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Step-by-step guide

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  • Identify visa type

    Choose the right visa for your trip

    The first step is to determine which visa type you need, and check whether you’re eligible to apply for it.

    All applicants must fully comply with relevant documentation required and must comply with the guidelines for each application applicable for your respective visa categories. Incomplete applications may not be accepted.

    All applications have to be made in person by the applicant due to the biometric enrolment process.

    You’ll also need to know the documents that you’ll have to submit along with your application, how long the application might take and fees you’ll have to pay. You may submit your visa application at the nearest VFS Global Austria Visa Application Centre. Those applying for short-stay Schengen visas (for business, tourism, leisure) are advised to submit their application at the Austria Visa Application Centre.

    If your documents are not in English, you may need to get translations prepared before applying.

    The convention implementing the Schengen Agreement came into force on 26 March 1995. The Schengen countries require visitors to obtain a common visa, which permits entry into the Area. The Schengen countries have reached agreements with each other on entry requirements and a common Visa Application Form.

  • Begin your application

    Get started with your visa application

    Once you are ready to apply, go to the Embassy of Austria website to apply for your visa online or click for more information on Short Term Visa

    You can also download the visa application form, complete it, print the completed form, and bring it with you to the Visa Application Centre for submission along with the Appointment letter and the required relevant documentation as per the checklist.

  • Book an appointment

    Choose a Visa Application Centre and make an appointment

    Applications for short stay visas are accepted at the Visa Application Centre through prior appointments. Once you’ve booked your appointment, a secure payment of AED 91.41 must be made via a Debit or credit card on the website, for an immediate appointment confirmation (all applicable taxes included), you’ll receive an appointment confirmation email along with the letter of appointment. Please carry a print of your Appointment Letter when you visit the Visa Application Centre for your appointment.

    Please click here to book an appointment.

    If you are part of a family or group, you’ll have to book individual appointments for each member of the family or group.

    If you want to change your appointment, please remember to cancel your original appointment. Appointments scheduled under one Application Centre cannot be transferred or changed to another Application Centre. For example, an appointment for Abu Dhabi cannot be transferred or changed to Dubai and vice versa. The fees once paid cannot be transferred or refunded. A fresh appointment and a new service charge will be applicable.

    If the payment is unsuccessful, a new appointment can be scheduled only after 1 hour.

    In case you face any issues while scheduling your appointment, email us at info.austriauae@vfshelpline.com or call us at +971 4 2055606 for further assistance.

    The following details are required for appointment booking:

    • Name
    • Passport Number
    • Contact Number

    PLEASE NOTE:

    • If you book an appointment between Sunday to Thursday from 08:00 to 09:00 and 15:00 to 16:00, it will be considered as Prime Time, and will be charged a fee of AED 189 (all applicable taxes included) for each applicant in addition to the visa and service fees.

    Rescheduling an appointment:

    You are allowed to reschedule your appointment twice and up to 2 working days prior to your scheduled date. Further change in date will be considered as a fresh appointment and a new service charge will be applicable.

    Cancelling an appointment:

    If you wish to cancel your appointment, the service charges cannot be refunded. Appointments can be cancelled only 2 days prior to the scheduled date.

    In order to make a new appointment and a service charge payment will be applicable.

    Terms and conditions

    The service charges are non-refundable in the following situations and a new appointment will have to be scheduled:
    • If you miss your appointment on the scheduled date
    • If you are delayed for your appointment and cannot be accommodated on the same day
    • If your application is incomplete as per the guidelines and the application cannot be accepted
    • If you are unable to proceed with your appointment as you have selected the Visa Application Centre location incorrectly.
    • If you decide not to proceed with the application
    • If you cancel your appointment

    B. For Long Stay (Stay more than 90 days)

    Prior appointments are required in order to submit Long term visa applications at the Austrian Embassy in UAE.

  • Pay your fees

    Find out the amount you need to pay

    Once you have made your application, you will need to pay your visa application fee. If you are applying online for your visa, your payment will be made as part of this process. If you download the form to print and bring to the Visa Application Centre, payment can be made at the time of your appointment.

    You'll have to make a secure payment via a credit card on the website, for an immediate appointment confirmation (all applicable taxes included).

    The visa fees and any optional additional service fee must be paid in cash/card at the Visa Application Centre at the time of application submission.

    The service charges are non-refundable in the following situations and a new appointment will have to be scheduled:

    • If you miss your appointment on the scheduled date
    • If you are delayed for your appointment and cannot be accommodated on the same day
    • If your application is incomplete as per the guidelines and the application cannot be accepted
    • If you are unable to proceed with your appointment s you have selected the Visa Application Centre location incorrectly
    • If you decide not to proceed with the application
    • If you cancel your appointment
  • Visit a Visa Application Centre

    Attend your scheduled appointment

    You’ll have to submit your complete visa application form at the Visa Application Centre in person.

    Find out What happens at the Visa Application Centre.

  • Track your application

    Stay informed about the progress of your application

    You will receive an email update when your decision has been returned to the Visa Application Centre. If you can’t access email easily, or would like more detailed tracking information, you may also be able to get updates by SMS sent directly to your phone. Check whether this service is available at the Visa Application Centre you are visiting.

    You can also track your visa application status online.  Use the Reference Number present on the invoice/receipt issued by the Visa Application Centre along with your last name to access this service.

  • Collect your passport

    Receive your passport from the Visa Application Centre

    After a visa application decision has been made, you can pick up your documents from the Visa Application Centre or have your documents returned to you by courier for an additional fee. For some Visa Application Centres your documents will only be returned via courier.

    Collecting your documents in person: bring the receipt issued by the Visa Application Centre and a form of Government identification. If permitted you may be able to send a representative to collect your documents; they will need to present a letter of authorisation signed by you, bring the receipt issued to you by the Visa Application Centre and their Government identification. 

    Please check with the Visa Application Centre at time of your appointment for the options available to collect your documents.

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