Current information on the most common embassies during COVID19

Up-to-date information on the most common embassies in Vienna

27.05.2022
 

Russia:

The processing time varies depending on the type of invitation and visa category.

Please note that not all EU Member States are on the list of Russian authorities for which entry facilitation is already in place. Austria has been part of the entry facilitation list since 21 June 2021. If you do not take a direct flight from Austria, you should check in advance whether the transit country is part of the list for which entry facilitations exist. If not, there may be considerable difficulties when entering Russia and may also result in travellers not allowed to enter Russia.

Furthermore, it is recommended that all persons residing in Austria who are travelling to Russia and who do not have Austrian citizenship are accompanied by your certificate of permanent residence or registration certificate or permanent residence card issued by the Austrian authorities while travelling to Russia in order to avoid problems with border control. A registration note is NOT sufficient!
 
https://austria.mid.ru/de/pressestelle/botschaftsnachrichten/die_ausstellung_von_visa_aller_art_in_der_konsularabteilung_der_botschaft_wird_wieder_aufgenommen_/

China:

A visa is currently issued only with an official PU invitation (by a regional authority in China) and for holders of a valid residence permit for China.

FLIGHTS:

The Chinese Embassy in Vienna announces that Austrian citizens and persons residing in Austria are now only allowed to travel with direct flights to the People’s Republic of China. Fork flights/transit flights/interim landings are no longer allowed.

All details of the changes can be found on the page of the Chinese Embassy in Austria: Notice on Airline Boarding Requirements for Passengers flying from Austria to China (chinaembassy.at)

Nucleic acid and IgM antibody tests

  • fully vaccinated travellers: Within 48 hours prior to departure 2 PCR tests from 2 different laboratories are to be performed to get the release (HDC-QR code) - from one test to the next there should be at least 12 hours
  • unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers: a PCR test and an anibody IgM test shall be performed within 48 hours to obtain approval (HDC QR code)

For ALL travellers from Austria only PCR tests and antibody tests will be accepted by the following laboratories in the future.

LABORATORIES

Please find more information on the website of the Chinese Embassy: http://www.chinaembassy.at/det/news/202201/t20220114_10495704.htm

If you have any further questions, please contact the Chinese Embassy directly: pcrtest.aut@gmail.com


IMPORTANT: the negative nucleic acid and IgM antibody test and the health declaration form issued are not an alternative to a visa. The visa must be applied for before departure. Similarly, the negative nucleic acid and IgM antibody test and the Health Declaration Form do not replace the entry arrangements in China, i.e. a 14-day quarantine in central facilities in China is still necessary upon entry. Depending on the province, a further quarantine obligation may be of varying degrees when travelling onward.


Please read additional information on the Chinese Embassy page: http://www.chinaembassy.at/det/

Additional documents required:

The following documents are now required in addition to the visa application:

Company invitation of the Chinese company incl. stamp copy sufficient
Copy of last Chinese visa including entry and exit stamp
A copy of all valid visas from other countries. If they are in a

 

India:

The Indian consulate in Vienna announced that applications can be submitted to a consular provider in Vienna. Visa applications must be made ONLINE. All other necessary documents for submitting the visa remain unchanged.

The Indian consulate informs that when completing the online visa application on India Visa Online (indianvisaonline.gov.in) a photo MUST be uploaded in the last step, even if this step can theoretically be skipped.

It is possible to apply for a tourist visa at the consulate in Vienna.It is also possible to apply for electronic visas for tourism and business purposes.

USA:

From November 8, 2021, there will be far-reaching changes to the entry requirements for the USA.

As of November 8th, 2021, all air travelers (excluding those with residence permits in the United States and US citizens) must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination status before boarding a plane to the United States.

A continuation of the application for a National Interest Exception is not planned according to the current status.

Please find more information on the website of the US consulate in Austria https://at.usembassy.gov/de/bedingungen-fuer-flugreisen-in-die-usa/ and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus /2019-ncov/travelers/proof-of-vaccination.html#faq-exceptions

ALL airline passengers must present a negative SARS-CoV-2 test certificate (PCR / NAAT or antigen test) to the airline before entering the USA. The test must not have been taken more than 3 days before departure. This test is required upon boarding and must be carried with you when entering the USA.

+++ This also applies to vaccinated travelers +++

 

Saudi Arabia:

Visas can be issued.

Vietnam:

As of March 15, 2022, the borders were reopened to foreign visitors and electronic visas for tourism and business purposes are being issued again. The consulate in Vienna issues a business visa, but an official "Approval Letter" from the Vietnamese migration authorities is required. Both business visas and tourist visas are currently only issued for a 30 day SINGLE entry validity.

South Korea:

Please note that South Korea will allow visa-free entry for short stays from 01.09.2021. In advance, an electronic pre-notification is required on the side of the Korean authorities: https://www.k-eta.go.kr/portal/apply/index.do

In addition, a negative COVID-19 PCR test must be presented at departure, which is no older than 72 hours and quarantine after arrival in South Korea.

ATTENTION: Persons travelling to South Korea for work and assembly purposes still have to apply for a visa in advance at the consulate in Vienna (C-4 visa). Entry with an electronic pre-registration is only possible for tourist, business or conference purposes (C-3-1).

Nigeria:

It is again possible to apply for Business Visa at the consulate of Nigeria in Vienna. The processing currently takes 7 working days.

Japan:

The following categories of visas can be applied for again since 01.03.2022:

  • Short-term visa for professional purposes (assembly or business trip)
  • Long-Term Visa e.g. for employees sending to Japan

 
The basic requirement for applying for a visa is an authorisation from Japan — this must be applied online by the Japanese company at https://entry.hco.mhlw.go.jp/.

ATTENTION: please check on the website of the Japanese embassy in Vienna what proof of entry into Japan must be provided: https://www.at.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_ja/grenzmassnahmen_20210519.html

Taiwan:

The Consulate of Taiwan states that entry is reserved for citizens of Taiwan and persons with a valid residence permit. Entry for other travellers is not permitted.

Similarly, the Consulate of Taiwan in Vienna has indicated that they will not be able to issue visas until further notice. Currently, the consulate can only issue visas to persons who already have a “Special Entry Permit” issued by the Taiwanese authorities.

Iran:

Business visas can now be issued for Iran again. Unfortunately, it is not yet possible to apply for a tourist visa.

Kazakhstan:

The Kazakh consulate reports that entry to Kazakhstan for business trips is again possible without a visa (for a maximum of 30 days). ATTENTION: this only applies to direct flights to Kazakhstan. Since Austria does not have direct flights to Kazakhstan, an invitation and a protocol (special permission from the interministerial government commission) must be presented upon entry. The business partner in Kazakhstan still has to apply for the special permit. Multiple entries with a validity longer than 30 days must still be applied for at the consulate.

Thailand

From November 22nd, 2021 it will be possible to apply for an electronic visa for Thailand. From this point on, the consulate will no longer accept personal applications unless the applicant is invited to a personal interview. Please find the information on the website of the Thai consulate: https://www.thaiembassy.at/en/news/item/838-ankundigung-einfuhrung-der-plattform-zur-beantragung-von-e-visa-ohne -sticker-termination-of-the-personal-and-postal-application-of-visa.html

Turkmenistan

The embassy of Turkmenistan announced that due to the pandemic, foreign nationals are currently banned from entering the country. For this reason, no visas will be issued or processed until further notice.

All other countries

Our team will be happy to provide you with up-to-date information for other countries. You can reach our team by phone at 01/3615520 or by e-mail at wien@oevkg.at

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