There are numerous reasons why Israeli citizens would want to visit Spain. The country has an immense variety of beautiful cities all over, ranging from Catalunya’s Barcelona and Valencia to the Basque’s Bilbao and San Sebastian, all the way down to Andalusia’s ancient streets of Sevilla and Granada. Along the way, travelers from Israel can enjoy golden beaches and expansive countrysides, as well as some of the best cuisine and most-highly respected museums in all of Europe.
At the end of 2022, European authorities will implement a new security screening process for tourists to Spain and the rest of the Schengen Area. The European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) for Spain will be a visa-waiver system that allows holders to travel within the borderless network of the Schengen Area. The ETIAS will be applied for and acquired entirely online, removing any necessity for travelers to visit their local consulate or embassy and wait in long lines. Find out just how easy it will be to receive your ETIAS for Spain.
Traveling to Spain from Israel with an ETIAS
Once the ETIAS for Spain is launched, there will be roughly 60 countries from around the world who are eligible to apply for it, including Israel. The application process was designed to be as simple and easy to fill out as possible. With that said, it is integral that each applicant is careful when filling out their application as any misinformation, either purposefully stated or accidentally input, will most likely result in the delay or rejection of your ETIAS application.
The entire form should take no more than an hour to fill in. Once the application has been double-checked and then submitted, Israeli passport holders can expect a response within three business days. In some cases, authorities will approve or reject the application within a matter of minutes, but it is best to plan ahead and apply with sufficient time so as not to be held up by any complications.
After the visa-waiver has been issued, it is valid for up to three years, meaning Israeli citizens may take their time in planning their trip to Spain and the rest of the Schengen Area. After entering Spain, Israelis have a total of 90 days to spend inside of the Schengen Area before their ETIAS expires. It is possible to exit and re-enter the Schengen Area as long as the total time spent inside does not exceed 90 days within a period of 180 days. After 180 days from the initial entry, the visa-waiver will expire, even if the 90 days have not been exhausted.
ETIAS Application for Israeli Citizens
The ETIAS application process has some basic requirements for each applicant. The form will ask Israelis to provide information such as their full name, their date of birth, their residency, and their itinerary. They will also be asked questions about their criminal record. All responses will be fact-checked against international databases.
Passport and Documents Needed
In addition to the simple questions that the ETIAS application for Spain asks each Israeli passport holder to provide, there are three other requirements:
- An Israeli passport (or other ETIAS approved passport). The passport must have a minimum of three months before it expires from the intended date of entry to Spain
- A credit or debit card. The ETIAS application carries with it a non-refundable application fee that must be paid electronically
- A valid email address as the visa will be issued via email
Israel Embassy and Consulates in Spain
The Israeli embassy for Spain is located in Madrid. There are also embassies located in Barcelona, Marbella, and Cadiz.
Spanish Embassy and Consulates in Israel
The Spanish embassy of Israel is located in Tel Aviv. There is also a consulate in Jerusalem.
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