Visa Application Process
To enter Austria for touristic purposes South African passport holders need a valid passport and a visa. An application is to be submitted no more than three months ahead of their journey and no later than 15 days prior to departure.
C-Visa application at VFS
Visa applications can be submitted at the Austria Visa Application Centres in Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban (VFS). See Link "On the subject". An appointment ahead of time is obligatory either online, by phone or e-mail . Please be advised that an additional fee will apply for this service. Furthermore, kindly note that all applications will be processed by the Embassy in Pretoria, which is why applications can only be accepted if submitted at least 15 days before departure.
Opening hours at the Austria Visa Applications Centres:
Monday-Friday, 08h00 to 12h30 and 13h30 to 15h00.
VFS Hotline Tel.: +27 (0) 12 425 3001
C-Visa application at the Austrian Embassy in Pretoria
The Austrian Embassy in Pretoria is open to the public for C-Visa (Schengen Visa) matters on Mondays and Thursdays from 9h00 to 12h00 only. All applicants residing in South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland need to submit their Visa applications in person.
Please be advised that the Embassy will only give Visa information by telephone Monday to Thursday 14h00 to 16h00.
To avoid unnecessary queuing and to provide a fast and more efficient submission, the Embassy has introduced an Online Registration Service (see Link "On the subject). Applications without appointment will not be accepted.
Application Form and List of Requirements see Link "On the subject".
The consular fee for a Schengen visa (Visa C) is EUR 60 payable in Rand in cash, credit- or debit card. The Exchange rate will be published monthly on the first site of our Homepage. The consular fee is payable when applying for a visa and will - even if the visa cannot be issued - not be refunded. Only after payment the visa application can be processed.
Electronic Letter of Guarantee (Elektronische Verpflichtungserklärung)
Since 01.06.2009, it has become compulsory for inviters to present an electronic letter of guarantee. Inviters can submit letters of guarantee at the competent district police authority in Austria. The person in charge there will confirm the identity of the inviter and forward the letter of guarantee to the Embassy electronically. The competent authority will give the inviter a code (ID of electronic letter of guarantee/ EVE-ID). This ID number should be passed on to the visa applicant, who can then disclose it to the visa section at the Austrian Embassy. The code consists of 11 digits: the Embassy’s 3-digit code followed by a proper number (eg. PRY09057681).