The Formula One Grand Prix is one of the most important events on the Austrian cultural and sporting calendar, with the exciting annual event regularly attracting visitors from all over the world. First held in 1969, the Austria F1 GP takes place in the Styrian mountains in Spielberg in southeastern Austria, with the spectacular surrounding Alpine scenery as a backdrop.
Originally held in an airfield, the race later received its own specially built track as the event grew in size, which has been redeveloped and sold to new owners over the years. Since 2013, the track has been known as the Red Bull Ring, named after the new owners who revived the Austrian Grand Prix after a ten-year absence from the world racing calendar after undertaking a €70 million renovation of the site.
The massive event usually kicks off with a spectacular concert from a world-famous band, with past guests including Bon Jovi, AC/DC, and The Rolling Stones, followed by a full program of local Austrian acts. The races involve around 6 hours of F1 on-track action, as well as racing from F1’s main feeder series, Formula 2 and Formula 3.
In order to visit the country and enjoy the Austria F1 GP, foreign passport holders may first be required to obtain one of the types of visa for Austria, depending on their nationality. Citizens of all EU member states are able to travel to Austria without a visa, although all non-visa waiver third-country nationals are required to obtain a Austria tourist visa to go to the GP F1 Austria.
Travel to the GP F1 Austria with ETIAS
At the moment, citizens of over 60 visa waiver countries do not require a visa to visit Austria and other Schengen Area countries for stays up to 90 days, meaning they can visit the Austrian Grand Prix without having to apply for travel authorization. However, from 2022, it is expected that citizens of the same countries will be required to obtain a ETIAS visa waiver for Austria in order to travel to the country for short stays.
The electronic visa waiver to visit Austria allows multiple stays of up to 90 days within every 180-day period and is valid for a total of 3 years from the date of issue, meaning that those who wish to visit the Austria F1 GP several years in a row do not need to submit an application for every visit.
The ETIAS will be available through a simple online application which will only take a few minutes to complete with personal, passport, and travel information, and the approved ETIAS is electronically linked to the applicant’s passport.
Schengen Visa for the GP F1 Austria
Citizens from non-visa waiver countries are required to obtain one of the Austria visa types to visit the country, and if coming for a short stay such as to experience the F1 GP, will be required to obtain a Schengen visa from an Austrian embassy or consulate, which permits a total stay of 90 days within a 180-day period. The total period of validity of a Schengen visa depends on the decision of the issuing personnel at the embassy at which the traveler applies.
Unlike the ETIAS visa waiver, which permits travel to all 26 Schengen countries during its nationality, an approved Schengen visa only permits travel to the specific Schengen country the traveler intends to visit. To obtain a Schengen visa to visit Austria, eligible applicants are required to first fill in and print a Schengen visa application form, then make and attend an appointment at their nearest Austrian embassy.
It is necessary to provide a range of supporting documentation in order for the application to be approved, including:
- An eligible passport valid for at least 3 months
- Two recent photographs, passport-sized
- Proof of sufficient funds to cover the stay in Austria
- Travel Insurance with minimum €30,000 coverage
- A letter explaining the purpose of the trip
- Proof of accommodation, such as hotel reservations
- A travel itinerary for Austria including entry and exit dates and flight numbers
Some extra supporting documentation may be requested depending on the applicant’s employment status, including bank statements and a more detailed travel itinerary. Eligible applicants are able to apply for a Schengen visa for Austria from between 3 months up to 3 weeks before the intended date of arrival in the country. However, travelers are advised to apply as soon as they know their entry and exit dates, to ensure sufficient time to receive the visa to go to the GP F1 Austria before the event begins.