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The European Travel Information and Authorisation System

in Andalucia, Spain
By Nick Nutter | 6 Sep 2021

What does ETIAS mean

ETIAS stands for the European Travel Information and Authorisation System. At the end of 2022, the European Union (EU) will introduce the ETIAS Visa Waiver.

Who will need an ETIAS Waiver

It will become a requirement for many nationalities who want to enter Spain or any of the other countries in the Schengen Area.

Why is ETIAS being introduced

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.

How Do I Apply For the ETIAS Visa Waver

Unlike the Schengen Visa, applicants will not need to physically go to an embassy or consulate. Under normal circumastances, the online application will only take a matter of minutes and, once approved, the visa waivers will be valid for 3-year periods. However, if extensive security checks have to be made the application may take up to 60 days.

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. As soon as ETIAS is open we will insert a link to the form on this page.

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 below). 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

Who May Apply for an ETIAS Visa Waiver

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.

Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macao, Macedonia, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Samoa, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Taiwan, Timor Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela

How Much Will the ETIAS cost

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 has not yet been decided and is subject to change. The charge is likely to be around 7 Euros per application. The EU has stated that children (18 or younger) will not need to pay the fee.

Reasons for ETIAS Visa Waiver Refusal

You did not pass the criminal background check
The entire point of ETIAS is to ensure that the people allowed into the Schengen area are good, law abiding individuals who will follow all the laws of the countries they travel to. If your ETIAS was refused, it is because, based on the information you provided, the EU security authorities who checked your application think you could present a security threat to the Schengen area.

If you have previously been convicted of a crime, in either the Schengen area or your country of origin, you may be denied an ETIAS (and therefore entry into the Schengen area).

You did not fulfil the requirements of a previous Schengen visa
Another goal of ETIAS is to only approve candidates who will not overstay their time in the Schengen area.

Pursuant to this key objective, you will therefore be asked on your ETIAS application whether you have ever before received a Schengen visa. If you have historically been denied a Schengen visa, or been subject to deportation from the Schengen area, your ETIAS application will likely be flagged.

Applicants who previously abused their Schengen visa privileges will likely be denied for an ETIAS, out of concern that they will do so again. For example, if you previously received a Schengen visa and stayed beyond your visa validity period, you will likely be denied for an ETIAS.

Your travel document is invalid
If you attempted to apply for an ETIAS waiver with an invalid travel document, your application will likely be denied.

Invalid travel documents include those which are expired or deemed inappropriate for travel.

If you apply for an ETIAS with an expired passport, you will likely be denied.

ETIAS applicants need to apply with a valid, internationally accepted travel document. Therefore, for example, if you are an American citizen and you try to apply for an ETIAS waiver with a US driver’s license (which is valid for domestic travel), you will be denied for an ETIAS, as US driver’s licenses are not accepted as valid for international travel.

You entered the wrong information on your application
The information you enter on your ETIAS application must match the information on your official documents.

For example, if you enter the incorrect passport number (i.e. a number different than that on your passport) you will likely be denied an ETIAS. Therefore, when you are submitting your application ETIAS, double check to make sure that the information you provide matches the information on your official documents (full name, birthdate, etc).

When will ETIAS be started

ETIAS will become available at the end of 2022 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.

Will British Expats in Spain have to apply for the ETIAS waiver?

All expats from countries other than those in the EU will have to apply for an ETIAS Visa Waiver if they want to leave the EU country in which they are resident in order to visit another Schengen area country. Basically, if you are a national of a country on the list above, you will need to apply for an ETIAS Visa Waiver. So, yes, British expats, resident in Spain, will have to apply for the ETIAS waiver to travel to other countries in the Schengen area?

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Submitted by Brian playle on 24 Sep 2021
Will permanent residents in Spain with a TIE card need this to travel back to the UK for a few days, for their return home here in Spain ?

Reply by Nick Nutter:
Good question. The answer at the moment is yes. The UK is a non-EU country on the ETIAS Visa Waiver list.

Submitted by elizabeth on 20 Sep 2021
Do we need this ETIAS to go abroad for the 90days please

Reply by Nick Nutter:
Hi Liz, You will need it but not until after it is introduced at the end of 2022.