Passports and travel section updated to include information on passport validity and entry requirements when travelling to other European countries from January 2021
Visas and residency
Check the entry requirements for Austria.
If you are resident in Austria before the transition period ends on 31 December 2020 you will be able to stay. UK nationals will be able to continue to move to Austria during the transition period.
You must register with the Austrian authorities if you want to stay in Austria. You need to:
- get a residence registration form (Meldezettel) within 3 days of moving into your new home
- get a registration certificate (Anmeldebescheinigung) within 4 months of arriving in Austria
To confirm your rights under the Withdrawal Agreement, you will need to apply for a new residency document. The Austrian authorities have not yet confirmed the process, but once it is announced you will have until at least 30 June 2021 to submit your application.
We will update these pages with details of the new system as soon as more information is available.
Passports and travel
The rules on travel will stay the same until the transition period ends on 31 December 2020. During this time you can continue to travel to countries in the Schengen area or elsewhere in the EU with your UK passport.
Check your passport is valid for travel before you book your trip. Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay.
You can apply for or renew your British passport from Austria.
Passports from 1 January 2021
Check your passport is valid for travel before you book your trip.
From 1 January 2021, you must have at least 6 months left on an adult or child passport to travel to most countries in Europe (not including Ireland). This requirement does not apply if you are entering or transiting to Austria, and you are in scope of the Withdrawal Agreement.
If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months needed.
You will need to renew your passport before travelling if you do not have enough time left on your passport.
As a non-EEA national, different border checks will apply when travelling to other EU or Schengen area countries. You may need to show a return or onward ticket and that you have enough money for your stay. You may also have to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing. Your passport may be stamped for visits to these countries.
From 1 January 2021, you will be able to travel to other Schengen area countries for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa for purposes such as tourism. This is a rolling 180-day period.
To stay for longer, to work or study, or for business travel, you will need to meet the entry requirements set out by the country to which you are travelling. This could mean applying for a visa or work permit. You may also need to get a visa if your visit would take you over the 90 days in 180 days limit.
Periods of stay authorised under a visa or permit will not count against the 90-day limit. Travel to the UK and Ireland will not change.
Different rules will apply to EU countries that are not part of the Schengen Area. Check each country’s travel advice page for information on entry requirements.
This information is provided as a guide only. Definitive information should be obtained from the Austrian authorities.