European Travel Information and Authorization System

ETIAS visa waiver for Spain

The European Travel and Information Authorisation System (ETIAS) is a way of organising more effective border control. It was created and authorised by the European Union in order to strengthen the Schengen zone’s borders.

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What is ETIAS?

The European Travel and Information Authorisation System (ETIAS) was organised by the EU to improve the Shengen zone’s border control. ETIAS is a travel authorisation system coming into force in 2023, mandatory for anyone wanting to travel to Europe from a country whose citizens do not require a visa to enter. ETIAS applies to those visa-free travellers who plan to visit Schengen countries, including Spain The system is similar to the US ESTA visa waiver, intended to make the process of travelling more straightforward, time-efficient and, most importantly, increase the security of travellers and the residents of the countries being visited.
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Documents required for UK citizens travelling to Spain

As the ETIAS system is fully electronic, UK citizens and other ETIAS eligible individuals will not be required to visit any embassies or consulates in person. The only required document for the ETIAS application is a valid passport with an expiry date that is no less than three months after their arrival in Spain. If the documentation is deemed insufficient or suspicious, the applicant may be asked to submit additional documentation or attend an interview.
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How does ETIAS Work?

The ETIAS application will be entirely electronic, and the applicant will receive an approval or rejection response almost immediately after submitting it. The majority of applications are approved in minutes, however on rare occasions, an application may be refused, further information may be sought, or the applicant may be invited to attend an interview. If the ETIAS is approved, the eligible traveller will be entitled to visit an unlimited number of Schengen countries for 90 days within a 180-period, and the ETIAS will be valid for three years. Full current EU Schengen countries, European Free Trade Association (EFTA) members, European Microstates with Open Borders, and future Schengen members make up the Schengen zone. Please note that ETIAS cannot be transferred between passports. A new ETIAS application must be submitted if a new passport is issued or if the registered passport expires.
The documentation submitted by the applicant will be stored and used in the future to protect the borders of the countries being visited.
The application is designed to be a quick process. You will be asked basic information about yourself such as your full name, living address and date of birth, and some additional security questions regarding travel history and criminal records. The information given will be checked against various databases, and if any suspicions arise, an interview might be appointed.
Security threats in recent decades made it evident that security at the border needed to be reviewed. Spain, the UK, France and others have all been victims of terrorism in recent years, so further cross-checking of information against the databases of Interpol, Europol, SIS and other databases will work to ensure the security of the Schengen zone.
Compared to the current system that exists for visa-exempt countries, ETIAS is a much more sophisticated and advanced system that can simplify your travels to the Schengen zone. ETIAS will be mandatory for UK citizens traveling to Schengen countries from 2023.

Illegal immigration is a problem that concerns almost every single country worldwide. It is the cause of numerous political, economic and cultural problems that nations are trying to avoid, such as:
• Over-population issues
• Increased disease transmission
• Wage disparities
• Exploiting immigrants for low wages
• Salary disparities
• Educational and health problems

ETIAS is intended to help solve the problems mentioned.

Who will need ETIAS to travel to Spain?

Citizens of non-EU countries that have a visa-free travel agreement with the EU will be required to submit ETIAS applications when the system is operational in 2023. The United Kingdom is included on the list of countries that require ETIAS authorisation, as it is no longer part of the EU since Brexit, but does hold visa-free status. The other countries needing ETIAS to travel to the Shengen zone are provided below:
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    Albania
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    Antigua & Barbuda
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    Argentina
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    Australia
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    Bahamas
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    Barbados
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    Bosnia and Herzegovina
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    Brazil
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    Brunei
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    Canada
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    Chile
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    Colombia
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    Costa Rica
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    Dominica
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    El Salvador
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    Georgia
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    Granada
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    Guatemala
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    Honduras
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    Hong Kong
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    Israel
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    Japan
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    Kiribati
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    Macao
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    North Macedonia
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    Malaysia
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    Marshall Islands
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    Mauritius
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    Mexico
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    Micronesia
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    Moldova
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    Montenegro
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    New Zealand
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    Nicaragua
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    Palau
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    Panama
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    Paraguay
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    Peru
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    Saint Kitts & Nevis
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    Saint Lucia
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    Saint Vincent
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    Samoa
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    Serbia
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    Seychelles
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    Singapore
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    Solomon Islands
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    South Korea
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    Taiwan
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    Timor Leste
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    Tonga
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    Trinidad and Tobago
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    Tuvalu
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    Uruguay
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    Ukraine
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    UAE
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    Vanuatu
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    Venezuela
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    United Kingdom
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    United States
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ETIAS countries

ETIAS requirements only apply when travelling to any of the Schengen region, which includes full EU Shengen states, countries that are members of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), European Microstates with Open Borders, and any future Shengen members. Travellers are not required to get the ETIAS travel authorisation if they plan to only visit European countries outside of the Schengen zone. A list of the countries for which UK citizens and other ETIAS eligible travellers will need ETIAS authorisation is provided below:
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    Austria
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    Belgium
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    Czech Republic
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    Denmark
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    Estonia
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    Finland
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    France
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    Germany
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    Greece
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    Hungary
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    Iceland
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    Italy
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    Latvia
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    Liechtenstein
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    Lithuania
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    Luxembourg
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    Malta
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    Netherlands
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    Norway
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    Poland
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    Portugal
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    Slovakia
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    Slovenia
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    Sweden
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    Spain
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    Switzerland
Non-Schengen Countries
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    Bulgaria
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    Croatia
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    Cyprus
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    Romania
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    Monaco
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    San Marino
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    Vatican

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Yes. From the end of 2023 when ETIAS will be launched, citizens of countries participating in the ETIAS visa waiver wishing to travel to Europe will need an ETIAS approval.
UK citizens have not yet needed a visa waiver to travel to any of the EU member nations, but from 2023 ETIAS will be required for all UK citizens to enter the Schengen zone and affiliated countries, because the UK is no longer a member of the EU.
ETIAS will be launched in 2023. Until then, the fee to apply for ETIAS is still undetermined. Be attentive to the news posted on our webpage to see the latest updates about the visa waiver scheme.
ETIAS is an electronic application that simplifies travelling to the Schengen region. It is essential to keep track of visitors and ensure the safety and security of the country borders being visited.