Entry and residence in connexion with BREXIT (as of January 1st, 2021)

General Information

The United Kingdom left the European Union on January 31st, 2020.

The exit agreement negotiated in this context provides for a transitional period until December 31st, 2020 during which all previous regulations for entry and residence of British nationals and their families will continue to apply.

As of January 1st, 2021 the United Kingdom will no longer be part of the single European market and the customs union. However, the exit agreement provides for facilitated residence conditions for UK nationals and their families living in Austria before the end of the transitional period who wish to remain in Austria.

For further information please also visit the Federal Chancellery’s website.

British nationals

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  • Yes, if you intend to stay for more than 6 months (i. e. past June 30th, 2021) in Austria. A new residence title has been created for this purpose: "Article 50 TEU". You can apply for this residence title until Dec. 31st, 2021.

    As with the confirmation of registration, it depends on the purpose of residence which documents are required (see below).

    You have to apply in person at the competent residence authority in Austria.

    • Valid identity card or passport
    • Proof of comprehensive health insurance cover (e.g. by means of an insurance policy, or taking out student insurance (“Studierendenselbstversicherung”))
    • Proof of sufficient financial means, e.g. a credit balance on a savings book or bank account, traveller's cheques (depending on the individual case)
    • Confirmation of admission from the university
    • Extract from the criminal record (upon request of the authority)

    These requirements are basically the same as those for a confirmation of registration.

    Documents issued by non-Austrian authorities (e.g. birth certificate, marriage certificate) have to be translated into German by sworn and court-certified interpreters and, if requested by the authority, legalised. Documents issued by EU/EEA/Swiss authorities only need to be translated.

    • Valid identity card or passport
    • Proof of comprehensive health insurance cover (e.g. by means of an employment contract)
    • Proof of sufficient financial means, e.g. a credit balance on a savings book or bank account, traveller's cheques (depending on the individual case)
    • Confirmation from the employer (e.g. employment contract)
    • Extract from the criminal record (upon request of the authority)

    These requirements are basically the same as those for a confirmation of registration.

    Documents issued by non-Austrian authorities (e.g. birth certificate, marriage certificate) have to be translated into German by sworn and court-certified interpreters and, if requested by the authority, legalised. Documents issued by EU/EEA/Swiss authorities only need to be translated.

  • You can apply until Dec. 31st, 2021. During the period until you submit your application and the period until your application has been processed you are lawfully residing in Austria (even after Dec. 31st, 2021).

    You will receive a confirmation of your application from the residence authority, which you have to carry together with your passport/ID card and which will also allow you to re-enter Austria.


  • You can enter Austria with your confirmation of your application, which you have to carry together with your passport/ID card.

  • British nationals can enter Austria without requiring a visa and stay in Austria for up to 90 days within 180 days without a visa. If you want to stay for more than 90 days, you have to apply for a visa D or a residence permit.

    In principle, the same rules apply as for third country nationals.

Family members of British nationals

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