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Will I need an ETIAS to visit Austria?

If you are not a European citizen and the country you are a citizen of has historically enjoyed visa exempt status, such as America and Canada, the ETIAS system will affect you.

You will, from January 2021, be required to apply for an ETIAS travel authorization before you visit Austria.

All ETIAS applications are submitted online. Once the traveler information has been subject to thorough vetting, successful applicants will have their ETIAS attached electronically to their passport usually within minutes of applying.

There will be a fee for every ETIAS issued to an over 18, under 18’s are not charged. Once your ETIAS has been issued, your travel within the ETIAS zone will be valid for 3 years. You will be allowed travel for a period of 90 days out of 180.

Both the United States and Austria share a common goal in promoting global security. The ETIAS visa waiver programme is the latest initiative in fighting terrorism and crime whilst at the same time promoting strong links between member countries and protecting all travelers to Europe.

Austria is a member of both the E.U. and the Schengen zone. The Schengen zone was introduced to give member countries a standard set of immigration and visa requirements and common border controls.

All countries nationals within the Schengen zone have free movement between each other’s countries. This practice is set to continue with the introduction of the ETIAS visa waiver programme.

Countries nationals, who do not at present enjoy visa-free access to the Schengen zone will still need to apply for a Schengen visa.

About Austria

Austria, which is centrally located in Europe, is a landlocked country. The Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Switzerland all border Austria.

Austria, whose capital city is Vienna, has a population of over 8.8 million people and it covers an area of 83,871 km².

The official language is German. Other languages used are Bavarian Austrian, Hungarian, Slovenian and Burgenland Croatian. The main religion in Austria is Christianity.

Famous for its largely mountainous terrain, the majority of the country stands at 500 meters above sea level.

The countryside, lush green pastures, quaint Alpine villages, and beautiful scenery are enjoyed by tourists, photographers and artists alike.

Cars drive on the right, and it is worth noting that it is against the law in Austria to wear, in public places, any clothing or object that hides the face or makes facial recognition impossible. Motorbike helmets worn whilst riding are excepted.

Alpine sports are a great attraction for visitors. Skiing on the mountainous terrain draws visitors back year after year whilst the opportunity to enjoy ski jumping, bobsleigh and luge are also immensely popular.

During city breaks, travelers enjoy the fine culture experiences and the many architectural wonders of Austria’s cities, including Vienna, Graz, and Salzburg.

Austria at a glance

Capital: Vienna

Timezone: UTC/GMT +1 hour

Languages: German 88.6%, Turkish 2.3%, Serbian 2.2%, Croatian 1.6%, Other 5.3%

Area: 83,858 KM2

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Population: 8,205,000

Calling Code: +43

Travel to Austria

Lovers of gastronomy will be well catered for in Austria as the cuisine reflects the diverse influence the neighboring countries have brought to bear. Where better to try the famous Wiener Schnitzel, Sachertorte, and Apfelstrudel than in the land of its birth?
Enjoy beer festivals with your drink served Bavarian style in a huge glass, typically one liter or even two liters in capacity.

Whilst perhaps more famous in the States, both the candy dispenser Pez, and Red Bull, the best selling energy drink were inventions of Austria.

Vienna is home to the Spanish Riding School of Vienna, famous as a center of excellence for the art of classical dressage. Visitors enjoy watching the magnificent displays of equine grace and agility and the wonderful pomp and grandeur of the classical arena, with both horses and riders wearing traditional tack and costumes.

The Danube river, whilst being an important route in Austria has been immortalized in The Blue Danube by Johann Strauss. Possibly the most famous waltz ever written, to this day there are balls arranged in Vienna, where lovers of the graceful dance gather to enjoy dancing together in sumptuous ballrooms.

Salzburg, famed as the city where Mozart was born, is a popular destination for music lovers. The Salzburg festival, held for five weeks each summer starting in July, is a celebration of music and drama attracting visitors from around the world.

Graz, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a city that was beautified and expanded by nobility for generations. It is a major tourist destination in Austria with grand buildings and diverse architecture.

The US and Austria

Thanks to Austria’s geographical location, enjoying a central position in Europe, many businesses have found it a convenient location for their European business headquarters.

Organisations such as OPEC, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe are all based in Austria.

Business travelers often find it a convenient place from which to base themselves as they travel around Europe.

Austria enjoys membership of both the European Union and World Trade Organization; this membership opens doors for U.S companies of all sizes hoping to export to Europe. There are no significant barriers to market for companies marketing the U.S. made products to the generally affluent Austrian marketplace.

Austria has also exported pharmaceuticals, food products, and specialized industrial machinery to the U.S. The European Union and the U.S. together cover almost half of the world output and a third of all trade and are each other’s top trading partner.

List of US diplomatic offices in Austria

The Embassy of USA in Vienna, Austria

Address: Boltzmanngasse 16 1090 Vienna, Austria
Phone: (+43-1) 31339-0
Fax: (+43-1) 310 06 82
Email: [email protected]
Facts: Trevor D. Traina – Ambassador

Consulate of USA in Vienna, Austria

Address: Parkring 12a 1010 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43-1) 31339-7535
Fax: (+43-1) 512 58 35
Email: [email protected]

The Embassy of Austria in Washington, USA

Address: Embassy of Austria 3524 International Court, NW Washington, D.C., 20008 USA
Phone: 202-895-6700
Fax: 202-895-6750
Email: [email protected]

Consulate of Austria in New York, USA

Address: 31 East 69th Street, NY New York, NY 10021
Phone: (212) 737.6400
Fax: (212) 772.8926
Email: [email protected]

Consulate of Austria in Los Angeles, USA

Address: 11859 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 501 Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: (310) 444.9310
Fax: (310) 477.9897
Email: [email protected]

Consulate of Austria in Miami, USA 

Address: 2445 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, FL, 33022-2480
Phone: (954) 925.1100
Fax: (954) 925.1101
Email: [email protected]


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