austria visa

Austria Visa - Definitive Guide

Located in the middle of Europe, Austria is a unique nation. With 3/4th of its area being covered by the alps, and the rest possessing a mix of stunning urban architecture and natural beauty, it attracts quite a number of people from all around the world.  To visit the country, you would need an endorsement known as Austria Visa.

What is Austria Visa?

For citizens travelling from countries other than from the Schengen region, Switzerland, and other visa-exempt countries, you require a permit to enter Austria. For example, India is not among the free-entry countries. As a result, Indians will have to apply for an Austrian Visa in India. Since Austria is a part of the Schengen region, the visa issued is valid in all other Schengen countries. Largely, the visas are classified as short term and long term visas. Similar to other Schengen visas, these are again classified based on the purpose of visit and come in the form of a vignette in the passport.   

How to Apply for Austria Visa?

Before applying for a permit, it is necessary to determine the type of visa you require, and also to check your eligibility for that particular visa. Once you have done this, you can proceed to apply for the visa in the following way - 

  1. Collect all the relevant documents as per your permit type. 
  2. Download the Austria Schengen visa application form from the Austrian embassy website.
  3. Fill in the form with your details, and affix a passport size photo, and then sign at the respective places.
  4. Book a visa appointment at the Austrian embassy or an Austria visa application centre (VAC). You can do this by directly calling them or online. 
  5. With your application form and the documents, visit the respective centre or the embassy for your document and biometric submission. 

If you have submitted your biometrics to a VAC in the past 5 years, you may not have to submit it again. Also, note that you cannot send the application via post/courier. You will have to submit it in person, or through a travel agency provided that you submit a declaration and undertaking corresponding to that.

Please ensure that your application is made with the right information and genuine documents. Submission of fake documents or wrong data can lead to a visa rejection.

Austria Visa Types -

Based on the duration of the visa and the purpose of the visit, the Austria visa can be mainly classified into the following  - 

  • Schengen Visa (C) - Also known as the short term permit, this type is issued for a maximum duration of 90 days in a 180 day period. Known more commonly as the Austria Schengen Visa, based on the purpose of visit, it can be sorted out into the following - 
    1. Tourist - Provided for the sole purpose of sightseeing, adventure activities, and other tourism-related purposes. 
    2. Business - Issued for the purpose of taking part in business-related activities such as signing contracts, MICE activities, etc.
    3. Visitor - Usually issued for people visiting their family/friends living in Austria.
    4. Student/Research/Internship - Issued for students and other people who are taking part in short-term academic activities.
    5. Sports/Religious/Cultural - This is the one required if you are travelling for the purpose of sports-related activities, take part in religious or cultural activities, etc. 
    6. Film crews/Artists - Issued to people travelling as a part of the film crew.
    7. Work Purpose - These are issued for people who will be taking part in employment activities for a short duration of fewer than 90 days.
    8. Transit - Provided for travellers who will only be passing through Austria as a part of their main journey.


  • National Visa (D) - Also known as the long term permit, this is issued for people who want to stay in the country for a duration of more than 90 days, but less than 180 days. Even though it is called a national visa, people on this type are still free to travel to other Schengen countries. The following are the major types of this permit - 
    1. Student - This is issued for students visiting the country to take part in studies that last more than 90 days, but less than 180 days.  
    2. Work - Issued for people wanting to work in Austria for more than 90 days. 
    3. Visitor - This is issued for visitors travelling to meet their family or friends for a longer period of up to 6 months.


Please note that if you wish to stay longer than 6 months, you will have to apply for a residence permit. 

Documents Required for Austria Visa

As per the Austria Schengen Visa requirements, the following are the list of Austria visa documents that you will have to submit for the application - 

  • A passport valid for at least 6 months from the expected date of travel 
  • Covering letter stating the details of the applicant, as well as all the details of the travel
  •  Travel itinerary 
  • Confirmed round trip flight tickets 
  • Proof of accommodation 
  • Travel medical insurance covering 30000 Euros  
  • Proof of occupation 
  • Proof of civil status 
  • Financial documents to show sufficient funds

Austria Visa Photo Requirements

As per the regulations, Austria visa photo specifications are as follows - 

  • Dimensions:  35mm X 45mm
  • Colour: Coloured
  • Head must occupy the central position
  • Must be captured within the last 3 months
  • Background: Solid, plain white or grey
  • 80% face coverage
  • Neutral expression
  • Glasses: Non-thick framed and prescription are permitted
  • Headgears are allowed only for religious reasons
  • Facial hair is permitted

Austria Visa Fees India -

The fees for this permit is totally dependent on the Austria Visa types. It also depends on the number of entries, biometric charges, express processing charges, as well as any other service charges. It is vital to ensure that you know the right amount before applying.

Entry Purpose Stay Duration Validity Fees
Single entry Normal Tourist 90 days 3 months 8396.0
Single entry Normal Medical 90 days 3 months 6582.0
Single entry Normal Religious 90 days 3 months 6582.0
Single entry Normal Medical 90 days 3 months 6582.0
Single entry Normal Religious 90 days 3 months 6582.0
Single entry Normal Study 90 days 3 months 6582.0
Single entry Normal Study 90 days 3 months 6582.0
Single entry Normal Dependant 90 days 3 months 6582.0
Single entry Normal Dependant 90 days 3 months 6582.0
Single entry Normal Work 90 days 3 months 6582.0
Single entry Normal Scientist 90 days 3 months 6582.0
Single entry Normal Work 90 days 3 months 6582.0
Single entry Normal Scientist 90 days 3 months 6582.0
Single entry Normal Semen 90 days 3 months 6582.0
Single entry Normal Seamen 90 days 3 months 6582.0
Single entry Normal Transit 90 days 3 months 6582.0
Single entry Normal Semen 90 days 3 months 6582.0
Single entry Normal Seamen 90 days 3 months 6582.0
Single entry Normal Transit 90 days 3 months 6582.0
Single entry Normal Business 90 days 3 months 8396.0
Single entry Normal Business 90 days 3 months 8396.0
term student visa - resident permit Study 180 days 2 years 11961.0
Single entry Normal Tourist 90 days 3 months 8396.0

Austria Visa Processing Time India

The Austria Schengen Visa processing time is normally around 15 days. However, depending on several factors, this can vary. These include the type of the visa, the duration of the permit, the number of entries, express processing, etc. As a result, it is suggested to apply well in advance. 

Where to Apply for Austria Visa?

The Schengen visa application Austria is done offline. There is no online procedure as of yet. The application must be submitted either at one of the VACs situated across the country or at the Austrian Embassy in India.

Since the process can be quite complicated, you can even apply through professional visa services. If you opt for a visa agency, you may not have to do the processes yourself and rest assured, there will be comparatively much less probability for errors in your application. It is essential that there are no errors, else there are chances that the visa may get rejected.

How to Check Austria Visa Status

 There are a few ways for you to track Austria visa status. You can check it by entering your reference number and name on the VAC website, or you can also do it by emailing or calling the embassy. However, you will receive updates via SMS by paying charges for the same while your application is being processed. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I visit other European countries with an Austria Schengen visa?

You cannot visit all of them. Since Austria is a part of the Schengen region, you are allowed to visit the European countries that have a border-free agreement under the Schengen. However, to visit other countries such as the UK, Croatia, etc, you will require their respective visas. 

What is the format for the covering letter for a Schengen Visa application Austria?

There is no steadfast rule for the format per se. The whole point of the covering letter is to state your travel. This should include details such as your personal details, the dates of your journey, the purpose of the visit, your source of funds, as well as any other information you think can help your application. The covering letter has to be addressed to the Austrian Embassy.

What can I do if my Austria visa was rejected?

In the unfortunate event that your visa gets rejected, you will receive a letter stating the reason for this. Now, as per your reason for rejection, such as application form errors, insufficient funds, etc, you can apply for the visa again after correcting these issues. It is better to apply after a specific time so that the consular officer does not have a bad impression of you. Keep in mind that when you apply for a new visa, you should state about your previous visa rejection history.

If I have a visa from Austria can I travel to another Schengen country directly?

Technically, your first port of entry has to be Austria. The conditions in which you should apply for an Austria visa is that if Austria is your port of entry and you will be spending equal time in other destinations, or you must spend more time in Austria than the other destinations. And obviously, you should apply if Austria is your only destination. As a result, it is recommended to enter the Schengen region through Austria and then travel to other countries. However, entering the zone via another country is not an offence.

If I have a visa for a European country like the UK, can I travel to Austria on this?

No, you cannot visit Austria while you are on any other visa other than the Schengen. The Schengen visa allows the holders to visit other countries belonging to the same, without any additional permits. However, if you are not on this visa, you cannot visit Austria or other Schengen countries unless you are from one of the visa-exempt countries. Please note that if you do possess a resident permit from non-Schengen countries, you may be allowed to pass through Austria without a transit visa depending on your nationality.

Can I stay for longer than 6 months in Austria with a Cor D visa?

No, you cannot. The short term visa is valid only for 3 months. And the long term visa is valid only up to 6 months. As a result, staying back for more than 6 months while you are on these visas is an offence and can get you deported. However, if you want to stay longer than 6 months, you will have to apply for a residence permit. Certain Austria visa types such as the work visa and student visa may make you eligible to apply for the permit. With this, you can stay for longer periods.

With a single entry Austria visa, can I visit other Schengen countries?

Yes, you can visit other Schengen countries with a single entry permit. Since Austria issues the Schengen visa, you are free to travel to any of the countries within the Schengen region ‘n’ number of times. Single entry means that you can enter and exit the Schengen region only once. In other words, you can leave the Schengen region to a non-Schengen area only once. You cannot re-enter the Schengen region again after this.

What is the difference between a long term Austria Visa and a Red White Red Card?

There is a large difference between the two. The long term permit or the Visa D is issued for a duration from 90 days up to 180 days for purposes such as work, visit, study, etc. The Red White Red, which is literally the colour composition of the Austrian flag is basically a temporary permit that allows you to stay in the country for longer than this period. However, you will need to be employed to get this. The card is issued usually for up to 1 year, or as per the duration of your work.

Can I get multiple entries Austria Schengen visa? How does multiple entry work?

Yes, you can obtain a multiple entry permit for Austria. While applying for your Austria Visa, you have the provision to choose the number of entries you require. You can choose from a single entry, double-entry, or multiple entries. The multiple entry visa will permit you to enter the Schengen area for more than once. Meaning, you can enter the region, then exit it, and then enter it again ‘n’ number of times. 


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