Filling out and Submitting the ETIAS Application Form
It has been estimated from similar travel authorization systems, such as Canada and the US, that up to 95% of applications for ETIAS Spain would be approved. The entire process is expected to take minutes, unlike applying for a travel visa for a specific country which can take up to weeks to process. The collection of fingerprints or biometric data (other than a passport) would not be collected.
ETIAS Spain applicants will require a valid passport in order to complete the travel authorization form correctly. It won’t necessarily have to be an electronic passport in order to be valid. However, biometric passports which contain an electronic microprocessor chip are preferred, as typically these types of passports prevent unauthorized reading and have more security advantages. In addition to a valid passport, applicants will also require a debit or credit card and an email address in order to apply for ETIAS.
Once the online visa application form has been completed, submitted and approved, applicants will receive their ETIAS application which will be valid for 3 years.
When applicants complete the ETIAS application form, information will be cross-checked using various databases, such as the Schengen Information System and those of the international police organization, Europol and Interpol. Information might be cross-checked for anyone traveling from visa-waiver countries in order to monitor national security and border entry.
- Parent’s information
- Passport details
- Employment history
- Criminal history
- Drug use
- Travel to conflict areas
- Human trafficking
- Past European travel information
- Security information
Approving or Refusing the Travel Authorization
In the case that an ETIAS application is refused, it may be possible that further documentation is required of the applicant. A time frame of approximately 96 hours will be given to the individual to provide the appropriate documents, and the respective Schengen member country’s national authorities will make a decision about the ETIAS application within 4 weeks. If the ETIAS application is ultimately rejected, the applicant has the right to appeal.
If the conditions for the travel authorization issue are no longer met, the ETIAS can be revoked. This can also happen in the case that information is considered fraudulent or misleading.