Here you can find some very important information about entering and staying in Austria or in the Schengen area.
Who does not need a visa
Citizens of all countries of the European Union, Switzerland, Croatia, Israel, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, most of the countries of North and South America, and some other countries do not need a visa; only a valid passport is required to enter Austria. In case of doubt please contact the Austrian Consulate or Embassy well in advance before departure.
Who needs a visa
Travellers requiring a visa can travel freely throughout the Schengen zone for three months with a Schengen visa issued by any Schengen country. Obtaining a visa entitling you to visit one Schengen country automatically entitles you to travel to and from all the other Schengen countries, too. Further information about visa regulations and Schengen visas can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs.
Current member countries of the Schengen treaty are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland*, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein*, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway*, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland*.
* non-EU members
A detailed list with entry requirements for citizens of all countries who do need a visa including contact details of the respective the Austrian Consulate or Embassy can be provided by the Vienna Convention Bureau.
Letter of invitation
A letter of invitation is provided for the conference. Such a letter may be needed to obtain a visa or permission to attend the meeting.
If you require an invitation letter please contact the Organizers via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). The letter will be provided by email in PDF format or, upon request, by regular post service.
Please note that letters of invitation will only be issued to:
- Committee Members
- Attendees who have paid their registration fee in full and are not from one of the countries embargoed by the Schengen Area Legislation.
Please note that the invitation letter does not guarantee that you will receive a visa.
Since it does require time to process, we suggest that you allocate as much lead time as possible to submit your letter request and process your visa application.