Entry & Residence Regulations

The Austrian entry and residence regulations concerning the rights and status of foreigners are strictly enforced. The sections below provide clear guidance with regard to visa, registration and residence permit requirements.

Information for Nationals of EU/EEA Countries and Switzerland
Nationals of the European Union (EU), of the European Economic Area (EEA) Countries, or from Switzerland who fulfill the requirements of sufficient financial means and proof of health insurance valid in Austria do not need a visa, and enjoy freedom of establishment (=Niederlassungsfreiheit). For entry into Austria and residence, they only need a valid travel document (passport or identity card). The travel document must be carried at all times to prove one's entitlement to residence in Austria.

After arriving in Austria nevertheless you are obliged to:

  • to register with the respective authority (Gemeinde) within three days of establishing your residence.
  • to report to the district administratice authorit (Bezirkshauptmannschaft) within four months to receive a confirmation of registration (Anmeldebescheinigung)

For more information please visit: https://www.oead.at/welcome_to_austria

Students of non-EU/EEA Countries and CH
Students of non-EU/EEA Countries and CH (so-called "third country nationals") are required to have an entry or residence permit for entry into and residence in Austria. The type of permit is dependent on the length and purpose of the stay and varies from country to country. Further information as to entry and residence requirements is available at the Austrian representative authority (embassy / consulate).
For further information please check the following websites:

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