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. 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.*

    *The cursive part is currently part of the consultation procedure and will be updated once the BREXIT-Implementing Regulation will be in force.

  • If you already have valid british European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), you can apply for a new EHIC "Citizens' Rights" at the Österreichische Gesundheitskasse (ÖGK) until Dec. 31st, 2020.

    Further information can be found here (in German only) and here.

    • 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.

    *The cursive part is currently part of the consultation procedure and will be updated once the BREXIT-Implementing Regulation will be in force.

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

  • You need not do anything. Even if you do not apply, your stay in Austria will remain legal until Dec. 31st, 2021*.

    *The cursive part is currently part of the consultation procedure and will be updated once the BREXIT-Implementing Regulation will be in force.

  • 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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  • Yes, a new residence title has been created for this purpose, which can also be used by family members: "Article 50 TEU".*

    Regarding the necessary documents a distinction is made according to the family relationship (see below).

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

    *The cursive part is currently part of the consultation procedure and will be updated once the BREXIT-Implementing Regulation will be in force.

  • It depends on the family relationship which documents are required.

    • Valid passport or national identity card
    • Marriage/partnership certificate (for registered partners in a civil union)
    • Other documents proving the family relationship (e.g. birth certificate)
    • Proof of actual payment of maintenance (e.g. for children over 21 years and parents)
    • Confirmation of registration of the British national(s)

    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*).

    In exceptional cases it may also be possible to apply after Dec. 31st, 2021* (e.g. in case of children born later or certain family members who are moving to Austria at a later date).

    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.

    *The cursive part is currently part of the consultation procedure and will be updated once the BREXIT-Implementing Regulation will be in force.

  • You need not do anything. Even if you do not apply, your stay in Austria will remain legal until Dec. 31st, 2021*.

    *The cursive part is currently part of the consultation procedure and will be updated once the BREXIT-Implementing Regulation will be in force.

  • If your family member is a British national who has lived in Austria before the end of the transitional period (= before Dec. 31st, 2020) and continues to live in Austria and the family member status has existed before the end of the transitional period, you have to apply for a residence title "Article 50 TEU" at the competent residence authority in Austria*.

    The requirements for this are:

    • Valid passport or national identity card
    • Marriage/partnership certificate (for registered partners in a civil union)
    • Other documents proving the family relationship (e.g. birth certificate)
    • Where appropriate, proof that the family relationship has already existed before the end of the transitional period
    • Proof of actual payment of maintenance (e.g. for children over 21 years, parents)
    • Confirmation of registration of the British national(s)

    *The cursive part is currently part of the consultation procedure and will be updated once the BREXIT-Implementing Regulation will be in force.