Tourists from all over the world travel to Austria to explore its charming mountain villages and Alpine landscapes as well as the culture-rich capital Vienna, home to magnificent imperial palaces and theatres and residence of some of history’s greatest minds including Mozart, Freud, and Strauss.
Canadian travelers don’t need a visa in order to travel to Austria. In fact, Canada is one of the 62 countries whose citizens are eligible to obtain an ETIAS visa waiver to Austria before traveling.
The ETIAS visa waiver is not a visa but rather a travel authorization implemented by Schengen countries to strengthen border security and streamline document checks. An ETIAS for Austria will allow visitors to spend up to 90 days within a 180-day period in the Schengen territory.
How Can Canadians Apply for ETIAS to Visit Austria?
The ETIAS for Austria application process was designed to be quick and straightforward and can be completed entirely online.
The applicant will need to fill in the application form in all of its parts as accurately as possible. Questions range from personal and contact information to health conditions and travel plans. Incomplete or incorrect information may result in the application being delayed or even denied.
The traveler will need to meet the ETIAS requirements for Canadian citizens which include relevant documents such as a valid Canadian passport. They will also need to have a credit or debit card at hand in order to pay the ETIAS application fee and provide an active email address to receive communications regarding their ETIAS application.
Traveling to Austria from Canada with an ETIAS Authorization
Once the application is completed and submitted correctly online, the applicant will receive the ETIAS travel authorization via email. The ETIAS visa waiver does not guarantee entry: the traveler will need to show the ETIAS authorization together with their valid Canadian passport to the border authorities in Austria, who will then grant them entry into the territory.
The ETIAS visa waiver is not only valid for Austria but for all of the Schengen countries. This means that as long as they comply with the ETIAS conditions and their ETIAS is valid, the traveler will be able to visit as many countries as they wish within the Schengen territory.
Basic Information about Austria
Austria is a Central European country. The official language is German but Hungarian, Slovene, and Croatian are also widely spoken.
The Austrian climate is temperate, with variations across the country and especially between valleys and highlands. Winters can be severe and the temperatures rise significantly during the summer, with the southeastern part of the country experiencing a near-Mediterranean weather. April and November tend to be the wettest months and abundant precipitation result in a great wealth of flora and fauna.
Passport and Documents Requirements
Applicants must hold a valid Canadian passport in order to be granted an ETIAS visa waiver for Austria. As part of the application process, they will need to enter their passport details including the passport number and expiration date.
The ETIAS visa waiver is electronically connected to the traveler’s passport. This means that although ETIAS travel authorizations are valid for 3 years, they will expire earlier if so does the passport. You also won’t be able to enter the Schengen area using your ETIAS authorization if you show a different passport to the border authorities.
Lovers of both the great outdoors and historical cities will find Austria to be an ideal destination: from winter sports and summer hiking in the Alps to sightseeing in Vienna, there is something for everyone in Austria. In 2007, Austria ranked 9th worldwide for international tourism.
Health Information for Austria
Health standards are very high in Austria as in most of the Schengen territory. Non-EU citizens are not covered by the Austrian national health service so they are recommended to purchase travel insurance that can cover potential medical costs in case of an emergency.
Health advice for international tourists traveling to Austria include:
- In case of a medical emergency, 112 is the number to call to connect with the Austrian ambulance service
- You can drink Austrian tap water
- If you bring medication with you from abroad, make sure that it’s in its original ackage and clearly labeled
- Most people will speak English but it’s advisable to carry an Austrian phrasebook with you if you go to a pharmacy
Canadian Diplomatic Missions in Austria
Here is the address and contact information of the Embassy of Canada in Vienna which also includes a consular section: