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Visa Requirements for Austrian Citizens

Visa requirements for Austrian citizens are rules and conditions established in advance by the foreign government that apply when crossing the border.
International travel always requires a little more preparation than exploring your home country.
Several types of visas are usually required. Luckily, the Austrian passport is one of the most powerful passports in Europe today. Austrian citizens have visa-free access to nearly 150 countries, including the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Malaysia and Mexico.
Austrian citizens can also apply for an eVisa to visit many other countries without a regular visa. Currently, around 40 destinations have proposed such facilitation measures for international travel. Forty other countries have implemented visa-on-arrival systems for visiting Austrian citizens. This means that any Austrian passport holder can receive the necessary travel authorization after arriving in their chosen country, immediately upon arrival.
 
However, although Austrians have great freedom of international travel, 30 countries still require a valid embassy visa to be presented by the Austrian passport holder upon arrival.
Of all the visa types available, the eVisa is the easiest to get because the entire process takes place online.
This is why more and more countries are adopting this system and speeding up the entire visa processing process. Many more steps need to be taken before Austrian travelers can actually board a plane.
This article contains all relevant visa information for any Austrian citizens planning to travel abroad.

Electronic visa

An electronic visa or eVisa is simply a simpler alternative to the traditional embassy visa.
The eVisa can be in the form of a single or multiple entry permit and can typically be used for tourism, business or transit purposes.
 
Regardless of the type chosen or the reason for use, eVisa is available online following a quick and intuitive application process.

List of countries offering eVisas for Austrian citizens

  • Angola
  • Australia
  • The Ascension Island
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Benin
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Iran
  • Ivory Coast
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Laos
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Myanmar
  • New Zealand
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Suriname
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
38 countries offer eVisa options for Austrians traveling abroad. You can forget about the hassle and fatigue of having to apply for a visa at the embassy when visiting any of the destinations listed above.
 
Austrian passport holders traveling with an eVisa can stay abroad for varying periods of time. However, it’s usually once every month or three. Each country regulates its own rules and regulations regarding the length of stay allowed.
 
All Austrian citizens should remember that electronic visas are not a visa-free option.
eVisa holders still need to comply with the entry requirements of each country they visit, even if that country is for tourism purposes only. Luckily, the requirements are very minimal and can be easily met.
 
eVisa is best suited for short-term travel for leisure, business or transit-related reasons. This means that all Austrians traveling through this system can go on holiday, visit friends and family, go on business trips or simply stopover abroad, all with an online visa.

Visa on Arrival

A visa on arrival is a visa issued at the airport, seaport or land border of any country for which Austrian citizens do not have a pre-issued visa.
Austrian citizens must fill out an application and provide the necessary identification documents at the port of entry.

List of Visa on Arrival countries for Austrian passport holders

  • Angola
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Benin
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cambodia
  • Comoros
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Iraqi Kurdistan
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Hainan
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • The Maldives
  • Mauritania
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Niue
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Rwanda
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
The above 40 destinations use a visa-on-arrival system that applies to all visiting Austrian citizens.
VoA eliminates the need to visit an embassy and process any travel authorization documents before departure.
However, using the VoA system is still not as traveler-friendly as using eVisas. Applying for a visa on arrival involves several steps. First of all, it is important to check the current entry requirements before you go. Some countries may require applicants to provide additional supporting documents to obtain a visa. Prepare carefully before leaving the country and when returning home, go straight to the nearest border gate.
 
Request a visa application form upon arrival and fill it out carefully to avoid errors in personal and travel-related information. The next step may be optional and requires the traveler to pay a visa fee. It is best to check whether the destination country requires payment of fees.
Please note!
Sometimes customs officials demand payment in cash (local currency).

Finally, Austrian nationals should just wait for their application to be approved. Once a VoA has been granted, its owner may take a short trip for any recreational, professional, or transit-related purposes, including visiting family or friends, taking a peaceful vacation, seeing the local attractions, attending a business conference, or merely travelling.

Do take note! In many ways, eVisas and VoAs are comparable. However, obtaining an electronic visa is significantly simpler. Austrians can travel more easily and without waiting in queues thanks to eVisas.

Finally, Austrian nationals should just wait for their application to be approved. Once a VoA has been granted, its owner may take a short trip for any recreational, professional, or transit-related purposes, including visiting family or friends, taking a peaceful vacation, seeing the local attractions, attending a business conference, or merely travelling.

Do take note! In many ways, eVisas and VoAs are comparable. However, obtaining an electronic visa is significantly simpler. Austrians can travel more easily and without waiting in queues thanks to eVisas.

Embassy visa

Austrian nationals may enter another nation temporarily or permanently with the use of an embassy visa. Austrian nationals should submit their traditional visa application at their own country's embassy.

List of countries that require Austrian passport holders to present a valid Embassy visa upon arrival

  • Abkhazia
  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Artsakh
  • Bhutan
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • The Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • China
  • The Republic of the Congo
  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Cuba
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Iraq
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Mali
  • Mongolia
  • Nauru
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tokelau
  • Turkmenistan
  • Yemen

Austrian nationals must still show a current embassy visa upon arrival in more than 30 countries. This form of visa requires applicants to personally visit the Embassy and takes more time to get.

After completing the necessary paperwork, which includes the following: an Embassy visa is often provided within a few weeks.

  • A valid passport
  • Valid proof of tourist or business purpose
  • A completed application form
  • Passport photos
  • Receipt confirming payment of visa fee

Depending on the nation they are visiting, Austrian nationals may need to bring along additional documentation. When selecting a specific Embassy visa type, the paperwork may also change.

Do take note! There can be other procedures in the Embassy visa application process that must be completed, like a visa interview with a consular official. To obtain current information and make the necessary preparations, applicants are urged to get in touch with the nearest Embassy.

Embassy visas are more difficult to get, but they also offer a wider variety of visa alternatives. An Embassy visa allows Austrians to travel for a specific amount of time in order to work, study, or even live abroad. Its processing period is therefore lengthier than that of VoAs and eVisas.

Visa-free countries

Austrian citizens can enjoy visa-free entry to all of the following countries due to the Austrian and European Union's visa waiver program. Austrian citizens can stay in these countries for a short-term duration without a visa:

List of visa-free countries for Austrian citizens

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • The Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • The Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Eswatini
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guam
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kiribati
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Latvia
  • Lesotho
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Macedonia
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • The Marshall Islands
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Namibia
  • The Netherlands
  • Nicaragua
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Palau
  • Palestinian Territory
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • The Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • The Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Tuvalu
  • Ukraine
  • The United Arab Emirates
  • The United Kingdom
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • The Vatican City
  • Venezuela

All visitors should require is a current passport in order to go to any of the aforementioned locations from Austria. There is no requirement to obtain a visa before traveling or once you are in these nations.

Do take note! Even for visa-free travel, some nations may have additional requirements. When preparing for your next international vacation, it is vital to double-check that you have all the necessary documentation.

All transitory short-term travels for business, pleasure, or transit are ideal candidates for visa-free travel. Austrian passport holders are not need to obtain a visa in order to travel, unwind abroad, and experience new areas and their tourist attractions in more than a hundred different countries.

However, you should also take care of any obligations relating to your job, such as traveling on business, participating in meetings, seminars, or conferences, or even just negotiating new contracts. Austrian citizens transiting via any of the aforementioned nations to travel to another location are likewise eligible for visa-free travel.

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