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How much does it cost to become an Austrian citizen?

Not only is becoming an Austrian citizen tough, but it can be pretty pricey. Here’s how much Austrian citizenship is likely to set you back.

How much does it cost to become an Austrian citizen?
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Becoming an Austrian citizen is not cheap or easy, but it is possible and results in becoming a citizen of an EU country with a high standard of living.

Austrian citizenship, or naturalisation, is one of the least applied for in the EU. This is put down to strict eligibility requirements on the length of time spent in the country and, in most cases, renouncing original citizenship.

It doesn’t mean becoming an Austrian citizen is impossible though and last year more than 10,000 people went through the process of naturalisation in Austria.

How much does it cost to become an Austrian citizen? 

The cost of becoming an Austrian citizen can vary depending on the citizenship route. 

As a guide, the cost of the application is around €130 and the fee for granting citizenship is typically between €1,100 and €1,500. 

However, this does not include other costs, such as fees for the translation of official documents and taking the German language test.

Also, it is important to remember that you have to pay the costs regardless of whether your application is approved or rejected – so please try and make sure all your paperwork is in order before you apply. 

We’ve prepared this handy guide with more information for you. 

READ MORE: What you need to know about applying for Austrian citizenship

What are the specific costs? 

As we said above, costs can vary widely and it will largely depend on the specific route you take towards citizenship. 

The City of Vienna has broken down the expected costs in an itemised format at the following link

While this is not a complete and exhaustive list, it does summarise what you can expect to pay in different circumstances of ‘acquiring’ Austrian citizenship. 

To retain your Austrian citizenship, the application costs €14.30. If it is successful, you’ll need to pay between €100 and 200 to actually retain your Austrian citizenship. 

To extend your Austrian citizenship, adults will pay €950 while children will pay €330. 

But it is not only attaining, extending or retaining your citizenship which is likely to cost you. 

You’ll also need to spend money to waive your citizenship: approximately €25. 

Not sure if you are an Austrian citizen and want to find out? You’ll be charged €50 just to check the register to see if you are or if you aren’t (and you’ll need to pay the money either way). 

Need documentary proof that you’re an Austrian citizen? That’s going to set you back €45.  

What about other ways of obtaining Austrian citizenship? 

There are some other relatively rare categories of obtaining Austrian citizenship. 

If you have done a lot for the country, you may receive honorary Austrian citizenship for “extraordinary achievements in the interest of the Republic of Austria”. 

What do you have to pay for this honour? A cool €1,600. 

Then there’s acquiring Austrian citizenship for people who were persecuted during the Nazi regime and needed to flee the country. 

This will cost you a nominal fee of €7. 

What other costs are there? 

There are a range of other costs which you may be required to pay in order to become an Austrian citizen. 

The cost of the passport itself is not included in the above amounts. 

For instance, you will need to pay for a German course to ensure your Deutsch is up to standard. The cost of this can vary widely. 

You’ll also need to take a test to prove your German – again, the cost of which can vary widely. 

Finally you may need to have certain documents notarised or witnessed, all of which can cost you money.  

How can I pay? 

While cash remains king in Austria, fortunately you can pay with card – or with cash – when procuring your citizenship. 

This includes debit cards and most commonly accepted credit cards. 

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EXPLAINED: Everything you need to know about camping in Austria

Camping in Austria can be a lot of fun, but what are the rules? Here’s everything you need to know about setting up camp in the Alpine republic.

EXPLAINED: Everything you need to know about camping in Austria

Waking up beside a lake or surrounded by mountains is a dream Austrian holiday for many, but it’s important to know the rules about camping before heading off with a tent or campervan.

As the summer season approaches, here’s everything you need to know about camping in Austria.

Is wild camping legal in Austria?

Wild camping – setting up camp outside of a designated campsite – is generally illegal in Austria. This applies to both camping in a tent or sleeping in a van on the side of the road.

Exceptions to this rule do exist but usually only if the municipal authority grants a temporary exception, for example for a school trip or a youth club activity.

A bivouac (temporary camp without cover) is allowed in the event of bad weather or injury, but planned wild camping in the mountains is illegal. 

FOR MEMBERS: What are the rules for wild camping in Austria?

There are some regional differences though.

In the states of Salzburg, Vorarlberg and Styria there are no laws strictly forbidding camping outside of campsites, but local authorities can prohibit it and take action if necessary.

The strictest rules apply in national parks, nature reserves and special protection areas across Austria, so check before you plan your camping trip that your spot is not located in one of these areas.  

In most cases, if someone is caught camping illegally in Austria it is considered as an administrative offence and a fine can be issued, ranging from €5 to €500, depending on the location.

Camping in the forest

Camping in the forest is prohibited everywhere in Austria by law (specifically Section 33 of the Forest Act). The only exception is when you have the consent of the landowner.

Camping above the tree line

In Upper Austria and Styria you are allowed to camp in the mountains above the tree line, as long as you are outside of pasture areas.

In Vorarlberg this is also permitted, although the mayor of a municipality can prohibit the setting up of tents outside approved campsites if the interests of safety, health, agriculture or the protection of the natural balance as well as the landscape and townscape are “grossly violated”.

In Salzburg, camping above the tree line is in theory permitted, but the Alpine Association recommends groups wishing to camp should contact the nature conservation department of the responsible district administration before setting up. 

READ ALSO: How to explore the Austrian mountains in the summer like a local

Camping in a tent

Camping in a tent is the most common way of camping in the summer and most people pitch up on a dedicated campsite.

Many campgrounds have water and electricity facilities, as well as showers, cooking areas, recreation spaces and even kids clubs. Others have luxury elements like year-round heated pools, saunas, beach volleyball and restaurants.

Campsites are also often located near a lake or at the base of mountains, which means you can wake up to beautiful scenery every morning .

Some of Austria’s top camping associations include Camping Wien, Camping Steiermark and Top Camping Austria.

Camping in a van

Camping in a motorhome is only allowed at campsites in Austria and if someone is caught sleeping in a van in a prohibited area they can be fined.

The only exception is if a driver has to stop and recuperate before continuing driving.

Top camping tips

Austria is packed with stunning natural landscapes, so camping during the summer months is a popular activity – both for Austrian residents and tourists.

For this reason, it’s recommended to book ahead during the peak summer holiday months of July and August, whether planning to camp in a motorhome or tent.

Camping in motorhomes is also becoming more popular at some winter campsites during the ski season, so it’s always a good idea to book in advance.

Additionally, it’s advised to take bug spray when camping in Austria in the summer as insects like mosquitoes and ticks are common in countryside areas.

In fact, tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) – a viral infection transmitted by the bite of infected ticks – is endemic in Austria and it’s recommended to get vaccinated before going on a hiking or camping trip in the country.

The main affected areas for TBE are Tyrol and Upper Austria.

READ MORE: EXPLAINED: What is Austria’s ‘tick vaccine’ and should you take it

Useful vocabulary

Campsite – Campingplätze

Tent – Zelt

Campervan – Reisemobil

Electricity – Strom

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