How to arrange a trip to Austria. Everything about visa, transport and tourism
What is Austria like? Between gorgeous ski resorts, mountain views, incredible lakes, and great historic cities, Austria seems like the perfect destination for an exciting trip. Being in the heart of Europe, you'll be just minutes away from other European countries. Not to mention, you can enjoy the best-baked goods in Austria's famous cafes.
Not everyone needs a tourist visa, but most foreigners need one depending on several factors. The visa application process is a bit complicated, so below you will find all the information you need on whether or not you need a visa, as well as a detailed explanation of the requirements for a tourist visa in Austria.
In addition to beautiful nature and popular ski resorts, Austria has a lot to offer tourists, with its strong traditions and a capital city with a rich history, but also a dynamic present. Travelers will admire the pure landscapes of Tyrol with its blooming chalets in the snow-capped mountains, stop by Viennese cafes, marvel at baroque castles along the way, and marvel at concerts at the prestigious Salzburg Festival.
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Do I need a tourist visa for Austria?
You may need a visa depending on where you are from, why you are going to Austria, and for how long. If you are a Schengen or EEA/EU resident, you will not need an Austrian tourist visa. Visitors from the US, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, the Principality of Andorra, the Republic of San Marino, or any other country with a visa agreement with Austria may also visit Austria without a visa for up to 90 days.
Requirements for a tourist visa to Austria
When applying for a tourist visa, you need to prepare certain documents. To apply for a visa, you will need:
Please make sure that your passport is valid at the time of application. You must have a passport that has been issued within the last 10 years and that does not expire at the time of your visit. Your passport should also have two blank pages.
- Visa application form
You must print out the form online, fill it out with your personal information and sign it. You must then attach the form to your documents (in the case of a minor child, parents/legal guardians must sign).
- Passport photos
You must have two recent photographs with your documents. Photos must comply with Schengen visa photo rules.
- Schengen travel insurance
You must have travel insurance for €30,000. Schengen travel insurance must cover any medical problems or emergencies that may arise.
- Proof of residence in Austria
You must provide proof that you have accommodation for the duration of your stay. This can be a hotel reservation or a rental agreement.
- Proof of financial stability
To be issued a visa, you must provide proof that you can financially secure your stay in Austria.
- Letter of intent
You must also write a letter of intent in which you state the reason for your visit, and the duration of your stay and briefly explain your travel plans.
- Visa fees
- When applying for a tourist visa to Austria, you must pay the fee and enclose a receipt with your documents. The visa fee depends on your profile and the type of visa.
Copies of your previous Schengen visa. If you have already obtained a Schengen visa, you should also attach copies to your documents.
Invitation letter. You must provide proof of invitation if a family member or friend has invited you to Austria.
Employment contract. If you are employed, you have to submit your employment contract along with the rest of your documents.
Remember: all of your documents must be in English or German, if not, you have to translate them. The translation must be done by a certified translator.