The ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) visa waiver will be introduced in 2021 for eligible citizens traveling to EU countries, including Spain. ETIAS is a travel authorization that will enable non-EU citizens to travel to Spain and other Schengen area countries without the need for a visa.
The main purpose of the ETIAS visa waiver is to improve border control surveillance and security within Europe. The ETIAS travel authorization will further help identify risks and threats associated with non-EU visitors traveling to the Schengen member states.
Accordingly, all Colombians who intend to visit Spain in 2021 and beyond, for either leisure or business, will be required to obtain an ETIAS Spain prior to their trip.
Traveling to Spain from Colombia with an ETIAS
Colombia is one of the 60 countries whose citizens will have to apply for an ETIAS travel authorization in order to travel to the EU. Other countries might be added to the list of eligible countries for the ETIAS application later on. Travelers will need to obtain ETIAS Spain whether their entry is by land, air or sea.
Holders of an ETIAS travel authorization who wish to visit Spain from Colombia will be permitted to stay in the country for up to 90 days at a time. The ETIAS visa waiver will have a validity of a total of 3 years from the date of issue. Once they are granted an ETIAS Spain, Colombian citizens will also be allowed to travel to other EU countries within the Schengen zone.
ETIAS Application for Colombian Citizens
Colombians traveling to Spain will need to fill in the ETIAS Spain application form. The ETIAS application process is simple and will be done online. Based on other similar visa waiver data from the US and Canada, it is estimated that around 95% of ETIAS Spain for Colombians applications would be approved.
Colombian citizens applying for an ETIAS visa waiver will be asked to fill in their personal and passport details in the ETIAS application form. These include the following: name, date of birth, address, parents’ information, passport number, issue date, expiry date, and basic information about the applicant’s trip to Spain.
Additionally, all ETIAS Spain applicants from Colombia will have to answer a number of security questions. These include, but are not limited to, their employment history, past European travel information, terrorism, and travel to conflicting areas.
Information such as status, confirmation, and approval of the ETIAS application will be sent electronically to the applicants, to the email address they provided in the application form. Therefore, travelers have to make sure that the email address they indicated when submitting the ETIAS travel authorization is valid.
The majority of the applications will be approved within a short period of time.
Passport and Documents Needed
When applying for an ETIAS travel authorization, Colombian citizens will have to comply with a number of ETIAS Spain requirements for Colombians.
Colombian travelers will need to have a valid passport in order to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver. The passport has to be valid both throughout the applicant’s stay in Spain and for at least three months from the date of application for ETIAS Spain.
In addition, Colombians traveling to Spain will need to have a valid debit or credit card. The payment for the ETIAS visa waiver will be effectuated online, through a secure online payment platform.
Colombian applicants for an ETIAS Spain must also have an active email address. All information relevant to the application will be sent to the email address provided in the online form.
Colombian Embassy and Consulates in Spain
Colombia has its embassy in Madrid. Additionally, it has consulates general in Barcelona, Bilbao, and Sevilla and three consulates, located in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Palma de Mallorca, and Valencia.
Spanish Embassy and Consulates in Colombia
The Spanish Embassy in Colombia is located in Bogota. Spain also has one consulate general, in Cartagena. Furthermore, it has vice-consulates in Bucaramanga, Buenaventura, and Cucuta. The cities of Barranquilla, Calli, and Medellin house the consulates of Spain in Colombia.
Colombian citizens who intend to travel to Spain on an ETIAS travel authorization, will not be required to visit the Spanish Embassy or one of the consulates in Colombia. This might, however, be required of travelers with other visa needs such as an extended stay and work visa or in case they have any issues with their ETIAS Spain application.