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.

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