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Types of Visas

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All types of visas can only be issued by Austrian representation authoritiesGerman text abroad or, in strictly exceptional cases, by some border inspection posts. However, other offices of domestic authorities can never issue visas.

Further information on applying for a visa for third-country nationals can also be found at

Visas can only be extended in the country in clearly defined exceptional cases.

A Visa: Air Transit Visa

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.

However, citizens of some countries require an A visa for passing through an Austrian airfield unless they are exempt. The visa requirements for each country can be found in the list of visa requirements. In general, A visas may not be issued in Austria. No matter what the reason, it is impossible to have a visa issued at the border.

C Visa: Travel Visa

This is the conventional tourist visa. It can be issued for durations of stay up to 90 days (in total) within a period of 180 days and entitles the visa holder to enter into and stay in the territory of the Schengen states.

Schengen states are the following ones: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden as well as the non-EU members Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

D Visa: Residence Visa

D visas entitle to a stay of between 91 days and six months. They are issued primarily for the purpose of courses which do not fall within the scope of residence permits and for filling a gap until a residence permit is granted. In this case, the issuance of the residence permit must be certain at the date of the visa issue and the only barrier must be time.

A (national) D visa that is issued by Austria or another Schengen state in combination with a valid travel document entitles the visa holder to move freely across the other Schengen states' territory for up to 90 days per period of 180 days, provided that the visa applicant fulfils the entry conditions laid down in article 5 (1) (a), (c) and (e) of Regulation (EC) No 562/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 March 2006 establishing a Community Code on the rules governing the movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code) and provided his or her name is not on the national list of alerts of the respective member state.

In general, D visas can only be issued by Austrian representation authorities. A foreign authority in another Schengen state that represents Austria can only issue Schengen visas. If a D visa is required, the visa applicant may apply to an Austrian representation authorityGerman text in a neighbouring state.

For further information, please contact the Federal Ministry of the Interior, department II/3 by phone: 01/531 26-3557 (from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.).
Last update: 01.01.2016
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