Nationals of EU member states, the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland do not require a visa for entering the Republic of Austria. All other nationals require a visa in order to enter the Schengen Area or the Austrian territory. For stays of up to 90 days per 180 days these individuals require a Schengen visa, given that they do not take up employment.
Both information regarding special rules applicable for Family members of EU/EEA nationals and the Visainformationsystem (VIS) can be found on the homepage of the European Commission.

Nationals of countries which signed bilateral or multilateral agreements on the abolition of visa requirement, are visa-free if they stay in Austria for a maximum period of 90 days and do not take up employment.  
Since 5 April 2010, the Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and the Council of 13 July 2009 establishing a Community Code on Visas (Visa Code) is a directly applicable European legal basis for the issuance of visas for transit through the Schengen Area or for short-term stays in the Schengen Area of up to 90 days per 180 days.

The Visa Code regulates the procedures for the issuance of visas, which need to be verified by the representation in the course of the visa process. The competent representation decides on each application individually, with due regard to the circumstances of the particular case.

There is no legal entitlement to the issuance of a Schengen visa. The following prerequisites for issuing a visa need to be verified by the representation:

  1. Credibility and traceability of the travel purpose to Austria

  2. Funding of living and travel expenses of one’s own income or assets

  3. Willingness of the holder of the visa to leave the Schengen Area prior to the expiration of the validity of the visa

  4. Submission of a travel medical insurance with a limit of liability of at least 30.000 Euro and which is valid for the entire Schengen Area and throughout the stay

Visa and entry requirements
For more information on entry and visa regulations, visit the official website of the Austrian Foreign Ministry.

Embassies and consulates
The Vienna Tourist Board has a list of embassies for different countries:

AMEE Letter of Invitation


If you need AMEE to supply a letter of invitation to support your visa application this can be requested during online registration.  The letter of invitation will be sent to you by email. 

Please Note:

  • Before a letter of invitation can be issued, you should formally register for the conference.
  • Additional copy, hard copy and Accompanying Guest letter requests will incur an administration fee.
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