Attention U.S. citizens in western Austria! A Consular Team from U.S. Embassy Vienna will be visiting Innsbruck, Monday July 18 – Tuesday, July 19, 2022.
We are offering LIMITED appointments for applicants who must appear in-person for services such as Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA), passport renewals for children under 16, and replacement of a lost or stolen passport (DS-11 applications), and emergency notary services. The turnaround time for passports and CRBAs is about 2 weeks.
If you are interested in Innsbruck services, please send a detailed email to ConsulateVienna@state.gov and include the names and Dates of Birth of all applicants and attendees, contact information, and what service(s) you require.
Due to the high demand and limited appointment slots, we will not be able to accept all requests. If your case is selected, we will send you a follow-up email with the exact time, date and location for your Innsbruck appointment.
Innsbruck applicants must arrive fully prepared with all required application forms, supporting documentation, photocopies and self-addressed stamped envelope. We are only able to accept payment in Euros (exact change only).
See our websites for detailed instructions on all consular services:
- Passport Renewals: https://at.usembassy.gov/passports/important-passport-information/
- Consular Report of Birth Abroad: https://at.usembassy.gov/birth/
- Notary Services: https://at.usembassy.gov/services/notarials/
- Fees: https://at.usembassy.gov/fees/
Important Reminders for Summer Vacation
Got summer vacation plans? Don’t let your trip get grounded due to an expired passport. Every day the Consulate receives calls and emails from frantic U.S. citizens scrambling at the last minute due to expired U.S. passports. Additionally, many countries require your passports to be valid for at least six months or longer! Carefully research the entry requirements of the country you are visiting at Travel.State.Gov.
Due to the busy summer vacation season and historically high travel demand, our wait times for appointments are longer than normal. Don’t wait until the last minute – check all your family members’ passports now! We recommend U.S. Citizens renew their passports at least NINE MONTHS before they expire. Set renewal reminders on your calendar or apps.
If you have non-U.S. citizen family members, encourage them to renew their ESTA or visas long before any anticipated travel. Our wait time for routine visa appointments is currently 3 MONTHS.
Passport Renewals by Mail!
U.S. citizen adults in Austria may now renew 10-year passports by mail and pay all fees online! The processing time for passport renewals (DS-82 applications) by mail is 3 to 4 weeks. Our secure, online payment system allows payment by credit cards, bank transfer, PayPal and Amazon Pay! Please CLICK HERE for qualifications and detailed instructions.
Important notice for dual U.S.-Austrian Citizens
Per Section 215 of the U.S. Immigration and National Act (8 U.S.C. 1185), it is illegal for a U.S. citizen to enter or leave the United States on anything other than a U.S. citizenship document. Persons holding both U.S. and Austrian or other citizenship MUST enter and exit the United States on a valid U.S. Passport. This applies to all dual citizens, including babies and children.
Likewise, upon return to the European Union, a dual citizen who holds an EU-member country passport MUST enter the EU on their EU passport. It is illegal for an EU-member citizen to enter the EU on their U.S. passport.
Voting in the 2022 U.S. Mid-Term Elections
This is a mid-term election year — all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 Senate seats are up for grabs in November, plus 39 gubernatorial seats. U.S. citizens have the right to vote in primary and general elections, no matter where in the world they live!
Registering to Vote: The first step is to register to vote and request an absentee ballot. Start by completing a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) at FVAP.gov. We recommend U.S. citizens complete a new FPCA every year to ensure your local election office has your current information, and to ensure you remain on the voter rolls. Most states allow you to complete and submit the FPCA by e-mail or fax. If your state allows, always choose the option to receive ballots by e-mail.
Submitting your Ballot: About half of U.S. states allow voters to send their ballots by e-mail, fax, or secure online portals. Please see FVAP.gov or contact your local election office to see the specific requirements in your jurisdiction.
If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials by mail, you can do so through Austria Post priority mail, or an express courier service, or FREE through U.S. Embassy Vienna diplomatic pouch. The diplomatic pouch provides free mail service from embassies and consulates to a U.S. sorting facility. You will need to place your ballots in U.S. postage paid return envelopes (usually provided with your ballot) or in envelopes bearing sufficient U.S. postage. You can download a free U.S. postage-paid return envelope template at FVAP.gov. If you chose to use our diplomatic pouch service, you must drop off your registration or ballots AT LEAST FOUR WEEKS BEFORE THE DEADLINE at:
U.S. Consulate Vienna
Parkring 12a (Marriott hotel building)
1010 Vienna, Austria
Hours: Weekdays between 8am and 4pm. (Closed U.S. and Austrian holidays)
Nearest metro stops: Weihburgasse (Tram 2), Stadtpark (U4), Stubentor (U3)
We recommend all U.S. citizens living abroad complete and submit a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) annually, to ensure you remain of your state’s voter rolls and to ensure your local election office has your up-to-date contact information.
Myth Busting & Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I heard my child must chose a citizenship by age 18. Is that true?
A: NO! If your child acquired both U.S. and Austrian citizenship by birth, they are U.S. citizens for life (unless they later renounce as adults).
Q: I qualify to transmit U.S. citizen to my Austria-born child. But if we apply for a U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad, he/she will lose their Austrian citizenship.
A: Wrong! If a child qualifies for both U.S. and Austrian citizenship at birth, the child is entitled to keep both citizenships.