Austrian passport

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Austria's biometric EU passport

The Austrian passport is - as in all countries of the European Union - a Bordeaux-red passport according to the minimum security standards of the EU. It is generally valid for ten years (except for children under twelve, which are two or five years old, depending on their age) and cannot be extended. Ordinary passports that were issued before joining the EU in 1995 were normally also valid for 10 years.

After applying for a new passport, the old copy is only valid for a shortened period of time


The passport corresponds to the standard specified by the EU, has a burgundy red envelope and 36 pages. On each of the visa pages there is a coat of arms of an Austrian federal state .

The diplomatic passport is bright red, the service passport dark blue.


In Austria, the passport is issued either by magistrates or district authorities and can also be applied for from authorized municipalities . Since June 16, 2006, biometric passports (so-called “security passports”) with a contactless chip have been issued. A passport photo is required for this, which must meet certain criteria for biometric registration (for information see: here ). It costs 75.90 euros. The digital face image and, since March 30, 2009, the mandatory two fingerprints for passport exhibitions are stored on the chip . A permissible subsequent change is the entry of an academic degree , the entry of the status of engineer , the deletion of the registered children ( ex officio , if they receive their own passport) or the change of the special characteristics (scars, tattoos ) of the passport holder. A new passport must be issued for all other changes. The new passport can be applied for at any passport authority in Austria, regardless of residence, and it is produced centrally in the Austrian State Printing Office . For this purpose, photos and signature are scanned and sent digitally to Vienna. After production, delivery is made directly to the passport holder by return receipt within five to seven days (for express processing in three days, a total of 100 euros is charged for this, for one-day express processing a total of 220 euros). Usually, even without express processing, delivery often takes two to three days, but this is not guaranteed. Because of this type of transfer, expired passports are canceled when the application is submitted or the period of validity is reduced to a few days.

Child passes

In the passport system, a person up to the age of twelve is considered a child. It is no longer possible to register children since June 15, 2009. Existing child registrations were valid for 3 years and expired automatically on June 15, 2012. Since then, children have required their own passports. Children's passes cost only 30 euros and are valid for five years. Children under two years of age get the first pass free of charge and are only valid for two years. The appearance of the passports is the same. However, no fingerprints are stored of children and no size is entered, but they must be personally present when the application is made. If there is a lack of writing skills, a legal guardian must write the name in block capitals in the signature field. There is also express processing for children's passes with increased tariffs.

Travel document

In Austria, the possession of a passport is not mandatory. Failure to take it with you abroad is also a criminal offense under Austrian law. This also applies to the Schengen states , in which the passport is usually not checked when crossing the border. In most European countries as well as Georgia and for package tours to Tunisia or Jordan (via Aqaba Airport), however, an identity card can be carried instead of a passport .

With passports issued between 26 October 2005 and 15 June 2006 could only be visa-free in the United States are entered when they were subsequently regulatory agency equipped with a sticker ( "photo vignette" with a printed image of the holder).

Names with special characters

Special characters cannot be used in the machine-readable zone of the passport. These are either circumscribed (e.g. M ü ller → M  U E  L L E R, Gro ß  → G R O  S S ) or replaced by simple letters (e.g. D é sir é e → D  E  S I R  E  E). This means that the name is written in two different ways in the document, which can cause confusion, especially abroad.

Austrian passports can (but do not have to) contain a reference in German, English and French that the German letters ä , ö , ü , ß are rewritten as AE , OE , UE , SS .

Emergency pass

Emergency passports can be issued if you do not have a valid passport before an important / urgent trip, or if the term of the passport would be shorter than the visa to be issued, if there is not enough time to issue a new passport or if fingerprints are not possible.

Such an emergency pass can be issued directly at Vienna Airport or within the business hours of the central Vienna Pass Service of MA 62 or outside of the business hours (during the night or on weekends and public holidays) in the Wache Rathaus (MA 68).

For the exhibition, two identical, biometric color passport photos (not older than six months) in portrait format about 3.5 × 4.5 centimeters are required as well as an official photo ID (passport, identity card, driver's license, service ID, etc.) or an identity certificate. an identity witness (spouse, significant other, relative) so that the identity can be verified. In addition, the requirement for issuing an emergency passport must be made credible. The validity is one year, but an emergency passport does not always entitle the holder to enter other countries (e.g. Turkey) or only in connection with a visa (e.g. USA).


Costs and fees

Austrian passport with biometric chip

In Austria the fees are made up as follows:

Application before completion of the 2nd year of life
  • Normal delivery: Free of charge for the first issue (e.g. if another passport is issued because of a change of name, this is subject to a fee)
  • Express delivery: 45 euros
  • One-day express pass: 165 euros
  • Emergency passport: Free of charge when first issued
Application after completion of the 2nd year of life
  • Normal delivery: 30 euros
  • Express delivery: 45 euros
  • One-day express pass: 165 euros
  • Emergency pass: 30 euros
Application after completion of the 12th year of life
  • Normal delivery: 75.90 euros
  • Express delivery: 100 euros
  • One-day express pass: 220 euros
  • Emergency pass: 75.90 euros


  • Andreas Temmel: The Austrian passport system between 1848 and 1918 . Thesis. University of Graz, Graz 2006, OBV .
  • Michael Ferdinand Hollerer: The biometric passport and its compatibility with the fundamental rights of the Austrian legal system . Thesis. University of Graz, Graz 2010. - Full text online .

Individual evidence

  1. ^ RIS - Passport Act 1992 - consolidated federal law, version dated August 30, 2018. Retrieved August 30, 2018 .
  2. ^ BZÖ-Grosz: After diplomatic passport also reform service passport - recipients completely unclear! , APA on January 13, 2012
  3. Passport - reissue. In: Federal Chancellery, accessed on November 13, 2011 .
  4. Passport - minors under 18 years of age. In: Federal Chancellery, accessed on November 13, 2011 .
  5. Emergency pass. In: Federal Chancellery, accessed on November 13, 2011 .

Web links

Commons : Austrian passports  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files
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