On rare occasions, ETIAS visa waivers for Spain could be revoked even though the original application was approved. This means that even though an ETIAS application is successful, it does not guarantee entry into Spain of the other countries in the Schengen Area.
There are many reasons why an ETIAS visa waiver might be revoked. Generally speaking it will be because the European authorities obtain new information about a ETIAS holder which was not available at the time of application.
If an ETIAS visa waiver is revoked, it can’t be used to enter Spain or any other country in the Schengen Area. However, in these rare cases, the ETIAS holder will have the right to appeal and to know why the decision was made to revoke the ETIAS visa waiver.
This article will go into more depth about the exact process of what will happen in the unlikely event that an ETIAS for Spain visa waiver is revoked. This will include what the visa holder’s options would be and some possible reasons why this decision could be made.
What Will Happen If an ETIAS for Spain is Revoked?
ETIAS holders will be notified immediately if their ETIAS for Spain is revoked. The notification will be sent by email and it will contain the following:
- A clear statement indicating the ETIAS for Spain has been revoked.
- A reference to the ETIAS National Unit of the Member State who made the decision to revoke the visa waiver.
- The travel authorization application number.
- A statement giving a clear reason as to why the decision was made.
- Information explaining that the person has the right to appeal the decision, how they can lodge an appeal, and how much time they have to do so.
- A statement explaining how the decision to revoke the ETIAS for Spain affects travel rights.
- Contact details of the European Data Protection Supervisor and of the national supervisory authority of the Member State responsible and the data protection officer of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency.
Why Might an ETIAS for Spain Be Revoked?
The authorities of each member state of the Schengen Area, including Spain, has the power to revoke an ETIAS visa waiver. It will happen when the conditions of the visa waiver are no longer met, which could happen when new information comes to the attention of the authorities.
The decision could also be made if the authorities believe that the ETIAS for Spain was obtained fraudulently. This could be because they discover that an applicant has either provided false information on the application or they did not provide certain information.
ETIAS is being implemented to strengthen the borders of the Schengen Area as a response to the increased threat of terrorist attacks. During the application process, people who are considered a threat are denied an ETIAS waiver. Similarly, if someone who has an ETIAS for Spain later becomes a threat to security, in the opinion of the authorities, their visa waiver will be revoked.
Sometimes ETIAS visa waivers will be lost or stolen and it will be the visa holder’s responsibility to report this. In such cases, the document will be revoked. If a visa waiver is revoked because of a request from the visa holder, there will be no right to appeal the decision.
The Right of Border Officer to Refuse Entry
Border officers of each member state have the final authority over whether to allow or deny entry. They have this right even if a traveler has an approved ETIAS visa waiver.
However, it is very unlikely that a traveler will be refused entry if their documentation is in order. The border officer would need to have a reason to suspect that letting the person into the country posed a security risk.
For example, if the person was carrying illegal and/or dangerous items or trying to do something else incriminating at the border, it could lead to the decision not to let them into the country.