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An Austria Schengen visa is a special kind of visa which allows you to travel among all the Schengen countries including Austria for a maximum period of upto 90 days. This is a traveller’s dream where with one visa you can travel to any of the other 25 Schengen countries along with Austria.
A Schengen Visa (issued by a consulate or embassy of a Schengen State) is valid for all 26 States of the Schengen Area (including the European territory of Austria), unless it is marked otherwise on the visa sticker. So you do not need another visa to enter or stay in the European territory of Austria. However, you must be in possession of documentary evidence for the reasons of your stay and your means of support. Schengen Area comprises of the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
The Schengen Visa is a short stay visa and takes the form of a sticker affixed to your passport. The definition of “short stay” is a stay of "90 days in any 180 days period". This means that the total duration of stay is of maximum 90 days in any period of 180 days. The precise length of validity of your Schengen Visa is indicated on the visa sticker under the heading “Duration of visit”. With a single-entry visa you can enter the Schengen area only once. This is indicated on the visa sticker under the heading "Number of entries" by "1". A two-entry or a multiple-entry visa allows for two or several entries during the validity of the Schengen Visa. This is indicated on the visa sticker by "02" or "MULT" under the heading "Number of entries".
No, not necessarily all Schengen Visas will be granted for 90 days. You may get the Schengen Visa only for the number of days that you present in your travel itinerary and your flight & hotel bookings
You may appeal against this decision. The decision to refuse a Schengen visa and the reasons for the refusal are notified using a standard form that is handed out by the Member State's consulate that refused the visa. The notification of the refusal must include the reasons, on which the refusal were based, and the procedures and deadlines for submitting an appeal.
You are free to re-apply again if your application has been refused earlier. However, it is recommended that you take note of the reasons for the earlier refusal before submitting a new application and make amendments, where necessary.
The visa fee is not refunded if the visa is refused. The visa fee covers the cost of the examination of the visa application.
The Schengen Visa cover letter is a letter which summarizes your intent to travel to a country that is part of the Schengen area. In your cover letter you should explain:
You cannot extend your short-stay visa while in Austria except in special circumstances, and exceeding your permitted period of stay is considered an act of illegality or criminality. Instead, you must return to your home country within the permitted period of stay and apply for another Austria Visa if necessary.
Schengen visas may allow for a single-entry or multiple entries. With a single-entry visa you can enter the Schengen area only once. This is indicated on the visa sticker by "01". With a visa allowing for two or multiple entries you may enter twice or several times during the validity of the visa.
A short-stay Schengen Visa allows you to enter and stay in an Austrian territory for a maximum period of 90 days within a period of six months.
You may only submit your Schengen visa application 90 days before your date of departure. We recommend that you apply at least 20 working days before the date you wish to depart as certain types of travel purpose may take longer than usual to process. For instance, the processing time of your Schengen Visa Application will take between 10-12 working days from your appointment date.
Typically, a Austria Visa (Schengen Visa) takes anywhere from 5 to 15 days to process in the Austria Embassy/Consulate. The processing time for a Austria Visa is dependent on several factors and can change without notice at the consulate's discretion.
VFS Global Services Pvt Ltd (VFS) is the Service Delivery Provider for the Embassy of Austria in New Delhi. The role of VFS is to accept visa applications and to dispatch passports and documents back to clients, on behalf of the Embassy of Austria. VFS does not play any part in or influence the outcome of your visa application.
Applicants can check the status of Austria visa application online using the Austria VFS Reference number and last name. Kindly visit the Track Your Application section of the Austria VFS website.
As an application centre, the Austria Visa Application Centre (VFS) will not be able to guarantee you a visa. The issuance or refusal of a Austria visa is the sole prerogative of The Embassy/Consulate. The Austria Visa Application Centre cannot influence this decision in any way.
Yes, an appointment is mandatory for Austria Visa in order to provide your biometrics and submit your visa documents.
No. A long stay visa or a residence permit issued by a Schengen State allows you to travel or stay in other Schengen States, while respecting the maximum duration of a “short stay” (a stay of "90 days in any 180 day period")
Every member of the family needs an individual appointment.
Schengen Visa must be applied from the Embassy / Consulate of the country where you will be staying for maximum number of days. If your stay has equal number of days in each country then you must apply to the Embassy / Consulate of the country which would serve as the first port of entry.
Schengen Visas may allow for a single-entry or multiple entries. With a single-entry visa you can enter the Schengen area only once. This is indicated on the visa sticker by "01". With a visa allowing for two or multiple entries you may enter twice or several times during the validity of the Schengen Visa.
According to the EU, a single-entry Schengen Visa allows entry to the Schengen area only once, meaning you are not permitted to re-enter the Schengen Area after leaving, while a multiple-entry Schengen Visa allows multiple entries into the Schengen Area within the visa’s validity period (90 days total within 180-day period).
The short-stay visa does not automatically entitle you to enter the Schengen area. At the border (or during other controls) you may have to show the visa but also provide additional documentation, for example; sufficient evidence that you have sufficient means to cover the stay and the return trip. It is therefore recommended that you carry with you copies of the documents which you presented when applying for the Schengen visa (e.g. letters of invitation, travel confirmations, other documents stating the purpose of your stay).
Yes, applications by mail will not be accepted. The Schengen visa application should be presented in person because biometrical data must be recorded.
As from 2nd November 2015 following the introduction of the Visa Information System (VIS), all Schengen visa applicants in India have to appear in person in order to provide biometric data (fingerprints and digital photography). The photograph can be digitally taken at the time of the application or scanned from an existing one. For subsequent applications within the 5 years the fingerprints can be copied from the previous application file in the VIS. In case of reasonable doubt regarding the identity of the applicant, the consulate will again collect fingerprints within the 5 year period specified above. Furthermore, the applicant may request that they be collected if, at the time when the application is lodged, it cannot be immediately confirmed that the fingerprints were collected within this 5 years period.
Yes. Applicants should prove that they are in possession of adequate and valid travel insurance to cover any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention and/or emergency hospital treatment or death, during their stay(s) on the territory of the Schengen Member States. The insurance should be valid throughout the territory of the Member States and cover the entire period of the person’s intended stay or transit. The minimum coverage must be EUR 30000.
Your travel Insurance plan for a Schengen Visa must meet the following requirements:
Even though Travel Insurance is a mandatory requirement for processing Schengen Visa, you are strongly advised to purchase a health / travel insurance to secure yourself as medical treatment can be very expensive in the Schengen country. Your travel insurance offers protection against unexpected emergencies on international travel such as coverage of medical expenses, flight delay and cancellations, passport and baggage loss or personal accident. For financial safety and security on your international trip we highly recommend you to purchase travel insurance and avail our special offer.
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Austria is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe, attracting tourists not only in summer and winter - which in the mountain regions is almost as busy a season as summer - but also in the in-between seasons. Visitors are drawn particularly from neighboring Germany, as for them there is no language problem. Read moreIt is the scenic beauties to be found in all the Alpine republic's provinces which are the main reason for inducing large numbers of tourists to spend their holidays in Austria year after year. But, in addition, Vienna (Wien), the historic capital, and the beautiful city of Salzburg, birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, are among the most popular tourist attractions the country has to offer.
Austria is situated in the south-east of Central Europe. It is predominantly a country of upland areas and high mountains - the Eastern Alps occupying a good 60 per cent of the country's territory. The River Danube flows for about 350km/217 miles from west to east through the northern part of Austria. With an area of 83,855 sq.km/32,376 sq. miles Austria is one of the smallest countries in Europe.
Austria has a cool temperate climate of an Alpine character, consistent with its position on the south-eastern edges of Central Europe and its mountainous terrain. Towards the east the climate takes on increasingly continental characteristics. The mention of Austria conjures up images of snow-capped peaks of the Alps and crystal blue lakes surrounded by thatched roof houses. While this picture of natural beauty is accurate, Austria is also steeped in imperial history and wildly famous for its classical music and performing arts. Age old handicrafts continue to be an important part of Austria’s culture and make popular souvenirs. There is plenty to be explored and enjoyed in this small land-locked country in Europe. Summer or winter, visitors can enjoy the natural beauty of Austria. During the summer months, exploring the many lakes and mountains, especially in the Salzkammergut Lake Region, is a must. The picturesque towns have resisted the pressures of modernization and have remained almost unchanged for centuries. During the winter months, some of the best skiing in Europe can be found in the Austrian Alps. Whether it’s skiing at the Arlberg Mountains or in Kitzbühl, visitors will find a nice combination of beautifully-groomed runs and exciting backcountry options. It is not only Austria’s natural beauty that visitors seek out, but also its history, cuisine, culture, and arts. From the timeless city of Innsbruck with its famous Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), to the musical capital of Salzburg, and the famous sacher cake (sacher torte) in Vienna, there is much to see and experience in Austria. Known for their hospitality and kind demeanor, visitors who don’t speak German will get along here just fine, as most Austrians speak some, if not fluent, English.
Austria offers a wide range of accommodations, from luxury to affordable. Cities offer large international hotel chains, whereas in the smaller Alpine towns, it is nice to stay at a pension – a family-run bed and breakfast. These well-maintained, clean, and affordable lodgings offer tourists the chance to enjoy real Austrian hospitality and great home-cooked meals. In fact, if visiting remote villages, staying at a pension may be the only accommodation option available. There are some really exciting excursions and numerous festivals that can be enjoyed in Austria throughout the year. Exploring the spectacular Eisriesenwelt ice caves ― the largest in the world of their kind ― can be a truly amazing experience. Or how about taking a ride down an Olympic bob sledding track in Igls? Famous festivals in Austria include the Salzburg Festival (Salzbuger Festspiele) July to September, the Musikfest Grafenegg August to September, and the Bregenz Festival (Bregenzer Festspiele) July to August, just to name a few.
Most international visitors arrive in Austria via one of the country’s many international airports. However, those who are already traveling around Europe can easily access Austria by train. The country is well-connected to the European railway network, as well as the region’s motorway network. Traveling inside Austria can easily be done using the efficient train system, but some of the remote Alpine areas are best accessed by car. Self-driving is easy on the highways of Austria, which are well-maintained and well-signposted. However, care needs to be taken while driving on winding Alpine roads, especially in winter.Show less
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An airport transit visa is required for nationals of certain states to go through the international transit area of airports, without actually entering the national territory of the country concerned, during a stop-over or transfer between two stages of an international flight.
In other words an Airport Transit Visa – TYPE A is required when you are required to connect through an airport in one of the Schengen countries without actually leaving the transit are of the airport. (I.e. you arrive from a non-Schengen country and depart to a non-Schengen country) For Transit between two Schengen countries, please apply for a Schengen Visa – TYPE C Generally foreigners who do not leave the transit zone or the plane during a stop-over on an airfield are not subject to the visa requirement.
A Schengen visa is valid for 26 Schengen member states and is for short stay for a maximum period of ninety days within a six months period. A Schengen visa allows the holder to travel freely across the Schengen member states.
The following 26 countries have implemented the Schengen Agreement: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
The visa is issued for single, double or multiple entry. A Schengen visa can only be applied for up to three months prior to your entry into the country.
According to Austrian FPG, for a stay between 91 days to 180 days, Visa D needs to be applied for. It entitles for a stay in all Schengen Countries for 90 days in the duration of 6 months.
A Visa D is a national Austrian Visa, that can be issued for the duration of stay in Austria between 91 and 180 days. This visa entitles the applicant for a stay/travel in the Schengen area for 90 from these 180 days. Applications for a residence permit must be made exclusively in person on a pre-agreed date directly at the Embassy.
Specific short-term stay i.e. research (with hosting agreement acc. § 67 NAG), seasonal labor, expatriate, intern, students (one semester), job-seeker Entry Visa D with regard to a resident permit granted by the internal authorities (Temporary Residence Permit, Permanent Residence Permit) Kindly note that in this case the Visa D only entitles for the entry into Austria. The granted resident permit has to be obtained from the concerned authorities during the time of validity of the visa. In case you fall under this category, you will be informed from the Embassy accordingly, also with regard to the documents need to be submitted.
Student visas are given to bona fide students to pursue regular studies at recognized institutions in Austria for Study more than 90 days and up to 6 months. The visa is multiple entries and valid for the period of study as approved by the educational institution in Austria.