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General information

Short-term visas are also called "Schengen-visa" as they allow a stay up to 90 days in a 180-day timeframe in the Schengen area. A short-term visa is needed for any stay shorter than 90 days. If you intend to stay for longer than 90 days, you would have to apply for a long-term visa (also called "national visa").

Long-term visa

Australian citizens

Australian citizens do not need a visa for the Schengen area, which includes Germany, for an intended stay of up to 90 days in a 180 day period as long as

  • their passports are valid for at least 3 months beyond the intended length of stay in the Schengen zone and
  • they do not engage in any type of gainful employment

The German-Australian Agreement on the Exemption of Visa Requirements, dated 22.12.1952

Australian citizens are allowed to travel to Germany and to stay in Germany for up to 90

days without having to apply for a visa, as long as their passport is valid for the entire duration  of the stay and as long as they do not engage in any kind of employment in Germany.

According to this agreement the duration of one stay in Germany must not exceed 90 days but the number of entries to Germany is not limited. In order to re-enter Germany for another 90 days, visitors have to depart Germany for any other non-Schengen country and can come back even the same day. Since visitors need to be able to document the period of time they have been spending in Germany, we recommend to enter and to depart via a German airport in order to obtain an official entry and departure stamp in their passport.

Please be aware that this special regulation applies only for your stays in Germany. It will not authorise you to stay more than 90 days in any 180-day period in the other Schengen countries, unless they also have a similar bilateral Agreement. 

Holders of UN Travel Document / Titre de Voyage

Holders of UN Travel documents, issued by the Australian Government according to the UN Conventions for refugees (Convention of 28 July 1951) and stateless persons (Convention of 28 September 1954), mentioned on the front page, can enter Germany without a visa for an intended stay of up to 90 days, as long as at the time of entry into Germany their travel document is still valid for at least 4 months and they do not engage in any type of gainful employment. 

Holders of Document of Identity / Certificate of Identity

Holders of other Australian travel documents (Document of Identity or Certificate of Identity) need a visa according to the citizenship mentioned in the document.

Where to apply for short-term visa in Australia

The Austrian Embassy in Canberra is responsible for issuing Schengen Visas on behalf of Germany in all States and Territories of Australia. As a consequence, visa applicants with residence in Australia will have to launch their application for a Schengen-Visa (intended stay of up to 90 days in a 6 months period; e.g. tourist or business visa) personally at Vfs global or the Austrian embassy in Canberra. Please look here for more information about visa applications:

For enquiries about short-term Schengen visa for travellers, please contact VFS Global:
Tel: (02) 9252 1152 (Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Email: info.ausau@vfshelpline.com

Website: http://www.vfsglobal.com/austria/australia/

For background Information on Schengen Visas (e.g. fees, required documents) you can also visit the respective website of the Austrian Embassy.

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