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In 2021 the European Union will introduce a new travel authorization known as ETIAS visa waiver. ETIAS will become a requirement to travel to Spain and most European countries. Once available, you will be able to find more information and apply on this website.
The ETIAS for Spain (European Travel Information and Authorization System) is an electronic travel authorization which will allow eligible citizens to travel to Spain and all of the 26 Schengen Area member countries for short stays.
The European Commission is expected to introduce the ETIAS Visa Waiver for Spain in 2021 in order to pre-identify any possible risks or threats associated with visitors traveling to Schengen Area countries and protect and strengthen European borders.
The European Visa Waiver for Spain will be a multiple entry travel authorization and is expected to allow multiple short stays of 90 days each in the Schengen Area. It will be valid for a total of 3 years from the date of approval.
European visa waiver citizens will be able to apply through the simple ETIAS application for Spain online. It only takes a few minutes to complete the ETIAS Spain application form with personal, passport, and travel information. Applicants are also required to answer a few health and security-related questions, and pay the ETIAS fee, in order to submit the ETIAS application form for Spain and receive an approved visa waiver.
ETIAS Spain will allow travel to Spain and the Schengen Area for purposes of business, tourism, transit or medical treatment.
Those eligible to apply for the ETIAS to Spain who wish to travel to the country for other purposes should contact the nearest Spanish Embassy or Consulate for further information.
In order to apply for the ETIAS visa waiver, it will be necessary to meet the following Spain ETIAS visa waiver requirements:
The requirements for an ETIAS for Spain specify that the holder must use the same passport to complete the ETIAS application as that used to enter the Schengen zone, as the approved ETIAS Spain will be electronically linked to the applicant’s passport. Applicants with dual nationality should keep this in mind.
Those who change their passport during the validity of the ETIAS will be required to submit a new ETIAS for Spain application.
Further ETIAS requirements to travel to Spain, in the form of supporting documentation to present at the border, may be announced closer to the launch date and will be published on this site when available.
Foreign citizens not eligible to apply for ETIAS to Spain will be required to obtain a Schengen visa for Spain to travel to the country. To apply for a Spanish Schengen visa, it is first necessary to download and complete a Schengen visa application.
It is then necessary to make a visa appointment at an embassy or consulate of Spain. When attending the appointment in person, the applicant must bring a variety of supporting documentation, including:
Applicants are required to specify the type of Schengen visa for Spain they require on the application form, and to pay the Schengen visa fee while attending the appointment.
There are several types of Spanish Schengen visa depending on the duration and purpose of the intended stay in the Schengen zone. It can be issued as a single, double, or multiple-entry visa, and as either a Uniform visa, which can permit travel to multiple Schengen countries or a limited territory visa which only permits entry to one specified Schengen state.
Most Schengen visas allow a total stay of 90 days with each entry to Spain, within every 180-day period. Individuals planning to study, work, or reside in Spain for longer consecutive periods may be granted a Schengen visa with longer validity upon providing proof of purpose for the stay.
Schengen visa requirements for Spain state that it is possible to submit an application up to 3 months before the intended date of entry to the Schengen Area. As it can take up to 2 weeks to process a Spanish Schengen visa, applicants are advised to apply at least 15 days before the start of their planned trip.
Spain Visa FAQ
The Spain European travel information and authorization system (ETIAS) is an electronic travel authorization which will allow visa waiver citizens to travel to all of the 26 Schengen Area member countries for short stays. It is expected to be implemented from 2021.
No, those who have a Schengen visa do not need to apply for the Spanish ETIAS. Only visa waiver citizens are able to apply for the ETIAS for Spain.
No, an approved ETIAS for Spain allows visa waiver citizens to travel to any of the 26 Schengen Area countries for multiple short stays during its validity, while a Schengen visa is only issued for one specific country.
An approved ETIAS allows the holder to enter Spain and the Schengen Area multiple times during its validity.
When completing the ETIAS Spain application, it will be necessary to pay an ETIAS fee using a credit or debit card. The price of the ETIAS has not yet been announced and the cost will be published on this site when made available.
The ETIAS for Spain will be a multiple-entry travel authorization which will allow the holder to enter Spain and the Schengen Area multiple times during its validity.
The ETIAS visa waiver for Spain is valid for 3 consecutive years from the date of approval.
Eligible citizens will be able to apply for the ETIAS to Spain through a simple online application. Applicants will be required to fill in the application form with basic personal and passport information, answer some security questions, and pay a visa fee to receive an approved ETIAS.
It will be necessary to apply for the ETIAS Visa Waiver for Spain at least a few days before the indented date of arrival in the Schengen Area. The standard processing time for ETIAS Spain has not yet been announced and will be published on this site when available.
Besides the personal information requirements to complete the application, applicants for the ETIAS authorization to Spain also need to provide the following required documents:
Passport valid for 3 months from the date of arrival in Spain and the Schengen Area, from an ETIAS eligible country
Credit or Debit card to pay the ETIAS Spain application fee
A current email address at which to receive the approved ETIAS for Spain.
The processing time for the Spain ETIAS visa waiver has not yet been announced and will be published on this website when made available.
It is expected that applicants will have to carefully check all the information provided on the form is correct before submitting an ETIAS Spain application, as even small mistakes are likely to result in the rejection of the application.
Yes, it will be necessary to submit a separate kids ETIAS Spain application for children. All travelers from eligible counties, including minors under 18, will need to obtain an ETIAS visa waiver to travel to Europe.
Yes, it will be necessary to submit a new ETIAS to Spain application if the holder’s passport expires during the validity, as the ETIAS for Spain is electronically linked to the same passport used to complete the original application.
Yes, it is possible to apply for the ETIAS to Spain without concrete travel plans, although it will be necessary to indicate the Schengen member state of first intended stay.
No, although an approved ETIAS grants the holder permission to travel to the Schengen Area, the final decision for entry will be made by the border guard in the first Schengen state the traveler arrives in.
If the ETIAS to Spain is rejected, applicants are expected to be able to submit a new ETIAS application. As even small errors in the information provided may result in the refusal of the ETIAS Spain, applicants will need to make sure that all of the data entered exactly matches the details of their travel document.
However, this information has yet to be confirmed and will be updated once finalized by the European Commission.
Although the ETIAS Spain will be electronically linked to the holder’s passport, travelers are advised to print at least 1 copy of the approved ETIAS authorization to present upon arrival in the Schengen Area.