Austrian Embassy Manila

If you are a citizen of the Philippines who is also residing in the Philippines then in order to visit Austria you will need to apply for a visa in person at the Austrian Embassy in Manila. This also applies in order to visit Lithuania which is represented in the Philippines by the Austrian Embassy. Appointments are only available by appointment and so it is important to book ahead before visiting the embassy to get a visa. Most Filipino citizens will be applying for a Schengen Visa which provides entry to all of the countries within the Schengen Area for a period not longer than 90 days.

Citizens of other countries who are residing within the Philippines will also need to apply for a visa through the embassy in Manila if their country is not a member of the EU or the Schengen Area and doesn’t have other travel arrangements with Austria. Most English-speaking countries will have an arrangement with Austria but if you are from Africa or the Middle East there is a high chance that you will need to apply for a visa.

To apply the fees are 60 Euros for the basic Schegen Visa which most travellers will apply for. Others will be of nationalities which cannot apply for a Schengen Visa and they will instead have to apply for an Austrian national visa at a cost of 100 Euros. Both of these will be paid in Philippine Pesos at a standard rate as advertised at the counter in the embassy. There are no fees for the application form itself. Applications are only accepted between Monday and Thursday and only by appointment.

In order to get a Schengen Visa you will need to provide a full description of your travel plans in the form of an itinerary, giving as well the purpose of your visit. This is not permitted to change once you have entered the country and obtained your visa so you will need to plan carefully in advance to ensure that you create a travel plan that you will be able to stick to. You will also have to submit your passport, some passport photos and potentially proof that you have enough money to fund your travels and that you have pre-booked a hotel. It is also customary to include a letter of sponsorship if you plan on visiting people you know while you are in Austria.

There are occasions when someone in receipt of a Schengen visa may be refused entry into Austria, especially if you are asked for the purpose of your trip and you are unable to explain and/or prove this to the border authorities. This can happen either at the Austrian end or the Filipino end of border control with the Philippine Bureau of Immigration ready to stop those that they suspect may be attempting to emigrate illegally.

If you are hoping to move to Austria more permanently the application for a residence permit will also have to be launched through your local Austrian embassy. The process is, however, far more complex and should be begun well in advance of your intended date of departure.