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Will I need an ETIAS to visit Spain?

Spain is a member of both the European Union and the Schengen Zone. The new travel authorization scheme called ETIAS will be introduced in 2021 in order to increase security for countries within the Schengen Area.
America already has the ESTA system in place, which is a visa-waiver, the ETIAS has been partly modeled on this successful process.

Until 2021, travelers from 62 selected countries will be able to visit Europe with nothing but their passport. This is because their countries have an arrangement with the Schengen zone that allows unrestricted access for 90 days out of 180.

When the ETIAS (E.U. Travel Information Authorization System) comes into force, all travelers from those countries will need to apply for an ETIAS prior to any European travel. The system will focus on the individual traveler and not just their country of birth.

Obtaining an ETIAS will involve a 20-minute online application form and a fee for all applicants over 18, under 18’s receive theirs for free.
Once the application has been approved, the ETIAS will be electronically attached to the applicant’s passport and will be valid for three years, or until the passport expires, whichever comes first.

ETIAS Spain: The Facts

By 2022, people who want to travel to Spain including passport holders from visa-exempt territories will be required to apply for an ETIAS.

  • ETIAS Spain application can be done online. You will need a valid passport and email address to secure your ETIAS visa waiver.
  • ETIAS Spain charges €7 for the visa waiver. On the other hand, children under 18 years of age may avail it free of charge.
  • Your ETIAS visa waiver will be the essential travel document you need along with your passport when visiting Spain.
  • With ETIAS Spain, you’ll be permitted to stay for 90 days within a 180-day period. It will also allow you to travel freely across the Schengen zone.
  • ETIAS Spain waiver remains valid for 3 years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first.

About Spain

Spain, officially the Republic of Spain, is a sovereign state, located mostly on the Iberian Peninsula.

Spain has a coastline on the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, and the country shares maritime borders with Algeria and Italy. It is bordered by Andorra, France, Gibraltar, Portugal, and Morocco.

Spanish territory includes two cities, Melilla and Ceuta on the African mainland, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands and numerous small islands near the African Coast.

Spain has an area of 505,990 sq. km and a population of 46.4 million people. The capital and largest city is Madrid, Spain’s second city is Barcelona, which is the capital city of Catalonia. The official language is Spanish; secondary languages are Basque, Catalan, and Galician. The major religion is Christianity, and the official currency is the euro.

Madrid has lots to offer the culture-loving traveler.

  • Museu del Prado
  • Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia
  • The Royal Palace
  • The historic Plaza Mayor
  • Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
  • Puerta del Sol

Spain at a glance

Capital: Madrid

Timezone: UTC/GMT +1 hour

Languages: Castilian Spanish 74%, Catalan 17%, Galician 7%, Basque 2%

Area: 504,782 KM2

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Population: 46,505,963

Calling Code: +34

Travel in Spain

Spain is famous for its islands, Mediterranean beaches, wines, fruit, vegetables, architecture, literature, arts, horses, bullfights and Flamenco music, and dance.
For the traveler to Spain, there is a diverse range of cultural attractions, nightlife, seaside towns, and ancient sites.

The island of Mallorca is home to the Caves of Drach. Consisting of three chambers, Black Cave (Cueva Negra), White Cave (Cueva Blanca) and Luis Salvator Cave (Cueva Luis Salvator). The beautiful limestone formations are a stunning tourist attraction. Whilst there, explore Lake Martel (Lago Martel), one of the largest subterranean lakes in the world.

The Canary Islands are home to the Garajonay National Park. Located in the center of La Gomera, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has an area of 3,984 sq. km. The trails there are well marked, and the scenery is stunning.

Many people travel to Barcelona for the sights and the cosmopolitan atmosphere. The Eixample Quarter is where many Gaudi buildings are located. Sagrada Familia, which has been in the construction phase for over 100 years, is entering its final stage but is still one of Barcelona’s best-loved sights.
The Gothic Quarter (Barri Gótic) is an evocative area full of little alleyways and cafes.
The stroll down the Rambla leads down to the old Barceloneta and the seafront.

The US and Spain

Spain and the U.S. are closely associated in many areas. They are strong allies in the fight against terrorism.

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Spanish National Institute for Aerospace Technology, jointly operate the Madrid Deep Space Communication Complex. This supports Earth orbital and solar system exploration missions.

Worldwide, Spain is the third most popular destination for U.S.students.

The U.S. and Spain are both members of the following groups:

  • The United Nations
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council
  • Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
  • Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • International Monetary Fund
  • World Bank
  • World Trade Organization

There are direct flights to Spain from the U.S.A. with flight times of under 10 hours, depending on where you are flying from.

Many business people in Spain can conduct business in English or French, as well as their native Spanish. Business attire tends to be formal. Many of the larger hotels have full conference facilities. There are numerous dedicated conference centers throughout the country.

Business hours are variable according to the city, the long lunchtime (siesta) is still honored, especially in the heat of summer. Some larger companies are tending to work through the day in line with the rest of Europe.

List of US diplomatic offices in Spain

The Embassy of USA in Madrid, Spain

Address: Calle de Serrano, 75 28006 Madrid, Spain
Phone: (+34) 91-587-2200
Fax: (+34) 91-587-2303
Facts: Richard Duke Buchan III – Ambassador

Consulate of USA in Barcelona, Spain

Address: Paseo Reina Elisenda de Montcada, 23 08034 Barcelona, España
Phone: (+34) 93 280 22 27
Fax: (+34) 93 280 61 75

The Embassy of Spain in Washington, USA

Address: 2375 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. Washington DC 20037
Phone: +1 (202) 452-0100
Email: [email protected]
Facts: Santiago Cabanas Ansorena – Ambassador

Consulate of Spain in New York, USA

Address: 150 East 58th St., 30th Floor New York, NY 10155
Phone: 212 355 40 80
Fax: (1 212) 644 37 51
Email: [email protected]

Consulate of Spain in Los Angeles, USA

Address: 5055 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 860 Los Angeles CA 90036
Phone: +001 323 938 0158
Fax: 1-323-938-0112
Email: [email protected]

Consulate of Spain in Miami, USA

Address: 2655 Le Jeune Road, Suite 203, Coral Gables, Florida 33134
Phone: (305) 446-5511
Fax: ( 305) 446 05 85
Email: [email protected]

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