The European Travel Information and Authorisation System, or simply ETIAS, is a digital travel authorisation system coming into force from 2024. According to ETIAS requirements, it will be mandatory for every non-EU national who enjoys visa-free travel with the European Union once.
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From 2024, you, as a UK citizen, will need to apply for ETIAS authorisation to travel to Spain and other EU member countries. ETIAS is a digital travel authorisation system aimed at enhancing EU’s flexibility towards external risks and preventing security, epidemiological and migratory risks.
Your submitted documents, including the ETIAS application and biometric passport, will be cross-checked and verified with the existing databases to ensure that you don’t pose a threat for the union.
The application will include general questions about your personal information, travel and medical history and criminal records. While it is expected that majority of all the applications will be approved within hours, you might be requested to submit additional documentation or attend an interview.
For more ETIAS requirements-related questions, please visit our FAQ page or contact customer support team.
ETIAS Visa Waiver will become the pivotal part of your European travel from 2024. UK citizens, alongside other 59 visa-exempt countries nationals, will need to apply for ETIAS authorisation prior traveling to Spain or any other Schengen Area countries. Once approved, your ETIAS authorisation will be valid for three years.
As of today, the EU has a visa-free travel agreement with 59 countries worldwide. The list includes the USA, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. From 2024, these countries will be known as ETIAS-eligible countries.
ETIAS authorisation enables you to stay in Schengen Area only for 90 days within 180-day period. If you intend to stay in the EU for more than 90 consecutive days, you need to apply for a relevant visa or residence permit.
Minors and Children are not exempt from applying for ETIAS authorisation prior traveling. Parent or legal guardian is responsible for filling in their application.
Citizens of all 59 visa-exempt countries are eligible to apply for ETIAS authorisation online. Due to Brexit, the UK is in the list of ETIAS-eligible countries since January 2020. Other ETIAS-eligible countries are:
ETIAS application process will be easy and smooth. It will take only 20 minutes to fill in the application and submit all necessary documentation.
First, you need to fill in the online questionnaire. It will include questions regarding your personal information, travel and medical history, work and education background, criminal and conviction records etc.
Then you will need to submit the first page of your biometric passport. This is a type of travel document that comes with embedded chip and stores all your personal information, including your fingerprints. Biometric passports were first issued in 2010, so if your travel document was issued before that, you will need to apply for a new passport before applying for ETIAS authorisation.
Once submitted, you will get your feedback automatically in several hours. However, in case of additional questions, ETIAS officer might request additional documentation or schedule an interview. The application fee will be 7 euros.
ETIAS does not require a lot of documentation and will only ask for a valid biometric passport at the initial stage of application. However, the system requires the following information to be displayed:
If the system detects that your provided information is insufficient, additional supporting documents may be required. A list of the required documents will be sent to you on your indicated email address. In rare cases, if additional documentations fail to prove the legitimacy or validity of information, you might be asked to attend an online interview.