The ETIAS, as it will be known, stands for the European Travel Information and Authorisation System. It will be obligatory for all eligible nationalities to apply for an ETIAS for Spain before arriving in Europe. The ETIAS will be implemented in 2021 for all Mexican citizens wishing to travel to Spain, and they should be aware of what is required before traveling.
The impulse behind this new system is to ensure better security in the European Union and improve the flow of travelers with regards to border control.
Traveling to Spain from Mexico with ETIAS
Mexico is among the nearly 60 countries that will be able to apply for an ETIAS to travel to Spain. The online application form will be simple and quick to complete and will allow tourists to enter and travel around Spain for a total of 90 days. It is likely that more countries will be added to the list of ETIAS eligible countries as the process continues.
The ETIAS Spain for Mexicans is valid for a period of 3 years. Within this time, travelers can use their same ETIAS to travel to Spain as many times as they like throughout this period. Travelers must be sure to meet certain ETIAS requirements to be eligible to apply. An approved ETIAS will then permit holders to travel to and around any of the EU countries including Spain.
ETIAS Application for Mexican Citizens
In order to be able to travel to Spain with ETIAS, Mexican tourists must first complete the ETIAS application form online. The simple application form will consist of a part requiring the entry of personal data, travel document information, and a final set of questions regarding the individual’s immigration, health, and criminal history. This will be sent to the relevant European authorities to be screened and cross-checked against several secure international databases including Interpol and the EES (Entry and Exit System for Europe).
Mexican citizens wishing to travel to Spain with ETIAS must ensure to fill out the application as accurately as possible, paying special attention to the data provided on their passport and other travel documents, which must be exactly as presented in the application. If there are errors or inconsistencies in the application, the traveler risks having their ETIAS denied, which could mean they would need to provide further documentation and wait another 4 weeks before receiving their approved ETIAS via email.
The ETIAS form will require Mexican citizens to provide information such as their name, date of birth, passport number and expiry date, as well as answer questions regarding their health, travel, and criminal background which will allow authorities to determine if the person can be permitted to enter the EU.
They will also need to provide a valid email address where they will later receive updates on the status of the ETIAS application, and finally, the approved ETIAS in addition to making a payment for the ETIAS visa waiver fee online via the application platform using a credit or debit card.
Passports and Documents Needed
There are certain requirements that are necessary to be eligible to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver for Spain which are detailed here:
Applicants must have a correctly-authorized passport from Mexico with at least 3 months validity from the date of entry into Spain.
In rare cases, extra documentation may be required but for the majority of travelers, they simply must provide the details as presented in their passport for the ETIAS to be approved.
A valid email account and a debit/credit card are also required to complete the online application as mentioned previously, for the reception of the digital European visa waiver and the payment of the fee.
When traveling in Spain, it is advisable for foreign travelers, including Mexican tourists, to carry with them at all times their ID and a copy of the ETIAS approval so that if necessary they can be supplied on the spot.
Spanish Embassy and Consulates in Mexico
There are two consulate generals which are located in Guadalajara and Monterrey, as well as 21 other consulates in other parts of Mexico.
To apply for and obtain a valid travel authorization for Spain for Mexicans, there should be no need to visit the Spanish embassy once ETIAS is up and running in 2021. If you have a different visa which permits you entry into Spain, you may need to consult the embassy to travel to other places or for extensions or renewals. ETIAS renewals can be made online but the validity period is 90 days and Mexican tourists are advised to leave European soil before its expiration.
Mexican Embassy and Consulates in Spain
Other representations can be found in the form of one consulate general in Barcelona and 9 other consulates dotted around Spain.
With a valid ETIAS and passport from an eligible country, there should be no need to visit the embassy in Spain.