ETIAS is a European Travel Information and Authorisation System which will be implemented in 2021 for non-EU citizens who wish to enter the Schengen member countries in Europe. In order to travel to Spain from Canada, Canadian citizens will be required to apply for an ETIAS and receive an travel authorization approval prior to departure.
This new EU visa waiver system has been implemented as part of a wider scheme to heighten safety measures and secure border control and mobility within Europe. It will be easy to obtain an ETIAS as the application form will be completed and submitted online.
Traveling to Spain from Canada with an ETIAS
Canada is one of the 60 countries that are eligible to apply for an ETIAS travel authorization. There may be more countries that are added to the eligibility list in the future. The application process for the Spain ETIAS for Canadian citizens is simple and can be done online.
There are basic requirements that Canadians will have to fulfill in order to travel to Spain from Canada. For more information on requirements and the documents need for the ETIAS Spain for Canadians, read the Passport and Documents Needed section below.
The ETIAS travel authorization will be valid for a period of 3 years in which Canadians can visit Spain and other EU member countries of the Schengen zone for periods of up to 90 days at a time. For stays of longer than 90 days, Canadians will have to look into longer stay visas, residency permits, and other visa schemes which permit a longer stay.
ETIAS Application for Canadian Citizens
The ETIAS application form consists of sections where applicants must fill out their personal details, as well as passport details and information about the trip. There will also become basic security questions. The application form data will be cross-checked using European Union security databases such as Interpol.
All updates on the ETIAS application, status, confirmation, and approval will be sent to the email address provided in the application form submitted online. It is vital that the email address is valid and correct in order to receive your approved ETIAS travel authorization.
Passport and Documents Needed
In order to successfully apply for a Spain ETIAS, Canadians will require a valid passport that will also be valid throughout the time of the planned visit in Spain and other EU countries that will be visited.
In addition, applicants will also need a valid email address and a valid form of card payment in order to pay for the ETIAS visa waiver online.
Spanish Embassy and Consulates in Canada
The Spanish Embassy in Canada is in Ottawa. In Montreal and Toronto, there are two consulate generals.
Canadian Embassy and Consulates in Spain
The Canadian Embassy is located in Madrid. However, there is also a consulate in Barcelona.