Important Travel Information
Nationals of third countries who wish to enter the Schengen Area to attend the 2023 Ryder Cup in Rome, Italy, must apply for a Schengen visa for short stays.
In Europe, the term “national of a third country” is commonly used to refer to any person who is not a resident EU citizen and not a person who enjoys the EU right to free movement.
The need is waived for citizens of third countries that have negotiated a visa-free agreement with EU member states. All citizens of the Schengen Area are exempt from visa requirements.
The 44th Ryder Cup Matches will take place at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Guidonia Montecelio, a Rome suburb, in 2023.
When the Ryder Cup was first held in the United States in 1927, it was contested by the United States and Great Britain at Worcester Country Club in Worcester, Massachusetts. The home team won the first five games, but after World War II, play resumed. Due to continuous American dominance, it was decided to begin including continental Europe in the portrayal of “Great Britain and Ireland” in 1979. The ascension of golfers from continental Europe was aided by the success of a new generation of Spanish players, led by Seve Ballesteros and Antonio Garrido.
COVID-19 forced the postponement of the 43rd games of the biennial competition into 2021 from 30 September to 2 October 2022. The Ryder Cup pits male golf teams from Europe and the United States against one another every two years. Every two years, the competition is held alternately at golf grounds in Europe and the United States. The Ryder Cup got its name from English industrialist Samuel Ryder, who donated the trophy. The Ryder Cup is co-managed by the PGA of America and Ryder Cup Europe, a collaboration between the PGA European Tour (60%) and the PGAs of Great Britain and Ireland (20%) and Europe (20%).
In 1973, the official name of the British Ryder Cup team was changed from “Great Britain” to “Great Britain and Ireland,” however, this was merely a name change to reflect that golfers from the Republic of Ireland had been participating since 1953 while those from the Northern Irish had done so since 1947. Since then, the European team has added players from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain, and Sweden to Great Britain and Ireland players.
Europe has won eleven times in a row and once in a tie-breaker since 1979, whereas the United States has won nine times in that time. Compared to the United States two victories since 1979, Europe has won four times (in 1987, 1995, 2004, and 2012) on foreign soil (in 1981 and 1993). Between 1995 and 2014, eight of the ten Ryder Cups were won by Europe.
The Ryder Cup was played on the Straits course at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wisconsin, from 24 September to 26 September 2021. With a 19-9 victory over Europe, the United States won the competition with the most significant margin of victory ever (since the inclusion of Continental Europe in 1979).
The Ryder Cup moved to even years in 2002 after being delayed in 2001 owing to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Up to that moment, it has been performed every odd-numbered year. Because of the COVID-19 epidemic, the event was postponed from 2020 to 2021, when it returned to odd years.
The Ryder Cup, its alternate-year non-European counterpart (the Presidents Cup), and its women’s equivalent (the Solheim Cup) are still exceptions in the world of professional sports because the competing professionals do not receive prize money, despite being high-profile events that generate significant amounts of money in television, sponsorship, ticket, and merchandise sales.
You should apply for tickets to the 2023 Ryder Cup before submitting your application.
The following documents are required to apply for an Italian Short Stay Schengen Visa successfully:
Completed application form as provided
Two identical photographs taken within the past three months
A current passport. Your passport must have at least three months of validity remaining on the day you intend to leave the Schengen Area.
A personal cover letter. In this letter, you should describe your desire to attend the Ryder Cup 2023.
Flight reservation information, including arrival and departure dates from the Schengen Zone and flight numbers.
Accommodations validation. You must provide evidence of your accommodation while in the Schengen area.
Documentation of your financial resources and ability to pay for your stay in the Schengen Area.
Coverage for travel within the Schengen Area. Your Europe insurance should provide at least €30,000 for medical emergencies
The average processing time for a Schengen Short Stay Visa at a Schengen embassy is approximately 15 calendar days. In other words, you can expect a response to your application within two weeks; however, this may take longer due to the high demand associated with this tournament.
During the busiest times of the year, when embassies receive a higher volume of applications, this timeframe may be extended to 30 days or, in exceptional circumstances, up to 60 days.
This Visa is valid for up to ninety days out of every 180. However, the validity period of your Visa will be determined by the embassy processing your application.
They will grant you a three-month visa if they deem your request reasonable. However, they may still grant you a visa valid for only a week or even less. Typically, you are permitted to remain there for the duration of the tournament (up to 90 days).
Examine the Schengen visa sticker affixed to your passport for specifics when you collect your documents.
How to apply for a Schengen Visa to attend the 2023 Ryder Cup
To apply for a Schengen Short Stay Visa in order to attend the Ryder Cup in Italy, the following procedures must be followed:
- Submit an application on our website
- Await the initial review of your submission details.
- Receive your processed documentation and confirm the details are correct.
- Print and sign your application form and follow the appointment guidance provided. (appointments can be booked on your behalf when requested.)
- Gather the supporting documents as per the checklist provided to you. Ask for advice if you are unsure about anything.
- Attend your appointment with your processed application form and supporting documents.
- Pay your visa fees and receive the result of your application
If you are a third-country national, you will need a visa to enter Italy for the Ryder Cup 2023. Schengen visas are usually valid for entrance into the following countries:
How do I purchase tickets for the 2023 Ryder Cup?
Ryder Cup Italy Limited is the only provider of Official General Admission and Premium experiences for the 2023 Ryder Cup. All tickets purchased from parties other than RCIL or via channels other than the website will be deemed invalid and ineffective, and their holders will be denied entry to the venue.
You may appeal the denial; the appeal must be submitted within 15 days of receipt of the denial notice to the consulate that denied the Visa. The appeal document must be an original and bear the original signature of the appellant, either in person or by mail (not email). However, there may not be sufficient time to complete the necessary procedure.
Short-stay visas, also known as Schengen visas, are frequently denied, and it’s common for applicants to be uncertain as to why. Your visa request may be denied if the Consular Office cannot obtain all the required information from your application.
Visa requests are denied for various reasons, the most common of which are:
- The applicant’s criminal record.
- A damaged passport.
- The validity of one of the submitted documents.
- Insufficient funds to finance travel.
Please fill out our online application form to reduce the likelihood of your application being denied.
After learning that your Schengen Visa application was denied, you can typically reapply immediately.