Austria Introduces New Visa Rules for Chinese, Indian and Indonesian Business Travellers
Posted on August 23, 2015
Austria has decided to introduce a liberalized regime for issue of business visas to Austria, effective from August 1, 2015. In an initial pilot phase, the new regime will be applicable only to India, China, and Indonesia.
Austria Introduces New Visa Rules for Chinese, Indian and Indonesian Business Travelers / Picture: © BMEIAAn MOU to this effect was signed between the Federal Ministry of Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Federal Ministry of Interior, Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy and the Federal Chamber of Commerce (WKO).
The new regime envisages authorizing Austrian Trade Commissioners in these countries to recommend issue of visas to bona fide business travelers, largely eliminating the requirement of other supporting documents.
Visas to business travelers are expected to be issued within five working days, and will also have long validity periods.
For first time business travelers to Austria, visas will have a validity of six months, for second time travelers three years, and for others up to 5 years.
The new scheme reflects Austria’s recognition of India, China, and Indonesia as trustworthy and important business partners.
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