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Visa Requirements for Austrian Citizens
Visa requirements for citizens of Austria are the rules and laws set by different countries that decide if a visa is required for Austrian nationals to travel there.
There are various different types of visa and the one that is required depends on the destination country, the length of time the Austrian citizen intends to stay, and the purpose of entering the sovereign state or territory.
There are also a number of countries that Austrian passport holders can visit without a visa. Some of these also give Austrians the right to live and work there visa-free.
According to the Henley Passport Index, the Austrian passport is currently ranked 5th in the world for travel freedom (tied with Denmark), allowing holders to visit over 185 different states and territories without applying for a visa in advance and over 115 with no visa at all.
Of the countries that require visitors from Austria to have a visa or travel authorization, around 30 have an online system that facilitates applications without having to visit an embassy.
These electronic visas (eVisas) and electronic visa waivers (also known as electronic travel authorizations or ETAs) are generally for short-term stays for tourism and, in some cases, for business and/or transit purposes.
In order to live, work, or stay long-term in most foreign countries, Austrian nationals must apply for the relevant visas and/or permits in person at an embassy. This may include a resident visa, work visa, or long-stay visa.
In addition, there are a number of states and territories that require travelers from Austria to apply for an embassy visa for any visit, regardless of length and purpose, including short-stay tourist visas.
Visas on arrival are available to Austrian passport holders for certain destinations. These can be obtained at immigration control when entering a country. However, there are frequently long lines to apply and this can lead to the traveler waiting for a long time at the border.
If it is possible to apply for an eVisa beforehand, this is highly recommended to avoid unnecessary waiting.