Capital Vienna
ESTA applicants in a year 210 727
Joined VWP 1996
Eligible for ESTA Yes

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Austria and the Visa Waiver Program

All Austrian citizens (unless ineligible under other criteria) can apply for an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) as part of the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP). This allows them to travel to the United States for a period of up to 90 days for tourism, business, medical, or transit purposes.

All Austrian travelers can apply for an ESTA online at least 72 hours before their departure to the United States and must hold a current valid passport that is electronic and machine-readable. Austria has been an active member of the Visa Waiver Program since its introduction in 1991. If an Austrian citizen is denied an ESTA, they may still be eligible to apply for a relevant visa via the embassy.

Austria-US Relationship

Austria and the United States have bilateral political, cultural, and economic relations. They are, on the whole, good, despite the history of the First World War when the United States declared war on the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Since then, presidents of both countries have interacted and visited each other's nations. The United States played an essential role in the reconstruction of Austria after the Austrian State Treaty was signed in 1955, declaring Austria as a free, independent, and neutral state.

As Austria is an E.U. Member State, there is a Free Trade Agreement in place. It allows both trade and investment between the United States and Austria to be dynamic and continually growing.

There is a U.S. Embassy located in Vienna, Austria, and an Austrian Embassy located in Washington, D.C. in the United States.