or plan to do an internship or voluntary work in Austria a visa will be required.
- If you intend to take up temporary employment in Austria your visa application has to include the original employment contract for the proposed work in Austria as well as the notification/work permit from the Austrian Employment Service (AMS Anmeldebestaetigung) or exemption – this needs to be obtained beforehand by your employer in Austria.