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VISA to Austria
South Africa
Documents Required
You will need to complete the Application for Schengen Application Form

To enter Austria, South African passport holders need a valid passport and a visa.


All applicants need to submit their Visa applications in person no longer than three months ahead of their journey and no later than 15 calendar days prior to departure.


Kindly submit your supporting documents, without staples in the documents, in the following order:

1. Passport
2. Application form completed and signed by the applicant, plus one colour photograph
3. Copy of flight reservation
4. Copy of insurance policy (“visa letter”). An insurance can only be accepted if the insurer is either based (registered) in South Africa or in the European Union. The Austrian Embassy Pretoria has the right of admission to not accept an insurance which does not meet the Schengen requirements.
5. Proof of accommodation
6. Invitation letter, copy of host’s passport, police registration (when staying with family/friends in Austria)
7. Employer’s/pension/retirement/university/school letter/self employed (provide CIPRO documents)
8. Copy and original full/unabridged birth certificate (minor children), Parental consent (if needed)
9. Copies of previous Schengen visas (if not in current passport)
10. Bank statements (up to date, recent three months original bank statements of the current account, savings account or investment account can be submitted in addition, stamped by the bank)
11. Copy of biographical data page of passport

You may download the General Schengen requirement here.

NOTE: When travelling with a family, please submit copy of flight reservation and insurance with each application, remaining documents may be submitted with the main application.

South African citizens require a visa to enter the Schengen territory, i.e. Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvian Republic, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland

Before applying please make sure you fulfill all the following requirements.

1. Clearly completed and signed Common Schengen Application Form, (available from Consular Web sites or Consular Offices). Please ensure that question 37 is signed and that applicants aged 14 and above co-sign the application form in all relevant places.

2. R.S.A. passport, which must be valid for a period of at least 3 months beyond the applicant’s last day of stay in the Schengen States. Please ensure that the passport has at least two blank pages to affix visa. Please sign passport if in old format

Please note that Temporary R.S.A. passports will no longer be accepted for traveling to or transit Austria, Germany, Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Denmark or Luxemburg.

Passports for Minors: Please be advised that Denmark does not recognize the new South African passport which is issued to minors below the age of 16 and bears the phrase “too young to sign,” instead of a signature.

If the passport bears the phrase “too young to sign,” instead of the holder’s signature, the validity of the visa will be limited to ALL SCHENGEN COUNTRIES EXCEPT DENMARK.

3. One recent passport sized photograph in colour.

4. Round trip air-ticket with dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from Schengen State. A flight reservation is accepted when applying Please provide a copy for each application.

5. The Visa of the final country of destination (if needed) must be obtained before applying for a Schengen visa.

6. Proof of sufficient funds for duration of stay
Submit original recent three months bank statements of a current account . Savings account or investment statements can be submitted in addition. Internet statements and bank letters will not be accepted. Credit card are acceptable provided that applicants salary goes into the credit card.

7. Travel / Health / Accident Insurance stating that the applicant is covered by a Schengen Travel Medical Insurance, i.e. minimum medical coverage of the Rand equivalent of Euro 30.000 for all medical expenses, including repatriation dead or alive, occurring in any Schengen country.

8. Accommodation:
Confirmed hotel reservation or tour vouchers (copy of the vouchers and originals). Please ensure that all applicants names, address of hotel and check in and out dates are clearly stated.
If you are visiting and staying with friends or family in Austria (without financial sponsorship): Invitation letter confirming your accommodation, copy of the host’s passport, copy of Meldezettel” or “Unterkunftsbestätigung” of your host (proof of residence).
(NOTE: Non-Austrian Citizens must provide additional proof of valid Austrian residence permit (copy) is required.)

If your visit is supported and paid for by a sponsor residing in Austria: electronic affidavit (“elektronische Verpflichtungserklärung” – EVE) which can be obtained by the host from the nearest aliens police (“Fremdenpolizei”) in Austria.

9. For business: the company in Austria or in another Schengen country should provide an invitation letter for the purpose of the trip. If the Austrian company is paying for the trip (accommodation, medical insurance, daily allowance, etc.) it should be confirmed by an affidavit (Generalverpflichtungserklärung or EVE). A letter from employer confirming employment, purpose and duration of the trip. Please note that bank statements are still required

10. If applicant is a student: letter from school/college/university confirming attendance.

11. Parental consent for children under 18: Children travelling alone, must submit an original letter of consent and copies of both parent’s RSA ID, both documents must be certified by a Commissioner of Oath. If the child travels with only one parent, the other parent must produce a letter of consent and a copy of his/her RSA ID. If only one parent has guardianship of the minor, the court documents stating so must be presented.

An unabridged birth certificate must be submitted for all children under 18 irrespective if they are travelling with the parents or not.

12. Administrative costs for processing of visas:
All types of visa (transit and short stay) 60 Euro payable in Rand for adults, 35 Euro for children aged 6 to11 years, kindly have the exact amount ready.

The following categories are exempt from visa fee:
Children under 6 years
School pupils, students, post graduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake trips for the purpose of study or educational training
Researchers from third countries travelling within the Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research
Representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organizations.

The fee for the processing of visa applications for spouses of EU/EEA citizens (EEA: Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein) and their children, under 21, may be waived under certain circumstances. Originals and copies of spouse’s EU/EEA passport, Full Marriage and Full Birth certificates need to be submitted on application. Also provide air ticket which clearly shows that you will be traveling with the EU/EEA passport holder.

Important Note: Additional documents may be requested depending on the individual case.

RSA passport holders: up to 15 calendar days
Foreign passport holders: can take up to several weeks

Visas can only be processed once all supporting documents have been received!

Please note:

  1. Visa applications will be rejected if application forms are not fully completed and signed and are not accompanied by the required documents.
  2. The possession of a visa is only one of the prerequisites for entry into the territory of the Schengen State. Should the Schengen State’s border authority refuse entry, no claim to refund of the visa can be submitted.
  3. The Schengen State’s Consular Offices reserve the right to request further documentation should it be deemed necessary.
  4. For organized groups arrangements should be made well in advance with relevant issuing authority.
  5. There is no guarantee that a visa will be issued and no rights can be derived from the information obtained in the general Schengen visa requirements
  6. Visa processing fees are non-refundable if a visa is rejected.
  7. The border police at your arrival in the Schengen area may request the presentation of sufficient funds, a letter of invitation, hotel reservation and proof of medical insurance. Failure to present said funds/documents may result in entry being refused.
  8. Delays and procedure: It is the responsibility of the applicant to be aware of delays and requirements for the issuance of visas, before making travel arrangements and applying for a visa.
Visa Application

Step 1
Only Short term visas are accepted at the VFS application centre. Please go to the link “All about your Visas” to understand details of Short Stay Visa’s. All applications are processed by VFS.

Step 2
A visa application can be submitted by the Applicant in person only, either to the Austria Visa Application Centre in Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban


The visa fee can be paid in advance and to our bank account before handing in the application or by Credit/Debit Card. Please remember to bring/submit your original deposit slip and please put your passport number as a reference.
  For applications submitted in person at the Visa Application Centre - it is mandatory to Schedule an appointment to submit your Short Stay application. Please click on the link to make an appointment

Step 3
Applications submitted at the Austria Visa Application Centre(s) for processing and thereafter forwarded to the Austria Embassy in Pretoria for decisioning.

Important - Visa applications take up to 15 calendar days to process.

Some applications may require further processing, which could take from 30-60 days.