Austria, officially the Republic of Austria is located in the alps of central Europe with nearly 9 million citizens. Austria joined the United States of America’s Visa Waiver Program in 1991 and has since enjoyed a good relationship with the U.S. in both tourism and trade. Since 2009, Austrians have been able to apply for the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) online. In fact, the ESTA is only available online and has helped to streamline the immigration process for both the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Austrians.
The ESTA is not a visa, but a travel document that grants access into the U.S., and some Austrian citizens might still have to apply for the B-2 tourist visa. Holding an approved ESTA means that Austrian citizens can stay in the U.S. for up to 90 days for the purpose of business, tourism (including medical purposes) and non-credit study programs. The travel authorization will expire after two years, and a new ESTA application has to be submitted in order to “renew” it.
U.S. Immigration statistics about Austrians (2017):
- The total amount of visitors from Austria: 237 611
- Approved ESTA applications: 210 727
- Students and exchange visitors: 6 506
- Temporary workers and family-related applications: 9 059
- Diplomats and other official representatives: 2 241
- Other types of visitor categories: 581
Flight information – traveling from Austria to the United States
The Vienna International Airport is Austria’s main international airport and has undergone significant upgrades and expansion in recent years. From Vienna, you can fly to various U.S. cities, such as Washington D.C., New York, Newark, Chicago, Miami, and Los Angeles. The national carrier of Austria; Austrian Airlines, offer direct flights with about 8 hours spent in the plane. Austrian Airlines provide an excellent experience for both economy- and business-class travelers and is well known for serving outstanding food, Austrian wines, and a Viennese coffee menu.
To fly non-stop, check out Austrian airlines or United Airlines. And if you don’t mind a one-stop flight, then there are plenty of other options. To name a few that have well-established flight routes from the EU to the U.S.: British Airways, Iberia, Wizz Air, Air France, Laudamotion, Delta and KLM.
When should you apply for the ESTA?
Currently, it is mandatory to apply for an ESTA 72 hours prior to boarding. Nevertheless, travelers are recommended to apply weeks or months in advance, to guarantee that their travel authorization (ESTA) is approved. Non-approved applications mean that a regular B-2 visa must be obtained, which can take a very long time to complete. If you have plans to visit the United States, apply now or well in advance. Read more about the ESTA application here.
Travelers with an approved ESTA can check its status or make updates. Visit this page for more information: verify/update ESTA.
Austrian citizens can apply for ESTA online
The ESTA is valid for 2 years for visitors from Austria
Austrians can stay in the U.S. for up to 90 days with an approved ESTA
Austria’s overstay rate is only: 0.38%