About this visa
Experience the most beautiful four seasons while spending a year working and traveling in Austria. This visa gives young travelers the chance to work up in the snowy mountains during Winter and enjoy the amazing hikes and lakes during the Summer.
On 6th May Austria has reopened their borders if you can prove you are COVID-19 negative on arrival.
On arrival you must pay 190EUR to take a corona virus test. If this test is positive you can visit Austria, if negative you must self-isolate for 14 days.
Austria has made Working Holiday visa agreements with the following 9 participating countries:
If you are a Citizen of Austria and are considering a Working Holiday experience in one of the participating countries above, contact the Embassy of the country in question for more information.
With this visa you can
This visa allows you to:
- live in Austria for up to one year (6 months if you are a resident of New Zealand or Israel)
- work in Austria while travelling
- study/participate in a course
- leave and re-enter Austria any number of times while the visa is valid
Things to note
- You must remember to apply for a registration certificate (Anmeldebescheinigung) at the local council office (Magistratische Bezirksamt) before applying for your Working Holiday visa. A map of local council offices in Austria can be found within the Resources section below.
In order to apply for the Working Holiday visa you must:
- be at least 18 and not more than 30 years old, both inclusive at the time of application
- complete application form for a National Visa (visa D)
- attach one biometric passport photograph according to ICAO regulations
- hold a return ticket or show sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket
- provide proof of sufficient financial
- have health insurance for the entire period of your stay
- A “Letter of Australian government support” must be obtained from the Department of Home Affairs. There is no charge for this service.
Note: The visa conditions outlined above are subject to change without notice.
How to apply
- Normal processing time: 2-3 weeks
- Visa fee: 100 EUR (No visa fees if you are from Japan)
Applying from your home country
Young travelers aged between 18 and 30 years of age (at the time of application) may generally submit their application for an Austrian Working Holiday visa to the Austrian Embassy in their respective countries. Some countries have different criteria.
Australians must apply via VFS Australia who accept visa applications on behalf of the Austrian immigration department.
Applying from Europe
If you are currently in the EU Schengen region (including Switzerland) as part of your lawful stay you can apply for your Working Holiday visa in the following Consulates and Embassies:
- Germany: Austrian Consulate General in Munich
- Slovenia: Austrian Embassy in Ljubljana
- Bratislava: Austrian Embassy in Pressburg
- United Kingdom: Austrian Embassy in London
Here are additional links and resources related to the Working Holiday visa in Austria. All resources are in English unless otherwise stated.
Local council offices in Austria (Magistratische Bezirksamt)
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