Welcome at the General Visa Information of the Austrian Embassy in Bratislava!

Austria is a Schengen country. It acceded to the Schengen Convention on April 28th 1995. 

The Schengen countries are: Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Italy, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Czech Republic, Hungary, as well as non-EU members Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

Holders of an EEA (EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) or Swiss passport do not require a visa. They are allowed to travel with a valid passport or valid ID card.

Third country nationals of countries who have not signed bilateral or multilateral agreements on the abolition of visa requirement do need a visa to travel to Austria

  • short stay Schengen visa C, which is valid for all Schengen countries: for visits up to 90 days within 180 days for tourism, private visits or business

All third country nationals (meaning as well as nationals of countries who have signed bilateral or multilateral agreements on the abolition of visa requirement ) do need a national Austrian visa (Visa D)

  • if they intend to stay in Austria as a tourist, on a business trip, to visit friends or relatives for more than 90 but less than 180 days
  • or if they intend - for a period less than 6 months - to study in Austria, take up short-term employment including internship (paid or unpaid) , scientific research and similar

As a general rule visa can only be applied for at the Austrian representation in the country of residence of the applicant.

  • Only third country nationals who are residents in one of the Schengen countries (i.e. third country nationals who are in possession of  a valid Schengen-residence permit or a long term national visa type D issued by a Schengen member state other than Austria)  can  submit  their visa application  at the Austrian Embassy in Bratislava

Third country nationals who are NOT residents in one of the Schengen countries (i.e. third country nationals who are NOT in possession of  a Schengen-residence permit or a long term national visa type D issued by a Schengen member state other than Austria), need to contact the embassy first by phone or e-mail in order to check, if special conditions for submitting their visa application do apply.

For U.S. or Canadian exchange students: please see below  INFORMATION FOR US/CANADIAN EXCHANGE STUDENTS ONLY or contact your host university in Austria or the embassy to check on application details.

All applicants applying for a visa to enter Austria must submit biometric data (ten fingerprints) and need to apply in person (biometric data, along with the data provided in the visa application form, is stored in the IT - Visa Information System (VIS) and allows Schengen States to exchange data).

Applying for a visa for Austria within the Schengen area is possible only at three Austrian representations in this area: 

  • at the Austrian embassy in Bratislava/Slovakia
  • at the Austrian embassy in Ljubljana/Slovenia
  • at the Austrian consulate general in Munich/Germany

Please contact the respective embassy or consulate  for more details.

Please klick on the button online appointment.

For Group appointments (2 or more persons applying together):  please contact the Austrian Embassy by E-Mail   

Visa can be applied for earliest three months before your intended date of travel and - in special cases -should be applied for 3 weeks before the planned beginning date of the visa.

The processing takes approx. 1 to 3 business days, if all necessary documents have been submitted together with application form and no additional documents and no consultations with third authorities necessary. In case of consultations with third authorities the processing of the application will take a minimum of 2 weeks.

Once the application submitted and if necessary, applicants will receive their passport back in order to travel back to Austria or their Schengen country or residence. As soon as the visa has been decided on positively, the applicant will be asked to bring his or her passport again in order to affix the visa sticker.

Visa CVisa D
adults (12 Y +)60 Euro 100 Euro
children (6 - 12 Y)35 Euro100 Euro
children (0 - 6 Y)freefree

 

The visa fee has to be paid on application in cash in Euro and is not reimbursed in case of refusal of the visa.

  • Fully completed and signed application form for Schengen-Visa C (max. 90 days within 180 days) or for National Visa D (more than 90 days up to 6 months)- original signature needed – no photocopy of the completed application form necessary!
  • 1 recent color passport picture, sized 3.5 x 4.5 cm which must fulfill following criteria http://www.passbildkriterien.at/oesterreich.html
  • Valid passport (must be valid for at least three months beyond date of leaving Austria. First passport issuance date must not be longer than 10 years ago)
  • photocopy of data page of passport
  • photocopy of last visa + photocopy of pages that contain last entries and stamps
  • Original and copy of Schengen-Residence permit or long term national visa issued by Schengen member state
  • Original and copy of proof Travel, health and accident insurance (limit of liability at least 30.000 Euro and return journey) valid for the Schengen Area. Family members of citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland who exercise their right of free movement of persons are exempted from this requirement Please note: a copy of your insurance I.D. is not sufficient - the confirmation of insurance must clearly show the name of the insured person, countries/region where valid, the period of validity and minimum coverage sum
  • Proof of financial means (for example bank statement with full transactions of last three months including name and address or pay stubs or scholarship or letter of grants or other proof of income, or letter of support from parents+ current bank statement…) If the applicant cannot provide evidence for having sufficient funds: eight-figure ID-number of the Electronic Guarantee letter. The Electronic Guarantee letter has to be signed by the host at the locally competent state police department. The Embassy or Consulate can access the data only 48 hours after the verification process, thus an application should be filed 2 days later only. http://www.bmi.gv.at/cms/BMI_Fremdenpolizei/einreise_visa/Visum_6.aspx
  • Proof of accommodation in Austria: e.g. Hotel reservation, copy of tenancy contract, confirmation of the reservation of accommodation by the OeAD Housing Office, confirmation of private host and copy of tenancy contract o If applicable: copy of Austrian “Meldebestätigung
  • If applicable: Travel itinerary/reservation (It is not required to submit a prepaid air ticket!)
  • Notarized letter of authority of parents of underage children, who travel unaccompanied by their parents
  • For underage children: copy of birth certificate

Downloads

Additional Documents

1) Tourist travel

  • Hotel or package holiday reservation

2) Business travel

  • Invitation signed by the inviting company using company stationery in the original (or company fax/company mail to the embassy/consulate), which contains travel purpose, travel date, name, date of birth and passport number of the invitee.
  • Proof of employment issued by the employer, if required
  • Self-employed: commercial register report or the like

3) For travels with the purpose of (private) visit

  • Evidence of the applicant’s economic, domestic and social entrenchment in his home country
  • If applicable: proof of family relationship
  • Electronic Guarantee letter from host in Austria

4) Transit

  • Copy of the connecting-visa (if required)
  • Copy of the air ticket, train ticket

5) language or student program up to 6 months

  • original letter issued by your educational institution stating name and d.o.b. of student, duration of program
  • original acceptance letter of host university or educational institution in Austria
  • if applicable: Proof of payment of school fees
  • if applicable: Proof of previous successful completion of lessons

6) internship /trainees up to 6 months

  • confirmation from Austrian Labor Market Service – “AMS-Sicherungsbescheinigung oder AMS-Anzeigebestätigung“
  • Invitation signed by the employer /inviting company using company stationery in the original (or company mail to the embassy), which contains travel purpose, travel date, name, date of birth and passport number of the invitee.

7) Visiting lecturers, scientists, researchers up to 6 months

  • original and photocopy of invitation letter or signed employment contract from /with the host institution as proof of your activities during your stay and of funding for your stay in Austria:
  • If applicable: confirmation from AMS (Austrian labor market Service)
  • If applicable. “Forschervereinbaurung”

8) medical treatment

  • Original letter of confirmation from the medical institution confirming the necessity of the medical treatment in Austria and if applicable necessity of accompanying person
  • Proof of sufficient financial means for coverage of medical treatment costs

9) Visa D for picking up Austrian residence permit (Visum D für AT-Abholung)

  • Fully completed and signed application form for National Visa „D“
  • 1 recent color passport picture, sized 3.5 x 4.5 cm which must fulfill following criteria http://www.passbildkriterien.at/oesterreich.html
  • Valid passport (must be valid for at least three months beyond date of leaving Austria. First passport issuance date must not be longer than 10 years ago) + photocopy of data page of passport + photocopies of pages that contain entries and stamps
  • Travel, health and accident insurance for the 2 first weeks of stay in Austria (limit of liability at least 30.000 Euro and return journey) valid for the Schengen Area. Family members of citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland who exercise their right of free movement of persons are exempted from this requirement Please note: a copy of your insurance I.D. is not sufficient - the confirmation of insurance must clearly show the name of the insured person, countries of validity (Europe!) , the period of validity and minimum coverage sum

 

 

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If you intend to stay in Austria for a period longer than 6 months, you must apply for a residence permit and not for an entry permit (visa). Residence permits are issued by the authorities in Austria. They are solely issued for stays that exceed six months.

You will find general information about migration to Austria  and the Red-White-Red Card on the website of the Migration Platform of the Austrian government

General information on Entry and Residence in Austria  is also available at the website of the Austrian Foreign Ministry and the website of Help.gv.at

By following the  link "Learning German" on the right side, you will be guided to an internet platform founded by the Austrian Foreign Ministry in cooperation with  "Integrationsfonds" and "Österreich Institute" providing information about institutions in Austria which offer german language lessons.