If you are planning to visit Austria for a vacation or sightseeing, then you will need an Austria visit visa. If your duration of stay is not going to be more than 90 days, then you will have to apply for the Schengen Short Stay Visa also known as a C-type visa.
You would need to get any one of the following Schengen Visas for Austria:
You would need the following for an Austrian Schengen Visa application:
If you are employed, you should provide proof of employment and your income tax records. If you are self-employed, you will have to provide details of your business and income tax records.
The required documents specific to Austian visitor visa are:
Step 1: Choose the right visa for you.
Step 2: Book a prior appointment for submission of application.
Step 3: Submit documents at the visa application center.
Step 4: Collect your passport.
You will need to fill out the Schengen Visa application form and include the following documents: two recent passport-style images, a passport or other travel documents less than 10 years old and valid for at least three months after the date of your departure from the Schengen region. You will also need travel and medical insurance to cover up to €30,000 in expenses.
You should have a flight itinerary and proof of accommodation during your stay, proof of your civil status, such as a marriage certificate, and proof that you have means of subsistence during your stay, you should have a cover letter specifying your itinerary and the intent of your visit.
Usually, the processing time for Type C visas is about 15 to 20 days.
When there are many applications being processed simultaneously, the processing time can go up to 30 days as well.
In exceptional cases, even 60 days might be needed for processing.
The processing period can be extended to 30 days because of the number of applications received by the Austrian embassy/consulate or the uniqueness of your situation.
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A tourist visa is for those visiting Austria either for tourism or any other non-business related reason. A visitor visa, on the other hand, is for those visiting friends or family in Austria. Do keep in mind that if you plan on going to Austria on a visitor visa, the person who has invited you will have to provide a guarantee on your behalf.
Visitors will, however, need a letter of reference from a friend or family member staying in Austria. In addition, at the time of the visa application process, they would need to present the reference letter.
A short-stay visa, Schengen visa allows the visa holder to travel to any of the members of the Schengen Area for a 90 days period per stay for business or tourism.
Schengen Area includes 26 countries in Europe. You are not free to apply for the Schengen visa for any country, you must apply in the mission or embassy of the country where you are planning to stay for the longest duration.