If you want to go to the F1 Grand Prix in Bahrain we have all the information about the race, visas and more.
27 August 2013| Last updated on 10 September 2017
The Bahrain Grand Prix is sponsored by Gulf Air and the first race took place in April 2004. This race was the first of its kind to be held in the Middle East and it earned the award for "Best Organised Grand Prix" by the FIA. The F1 race is run in the same way in all the participating countries, in Bahrain the traditional champagne that is sprayed on the crowd is replaced by a rosewater drink known as Waard.
The Grand Prix Formula One is held annually at the Bahrain International Circuit and the weekend sees thousands of people pass through its doors. Tickets are sold on the circuits website but many hotels also partner up with deals so you can buy tickets, hotels, a pit walk etcetera all in one. Furthermore there are different grades of tickets ranging from Grandstand to VIP. Visit www.bahraingp.com for more information.
Formula 1 fanatics will swarm to the Kingdom of Bahrain to see their favourite drivers go head to head during the F1 season. This is one of the main tourist attractions in the world that sees thousands of fans who follow the sport going to various countries to see the races. Bahrain is no exception. The Kingdom has made it easy for fans to get special visas for the F1. Hotels get booked up well in advance so ensure that you make your bookings accordingly.
NPRA has introduced a visa specifically for spectators wishing to attend the F1 Grand Prix event at Bahrain International Circuit. This visa can be obtained either through this website or on arrival in Bahrain.
Photographers, journalists and team members and other officials associated with the F1 Grand Prix event should contact Bahrain International Circuit to arrange a visa.
The F1 Grand Prix visa is open to certain nationalities, subject to the following conditions:
• Your entry must not violate the security and national welfare of Bahrain.
• Visa is not valid for entry until 7 April 2013. You cannot use the visa to enter Bahrain before this date.
• Visa is valid until 21 April 2013. You cannot use the visa to enter Bahrain after this date.
• You must not take up paid employment during your visit to Bahrain.
• You must be able to support yourself (and any dependents) during the visit.
• Passport must be valid for length of time you will be in Bahrain.
• You must have valid tickets (or proof of purchase) to the Formula 1 Grand Prix events.
• Visitor must have a valid confirmed onward ticket to leave Bahrain.
• The visa can be used for multiple entries to Bahrain.
• You can stay a total of 2 weeks in Bahrain.
• This visa cannot be extended.
Important Notes for online applications:
• Holding a visa does not guarantee you entry to the Kingdom of Bahrain. You must meet all of the conditions on arrival to be granted entry, at the discretion of an Immigration Officer.
• You cannot apply online if you have endorsees on your passport and the endorsees are travelling with you.
How long does it take?
Approval of an application is not given immediately. Applications take up to 72 hours to process. We will advise you by email when a decision has been made.
How much does it cost?
NPRA will issue F1 visas free of charge.
Do I have to print anything?
The electronic visa does not require a stamp in your passport prior to travel.
Once your application is approved, you can print a copy of the approval to carry with you when you travel, but this is not strictly necessary. When you arrive in Bahrain, your electronic visa will be accessible to the passport officer who greets you.
To find out if you are eligible or to apply for a visa to the kingdom please visit the eVisa Website here>>
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