Accreditation for international media representatives
From the beginning of 2006 international journalists in Austria will 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) ON-LINE accreditation
You need to attach the following documents to your ON-LINE 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 and must not exceed 150 kb each.
b), c) d) only necessary in case of first time application!
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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:
Ballhausplatz 1 Room No. EG33
Phone: +43 1 531 15-202561
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).
The Federal Press Service reserves the right to have the documents verified by the Austrian mission in the country where the letter of endorsement by the editor or employer was issued. 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.