Accreditation for permanent foreign correspondents

International journalists in Austria receive a cheque-card-size digitalized badge containing their personal data and a photograph in order to certify that the holder is accredited as a permanent correspondent for his or her media entity in Austria. To be accredited for the first time or to extend a valid accreditation in Austria you are kindly requested to observe the following procedures:

1) Online accreditation

You need to attach the following documents to your online accreditation:

a) letter of endorsement from your editor (employer) which must

  • be on paper with the original letter head,
  • be signed, stamped and dated by the chief editor,
  • indicate the length of your assignment.

Facsimiles cannot be accepted!

b) valid passport: those sides containing your personal data, the emitting authority and the date of expiry.

If you are not a citizen from an EEA country (European Economic Area), your passport must contain a valid visa stamp, a copy of which must be attached to your application. Journalists applying for the first time need to submit a residence permit (Erstniederlassungsbewilligung) or, provisionally, a category "D" visa with a note by the appropriate Austrian mission abroad confirming that a residence permit has been applied for.

c) national or international press ID card

d) curriculum vitae

e) valid photograph (only in format jpg)

Digital attachments must be of jpg, doc or pdf format.

b), c) d) only necessary in case of first time application!

Start here your online accreditation for international media representatives

2) Personal appearance at the Federal Press Service (only in case of FIRST TIME ACCREDITATION, not for EXTENSION of accreditation period)

After your application for accreditation has reached the Federal Press Service you will be contacted in order to arrange for a personal meeting at:

1010 Vienna,
Ballhausplatz 1 Room No. EG52
Phone: +43 1 531 15-20 25 61

Please bring the following documents with you:

a) letter of endorsement from your editor (employer) (see 1a)
b) valid passport (see 1c)
c) sample copies of your journalistic work (articles, photographs, videos, etc.)

General guidelines for accreditation

Journalists applying for the first time will receive an accreditation certificate (badge) for one year. If you want to prolong your accreditation you have to present a new letter of endorsement from your employer (see 1a) as well as proofs of your journalistic work (see 2c).

Please be aware that your data are submitted to an accuracy check as well as to a security check. The protection and security of your personal data is important to us. We therefore store and process data solely in accordance with current data protection legislation. Until 25 May 2018 your data is subject to the provisions of the Austrian Data Protection Act 2000 (Federal Act concerning the Protection of Personal Data, Federal Law Gazette I No. 165/1999 (DSG 2000)). From 25 May 2018, it is subject to the provisions of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (GDPR) as well as the provisions of the Data Protection Act as amended by the Data Protection Amendment Act (as amended) of 25 May 2018. As a user, you consent to the processing of data in line with this declaration.

The final decision on whether and for which period of time an accreditation certificate will be issued rests with the Federal Press Service.

The Federal Press Service must be informed of any of the following changes without delay:

  • change of address
  • change of phone or fax number or email address
  • change of media enterprise for which the accreditation certificate was issued
  • termination of assignment as foreign correspondent in Austria

The accreditation certificate (badge) will be sent to you by mail.


Federal Chancellery
Ballhausplatz 1, 1010 Vienna
Room EG 52/ground floor: only prior to appointment by telephone
Phone: +43 1 531 15-20 25 61 or 20 23 38