Austia Visa for Indians

Austria is one of the twenty six European countries which are collectively called The Schengen Area. These are countries that have officially abolished all other types of border control (including passports) at their mutual borders. The area has a common visa policy and mostly functions as a single jurisdiction for international travel purposes. This common visa policy has been established by the European Union for transit through or intended stays in the territory of one or more Schengen States. These visits can be of no more than 90 days in any 180 days period. The visa policy is also for transit through the international transit areas of airports of the Schengen States.

If a person is a holder of a Schengen visa which is granted by any of the Schengen Area member country, he/she is eligible for free movement within the entire Schengen Zone, according to the specifications and validity of the visa. According to the type of visa issued by the embassy of Austria, there are different restrictions that apply to the particular visa in regard to the nature of travelling and length of stay in the country. Travellers from India who wish to visit Austria for any purpose are given the option of several types of Schengen Visas:
1.Schengen Tourist Visa- This is a short-term Visa issued to applicants who wish to visit Austria only for tourism purposes. This Visa allows the applicant to stay in Austria, or travel within the Schengen countries, for a maximum period of 90 days. Indians holding a Tourist visa are not permitted to work or engage in any business activities in the host country during the period of their stay. The tourist visit visa is valid for a period of 180 days after the date of issue and must be used within this time.
2.Schengen Business Visa As the name suggest, visitors can apply for a Schengen Business Visa if they intend to travel to Austria for commercial or business purposes. The holder of this Visa is permitted to travel to, and stay for up to 90 days in, Austria to attend a business meeting, conference, exhibition, workshop, event pertaining to international business. However, this visa does not permit visitors to work in Austria, join the country’s labour force or receive any income from the country, unless the Immigration Service has explicitly granted the holder this right. The business visa is valid for a period of 180 days after the date of issue and must be used within this time.
3.Schengen Visitor Visa Indian citizens can apply for the Schengen Visitor Visa if they plan to travel to Austria, or the Schengen Area countries, for the purpose of visiting family or friends. Obtaining this visa requires a sponsorship letter from the person who holds a residence permit of the Schengen country.
4.Schengen Student Visa
Indian travellers can apply for the Schengen Student Visa if they intend to study, perform Research & Development activities, or get educational training in Austria, for a period less than 6 months. If the traveller needs to stay in Austria for longer than 6 months for the above purposes, then they need not apply for a Visa but should apply for a residency permit.

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Austia Visa Requirements


    1.One fully completed application form (in English or German language) and signed by the applicant.
    2.An original passport fulfilling the following specifications:
    (a) It must have a validity of at least three months after your intended date of departure from the territory of Austria. In the event that you are visiting several countries, the passport must be valid for 3 months after the last intended date of departure from the territory of the Member States.
    (b) It must contain at least two blank pages at the end
    (c) It should have been issued within the past 10 years
    (d) There must be no alteration or handwritten amendment regarding the data page
    3.A copy of the applicant’s present passport showing the data pages, pages with evidence of previous visas, and travels etc.
    4.Original(s) of previous passport(s) held by applicant or proof of loss of previous passports.
    5.Two passport sized photographs which must be in accordance with the international standards as described by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). They must be in colour, and less than 6 months old.
    6.Visitors must hold a valid permit to return to their home country such as valid Indian Residency Permit or return visa to India for citizens of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, or Sri Lanka.
    Note: It is mandatory for Tibetans travelling on Indian IC (yellow Identity Certificate) to hold a Return Visa along with the stamped entry “No objection to return to India” (NORI) in the IC. This must be valid until at least three months after your intended return to India.
    7.Visitor must hold travel medical insurance that should be valid in all the visiting countries or the Member States and must cover the entire period of the person’s intended stay or transit in the Schengen region. The minimum travel insurance coverage per person must be EUR 30 000.
    Note: If visitors apply for a uniform visa for multiple entries, they must prove that they are in possession of adequate and valid travel medical insurance which covers the entire period of their first intended visit. Additionally, the applicant must sign a statement declaring that they are aware of the need to be in possession of travel medical insurance for subsequent stays in Austria.
    8.Cover letter which explains the purpose of the trip along with the itinerary including detailed location(s) and duration of stay in Austria.
    9.Evidence of occupation / student status in home country
  • If applicant is employed, they must attach the salary certificates of the last three (3) months of their present occupation, employment contract and the company NOC to visit Austria.
  • If the applicant is self-employed, they must submit the applicable CIN Certificate/ LLP certificate/ GST certificate/ Udhyog Aadhar Memorandum/Import Export Certificate etc. to prove the ownership.
  • If the applicant is a student, they must submit a NOC from school or college
  • 10.Applicants must submit their Income Tax Returns or Income Tax Acknowledgement or ITR-V from the last three (3) years
    11.They must show proof of sufficient funds by submitting original bank statements of the last three (3) months and / or other funds available to applicant like pension etc.
    12.Applicants must show proof of round-trip flight reservations and travel itinerary through airline or flight booking and proof of other means of travel within Austria/EU in case of onward travel to other Member States.
    13.Applicant must provide proof of accommodation such as hotel reservation / letter from tour organizer and / or other appropriate documentation indicating the predicted travel plans within Austria / EU / Schengen Area.
    14.For minor travellers:
  • a minor who is being accompanied by one parent must provide an Original notarized No Objection Certificate (NOC) by the other parent, along with copies of both parents’ passports or valid ID proof.
  • a minor travelling alone must provide an Original notarized NOC by both parents / legal guardians, along with copies of both parents’ passports or valid ID proof.

Austria Visa Documents Required



    1.One fully completed application form (in English or German language) and signed by the applicant.
    2.An original passport fulfilling the following specifications:
    (a) It must have a validity of at least three months after your intended date of departure from the territory of Austria. In the event that you are visiting several countries, the passport must be valid for 3 months after the last intended date of departure from the territory of the Member States.
    (b) It must contain at least two blank pages at the end
    (c) It should have been issued within the past 10 years
    (d) There must be no alteration or handwritten amendment regarding the data page
    3.A copy of the applicant’s present passport showing the data pages, pages with evidence of previous visas, and travels etc.
    4.Original(s) of previous passport(s) held by applicant or proof of loss of previous passports.
    5.Two passport sized photographs which must be in accordance with the international standards as described by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). They must be in colour, and less than 6 months old.
    6.Visitors must hold a valid permit to return to their home country such as valid Indian Residency Permit or return visa to India for citizens of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, or Sri Lanka. Note: It is mandatory for Tibetans travelling on Indian IC (yellow Identity Certificate) to hold a Return Visa along with the stamped entry “No objection to return to India” (NORI) in the IC. This must be valid until at least three months after your intended return to India.
    7.Visitor must hold travel medical insurance that should be valid in all the visiting countries or the Member States and must cover the entire period of the person’s intended stay or transit in the Schengen region. The minimum travel insurance coverage per person must be EUR 30 000. Note: If visitors apply for a uniform visa for multiple entries, they must prove that they are in possession of adequate and valid travel medical insurance which covers the entire period of their first intended visit. Additionally, the applicant must sign a statement declaring that they are aware of the need to be in possession of travel medical insurance for subsequent stays in Austria.
    8.Cover letter which explains the purpose of the trip along with the itinerary including detailed location(s) and duration of stay in Austria.
    9.Evidence of occupation / student status in home country:
  • If applicant is employed, they must attach the salary certificates of the last three (3) months of their present occupation, employment contract and the company NOC to visit Austria.
  • If the applicant is self-employed, they must submit the applicable CIN Certificate/ LLP certificate/ GST certificate/ Udhyog Aadhar Memorandum/Import Export Certificate etc. to prove the ownership.
  • If the applicant is a student, they must submit a NOC from school or college

  • 10.Applicants must submit their Income Tax Returns or Income Tax Acknowledgement or ITR-V from the last three (3) years
    11.In the event that the applicant’s purpose of travel is other than business meetings (such as training, voluntary work or project work etc.):
  • The applicant must obtain a permit issued by the Austrian Labor Market Authority “AMS”, in order to carry out the work. This permit will be given to the Austrian company inviting the applicant.
  • Furthermore, the applicant must also obtain an Electronic letter of guarantee (called “EVE” or “GVE”) from the Austrian business issued by the appropriate regional office in Austria (in case of EVE) or by the Austrian Ministry of Interior (in case of GVE).

  • 12.They must show proof of sufficient funds by submitting original bank statements of the last three (3) months and / or other funds available to applicant like pension etc.
    13.Applicants must show proof of round-trip flight reservations and travel itinerary through airline or flight booking and proof of other means of travel within Austria/EU in case of onward travel to other Member States.
    14.Applicant must provide proof of accommodation such as hotel reservation / letter from tour organizer and / or other appropriate documentation indicating the predicted travel plans within Austria / EU / Schengen Area.
    15.For minor travellers:
  • a minor who is being accompanied by one parent must provide an Original notarized No Objection Certificate (NOC) by the other parent, along with copies of both parents’ passports or valid ID proof.
  • a minor travelling alone must provide an Original notarized NOC by both parents / legal guardians, along with copies of both parents’ passports or valid ID proof.
  • Note:
  • Visa applications cannot be submitted more than 3 months prior to the intended date of departure.
  • Processing of the visa application can take up to 15 working days after receiving the application.
  • The Embassy cannot ensure a timely completion of the visa process in the event that an application is lodged less than 15 working days before departure.
  • In individual cases, processing may take up to 30 calendar days in, especially when further scrutiny of the application is required. In cases where the authorities of the Member State are to be consulted or additional documentation is required, the processing period may be extended up to a maximum of 60 working days.
  • In the processing of certain cases, the consulates are justified to request additional documents from the applicants. Furthermore, applicants may be called in for an interview by the Embassy, if deemed necessary.
  • The applicant must be aware that submission of incomplete or faulty documentation can be a reason for refusal of the application.

How to Apply for an Austria Visa


Step 1: Visit  http://www.vfs-austria.co.in/ and under the tab ‘Download’, you will find ‘Visa Forms’. There you will be presented with forms for Tourist Visa and Business Visa. Click on any one to be redirected to the PDF file of the form.
Step 2: Download the PDF form of the application, and then take a printout of the form. Fill in all the details in the form accurately.
Step 3: Fill in the following details in the application form:

  • Surname at present
  • Surname at birth
  • First Name of the applicant
  • The applicant’s date of Birth, Place of Birth and Country of Birth
  • Current Nationality and nationality at birth
  • Sex
  • Marital status
  • For a Minor applicant: fill in their first name, surname, nationality of parents or legal guardians and address (if different from main applicant)
  • State the type of travel document held by applicant (such as Official Passport, Ordinary Passport, Diplomatic Passport or Service passport)
  • Number on travel document (passport number)
  • Validity of travel document
  • Date of Issue of travel document
  • Name of Issuer of travel document
  • Permanent address, email address and telephone number in home country of applicant
  • State the applicant’s current residence or country, if different
  • Applicant's current occupation in home country. State the employer’s name, company address and telephone number. Mention the name and address of educational establishment in this field if the applicant is a student.
  • State the main purpose of the journey (this can be tourism, business, visiting friends and family, cultural, sports or other reasons)
  • State the country which the applicant wishes to visit. If the applicant wishes to visit multiple countries, mention the member state of first entry.
  • State the number of entries required (such as single entry, double entry or multiple entry)
  • Duration of intended stay or transit
  • Select whether a Schengen visa has been issued to the applicant in the past three years. If yes, mention the date of issuance of visa and date of expiry of visa.
  • State whether the applicant’s fingerprints have been collected before with the intention of obtaining a Schengen Visa.
  • State the name and residential address of the inviting company/organisation or person in Austria, their email ID, and telephone number, if any.
  • Fill in the how the costs of living in Austria are to be met and by whom.

  • Step 4: After completing the application, the applicant go to the Visa Application Centre they have chosen in their application (the one which is nearest to their residence). Additionally, applicants must remember to bring the required supporting documents and the visa service fees to the centre during submission of the form.
    Step 5: At the visa application centre, the service centre personnel will take the applicant’s picture and record their fingerprints using a biometric process (this is done for all applicants). All applicants applying for a Schengen short stay visa must be present in person at the centre to have their fingerprints recorded and their photograph taken. This registration procedure only takes a few minutes and is done to identifu you with certainty as the only legal holder of the visa. This prevents identity theft of the applicant and fraud. Please note that children below the age of 12 years do not need to get their fingerprints recorded.
    Step 6: After checking the veracity of your application, the staff will enter your application information in the system. You will then have to pay the fees, and they will generate an acknowledgement receipt which can be issued to track the status of your application.

Austria Visa Fees

CATEGORY Visa Fees In INR VFS SERVICE FEE IN INR
Adults   4830  1305
Children Between 6 to 12 years   2820  1305
Children Between 6 to 12 years (Long Term Visa)     6040 1305
Children Below 6 years No Visa Fees 1305
Students /Visitors/ Work Visa (Long Term)   12080 1305
  • VFS offers a courier facility which is available at INR 404/- (the price is inclusive of Goods and Service Tax –SGST @9% and CGST@9%).
  • The applicable visa fees shown above in Indian Rupees are according to the current exchange rate. These are subject to change without notice depending on the fluctuations in the currency value.
  • All fees, once paid, are non-refundable.
  • The applicable visa fees shown above can only be paid in cash at the VFS centre. Applicants must pay a convenience fee of INR 161 payable for provision of multiple modes of payment such as credit/ debit card etc.

Austria Visa Status

After submission of the application, you will be able to track the application by visiting the following website- http://www.vfs-austria.co.in/track_application.html . On the website, click on the ‘track application’ button. You will then be redirected to a page where you have to enter the application reference number (found on the receipt) and your last name. The screen will then display your visa application status.

You may collect your passport from the selected VAC office after your visa application has been approved. The applicant himself must be present to collect the passport from the centre. Applicants must be sure to bring the receipt which was issued to them on the day of their application submission, during collection of passport. The VFS centre will hand over the documents or passport of the applicant to third parties only if the collection is done by the following people:

  • An immediate Family Member of the applicant such as Parent, Children or Spouse.
  • On behalf of government officials, a person may collect the passport only if so mentioned on the Government letter head.
  • The applicant's Red Carpet Representatives may collect the documents, if authorized on the Company’s letter head
  • In the event that any of the above people come to collect the passport, they need to bring one of the following documents:
  • Original Government ID card
  • Original Identity Proof
  • Original authorization letter from applicant

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