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A lot has changed in the travel world during the last few years and two of the biggest changes are Brexit and the dreaded C-word. While many of us haven't been travelling as much, it's easy to not realise the rules have changed for travellers from the UK to enter Europe. There are now 26 countries which make up The Schengen Area and the rest is the European Union, which means UK travellers will require different visas in order to travel freely. Citizens of the 26 countries which have signed The Schengen Agreement can move freely between these 26 countries, which include Austria, Poland, Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal and many more.
Currently, UK passport holders can travel within EU countries, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. However, if you wish to stay longer within The Schengen Area, you will need to apply for a visa or exemption. For residents of many other non-EU countries, you may automatically need to apply for a visa in order to get the same 90 days. It is always best to check your government website for the latest up-to-date information regarding visas, travel and health advice before you travel.
Why visit Austria?
Austria is a true jewel in the crown of Europe. I visited a few summers ago and spent weeks road tripping, camping, climbing mountains and swimming in the lakes. It was stunning and there's a certain shade of blue that will always remind me of those sunny days. There is so much to see in Austria, from the incredible mountains and ski slopes, to castles, lakes and the beauty of Vienna.
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Applying for a Schengen Visa for Austria:
What do you need when applying for a Schengen Visa for Austria?
You will need to prove your eligibility when applying for a tourist Schengen visa for Austria, you can do so by providing the following documentation:
- Schengen visa application form
- Passport, or similar travel document, valid for at least three months
- Two passport size photos taken within the last three months
- Travel Insurance with a minimum €30,000 coverage of medical emergencies
- An invitation letter that explains the purpose of your trip
- Itinerary specifying entry and exit dates from Austria, and if applicable, flight numbers
- Hotel reservations, or similar proof of accommodation
- Proof of sufficient funds for the duration of your stay in Austria
- Proof of marital status, such as certificates
Once your application is completed and signed, you will need to contact your embassy to make an appointment.
Processing your Schengen Visa for Austria:
Things to know before applying
There are many factors to take into account when applying for the Schengen visa for Austria. These may impact how and when you choose to apply. You will be required to pay the visa processing fees. Some Austrian embassies will also require proof of employment and bank statements if you lack the funds to apply for your visa. You might even be asked for a travel Itinerary, describing the nature and duration of your trip.You cannot apply for your Schengen visa more than three months before your arrival date. Also, you must have your visa three weeks before you are due to arrive in Austria.
Visa applications can be filed at the embassy or consulate of the country you arrive in within the Schengen Area. Or you can do this in the country where you plan to spend the most time. Once your visa has been processed and granted, you will be able to stay and travel within the Schengen Area for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period. If you are thinking about applying, you can find more information here: How to apply for a Schengen visa going to Austria.
Would you like to visit Austria? Have you been to Austria before? What do you think about changes to visa regulations in Europe after Brexit?