ETIAS Visa Waiver for Spain
In 2021, the European Union (EU) will introduce the ETIAS Visa Waiver. It will become a requirement for many nationalities who want to enter Spain or any of the other countries in the Schengen Area.
Unlike the Schengen Visa, applicants will not need to physically go to an embassy or consulate. The online application will only take a matter of minutes and, once approved, the visa waivers will be valid for 3-year periods.
What is the ETIAS Travel Authorization?
ETIAS is being introduced to improve the security of the Schengen Area. It will be a requirement for citizens of many countries who can currently enter the region with just their passport.
To apply, applicants will need to complete the online form by answering a series of questions and paying a fee using a credit or debit card. The vast majority of applications will be quickly approved after the information has been screened against relevant security databases.
Who will need ETIAS to travel to Spain?
At the moment, the current list of nationalities who will need an ETIAS Visa Waiver to travel to Spain includes all the non-EU and non-Schengen countries which can currently enter Spain with just a passport. More countries may be added to the list over the coming months.
From 2021, after the implementation of ETIAS, the following nationalities will need a visa waiver:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Costa Rica
- El Salvador
- Hong Kong
- Marshall Islands
- New Zealand
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent
- Solomon Islands
- South Korea
- Timor Leste
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
Documents and requirements that you need to process an ETIAS Visa Waiver
To successfully apply for an ETIAS Visa Waiver, applicants will need to have a valid passport from one of the eligible countries (listed above). It will also be necessary to complete the online form and pay a fee using a credit or debit card.
All applicants will be required to provide the following information:
- First name(s)
- Maiden name (if applicable)
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Country of birth
- Passport number
- Issue and expiry dates
- Current address
- Email address
- Phone number
- Member State of intended first entry
- Education and current employment details
How to apply for an ETIAS program to visit Spain
It will be quick and simple to apply for an ETIAS Visa Waiver after it is implemented in 2021. Each application should not take longer than 10 minutes. Applicants will just need to complete the form, pay a fee, and then receive the visa waiver by email.
It will be essential to make sure the form does not contain any errors and that it is completed fully. Any inaccuracies or missing information could lead to delays in the process. The application is complete once the payment has been made and approved ETIAS Visas Waiver are sent by email.
Here are some of the most commons FAQs about the ETIAS Visa Waiver including how much it will cost and when it will be implemented.
Does having a criminal record affect your ETIAS Visa application?
Whether having a criminal record affects the outcome of an ETIAS application depends on the seriousness of the crime/s, the number of offenses, and when and where they were committed. Generally speaking, very minor crimes will not lead to visa rejections.
How much does it cost to apply for ETIAS?
To submit the ETIAS application there will a fee which will be payable by credit or debit card. It will be the last part of the application form. The exact amount of the fee is subject to change. The EU has stated that children (18 or younger) will not need to pay the fee.
Differences between ETIAS and ESTA
There are many similarities between ETIAS and ESTA. They are both visa waivers and the application processes are based on the same model. The key difference is that ESTA allows travelers to enter the US whereas ETIAS is for Europe.
When will ETIAS be implemented?
ETIAS will be implemented in 2021 but the exact date has not been decided. Once introduced it will be a requirement for all eligible nationals who wish to enter any of the Schengen countries.