Who does not need a visa
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. 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.
Please find the list of countries, whose nationals are visa-free according to Appendix 2, Council Regulation (EC) No 539/2001 of 15 March 2001 (non-committal information!) on the website of the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs/General Information.
In case of doubt, please contact the Austrian Consulate or Embassy well in advance.
Who needs a visa
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. The Schengen visa entitles the visa holder to enter into and stay in the territory of the Schengen states.
Schengen states are the following ones: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
It is the sole responsibility of the delegate to take care of his/her visa requirements. Please check passport and visa requirements in due time before your departure. Delegates who require an entry visa must allow sufficient time for the application procedure. Delegates should contact the nearest Austrian embassy or consulate to determine the appropriate timing of their visa applications.
On request, the congress bureau will be pleased to send letters of invitation to individual participants. During the online registration process you will have the possibility to request a visa invitation letter. We will then contact you for further information.
Invitations of this kind are intended to assist potential delegates to obtain visas. They do not imply any commitment or responsibility on behalf of the Congress to provide financial support. Please note that letters of invitation can only be sent after receipt of registration and payment of full registration fee.
The registration fee minus a handling fee of 30€ will be refunded after the congress if the visa was applied for in time and proof is shown that a visa could not be granted even though all requested documents were submitted. Refund requests must be made in writing and sent to the congress bureau by email, no later than September 15, 2016, after which requests for such refunds cannot be taken into consideration.
For further information on visa regulations and Schengen Visa (Competence, Fees, Required Documents and Application) please visit the website of the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs.