Austria Visa Requirements for South Africans

Skier jumping on snowy slope on a sunny daySo you’re off to the land of the Sound of Music, majestic mountains, skiing and coffee-drinking and you want to know how to go about getting the Schengen Visa? Here are a few guidelines for South Africans.

Visa Requirements & Application Form:

  • Completed application form
  • South African Passport valid for at least 3 months beyond your date of return with at least 2 fully blank pages
  • Two recent passport-sized colour photographs (specify to your reputable photographer it is for a Schengen visa)
  • Copy of paid-for return ticket from South Africa to Austria
  • Proof of foreign exchange purchased or suitably high credit card limit shown on a statement (R600 per day if you have pre-paid accommodation)
  • Proof of prepaid accommodation – special requirements exist if you’re applying to stay with someone in Austria, enquire directly with the consulate for these
  • Travel insurance covering medical and repatriation costs up to €30,000
  • Proof of employment/full-time study (eg letter from employer/educational institution stating you are taking leave and when you are expected back)

Cost of Austrian Visa:

  • Cost is €60 per adult
  • Amount is payable in Rands, cash to the consulate, check with consulate for current exchange rate (tip: take more than enough money if unsure of the exchange rate, in small notes, this will make it easier if the embassy does not have change)

Where and how to apply:

  • All applicants must apply in person at the embassy in Pretoria:  1109 Duncan Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria
  • Appointments must be made by phone by calling: 087 940 3471, you will be required to pay a fee of €13.58 by credit card over the phone, or you can prepurchase a PIN from Pick `n Pay for €17.44 (in Rands) which you will enter on the phone. This call will allow you to query further info required and schedule an appointment with a consultant.

This information was correct at time of publishing but we always advise that you check all the visa requirements on the consulate’s website before purchasing flights and again before applying for the visa.

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Our Readers Comments

  1. Good day. My name is Hans Otter. I live in Cape Town, South Africa. My grandfather was born in Austria, so someone told me that if i use his birthday certificate or something like that, i could qualify for a visa to Austria. If not, could someone help me with a student visa and all the requirements for that visa. I am going to grade 11 next year, so I have to start planning.
    Thank you very much

    • Hi Hans,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      For this you would need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency.

      They will be able to answer your visa query with regards to your grandfather being Austrian. If a visa is required they will advise on the correct procedures to follow when applying for a visa and what documents you would need as well as the cost.

      Austrian Embassy (Pretoria)
      Switchboard : 012 452 9155

      VFS: Austrian Visa Application Centre
      Telephone No : 012 425 3001

  2. Hi All,

    I would like to immigrate to Austria with my whole Family from South Africa. My question to you all is this, How does one go about to do this? What all do we need as a Family? What are the costs involved? What other options are open to us to leave South Africa due to the Political turmoil that’s happening here right now? I have many questions, so if anyone can help or direct me in the right direction, that would be greatly appreciated, thank you,

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid we do not specialise with visa related queries when one is wanting to immigrate overseas. For this you will need to contact the Embassy direct.

      They will be able to advise you on the correct procedures to follow: what documentation will be required from the company who will be employing you there, what all documents you would need, the correct procedures to follow as well as the cost involved.

  3. Hi all.
    I am in Saudi and want to apply for a visa for myself. My girlfriend is in UAE, I don’t think it should be a problem for her to apply.
    All documentation not an issue and the company has Holiday packages. Only need flights and visas.
    Please if someone is kind to enough to point me in the right direction. I might want to surprise her, so if possible to organise a visa without her knowing then even better.

    • Hi Ryan,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Best you contact the Embassy or official visa handling agency direct of the country you are wanting to apply for a visa. They will be able to give the most up to date information.

  4. fenix I need help if u can I’m from somali I have south african refuge passport and I want go austria to stay long so can I get visa to go there thanks please answer

    • Hi Ali,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid we do not process the visa it is up to the Austrian consulate if they will grant a visa or not to the person applying.

      You will need to have all the relevant documentation when applying. You welcome to contact the Embassy or official visa handling agency direct who specialize in this, they will be able to advise on the correct procedure to follow and what all requirements are needed when applying.

  5. I am married to an Austrian man, married in South Africa 18 years ago. Would like to know more info regards applying for an Austrian passport. My husband became disabled 2years ago and now we would like to live in Austria permanently.
    Thank you Kindly in Advance.
    Louisa and Harald Grun

    • Hi Louisa,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid we don’t specilize in that area. For this you would need to contact the Embassy with regards to applying for an Austrian passport they will be able to answer any queries you might have and advise on the correct procedures to follow and what documents are required.

  6. I want to apply for a visa to stay in Austria with a friend who is doing music and i have got aZimbabwean Passport with a relative permit that expires next year and im currently staying in South africa with my mother. Can i still apply for an austrian visa while in south africa?

    • Hi Naomi,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the visa requirements for Zimbabwean passport holders as we specialise in South African travellers.

      You will need to contact the Austrian Embassy direct and they should be able to answer any questions you might have and where to apply.

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    • Hi Prosper,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      You will need to find a company in Austria that will employ you and they will need to assist you with your work permit.

      Best of Luck!

  9. Does it matter what travel insurance you have? I was told that the Austrian Embassy only accepts one specific type. Please clarify.

    • Hi Chris,

      Thanks for this interesting question.

      To my knowledge it does matter what Travel Insurance one takes out when applying for a Schegen visa.

      The travel medical insurance policy is to be secured, covering any medical emergency with hospital care and travel back to ones native country due to medical motives. This health insurance policy has to cover expenses up to 30,000 euros, the sum depending on the residing days, and also it has to be valid in all Schengen countries.

      One must also purchase the Travel Health Insurance Policy before applying for your visa and if your visa is refused, you could cancel it, as long as you cancel within the required time.

      At Travelstart we offer Travel Insurance through Regent, which the Embassy’s do accept.

      I would also suggest you contact the Austrian Embassy as they would be able to give you the most up to date information. As this could change at anytime.

      Their contact details:

      Austrian Embassy Pretoria

      Address: 97 Charles Street, Pretoria, 0011
      Phone:012 452 9155

      Best of Luck!

  10. My husband & I visited Germany just more than a year ago on a Schengen Visa issued by the German embassy. We plan to visit Austria now & will fly to Munchen & then connect by train to Salzburg in Austria. Do we have to go down to Cape Town for our ‘Visa Interview’ again, ( we are 6 hrs away on the Garden Route), or will the data we provided for our last visa still be able to be used for this latest application? As we will be spending the bulk of our time in Austria we were told that we needed an Austrian & not a German Schengen Visa. Please help. Thanking you in anticipation.

    • Hi Mrs Kruger,

      Great to hear from you.

      The country where you are spending the most time in, is the one who will need to be granting you the Schengen Visa.

      Every consulate has different rules and regulations. Some make acceptations that if you live a certain distance away you do not have to apply in person, others you might need to. For the most up to date information I suggest you contact the Austrian Consulate direct and they will be able to advise accordingly.

      Austrian Consulate General in Cape Town

      Protea Hotel Sea Point
      Arthur’s Road, Sea Point 8005
      Telephone (+27) 21 430 5133

      Enjoy your time in Austria, beautiful country 🙂

  11. Hi
    Where in Cape Town can I apply for a holiday visa to Vienna ,Austria?

  12. if you have non citizen passbord what can i do

  13. I’m planning to visit my son in the UK during Dec/Jan, I must have a UK Visa. While there I also want to visit my niece in Switzerland and my Aunt in Austria (will travel with my son and he will buy tickets(in pounds) which is cheaper, not sure of the traveling dates) What is the procedure then for a Schengen Visa, without the prior and requested documentation?

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