Travel Insurance for Austria

Home to the seat of the Holy Roman Empire, Austria is significant for its incredible history, architecture, and natural scenic beauty. Its capital Vienna has retained its centuries-old structures and gardens and is among the oldest western European capitals, despite the heavy damage it suffered during the Second World War. Because of its unique traditional and modern

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    attractions, it has become a popular tourist destination for Indian tourists visiting Europe.

    Over 1.1 million applications for Schengen visas were submitted in 2019, indicating its popularity. Because of so many things to do, it’s crucial to plan your trip well and keep in mind the necessary precautions to make the most of this travel opportunity. One of the key necessities is having Schengen approved travel insurance to cover any emergencies you may face while your journey.

    Having a travel visa is a mandatory step in order to get your travel visa approved, given that it meets all the requirements as per the Schengen Visa guidelines. Any unforeseen medical or non-medical glitch may seriously affect your plans or result in excess added expense. Thus it is best to go for a good overseas travel insurance plan, keeping in mind some crucial points that have been shared in this article.

    Fast Facts about Austria

    International Airports

    Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Graz, Linz and Klagenfurt

    Capital

    Vienna

    Time Zone

    Central European Time +1

    Languages Spoken

    German (National), English, Croatian, Hungarian, Slovenian, Turkish

    Austrian (Schengen) Visa fee

    80 Euro (7088 Rs)

    Currency Exchange Rate

    1 USD = 0.849 Euro

    Best time to visit

    Mid-June to early September

    Schengen Visa Processing Time

    Minimum 15 days

    Why Invest in Good Travel Insurance in Austria?

    Since travel insurance is mandatory for all Indians entering Austria, it is best to go for a policy ensuring maximum benefit. Following are some benefits of having good overseas travel insurance:

    • Prompt medical assistance and cover
    • Legal expenses in case of any third-party liabilities
    • Reimbursement for any trip cancellation or interruption
    • Hotel extension in case of any unforeseen events/ emergencies
    • Exemption from medical tests up to a certain age
    • Access to advance cash in case of theft, mugging, burglary, etc.

    Entry Essentials to Austria

    Only Indians passport holders or those third countries nationals living in India under a temporary or permanent residence permit are eligible to file their visa applications. You must make sure you apply at least three weeks before your trip.

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been several changes in the protocol. Thus, travelers need to stay up to date with these procedures to plan their trips accordingly. As of July 2021, all Indian nationals traveling to Austria are required to register for a PTC. A PTC (Pre-Travel Clearance) is mandatory before entering Austria. This must not be older than 72 hours.

    The travel restrictions are yet to be lifted and as of now, only persons with the following reasons can enter Austria:

    • Persons attending school or commencing and/or continuing their studies in Austria
    • Indians traveling for Business purposes
    • Indians accompanying other persons for medical reasons
    • Those who are traveling for the purpose of fulfilling judicial or administrative obligations
    • Visiting Austria due to unexpected/ urgent family reasons

    Depending on the above factors, Indian nationals also need to keep in mind the duration of their stay, meeting specified eligibility, proper screening and

    Note: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic the Visa Application Centers in Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kolkata, and Kochi have resumed limited operations. More information can be found on the VFS Global home page, the official partner of the Embassy of Austria in India.

    Types of Austrian Visa for Indians

    There are both long and short-term visas for which Indians can apply. These are briefly discussed below:

    Schengen Visa C: This is applicable for all the countries under Schengen and allows you to stay and visit the member countries. This visa allows a stay of 90 days in six-month duration.

    National Visa D: This can be issued to let you stay for 91 days to 180 days for a duration of six months. Guest researchers, seasonal workers, volunteers, and students may apply for this.

    Transit Visa: These are issued for a short duration in case of connecting flights and require documents based on the purpose and nature of your visit.

    The nature of your visa changes with the purpose/reasons of your traveling. Since you need a Schengen Visa for visiting Austria, as per your circumstances, there are the following types of Schengen Visas:

    • Airport Transit:Those people who need to travel through an international zone under a Schengen Country Airport may apply for a visa for this purpose. However, this depends on the nationality and you may or may not need it in all the Schengen countries. 
    • Transit:Similar to airport transit, this is usually applicable for foreign seafarers who stop by the seaport very briefly.
    • Tourism:Schengen is famous for its scenic beauty and historical significance which attracts millions of tourists every year. This is one of the most famous purposes for traveling to the Schengen Zone. Anyone visiting the region for food, architecture, and sightseeing can select this purpose.
    • Visiting Friends or Family:People who have any family member or friend legally residing in a Schengen country can cite this as the purpose for applying for a visa. However, a letter of invitation may be required along with some varying requirements.
    • Business:Those who travel to and from the Schengen countries often apply for this visa. It also has many perks, especially quicker appointments even during the peak season of visa applications.
    • Official Visa:As the name suggests, those traveling to the Schengen area while being on an official duty need to opt for this as their reason for applying for a visa.
    • Medical Reasons:Those traveling to any Schengen region for any medical treatment should select this as their purpose in the application form. This enables them to get the needed treatment for a period of three months within 180 days.
    • Study Purposes:Students applying for courses with duration of under three months can apply for this visa. Those who need to write their entrance exam in a Schengen Territory should also tick this purpose.
    • Cultural, Sports, and Film Crews:This is for people who are a part of an event in some sports/cultural/religious or film crew.
    • Other: This is to be opted only if your purpose does not fall in any other category.

    Documents Required for Austria Visa

    All Indians need to provide a certain list of documents ensuring that they comply with all the requirements set by the Austrian Embassy where you are applying to. These are:

    • Completed visa application form. This can also be filled online and then printed out.
    • Two recently taken passport-size photographs.
    • Travel documents (a valid Indian passport) not older than 10 years and valid for at least three more months after your trip's end.
    • Identification of residence in India (ID card)
    • Travel Insurance for Austria (Schengen visa) with at least 30,000 Euro.
    • A cover letter declaring your purpose of visit.
    • Itinerary of your flight reservation (from India to Austria and back)
    • Evidence of accommodation for your intended stay
    • Evidence of civil status (marriage/death certificate of spouse etc.)
    • Evidence of sufficient funds for the period of your stay
    • Some additional Austrian visa requirements:
    • Proof of employment (employment contract/bank statement/ ITR) for applicants who are employed or self-employed
    • If you're a student, you need to submit proof of enrollment or a no-objection certificate from your school/college
    • Retired applicants need to provide a pension statement for the last 6 months.

    Austria Visa Procedure

    Since Austria is a Schengen territory, all Indians need to apply for a Schengen visa. Steps for Applying for Indians are:

    • Decide the type of Schengen Visa you will need depending on the purpose of your travel
    • Ensure that you're aware of the Schengen country's consular as well as their jurisdiction. In the case of Austria, ensure you have all the details of their embassy.
    • Applying for a visa must be done as per the requirement, make sure you take plenty of time before applying for a Schengen visa. You can file your application no sooner than 3 months before your planned visit. On the other hand, a minimum of 15 business days before your trip are required to file your application.
    • Assemble all the required visa documents for Indian nationals
    • Set an appointment at the nearest Austrian Embassy. You can submit your visa application in person or through a representative or an authorized travel agent.
    • Appear for the visa application interview.
    • Pay the Visa fees for Indian nationals.
    • Wait for at least 15 days before your visa is processed

    You can apply for your visa at the Embassy of Austria in New Delhi. As per the Embassy of Austria website, you can also visit the offices of VFS Global Services in different cities.

    Austria Travel Insurance

    As a part of the Schengen Area, Austria follows their protocol just like other member countries. The countries under Schengen Region allow free movement to all the citizens, making it easier for nationals and tourists traveling to any Schengen Country follow a different procedure which includes the tourists of almost all nationalities. According to their visa requirements, you need to have a travel insurance plan with medical coverage of a minimum of 30,000 Euros along with medical evacuation and/or repatriation cover.

    Best Time to Visit Austria

    While this landlocked country is beautiful all year round, most Indian tourists prefer to visit it during winters due to its snow. Summer is also a good time to visit Austria. Winter is wonderful for those looking for a New Year getaway starting in December with the Christmas markets and decorations which are available until late February. This is also great for skiing until late February when the ski season starts to slow down. Thus, the best time of year to visit Vienna for warm-weather activities is from mid-June to early September. 

    Transportation in Austria

    No matter what your budget is, traveling in Austria is extremely safe and almost inexpensive. You can choose from any of the given options:

    • Buses and Trams: They're available on the day with also some functioning late at night. You can easily use these from about 5 am to midnight.
    • Metro: Only Vienna has the metro system which is an experience in itself! They function daily with an added night functioning on the weekends! From Sunday to Thursday they stop around midnight.
    • Taxi: You can easily flag down a taxi or request one at the concierge. However, always pay a 10% tip!
    • Tickets:  Different regions offer passes for 24 hours or several days depending on your plans. These are valid for a single trip. However, be ready for a fine if you travel without a ticket!

    Austria Weather

    The Austrian capital has an average temperature of around 0.5 °C in January, but the cities located at a higher altitude among the mountains have a lower average. For example, Klagenfurt, at 1,500 feet above sea level has an average temperature of -3.5 °C.

    Fog and low clouds are common in the valleys, especially in the Danube Valley. You can expect fogs to occur 4 to 11 days per month on average. Snow is common, except in the area of Vienna, where it is rarer. Vienna usually has warm summers with very cold, dry, and windy winters. Precipitation is common and it is partly cloudy year-round.

    Top Tourist Attractions

    It will be unfair to limit your trip to a handful of venues as Austria is full of significant tourist attractions and activities. Here are only a few of them:

    • The Vienna Hofburg:Make sure to visit Austria's Imperial Palace, the symbol of the Hapsburg Monarch. This palace has seen numerous architectural changes heavily influenced by gothic, baroque, Rococo, and renaissance trends.
    • Salzburg Altstadt:Founded in 690 AD by St. Rupert, this spiritual center is famous for being the filming site for the musical ' The Sound of Music and being the birthplace of Mozart.
    • The Spanish Riding School:Situated in Vienna, it is one of the few places where the classical style of riding by the nobility is still practiced.
    • Melk Benedictine Abbey:Spread around seven courtyards, it is counted among the world’s most popular monastic sites. This 325 meter-long structure is situated above the Melk, overlooking the Danube.
    • Hallstatt:Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site, this beautiful town is very close to the Dachstein Caves, consisting of the famous Giant Ice Cae and the Mammoth Cave.

    Eating Out in Austria

    Like every country, Austria has a selection of its iconic national dishes which sets it apart. It’s a haven for coffee and chocolate lovers who will find almost everyone drinking coffee with every meal! Here are some dishes that you should definitely try:

    • Wiener Schnitzel: Usually made from veal, this dish is a thin, breaded dish usually served with a kopfsalad.
    • Apfelstrudel:Popularly associated with Vienna, it is a delicious apple-filled pastry with flavors of cinnamon, sugar, and raisins. It goes best with a coffee!
    • Kaiserschmarrn:A dessert fit for a king! Try these fluffy caramelized pancakes along with a hot plum compote!
    • Tafelspitz:One of the most in-demand dishes of Austra. This is even considered its national dish with its signature broth, root vegetables, and minced apples! it has variations throughout the country which makes it extremely unpredictable!

    Things to Do in Austria

    Whether you're going for your own Roman holiday or simply bask in the beauty of their glorious mountains, Austria has a diverse landscape with a lot to offer. Make sure you include some of these must-visit destinations during your trip:

    • Visit the Grand capital Vienna - Famous for being the seat of the Pope and an important seat of the Hapsburg monarchs, Vienna has retained its rich culture, architecture and is home to the greatest of musical geniuses who have kept its opera and ballet venue alive.
    • Skiing in the Alps - If you're an adventure sports lover, nothing should stop you from visiting the mighty Alps. Known for their snow-capped serenity, you can try snowboarding and skiing. There are also many beautiful trails to temporarily lose yourself in the wild!
    • Visit the Haus der Music - Any classical music lover will find this modern museum extremely interesting. Spread over five floors, this unique museum instantly charms both adults and children with options to test your musical talents, compose your own Waltz Dice game, experiment with pitch, and more.
    • Visit the Hidden Village in the Alps: Tyrol - Visit the historic sites of Tyrol amidst the mountains. Home to the famous baroque-style Hofburg Palace, tourists should definitely visit the popular villages of Innsbruck, the Arlberg ski region, and the museum of St. Anton.
    • Best of Future at Linz - If you're always on the lookout of new tech then don't forget to visit Wachau. The famous Ars Electronica center is popular for many cutting-edge technological displays popular for its unique attractions. Meet robots, virtually travel space, get a tour of a futuristic research lab.
    • Visit the Birthplace of Mozart - The music of Salzburg continues to lure thousands of classical lovers to this brilliant town full of spectacular gardens and medieval fortresses. You shouldn't forget to visit the house of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the composer who changed the course of classical western music!
    • Visit the Relaxing Stephansdom: Home to Vienna's gothic masterpiece is this church build in the 12th century. With its glorious architecture and the gothic stone pulpit, it is rightly one of the most well-preserved churches in the world.

    Indian Embassy Information in Austria

    It is important to keep handy the information related to your country’s consular in an alien place. Therefore, it should be the most important part of your plans to keep emergency contacts handy. Here is the point of contact with the Indian Consular in Austria:

    Embassy/ Consulate

    Working Hours

    Address

    Contact

    Email

    Main Chancery

    Kärntnerring 2

     

     

    Monday to Friday (except holidays):

    from  0830 hrs – 1700 hrs

    (Lunch break: from 1300  hrs – 1330 hrs)

    (2nd Floor)

    1010 Vienna, Austria

     

    Tel : +43 1 505 8666

     

    emb.viennamea.gov.in

    The Consular Wing

    (for passport and other consular services)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Monday to Friday (except holidays)

    Submission of Documents/ Indian Passports:

    From 0930 hrs – 1130 hrs

    Collection of Documents/Indian Passports only):

    From 1600 hrs – 1700 hrs

     

    Opernring 1, Stiege E (4th Floor)

    1010 Vienna, Austria

     

    Main reception Tel.   + 43 1  50 58 666

    (from 10 to 13hrs and 14hrs – 1730hrs)

    Consular Section Tel. + 431 585 0793

    (From 1400hrs – 1600hrs)

     

    cons1.viennamea.gov.in (Passport and other consular services) | cons2.viennamea.gov.in(OCI & Visa services)