The ETIAS Austria visa for U.S. citizens
The United States will be one of the countries whose citizens have to present an approved ETIAS visa upon entry in Austria. ETIAS permit can be obtained online, by filling out the ETIAS application form online and receiving your permit via e-mail once the application is approved. This ETIAS visa will allow U.S. citizens to enter Austria for tourism, work, transit, or medical purposes, as long as the duration of the trip is no more than 90 days, and it will be valid for multiple trips made via air, sea, or land. Moreover, minors and people over 70 years of age will be able to apply for this visa free of charge.
What is ETIAS Austria for Americans?
ETIAS permit will come into force in November 2023, as part of a European Commission program aimed at strengthening European borders and keeping a digital track on all people entering Schengen Area. Following some terrorist attacks that affected some European countries, this program was already approved in 2016.
How does ETIAS Austria work for Americans
Starting from 2023 American citizens must be in possession of an ETIAS visa before travelling to Austria. If the trip has a duration longer than 90 days or has other reasons than those required for ETIAS permit, they will have to obtain a full visitor Schengen visa at the embassy or consulate of Austria, respecting requirements and timing for the permit they are applying for.
Once issued, ETIAS will be valid for 3 years, and it will allow to travel multiple times in Austria and other Schengen Area countries, as long as each trip is shorter than 90 days. To make sure you get your approved ETIAS permit in time for your trip, it is recommended to apply for the permit at least 4 days before the departure date. If the ETIAS permit is denied, you can still apply for a full visitor Schengen visa at the embassy or consulate of Austria or present an appeal to the country that denied ETIAS permit.
ETIAS destination countries for Americans
Starting from 2023 ETIAS visa will come into force for American citizens in order to travel to the following countries:
- Czech Republic
- San Marino
At the moment, U.S. citizens are not required to obtain ETIAS permit to travel to Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, and Romania, since these countries are currently not Schengen Area members. However, these countries may enter the Schengen Area in the future, so please keep updated with the permit requirements.
ETIAS visa requirements in Austria and how to apply
To apply for ETIAS Austria visa, you will need to be a U.S. citizen and hold a valid electronic passport issued by the United States of America. If you are not entitled to an U.S. passport, you will have to apply for a Schengen permit. The ETIAS permit application can be completed online, entering all necessary information by following the required steps, and making sure all the data is entered correctly. Once the application form is completed, all citizens between 18 and 70 years old will also have to pay a fee of 7 euros, using a credit or debit card. Typically, most ETIAS permits are issued within few minutes, or at most in a few hours, and the approved ETIAS will be sent via e-mail as a PDF file.
How much does ETIAS Austria visa cost
After completing the application form, all American citizens between 18 and 70 years of age must pay a 7 euros fee, using a credit or debit card. Americans under 18 and over 70 years of age are entitled to apply for the ETIAS Austria visa free of charge.
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
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)
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.
FAQ about Etias Austria
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
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
The Embassy of Austria in Washington, USA
Address: Embassy of Austria 3524 International Court, NW Washington, D.C., 20008 USA
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
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
Consulate of Austria in Miami, USA
Address: 2445 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, FL, 33022-2480
Phone: (954) 925.1100
Fax: (954) 925.1101