European Travel Information and Authorization System

Travel Information for UK Citizens Visiting Spain

The requirements needed to travel to Spain will change from 2025. Anyone visiting the Schengen region from visa-exempt countries will need to fill out an ETIAS application form. For more information about ETIAS travel check out our Requirements Page.

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Before you book your trip to Spain, make sure that you are familiar to Spain’s ETIAS Requirements. Spanish National Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently issued a Level 3 Health Notice for Spain because of the high prevalence of Covid-19. It requires from travelers to have EMA-approved vaccine or PCR test upon arrival.

From 2025, Spain as well as other Schengen, EFTA and European Microstates with Open Borders countries will have new entry requirements. Nationals of 59 Visa-Exempt Countries will need to have ETIAS authorisation to enter the country.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Spain may impose additional requirements or restrictions, which will be separate and independent from the ETIAS requirements.

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Travel Information and Requirements

You must have Valid Biometric Passport to be eligible for ETIAS Authorisation. Since 2010, the UK government has issued biometric passports, meaning that you don’t need to apply for a new passport, as long as it has validity throughout your stay in Spain.

All fees should be paid by valid credit or debit card. ETIAS authorisation is valid for three years. However, if your current passport expires before your autorisation’s expiration date, you need to apply for a new ETIAS Visa Waiver for your new passport.


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Yes. From 2025, as a UK citizen you will be asked to apply for ETIAS authorisation to enter Spain.

By Launching ETIAS System, the European Union intends to enhance the safety and security of the EU’s external borders and reduce the risks of illegal migration.

There are five British Consulates in Spain:

Madrid – British Consulate General – Torre Espacio, P.º de la Castellana, 259D, 28046

Barcelona – British Consulate General – Avinguda Diagonal, 477, 13ª, 08036

Malaga – British Consulate – Calle Mauricio Moro Pareto 2, Edificio Eurocom, 29006

Alicante – British Consulate – Edificio Espacio, Rambla Méndez Núñez 28-32, 6ª planta, 03002

Santa Cruz de Tenerife – British Consulate – Pl. del Gral. Weyler, 8, 1º, 38003

For more information check out the British Government Website.

Every person (except children under the age of 12) traveling to Spain from a high-risk country, must comply with the Covid-19-related requirements of Spanish Ministry of Health.

Additional information can be seen on the website of Spanish Ministry of Health.