Belgium

Sent: Tuesday, 27 September 2016 3:27 PM
To: canberra@diplobel.fed.be
Subject: FW: Bilateral visa waiver agreement between Australia and Belgium

Hello

Can you please confirm if the below bilateral visa waiver agreement between Australia and Belgium is current, for Australian citizens and passport holders

 

Australian Treaty Series 1951 No 6

 

DEPARTMENT OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRSCANBERRA

Exchange of Notes constituting an Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of Belgium concerning Visas and Visa Fees

If this agreement attatched is still valid, please explain the rules and regulations for Australian citizens.
Please confirm if this can be used as additional time to the Schengen 90 out of 180 days visa.
Thank you
Kind regards
From: Embassy of Belgium in Canberra <Canberra@diplobel.fed.be>
Sent: Wednesday, 28 September 2016 3:43 PM
Subject: C4.2-Bilateral visa waiver agreement between Australia and Belgium-Maric,Tanja

*** The Visa Section no longer answers visa questions over the phone. Please email the Embassy instead.***

C4.2

Dear

Referring to your email below I can inform you that an Australian passport holder does not need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days in any 180 days period in the Schengen area.

The notion of “any”, implies the application of a “moving” 180-day reference period, looking backwards at each day of the stay (be it at the entry or at the day of an actual check), into the last 180-day period, in order to verify if the 90 days/180-day requirement continues to be fulfilled.

Please find the link to the calculator for your reference http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/borders-and-visas/border-crossing/index_en.htm

ec.europa.eu
The Schengen Borders Code provides EU States with a single set of common rules that govern external border checks on persons, entry requirements and duration of stays …

In addition the Embassy can inform you that, according to the SPF Foreign Affairs of Belgium, the actual bilateral agreement formally confirmed through an exchange of Notes on 25 July 1951 between the two countries, entitles Australian citizens to stay for two more months without a visa in Belgium after 90 days spent in any other Schengen country. When entering Belgium you will need to be able to prove you have not stayed in the Schengen area for more than 90 days. At the end of the 2 month period you will need to leave from Belgium and cannot visit another Schengen country.

Countries belonging to the Schengen area are: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Estonia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland.

I trust I have informed you sufficiently.

Yours sincerely,

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Consular Section

 

Embassy of BELGIUM

CANBERRA

19 Arkana Street

Yarralumla ACT 2600

TEL +61 (2) 62732501

FAX +61 (2) 62733392

Email: canberra@diplobel.fed.be

Website: www.diplomatie.belgium.be/australia

Australian Treaty Series 1951 No 6

DEPARTMENT OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

CANBERRA

Exchange of Notes constituting an Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of Belgium concerning Visas and Visa Fees

(Canberra, 25 July 1951)

Entry into force: 25 August 1951

AUSTRALIAN TREATY SERIES

1951 No. 6

Australian Government Publishing Service

Canberra

(c) Commonwealth of Australia 1997

[Note from the Australian Minister for External Affairs to the Belgian Minister, Sydney]

I

Canberra

25 July 1951

His Excellency M. Félix F A Jansen

Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of Belgium

11C Castlereagh Street

SYDNEY

Sir

I have the honour to refer to previous correspondence regarding visas and visa fees, and to inform you that the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia is prepared to conclude with the Government of Belgium, an agreement in the following terms:

1. Belgian nationals possessing valid Belgian passports, who desire to enter Australia whether temporarily or permanently, and whose entry to Australia has been approved, will receive visas for Australia, free of charge, from the appropriate visa-issuing authority; such visas, in the case of Belgian nationals proceeding to Australia for purposes other than permanent residence, will be made valid for a period of twelve months and good for an unlimited number of journeys to Australia within that period.

2. Australian citizens, possessing valid Australian passports, who desire to enter Belgium as bona fide non-immigrants may enter Belgium for periods of less than two months without obtaining a visa.

3. The present agreement shall take effect one month from the date hereof.[1]

4. Either of the parties may denounce the present agreement by means of giving one month’s notice to the other party. Notwithstanding the foregoing, it is understood:

(a) that the abovementioned provisions do not exempt Australian citizens from the necessity of obtaining visas for Belgian Congo or Ruanda-Urundi, whether entering in transit or otherwise;

(b) that the abovementioned provisions do not exempt Belgian nationals entering Australia, and Australian citizens entering Belgium from the necessity of complying with the Australian and Belgian laws and regulations concerning the entry, residence whether temporary or permanent, and employment of aliens; and

(c) that travellers who are unable to satisfy the respective immigration authorities that they comply with the laws and regulations referred to in the immediately preceding subparagraph are liable to be refused permission to enter or land.

If the foregoing provisions are acceptable to your Government, I have the honour to suggest that the present Note, and your confirmatory reply thereto be deemed to constitute and evidence the agreement reached between our two Governments.

I have the honour to be, with the highest consideration, Sir, your most obedient servant,

[Signed:]

R G CASEY

Minister of State for External Affairs

[Note from the Belgian Minister, Canberra, to the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs]

II

LÉGATION DE BELGIQUE

Canberra

25 July 1951

The Rt Hon R G Casey CH, DSO, MC, MP

Minister of External Affairs

CANBERRA

Sir

I have the honour to acknowledge receipt of your Note of today’s date regarding visas and visa fees in which you inform me that the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia is prepared to conclude an Agreement with the Government of Belgium in the following terms:

[Here follows paragraphs 1-4 as printed under I.]

I am authorized by the Belgian Government to state that the Belgian Government agrees to the foregoing provisions and to the suggestion that your Note and this reply should be regarded as constituting and evidencing the Agreement reached between our two Governments.

I have the honour to be, with the highest consideration, Sir, your most obedient servant,

[Signed:]

FÉLIX JANSEN

Minister of Belgium

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France

http://www.ambafrance-au.org/FAQ-6659

Envoyé : mardi 27 septembre 2016 15:42
À : info@ambafrance-au.org
Objet : Bilateral visa waiver agreement between Australia and France

 

 Hello

 

Can you please confirm if there is a bilateral visa waiver agreement between Australia and France that is current, for Australian citizens and passport holders.

 

If so, please provide a copy of it, and please explain the rules and regulations for Australian citizens.

 

Please confirm if this can be used as additional time to the Schengen 90 out of 180 days visa.

 

Thank you

 

Kind regards

From: information <information.canberra-amba@diplomatie.gouv.fr>
Sent: Tuesday, 27 September 2016 3:58 PM
Subject: RE: Bilateral visa waiver agreement between Australia and France

Dear

Thank you for contacting the French Embassy in Canberra.

To my knowledge there is no such agreement.

There is only the 90 days out of 180 days rule.

 

If you have any further questions lease check our FAQ : http://www.ambafrance-au.org/FAQ-6659

The Schengen Regulation allows tourist trips for a maximum of 90 days only. If you want to stay longer, you will need to apply for a long stay visitor visa.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Press and Information Section

Ambassade de France à Canberra

 

Greece

Απεστάλη: Τρίτη, 27 Σεπτέμβριος 2016 15:46:01
Θέμα: Bilateral visa waiver agreement between Australia and Greece

Hello

Can you please confirm if there is a bilateral visa waiver agreement between Australia and Greece that is current, for Australian citizens and passport holders.
If so, please provide a copy of it, and please explain the rules and regulations for Australian citizens.
Please confirm if this can be used as additional time to the Schengen 90 out of 180 days visa.
Thank you
Kind regards
rom: EMBASSY OF GREECE IN CANBERRA <gremb.can@mfa.gr>
Sent: Tuesday, 27 September 2016 4:41 PM
Subject: Re: Bilateral visa waiver agreement between Australia and Greece

Dear Mrs Maric,
thank you for your email. For your information please open following link:
as you can see is from the official website of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. There is no such Bilateral Agreement in Force.
For your further information please be advised that:

SHORT STAY  ( 90 DAYS in any 180 days period) in the Schengen Area:

Greece is a European Union Member State and a member of the Schengen Area. 

 

If you are a holder of an Australian passport, you do not need a visa– in any case, your stay may not exceed 90 days within any 180-day-period

However, at border you will show your passport / and perhaps other documentation,  for example information on that you have sufficient means to cover the stay

and the return trip/ or/and other documents stating the purpose of your stay (invitation letters etc)

It is a requirement that the expiration date of your passport is 3 months after your return from the Schengen area.

And the passport must have been issued within a decade before to be considered valid.

Mere possession of a uniform Schengen visa/or being exempted from the obligation to have a visa shall not confer an automatic right of entry.

 

90 days in any 180-day period […]”. “The date of entry shall be considered
as the first day of stay on the territory of the Member States and the date
of exit shall be considered as the last day of stay on the territory of the
Member States. Periods of stay authorised under a residence permit or a
long-stay visa shall not be taken into account in the calculation of the
duration of stay on the territory of the Member States.”
Contrary to the definition which was in force until 18 October 2013, the new
concept is more precise by setting the duration in days, instead of months.
The notion of “any”, implies the application of a “moving” 180-day reference
period, looking backwards at each day of the stay (be it at the entry or at
the day of an actual check), into the last 180-day period, in order to
verify if the 90 days / 180-day requirement continues to be fulfilled.

Among others, it means that an absence for an uninterrupted period of 90
days allows for a new stay for up to 90 days.
Stays in Bulgaria, Croatia, Ireland, Romania, Cyprus and the United Kingdom
shall not be taken into account as they are not (yet) part of the Schengen
area without internal borders.

At the same time, the non-EU Member States Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway
and Switzerland belong to the Schengen area; short stays in these countries
count in when assessing the compliance with the 90 days / 180-day rule.
If you are a non-EU/EFTA national (even if you are visa-exempt,), make
sure that your passport is clearly stamped both when you enter and leave the
Schengen Area with all the pertinent dates visible. Without an entry stamp, you may be treated as an overstayer when you try to leave the Schengen Area; without an exit stamp, you may be refused entry the next time you seek to
enter the Schengen Area as you may be deemed to have overstayed on your previous visit too

http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/borders-and-visas/border-crossing/docs/short_stay_schengen_calculator_user_manual_en.pdf

ec.europa.eu
1 USER MANUAL FOR THE SHORT-STAY “SCHENGEN” CALCULATOR 1. Introduction Regulation (EU) No 610/2013 of 26 June 2013, amended the Convention Implementing the

I hope you will find it helpful, it explains the calculation of 90 days in
any 180 day – period. I suggest that you consult it before traveling in
the Schengen area.
You can also find more information if you wish by googling  the EU
Regulation 562/2006  Articles 10 & 11 Border Guard’s Code. 

Please note that short-term residence permits(extensions) are issued by the Aliens police office in the area of residency of the individual concerned

and ONLY if the individual can show evidence that he/she has a compelling reason to prolong his/her stay in Greece. 

The application must be submitted at least 15 days before the expiration of the original 90-day period.

If an extension is approved, a sticker will be placed in the applicant’s passport.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Short-term extension permits, provided by the Aliens police, are valid only within Greece.

If the Greek Authorities deny request for a permit, the person must depart the country before the expiration of the 90 days.

EXTENSIONS FOR TOURIST PURPOSES ARE NOT GRANTED.

 

I do hope that information provided in this email answers your questions.  If need be, do not hesitate to ask for more clarifications.

Regards,

from the Embassy,

EMBASSY OF GREECE
9 Turrana Street
Yarralumla ACT 2600
Tel. +61 (2) 6271 0100
Fax. +61 (2) 6273 2620
E-mail : gremb.can@mfa.gr
Web Site: www.mfa.gr/australia

Denmark

https://www.nyidanmark.dk/en-us/coming_to_dk/visa/Visa_free_travel.htm

Citizens of certain countries are entitled to stay in Denmark for 90 days, regardless of stays in other Schengen countries

Citizens of Australia, Canada, Chile, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the US can freely enter and stay in Denmark for up to 90 days in any 180-day period, regardless of whether they have stayed in another Schengen country prior to entry into Denmark. The 90 days are counted from the entry date into Denmark or another Nordic country. If you have previously spent time in Denmark or another Nordic country within the previous 180 days, that time will be deducted from the 90-day maximum.


Sent: 27 September 2016 15:38
To: Canberra
Subject: FW: Bilateral visa waiver agreement between Australia and Denmark

Hello

Can you please confirm if the attached bilateral visa waiver agreement between Australia and Denmark is current, for Australian citizens and passport holders.

Re:

Australian Treaty Series 1952 No 3

DEPARTMENT OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRSCANBERRA

Exchange of Notes constituting an Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of Denmark regarding Visas and Visa Fees

If so, please explain the rules and regulations for Australian citizens.

Please confirm if this can be used as additional time to the Schengen 90 out of 180 days visa.

Thank you

Kind regards

Sent: Wednesday, 28 September 2016 10:19 AM
Subject: FW: Bilateral visa waiver agreement between Australia and Denmark

Dear

 

Thank you for your e-mail.

 

You can find all relevant information regarding visa free travel for Australian citizens to Denmark via this link: https://www.nyidanmark.dk/en-us/coming_to_dk/visa/Visa_free_travel.htm – Please note the section at the bottom of the page on the link.

Visa-free travel Citizens of certain countries do not require a visa to enter Denmark. Conditions. If you are travelling visa-free, you will normally be permitted to …

Kind regards

TRADE INTERN

DIRECT +61 2 6270 5300

DANISH EMBASSY, CANBERRA

EMBASSY OF DENMARK / 2600 YARRALUMLA

PHONE +61 2 6270 5333 / [australien.um.dk]AUSTRALIEN.UM.DK

Australian Treaty Series 1952 No 3

DEPARTMENT OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

CANBERRA

Exchange of Notes constituting an Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of Denmark regarding Visas and Visa Fees(Canberra, 1 May 1952)Entry into force: 1 May 1952AUSTRALIAN TREATY SERIES1952 No. 3

Australian Government Publishing ServiceCanberra

(c) Commonwealth of Australia 1997


[Note from the Australian Minister for External Affairs to the Chargé d’Affaires ad interim for Denmark]

IDepartment of External Affairs

Canberra

1 May 1952

Mr F H Hergel

Chargé d’Affairs ad interim

The Royal Danish Legation

56 Hunter Street

SYDNEY

Sir

I have the honour to refer to previous correspondence concerning visas and visa fees, and to inform you that the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia is prepared to conclude with the Government of Denmark, an agreement in the following terms:

(1) Danish citizens, possessing valid Danish passports, who desire to enter Australia whether temporarily or permanently, and whose entry into Australia has been approved, will receive visas for Australia, free of charge, from the appropriate visa issuing authority; such visas, in the case of Danish citizens proceeding to Australia for purposes other than permanent residence will be made valid for a period of twelve months, and good for an unlimited number of journeys to Australia within that period.

(2) Australian citizens, possessing valid Australian passports, who desire to enter Denmark as bona fide non-immigrants may enter Denmark for periods of less than three months without obtaining a visa. Notwithstanding the foregoing a special permit must, however, be obtained by any Australian citizen, who having resided in Denmark for a total period of three months within any period of six months, desires to re-enter Denmark within less than three months of his previous departure from that country.

(3) The present agreement shall take effect forthwith.

(4) Either party, at any time may give to the other party written notice of its desire to terminate the agreement. The agreement shall be terminated three months after the date of such notice.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, it is understood:

(a) That the abovementioned provisions do not exempt Australian citizens from the necessity of obtaining visas for admission to the Faroe Islands and Greenland, whether entering in transit or otherwise.

(b) That the abovementioned provisions do not exempt Danish citizens entering Australia, and Australian citizens entering Denmark from the necessity of complying with the Australian and Danish laws and regulations concerning the entry, residence whether temporary or permanent, and employment of aliens; and

(c) That travellers who are unable to satisfy the respective immigration authorities that they comply with the laws and regulations referred to in the immediately preceding subparagraph, are liable to be refused permission to enter or land.

If the abovementioned provisions are acceptable to your Government, I have the honour to propose that the present Note, and your confirmatory reply thereto, be deemed to constitute and evidence the agreement reached between our two Governments.

I have the honour to be, Sir, Your obedient servant.

[Signed:]

R G CASEY

Minister for External Affairs


[Note from the Chargé d’Affaires ad interim for Denmark, Canberra, to the Australian Minister for External Affairs]

IIRoyal Danish Legation

Canberra

1 May 1952

The Rt. Hon R G Casey CH, DSO, MC, MP

Minister for External Affairs

CANBERRA

Sir

I have the honour to acknowledge receipt of your Note of today’s date regarding visas and visa fees in which you inform me that the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia is prepared to conclude an agreement with the Government of Denmark in the following terms:

[Here follows text as printed under I.]I am authorised by the Danish Government to state that the Danish Government agrees to the foregoing provisions and to the suggestion that your Note and this reply should be regarded as constituting and evidencing the agreement reached between our two Governments.

I have the honour to be, Sir, Your obedient servant,

[Signed:]

F HENNING HERGEL

Chargé d’Affaires ai

Austria More Info

1956_146_0

Agreement between the Austrian Federal Government and the Government of Australia on visual matters

object
Travel documents, visions
Date of signature
15.03.1956
In force
01.04.1956
BGBl.
Sent: Tuesday, 11 October 2016 7:46 PM
Subject: AW: [Kontaktformular] Bilateral Visa Waiver agreement between Austria and Australia for Australian citizens

Dear

 

According to a bilateral agreement between Australia and Austria, citizens of Australia are allowed to stay in Austria for a period of three months without obtaining a visa (for touristic purposes, private visits or business). You may find the respective bilateral treaty on the Website of the Austrian Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs – The German title of the agreement is Abkommen zwischen der österreichischen Bundesregierung und der Regierung von Australien in Sichtvermerksangelegenheiten”. If it is intended to stay in Austria for more than three months, but not longer than 6 months, a visa D is needed.

 

Whenever a foreign citizen enters the Schengen Area (also visa-free) he/she will have to meet the general requirements of the Schengen Borders Code (which means being in possession of a travel document valid at least three months after departure from the Schengen Area, having enough financial means to cover the stay in the Schengen Area and the return to your home-country, etc.). You are kindly requested to contact the embassy or consulate of the country where you are planning to enter the Schengen Area for further information.

 

For further information on entering the Schengen Area and Austria, you are kindly requested to directly contact the competent authority for matters regarding border controls and aliens police, which is the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior:

 

Federal Ministry of the Interior

Department II/3

Immigration Police and Border Control

Minoritenplatz 9, 1014 Vienna

Phone: +43(0)1-53126-3100

E-Mail: [BMI-II-3@bmi.gv.at]BMI-II-3@bmi.gv.at

Web: www.bmi.gv.at

 

For further information about travelling to Austria you may also directly contact the competent Austrian authority for Australia:

 

Austrian Embassy Canberra

12 Talbot Street, Forrest, ACT 2603

E-Mail: canberra-ob@bmeia.gv.at

Web: www.aussenministerium.at/canberra

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Section IV | Service

Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs

Office: +43-501150-4172 | andreas.breiteneder@bmeia.gv.at  

www.bmeia.gv.at | facebook.at/Aussenministerium | twitter.com/MFA_Austria  

Sweden

Sent: den 27 september 2016 16:03
To: Ambassaden Canberra
Subject: Bilateral visa waiver agreement between Australia and Sweden

 

 Hello

 

Can you please confirm if this bilateral visa waiver agreement between Australia and Sweden that is current, for Australian citizens and passport holders.

Re:

Australian Treaty Series 1951 No 10

DEPARTMENT OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRSCANBERRA

Exchange of Notes constituting an Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of Sweden on Visas and Visa Fees

 

If so, please explain the rules and regulations for Australian citizens.

 

Please confirm if this can be used as additional time to the Schengen 90 out of 180 days visa.

 

Thank you

 

Kind regards

From: on behalf of Ambassaden Canberra-Visum
Sent: Wednesday, 28 September 2016 4:39 PM
Subject: RE: Bilateral visa waiver agreement between Australia and Sweden

Dear

That is correct – Australian citizens can enter Sweden for an additional 3 months AFTER the 90 visa free days in the Schengen area has been used and provided that none of the 90 days has been used in any of the Nordic countries of Norway and Denmark.

 

Kind Regards

 

__________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Visa Assistant

Embassy of Sweden

5 Turrana Street,Yarralumla                                   Telephone: +61 2 6270 2700  

Canberra ACT 2600                                                  Email: ambassaden.canberra-visum@gov.se

www.swedenabroad.com/canberra

E-postsignatur säkerhetsrådskandidaturen

Australian Treaty Series 1951 No 10

DEPARTMENT OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

CANBERRA

Exchange of Notes constituting an Agreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of Sweden on Visas and Visa Fees(Canberra 26 September 1951)Entry into force: 1 November 1951AUSTRALIAN TREATY SERIES1951 No. 10

Australian Government Publishing ServiceCanberra

(c) Commonwealth of Australia 1997


[Note from the Australian Minister for External Affairs to the Swedish Chargé d’Affaires ai, Canberra]

ICanberra

26 September 1951

B H Alander, Esq

Chargé d’Affaires

Royal Swedish Legation

CANBERRA

Sir

I have the honour to refer to previous correspondence regarding visas and visa fees, and to inform you that the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia is prepared to conclude with the Government of Sweden, an Agreement on the following lines:

1. Swedish nationals possessing valid Swedish passports who desire to enter Australia, whether temporarily or permanently, and whose entry into Australia has been approved, will receive visas for Australia free of charge from the appropriate visa-issuing authorities; such visas in the case of Swedish nationals proceeding to Australia for purposes other than permanent residence, will be made valid for a period of twelve months and good for an unlimited number of journeys to Australia within that period.

2. Australian citizens, possessing valid Australian passports, who desire to enter Sweden as bona fide non-immigrants may enter Sweden for periods of less than three months without obtaining a visa.

3. The present agreement shall take effect on 1 November 1951.

4. Either party may at any time give to the other party written notice of its desire to terminate the agreement. The Agreement shall be terminated three months after the date of such notice.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, it is understood:

(a) That the abovementioned provisions do not exempt Swedish nationals entering Australia and Australian citizens entering Sweden from the necessity of complying with the Australian and Swedish laws and regulations concerning the entry, residence, whether temporary or permanent, and employment of aliens; and

(b) that travellers who are unable to satisfy the respective immigration authorities that they comply with the laws and regulations referred to in the immediately preceding sub-paragraph are liable to be refused permission to enter or land.

If the foregoing provisions are acceptable to your Government, I have the honour to suggest that the present Note and your confirmatory reply thereto be deemed to constitute and evidence the Agreement reached between our two Governments.

I have the honour to be, with high consideration, Sir, Your obedient servant,

[Signed:]

R G CASEY

Minister of State for External Affairs


[Note from the Swedish Chargé d’Affaires ai, Canberra, to the Australian Minister for External Affairs]

IIRoyal Swedish Legation

Canberra

26 September 1951

The Right Honourable R G Casey CH, DSO, MC

Minister of State for External Affairs

CANBERRA

Sir

I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your note of today’s date regarding visas and visa fees by which you have informed me that the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia is prepared to conclude with the Government of Sweden, an Agreement on the following terms:

[Here follows text as printed under I.]I am authorised to state that my Government agree to the foregoing provisions and to the suggestion that your note under reference and this reply should be deemed to constitute and evidence the Agreement reached between our two Governments.

I have the honour to be, with high consideration, Sir, your obedient servant,

[Signed:]

BO ALANDER

Chargé d’Affaires a.i.

Austria

Gesendet: Dienstag, 27. September 2016 15:19
An: #Canberra OB Postfach
Betreff: Bilateral visa waiver agreement between Australia and Austria

Hello

Can you please confirm if there is a bilateral visa waiver agreement between Australia and Austria, for Australian citizens and passport holders

If this agreement above is still valid, please explain the rules and regulations for Australian citizens.

Please confirm if this can be used as additional time to the Schengen 90 out of 180 days visa.

Thank you

Kind regards

From: CANBERRA-OB@bmeia.gv.at
Subject: AW: Bilateral visa waiver agreement between Australia and Austria
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:24:56 +0000

Dear

Australian passport holders are allowed to enter and stay in the Schengen Area (which includes Austria) for tourism purposes for a period of up to 90 days, without having to obtain a visa.

You can find a map of the Schengen Area on the following website:  http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/borders-and-visas/index_en.htm

 

There is a bilateral agreement between Austria and Australia. It allows Australian passport holders to stay in Austria for an additional 90 days, if they can prove that they have left the Schengen Area after the first 90 days, and have not had any stopovers in other Schengen countries during the second 90 days.

 

Further please note that it is not a guarantee that the bilateral agreement will be honored by all other Schengen Member States and that you might still be fined for overstay when you leave the Schengen Area.  Therefore, you are well advised to have proof of your stay (Hotel receipts, tickets etc) in each state of the Schengen area readily available.

 

Visa and Consular Office
Austrian Embassy Canberra
12 Talbot Street, Forrest A.C.T. 2603, Australia
(Post: P.O. Box 3375, Manuka A.C.T. 2603, Australia)
Office: +61-2-6295-1533 | Fax: +61-2-6239-6751
www.austria.org.au | canberra-ob@bmeia.gv.at


Gesendet: Dienstag, 27. September 2016 16:22
An: #Canberra OB Postfach
Betreff: RE: AW: Bilateral visa waiver agreement between Australia and Austria

Thank you for your prompt response, can you please confirm if this is within regulations :

Do 85 days in Schengen (Germany, France, Switzerland) then 5 days in Austria = 90 days Schengen. (1.1.17 – 31.3.17)

Then fly to Croatia or Serbia or Bosnia (or another non Schengen country) for a two days. (1-2.4.17)

Then we can return for another 90 days in Austria as per bilateral agreement. (3.4.17 – 3.7.17)

Then can we restart our next Schengen 90 of 180 days from 4.7.17 as last Schengen 90 days was completed on 31.3.17.

Then do Schengen 90 days Czech Poland and Slovakia.

First border crossing would be Czech or Slovakia do you foresee this as a problem with the above itinerary, is it legal??

your assistance is greatly appreciated, kind regards

On 27 Sep 2016, at 4:53 PM, CANBERRA-OB@bmeia.gv.at wrote:

Dear Ms Maric,

 

The embassy reiterates the information provided below.

The final decision on lawful entry lies with the respective border authorities.

 

 

Visa and Consular Office
Austrian Embassy Canberra
12 Talbot Street, Forrest A.C.T. 2603, Australia
(Post: P.O. Box 3375, Manuka A.C.T. 2603, Australia)
Office: +61-2-6295-1533 | Fax: +61-2-6239-6751
www.austria.org.au| canberra-ob@bmeia.gv.at


Sent: Tuesday, 27 September 2016 5:31 PM
To: CANBERRA-OB@bmeia.gv.at
Subject: Re: AW: AW: Bilateral visa waiver agreement between Australia and Austria
May I ask for clarification on these 3 questions please..
As it is unclear from original email as to the precise rules…
1. After Schengen 90 days if we get direct flights from Vienna to Belgrade return in three days will Vienna airport customs allow us back in on visa waiver agreement between Australia and Austria for 90days? Is it common knowledge of customs officers in Austria?
2. After addition 90 days in Austria on visa waiver agreement are there any restrictions on exit ? Can you re-enter Schengen for another 90 of 180 days or do you need to exit to a non-Schengen  country.
3. Can the visa waiver agreement between Austria and Australia be exercised more than once, is there a timeframe before you can do it again.
Kind regards

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(Translation) Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Zl. 1522/41/18 Mr. d’affaires!

I have the honor to relate to our earlier correspondence regarding visas and visa fees, and to put them on notice that the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia is prepared to take the following agreement with the Austrian Federal Government:

“1. Austrian nationals who hold valid Austrian passport and – regardless of whether for temporary or forever – want to enter Australia and their entry into Australia has been approved, will receive exhibited prescribed for this purpose visas free of charge of the competent authorities; such approvals may be in cases where, other than issued for the purpose of permanent establishment in Australia, with a validity of twelve months and for an unlimited number of entries to Australia be fitted within this time Austrian citizens.

  1. Australian citizens possessing valid Australian passports, and which are regarded by the principles of good faith as non immigrants can not travel period extending beyond without a visa to Austria for three months.
  2. This Agreement shall enter into force on 1 April 1956th4. Each of the two Contracting Parties may inform the other contracting part in writing of its intention to terminate the agreement, having regard to any time. The agreement will take effect three months after the date of such notification. Notwithstanding the foregoing is understood:
  3. a) that the above-mentioned provisions Austrian nationals who enter Australia, and Australian citizens who enter Austria, not exempt from the necessity of the Australian or Austrian laws and regulations concerning the entry and to observe the temporary or permanent residence and employment of foreigners;and
  4. b) that travelers who are unable to convince the respective immigration authorities that they comply with the mentioned in the immediately preceding subparagraph laws and regulations, have to reckon with the refusal of entry or landing clearance.

“If the foregoing provisions your government appear agreeable, I have the honor to propose that this note and your note in reply be considered as a between our two governments concluded Come Agreement. I avail myself of this opportunity to renew to you, Mr Charge d’Affaires the assurances of my highest consideration. JA Spicer Dr. J. Manz, Charge d’Affaires of the Republic of Austria, Canberra, ACT. (translation) Chargé Zl. 592-A / 56 of 15 March 1956. Minister,

I have the honor to receive your note Zl. 1522/41 to confirm / 18 today’s date and explain that your note and my reply note in this regard are to be regarded as a closed between the Federal government of Austria and the government of the Commonwealth of Australia agreement on visas and visa fees. The terms of this contract are as follows:

“1. Austrian nationals who are holders of a valid Austrian passport and – regardless of whether for temporary or forever – want to enter Australia and whose entry into Australia has been approved, will receive issued the prescribed for this purpose visas free of charge by the competent authorities; such approvals may be in cases where for purposes other than issued for the purpose of permanent establishment in Australia, with a validity of twelve months and for an unlimited number of entries to Australia are provided within this time Austrian citizens.

  1. Australian citizens possessing valid Australian passports, and after the

Principles of good faith as non- immigrants are to be regarded, not exceeding the period can travel visa to Austria for three months.

  1. This Agreement shall enter into force on 1 April 1956th
  2. Each of the two Contracting Parties may inform the other contracting part in writing of its intention to terminate the agreement, having regard to any time.

The agreement will take effect three months after the date of such notification.

Notwithstanding the foregoing is understood:

  1. a) that the above-mentioned provisions Austrian nationals who enter Australia, and Australian citizens who enter Austria, not exempt from the necessity of the Australian or Austrian laws and regulations concerning the entry and to observe the temporary or permanent residence and employment of foreigners;and
  2. b) that travelers who are unable to convince the respective immigration authorities that they comply with the mentioned in the immediately preceding subparagraph laws and regulations, have to reckon with the refusal of entry or landing clearance.

“I use this opportunity to you, Mr. Minister, to renew the assurances of my highest consideration. Manz Senator JA Spicer QC, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canberra, ACT. the agreement contained in this exchange of notes is in accordance with Article 3 on 1 April 1956 entered into force.