Yearly accreditation – Terms of accreditation
Bona fide representatives of the media* who fully meet UN media accreditation requirements can be accredited to the Vienna International Centre (VIC). Applicants need to provide the following:
- Completed online accreditation form
- A letter of assignment on official letterhead of a media organization signed by the Publisher/Assignment Editor or Bureau Chief. It should specify the name and functional title of the journalist and the period of coverage at the United Nations in Vienna. Unsigned letters or emails will not be accepted
- Scanned image of a valid press card (national or international)
- Scanned image of passport/national ID card
All information required can be submitted as attachments of the online form. Click on the type of accreditation required below, if you agree to the terms of accreditation and guidelines on media access to the VIC, then fill out the online form and submit with attachments.
You may also be asked to submit additional information material to support your application:
- Print media representatives may be required to submit copies of two recent issues of their publication.
- Independent production companies are required to provide a letter from their broadcast organization.
- Photographers may be required to submit original tear sheets of photos with credits of the organization.
Online media must meet the following requirements, in addition to those above:
The web publication must belong to a registered company, such as a media organization, and have a specific, verifiable non-web address and a telephone number.
The online journal requesting accreditation for its correspondent must have a substantial amount of original news content or commentary or analysis on international issues.
If the website is new, the applicant seeking accreditation must provide the latest data on the site’s visitors or other relevant material (press citations, etc.) about the outlet’s audience.
The applicant must have an established record of having written extensively on international issues.
Note that online publications which are communications outreach or advocacy publications of non-governmental or no-profit organizations do not qualify for media accreditation.
Double accreditation: it should be noted that no double accreditation is allowed (e.g. as press and delegate, or as press and NGO).
Freelance journalists are subject to the same requirements. Freelance journalists, including photographers, must provide clear evidence that they are on assignment from a specific news organization or publication. A valid assignment letter from that media outlet is required. Photographic agencies must provide clear evidence from a client news organization or publication.
Please ensure you have read and understood the terms of accreditation as set out here and on the UNIS Vienna webpage.
Messages will be sent to you by email informing you of the progress of your application. You will be provided with a user name and password to login to your application where you can update your contact details and apply for a renewal when the press pass is due to expire. We will inform you if we require further information.
For new accreditations: before picking up your badge applicants are requested to make an appointment with the accreditation office firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone: + 43 1 260 60 3342.
Media accreditation is valid until November of the current calendar year and needs to be extended every year. Journalists should be prepared to provide evidence of regular coverage of United Nations issues.
Picking up Press Passes
Once you receive an email confirming that your request for accreditation has been approved and that you have read and acknowledged the guidelines on media access to the Vienna International Centre, you can obtain your press pass at:
Security Pass Office
Vienna International Centre
Office hours: 8:00am until 4:00pm
When picking up your press pass you must present your national passport.
*Note on bona fide media organizations: UNIS Vienna must be satisfied that the individuals applying for accreditation are bona fide media professionals and represent bona fide media organizations [formally registered as a media organization in a country recognized by the United Nations General Assembly]. Accreditation will only be given on proof of a track record of reporting for media organizations on international affairs. Media accreditation is not accorded to the information outlets of non-governmental organizations. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis and the decisions of the United Nations Information Service in Vienna are final. UNIS Vienna reserves the right to deny or withdraw accreditation of journalists from media organizations whose activities run counter to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations, or who abuse the privileges so extended or put the accreditation to improper use or act in a way not consistent with the principles of the Organization.