How ETIAS for Spain Improves Safety for Visitors

Visiting your favourite Spanish destinations such as Madrid, Barcelona and Ibiza will require an additional electronic document from the end of 2022 onwards. No worries as it will be very simple to obtain!

The European Union has been working on the implementation of the ETIAS visa waiver since 2016 when the European Commission approved the project. The main objective behind the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) is to improve security within the Schengen Area.

Who needs an ETIAS for Spain?

Once ETIAS is fully implemented, travellers from 60 eligible countries —those who can now still travel without a Schengen visa— will need to register online to obtain the travel authorization before their departure towards Europe.

How does ETIAS make Spain safer?

The online registration for the ETIAS visa waiver will allow authorities to cross-check travellers’ information against multiple security databases such as SIS, VIS, EURODAC, INTERPOL, and EUROPOL. All of this will happen automatically whilst respecting the registrant’s privacy and keeping their data secure.

Data checks will also be carried out against the ETIAS watchlist. All of these verifications will take place before a passenger even departs towards the EU and, will, therefore, make travelling to Europe safer than ever.

This much-needed added layer of protection will be achieved through an online platform by filling out a form that takes only take a few minutes to complete. Eligible travellers wishing to visit Spain, or another Schengen member nation will have to fill out their personal, contact, passport and travel details —without the need to visit an embassy or consulate.

Increased security will be accomplished by denying an ETIAS to applicants considered to pose a risk towards the safety and wellbeing of the Schengen Area. This way, anyone who could potentially be dangerous for the EU, its citizens, residentsand visitors will be prevented from legally entering the territory.

How long will it take to get an ETIAS?

All other ETIAS applicants regarded as safe will have their travel authorization granted within 2-3 business days on average —although a majority is expected to be approved much faster than that; in just a few minutes.

What happens if my ETIAS is denied?

In the event that the applicant’s data produces a hit in the system, they may receive a denied ETIAS. In any case, travellers that consider there may have been an error while processing their application may appeal the decision should they wish to do so.

How does ETIAS stop dangerous individuals from entering Spain?

By registering visa-exempt travellers that could previously enter the European Union just by presenting their passport —and who were not checked against any databases before entry— Europe is deepening its fight against terrorism, human trafficking, illegal drug abuse, as well as illegal border crossings.

Although filling out a form on your phone or tablet may take a few extra minutes while preparing your next trip to Figueres —the famous village Dali loved so much— (or the rest of Spain) doing so is a small effort that will benefit you as well as other tourists by making Europe safer for everyone.

Do I need more than one ETIAS for different European countries?

The ETIAS will grant unlimited entries in Spain as well as the rest of the Schengen nations and European microstates. This means you’ll be able to register once to visit France, Italy, Germany, Monaco, Vienna, Greece, and San Marino, among other destinations. These entries can be for different travel purposes such as tourism, business, and transit.

How long can I stay in Spain on an ETIAS?

Each stay with the ETIAS can last up to 90 consecutive days within a 180-day period, more than enough to explore your favourite spots in Europe, take a quick course, attend a conference, and so on.

Aside from that, the travel authorization will remain valid for a total of 2 years, or until the passport used to fill out the form expires —whichever happens first. ETIAS is scheduled to become a mandatory requirement for travellers of all ages, including minors, from the end of 2022 onwards.

The required documents are very simple: applicants need to have their machine-readable passport at hand, the passport must remain unexpired, of course, until 3 months after they leave Europe. After filling out the form with their personal and passport details, they will be asked to provide a credit or debit card number in order to cover the ETIAS issuance fees.

Since ETIAS is an electronic travel permit, applicants also need to provide an email address they have access to. Once the authorization is granted, they will be sent a digital copy of the ETIAS to the email address provided.

Increased safety upon arriving in Spain

Upon arrival at the external Schengen borders, your passport will be scanned by border authorities to verify that you have an approved ETIAS. Passengers that comply with the entry requirements will be allowed to enter, whilst those with a security alert or that otherwise do not comply will be rejected.

The ETIAS is being integrated with other security systems such as the European Entry/Exit System and the Passenger Name Record which, together, will further enhance security within the EU.

Passengers rejected at the border will have the refusal recorded in the Entry/Exit System along with the reason for denial. This may result in future ETIAS applications being denied.

Author Bio:  Susan Noel is an experienced content writer. She is associated with many renowned travel blogs as a guest author where she shares her valuable travel tips with the audience.

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