If you’re planning another European getaway, be sure to include Austria on your list. This country is renowned for its snowy mountains and is the birthplace of a renowned composer.
For Philippine passport holders, obtaining a tourist visa is necessary to visit this Central European country, particularly a Visa C for short stays.
Tourist Visa Application for Filipinos
Filipinos aiming to visit Austria for up to 90 days must secure a tourist visa in advance. If you’re applying from Qatar, the German Embassy handles Schengen visa applications. The application process is facilitated through VFS Global.
Requirements for Visa Application
To visit Austria for a duration of up to 90 days, a Schengen visa is mandatory. The following documents are required:
- Completed application form
- 2 passport photos
- Declaration form
- Qatar ID (or any proof of legal residency)
- Airline tickets
- Travel or Medical Insurance
- Hotel booking: Proof of confirmed booking
- Employment letter or invitation letter from sponsor
- Documents demonstrating the applicant’s financial capability to support the trip. You must at least show a budget of about €100 a day because that’s how much tourists spend.
Provide accurate and truthful information in your application. Otherwise, your application might get denied. False information could lead to a ban from entering other Schengen states. Additionally, remember that all documents should be in English, German, or French. If a document is in another language, it must be translated.
Procedure for Visa Application
You will course your tourist visa application through VFS Global. Follow this step-by-step guide:
- Step 1. Prepare the required documents
- Step 2. Schedule an appointment with VFS Global using their online booking system
- Step 3. Submit your documents to VFS Global on your designated date
- Step 4. Allow for the visa processing time. Please note that the processing period can range from 15 to 45 days
Visa Application Fee
The visa application fee is €80, payable in cash or by debit card. It’s important to note that the fee is non-refundable, even in cases where your application doesn’t progress.
Address and Contact Details of the Austrian Embassy in Qatar
- Address: Palm Tower B, Level 33, West Bay. Doha
- Telephone Number: +974 403 373 00/ 403 373 01/ 403 373 02 (Consular inquiries available from 9 AM to 2 PM)
- Email Address: email@example.com
Map of the Austrian Embassy
Video on Tourist Visa Application
In this video by Han & Kay, you will learn about the procedure for obtaining a tourist visa for Vienna. While the guide is tailored to Filipinos in the Philippines, you can still gain valuable insights applicable to your own visa application.
You can watch the full video here:
Disclaimer: The information posted here is based on personal experiences that the OFW shared in the video. Please let this post serve as a guide only. If you have specific questions, you may ask the OFW by commenting on their video or on their social media accounts.
Getting to Austria from Qatar
When planning your trip, it’s essential to seek out the most affordable rates and consistent flight schedules. Leading airlines connecting Qatar and Austria include Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, and Egypt Air. Most flights depart in the morning, and on average, airfares start at $252.
Popular Destinations in Austria
Austria is an ideal destination for music enthusiasts. Notably, it is the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the backdrop for the iconic musical “The Sound of Music.” Even if you aren’t a music aficionado, there are numerous reasons to explore this country.
Vienna, the capital and largest city of Austria, offers much to explore, particularly for history, architecture, and music enthusiasts. The Schonbrunn Palace, once the residence of the House of Habsburg, is a must-visit. The palace complex also features ruins that echo the grandeur of its former royal inhabitants.
Coffee lovers can indulge in Viennese coffee at the city’s coffee houses, where the tradition originated.
If you cherished “The Sound of Music,” a trip to Salzburg, the filming location, promises delight. It’s also the birthplace of Mozart, providing an opportunity to visit his childhood home.
You can start by going to the Old Town. There, you can see old merchant homes and other medieval houses. You should also know that this is a UNESCO Heritage site.
There is also the Salzburg Cathedral, built in 1657. It is also the church where Mozart was baptized. The attraction to look for are the burial vaults and artifacts.
For a glimpse of the Austrian Alps, Innsbruck is a must-visit destination. Cable cars offer breathtaking views of the city from different vantage points. The Hungerburg Funicular is an affordable means to reach Hermann Buhl Square.
Do’s and Don’ts When Visiting Austria
To enjoy your Austrian getaway, it is important to know some acceptable practices. By understanding the norms and culture, you’ll connect more easily with the locals during your tour.
Always be punctual; being on time is essential. Avoid keeping appointments waiting or canceling at the last minute to make a positive impression.
Respect personal space; avoid invading the personal space of the locals and honor their need for distance.
Prioritize respecting locals’ privacy, including knocking on doors before entering households.
Be sensitive when discussing topics such as World War II and the Holocaust. The locals might find these subjects sensitive, so approach with caution.
Don’t refer to Austrians as Germans; while they both hail from Europe, Austrians prefer accurate classification.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- What is the rejection rate for Austrian tourist visas?
The rejection rate is approximately 6%, given that Austria boasts a high visa application approval rate.
- My passport is about to expire. Can I still get a tourist visa?
No, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months and remain so for a minimum of 3 months from your departure date.
- Is travel insurance really necessary?
Yes, travel insurance is a requirement for visa approval. To secure the best insurance coverage, compare providers to find the optimal rate.
For Filipinos planning to visit Austria, they need to get a tourist visa first. For those applying from Qatar, you need to course your application with the German Embassy and through VFS Global. Once you have the necessary documents, you can request an appointment. On your appointed date, you can submit the requirements and pay the application fee.