ETIAS stands for European Travel and Information Authorization System and it will be launched in 2021. ETIAS Spain will grant eligible travelers entry to the country, and the rest of the Schengen Area.
Through the system, third-country nationals from countries that currently do not require a visa to travel to Europe will need to obtain the ETIAS visa waiver. Japanese nationals will be required to have a valid ETIAS upon arrival in Spain. Nationals of Japan will be able to obtain the ETIAS Spain visa waiver through an online application.
The ETIAS visa waiver will be implemented to contribute to the European Union’s mission of protecting its shared external borders and making the region safer.
ETIAS Spain will be a multiple entry visa waiver, valid for a period of 3 consecutive years (or until the passport expires). It will grant its holder entry to Spain as well as entry to all other 25 countries that make up the Schengen Zone.
Travel to Spain from Japan with the ETIAS visa waiver
In the last decade, the number of Japanese visitors in Spain has grown exponentially. The country went from welcoming about 250.000 Japanese tourists to over 400.000. In 2017, Spain welcomed 442.000 Japanese visitors. Local travel companies and other tourism businesses are investing in infrastructure and resources to be better prepared for Japanese travelers.
Even though currently Japanese nationals can visit Spain without a visa, they do need to meet certain requirements upon arrival (. As of 2021, one of the entry requirements to visit any country in the Schengen Area will be the ETIAS visa waiver. This electronic travel authorization for Europe will be easy to obtain. The traveler will simply need to meet the ETIAS Spain requirements and follow a few simple steps.
ETIAS is a travel authorization that will contribute to Europe’s overall security. Japanese citizens, along with nationals from other 61 countries will be able to access an online application form that they will be able to complete in less than 10 minutes.
What are the ETIAS Spain Requirements for Japanese travelers?
Japanese travelers who wish to visit Spain or other countries in the Schengen Area will be able to get their ETIAS visa waiver in 2021. Right now, they may continue to travel for short-term stays without a visa.
However, once the ETIAS system is active, Japanese nationals will need to meet the following ETIAS requirements:
- A valid passport
- An email address
- A debit or credit card
All foreign visitors eligible for ETIAS will need to have a valid passport to successfully obtain their visa waiver. The email address is a requirement as all communication regarding the status of the ETIAS will be sent via email, including the approval notification. The debit or credit card is essential to pay for the electronic authorization fee.
How to complete the ETIAS Spain application as a Japanese national
Japanese citizens who wish to get the ETIAS visa waiver to visit Spain will need to complete the ETIAS application form with their personal details, passport data, and contact information.
The ETIAS application form will require that each Japanese traveler provides the following:
- Full name
- Date and place of birth
- Country of citizenship
- Passport number
- Passport issuing and expiration date
When completing the application, the Japanese applicant will need to enter the country of intended first entry. If they wish to visit Spain first, they should indicate this in the form. This does not mean that they need to stay in Spain for their whole trip, ETIAS can be used to visit France, Germany, and all other Schengen member states.
The application includes a series of security questions that are meant to identify travelers who could pose a threat. The questions are related to criminal history or activity, medical details, and previous travel to conflict zones. Applicants are advised to answer honestly and to enter all of their information accurately.
Once the ETIAS Spain application is completed and the payment has been made, the applicant may submit their application. It is expected that most applications will be processed within a few minutes. However, it is possible that some applications take longer to process.
Japanese Embassy in Spain
The Japanese Embassy in Spain is situated in Spain’s capital, Madrid. There is also a consulate, situated in Barcelona.
In case of an emergency, like getting a passport stolen, the Japanese Embassy or Consulate will be able to provide the required assistance and support.