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In 2021 the European Union will introduce a new travel authorization known as ETIAS visa waiver. ETIAS will become a requirement to travel to Austria and most European countries. Once available, you will be able to find more information and apply on this website.
The ETIAS for Austria, expected to be introduced in 2021, is an electronic travel authorization which will allow eligible citizens to travel to Austria and the Schengen Area for short stays.
Holders of an ETIAS to Austria will be able to visit Austria and the Schengen Area for purposes of tourism, business, transit, or medical treatment.
ETIAS Austria stands for European Travel Information and Authorization System. The European Commission is implementing the electronic visa waiver system to pre-screen travelers to the Schengen Area and protect and strengthen European borders.
Eligible citizens will be able to apply through the simple ETIAS application for Austria, which will only take a few minutes to complete. Applicants will be required to fill in the ETIAS Austria application form with personal and passport information and travel plans, and pay an ETIAS fee to receive an approved ETIAS Visa Waiver for Austria.
The ETIAS European Visa Waiver for Austria will be a multiple-entry travel authorization. It will be valid for a total of 3 years and is expected to allow a maximum stay of 90 days with each entry to Austria and the Schengen Area.
Those eligible to apply for the ETIAS to Austria who wish to stay for longer periods, or study or work in the Schengen Area should contact an Austrian Embassy or Consulate for further information.
It will be necessary to meet the following Austria ETIAS visa waiver requirements in order to submit an application:
One of the key requirements for an ETIAS for Austria is to use the same passport to complete the application as that used to enter Austria and the Schengen Area. This is essential as the approved ETIAS Austria is electronically attached to the passport used to complete the application. Applicants with dual nationality should keep this in mind.
Additional ETIAS requirements to travel to Austria, in the form of supporting documentation upon arrival, may be required depending on the first Schengen country the traveler decides to enter.
As Austria is part of the EU and the Schengen Area, it shares the same visa policy as other Schengen countries. At the moment, citizens of all countries visa-exempt for the Schengen zone are able to travel to Austria visa-free for stays up to 90 days.
However, by the end of 2021, it will be mandatory for these same foreign nationals to complete an ETIAS registration before traveling to Austria and the Schengen Area. US citizens, and nationals of Australia, Brazil, and Japan, among others, will all need an ETIAS visa waiver for Austria to travel to the Schengen zone for short stays.
The ETIAS visa waiver to travel to Austria will be a multiple entry travel authorization which allows a total stay of 90 days with each entry to Europe, within every 180-day period. It is valid for 3 years from the date of issue, meaning there is no need to submit an ETIAS application before every trip.
ETIAS allows the holder to travel to Austria and the Schengen Area for business, medical treatment, and purposes of tourism. Visa-exempt citizens only passing through Austria on the way to an onward destination also need an ETIAS transit visa waiver for Austria.
All ETIAS-eligible nationals who wish to visit Austria for other purposes, or for longer consecutive periods, as well as all non-visa-exempt citizens, need a visa for Austria.
To apply for an Austria Schengen visa, it is necessary to make an appointment at the nearest embassy or consulate of Austria. Applicants should download, print, and complete an application form for a Schengen visa for Austria to bring to the appointment.
Austria visa requirements also state it is necessary to bring a passport valid for at least 3 months from the intended entry date to the Schengen Area, as well as a range of supporting documents depending on the type of Schengen visa required.
Austria Visa FAQ
The ETIAS for Austria, expected to be introduced from 2021, is an electronic travel authorization which will permit eligible citizens to travel to all of the 26 Schengen Area countries, including Austria, for short stays.
No, those who need a Schengen visa to travel to Austria are not eligible to apply for the ETIAS for Austria. The ETIAS for Austria is only available for foreign citizens who are visa-exempt for the Schengen Area.
No, travelers who require a visa to enter the Schengen Area are not eligible to apply for the ETIAS visa waiver to Austria. The ETIAS for Austria is not a visa, but an electronic travel authorization which allows visa-exempt nationals to travel to all of the Schengen Area member countries.
Those not eligible for ETIAS Austria will be required to apply for a Schengen visa at the embassy or consulate of their main destination. Unlike the ETIAS, a Schengen visa is issued for one specific country.
The ETIAS for Austria is expected to allow a maximum stay of 90 days with each entry to Austria or other Schengen Area countries.
The Austrian ETIAS is available for foreign citizens who are visa-exempt for the Schengen passport-free zone and permits the holder to travel to Austria and the Schengen Area for multiple short stays during its eligibility.
Holders of an ETIAS for Austria are able to travel to the Schengen Area for purposes of business, tourism, transit or medical treatment. Those eligible to apply for the ETIAS who wish to work or study, or stay for longer periods, should contact their nearest Austrian Embassy or Consulate.
Those not eligible for the ETIAS for Austria will be required to apply for a visa from an Austrian embassy or consulate in order to travel to Austria.
The government fee for the Austrian ETIAS has not yet been confirmed. The cost of the ETIAS will be published on this site when made available. The price will be the same for all eligible nationalities.
The ETIAS is expected to allow a maximum stay of 90 consecutive days with each entry to Austria and other Schengen Area counties.
Eligible citizens will be able to apply for the ETIAS to Austria through a simple online application. Applicants will be required to complete the application form with personal, passport, and travel information, answer some security questions and pay a fee with credit or debit card to receive an approved ETIAS visa waiver.
The standard processing time for the ETIAS to Austria has not yet been announced and will be published on this site when available.
It will be necessary to meet the personal information requirements for ETIAS in order to apply for the ETIAS for Austria, which will involve providing personal and passport data on the application form. Applicants are also required to have the following required documents in order to submit the Austrian ETIAS form:
All travelers from eligible counties, including children under 18, will need to obtain an ETIAS visa waiver to travel to the Schengen Area. It will be necessary to submit a separate kids European visa waiver for Austria application for children.
No, it will not be necessary to apply for an ETIAS to Austria for every trip to Austria. An approved ETIAS visa waiver for Austria is valid for 3 years and allows multiple entries to the Schengen Area during its validity.
In order to obtain an extension after the ETIAS visa waiver for Austria expires, it will be necessary to submit a new ETIAS application from outside the Schengen Area.
Applicants will be able to check visa waiver status for the Austrian ETIAS through the updates and notifications sent to the email address provided on the application form. It is currently not known if a visa waiver verification function will be available for the ETIAS for Austria. This information will be published on this site when available.
If the ETIAS Austria application is rejected, applicants are expected to be able to submit a new application form. As even small differences between the information provided on the form and the details of the applicant’s passport can result in a refusal of the ETIAS, it will be essential to make sure all the data is correct before submitting an application.
However, this information has not yet been confirmed. Updates will be published on this site closer to the expected ETIAS Austria launch date.
It will be necessary to submit a new ETIAS application form for Austria from outside of the Schengen Area in order to obtain a renewal of the ETIAS for Austria.