Known for its culture and arts, there are several events related to these in the country. Along with this, Austria is known for sporting events such as football and alpine skiing. Thanks to the Austria Sports Visa, also officially known as the Cultural/Sports and Religious event visa, people around the world can visit the country for participating in these events.
More commonly known as the Austria Cultural/Sports and Religious event visa, this is a form of the Schengen type C and is a short term permit that is issued for people entering the country for the purpose of taking part in cultural events, sporting events, or religious events. The permit is valid for a duration of 90 days in a 180-day period. However, people from other Schengen countries and other visa-exempt nations do not require a permit to enter Austria.
The process of applying for an Austria Schengen Sports Visa is done offline. However, before starting the application, it is necessary to confirm that you are eligible for this type. Once you do this, you should obtain all the necessary documents for the process. You can then proceed to start the application as per the following -
Please note that if you have already submitted your biometrics in the past 5 years, you do not have to submit it again. Along with this, make sure that you submit the original documents and the correct information. Providing fake documents and false information can lead to visa rejection.
To be able to apply of this particular type, you must meet the following criteria -
Documents required for Austria Sports Visa are as follows:
The duration taken to process your application depends on several factors such as the volume of applications at the embassy, the type of entry, any express processing facilities, previous travel history and so on. Normally, this will take around 15 working days. However, since there is no guarantee of the exact number of days it will take, and as a result, it is recommended that you apply well in advance.
The total fees for this process are dependent on a few aspects such as the number of entries, express delivery and processing charges, biometric charges as well as any other additional service charges levied. However, ensure that you check the exact fees before applying.
After you have submitted the application, you can expect to receive it according to how fast it is processed. In cases where they may need additional verification and documents, you will be asked to provide them.
While your application is being processed, you may check the status by simply visiting the tracking portal of the VAC and entering your application number and name. You may also contact the travel agency or embassy directly via call or mail to know the status.
You cannot extend your cultural/sports/ and religious events visa. Similar to other Schengen short term permits, these are non-extendable. You are requested to leave the country before your permit expires. However, in extreme circumstances, you may be able to apply for an extension and may be granted with it.
You cannot stay for any extra duration once your permit is expired. You are expected to leave the country before the date of expiry. Staying back after this period is considered as an offence and can get you deported. Alternately, you may apply for an extension if your reason to stay back in the country is an emergency.
Similar to other Schengen countries, Austria does not require a medical test mandatory. However, for the longer visa categories, you may require tests. Apart from this, it is mandatory to get travel medical insurance for your travel. It is also suggested that you get a medical checkup done for your own personal benefit.
You cannot extend or convert a short term permit. If you do want another visa, you will have to leave the country and apply for another permit from the home country. However, please note that even though your sports visa is for cultural, religious, and sporting events, you are permitted to indulge in tourism activities. You do not need an additional visa for this purpose.