European Travel Information and Authorization System

ETIAS requirements for UK citizens travelling to Spain

The European Travel Information and Authorisation System, or ETIAS, is a digital system that allows and tracks visitors from countries where visas are not required to enter the Schengen zone. It functions in a similar way to the system in place in the United States (ESTA).
ETIAS For UK
STEP 1

Get notified when ETIAS is mandatory

ETIAS For UK
ETIAS For UK
STEP 2

Start ETIAS Application online

ETIAS For UK
ETIAS For UK
STEP 3

Receive ETIAS confirmation

ETIAS For UK
ETIAS For UK
STEP 4

Welcome to Europe

ETIAS For UK

Learn more about ETIAS

Starting in 2023, ETIAS clearance will be required for UK citizens travelling to Spain and other Schengen nations. The EU Commission introduced ETIAS primarily to safeguard the security of visitors to and citizens of countries in the Schengen region. Documents submitted during the application procedure are cross-referenced and verified on existing databases to ensure the applicant is not a security threat. ETIAS is an electronic system that allows and tracks travellers from visa-free countries who visit the Schengen Zone. It functions in a similar way to the United States eVisa system, known as ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization.
UK citizens will need ETIAS authorisation to travel to Spain and other Schengen countries from 2023. The ETIAS scheme was introduced for security reasons. Due to the growing risk of terrorism and illegal travellers worldwide, the EU wants travel to its countries to be as safe as possible. ETIAS will reduce security concerns by using information systems and data collection to keep track of eligible travellers.
ETIAS For UK

Get notified when ETIAS becomes mandatory

Check the latest news about travel requirements in Europe

Who will need an ETIAS visa waiver to travel to Spain?

ETIAS applications will be required from citizens of all non-EU countries that are exempt from needing EU visas to travel to Spain and other Schengen countries in 2023. The ETIAS will conduct a security screening on all applicants to determine whether they are permitted to travel to any Schengen zone countries. ETIAS will monitor and update visitor information from the United Kingdom and allow approved travellers to visit the EU for the next three consecutive years freely.

CITIZENS OF VISA-EXEMPT COUNTRIES

Currently, the EU has a visa-free travel agreement with 58 countries worldwide, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and United States. The citizens of these countries can travel without a visa, however, from 2023 they will need an ETIAS visa waiver to enter the Schengen zone.

SHORT TERM TRAVELERS (UP TO 90 DAYS)

ETIAS can only be used for a stay of 90 consecutive days within a 180-day period. If a visitor intends to stay within one of the Schengen countries for more than 90 consecutive days, they must apply for a visa or residence permit.

CHILDREN & MINORS

Minors are not exempt from ETIAS authorisation and their application must be granted approval before visiting Schengen countries. However, the application for children should be filled out by a legal guardian or parent.

ETIAS Required Countries

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

Get notified when ETIAS becomes mandatory!

ETIAS For UK

How to apply for ETIAS from the UK

The electronic application should take less than 20 minutes to complete and consists of several easy steps. The application will require data such as name, surname, maiden name, citizenship, residency address, contact details such as email and phone number, work experience, education and the destination country (or the first country of entry in Schengen zone). It will also include several background and eligibility questions for security purposes, such as the history of travel in warzones, medical history, drug use, etc. Usually, feedback is delivered within a matter of minutes. However, if something is wrong with the application, manual processing will take from 96 hours to 2 weeks. The ETIAS application will have a nominal fee, which must be paid after filling in the information. The payment can be made with a credit or debit card only. When the system detects a completed amount, the application will be processed.

Documents needed to apply for ETIAS from the UK

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 the provided information is insufficient, additional supporting documents may be required. A list of the required documents will be sent to the applicant at their indicated email address. In rare cases, if the supporting documentation does not prove the legitimacy, validity, or adequacy of the information, the applicant may be asked to attend an interview.
ETIAS For UK