From 2021 onwards, travelers from more than sixty nations will be required to have permission to enter the Schengen Zone. This comes in the form of an ETIAS authorization.
The European Travel Information and Authorisation System, abbreviated as ETIAS, was created by the European Union with the aim of improving EU border security and the security of Europeans and travellers.
Traveling to Spain from New Zealand with an ETIAS
The list of 60 countries who can apply for a Spanish ETIAS includes New Zealand nationals. To do this, all travellers must apply online for an ETIAS Spain for New Zealanders authorisation by completing the application form, getting approved, and that’s it! Upon entry into Spain, travellers will have their passports scanned and be allowed entry into the country.
One of the benefits of applying for the ETIAS is that the entire process takes no more than an hour and, for most travelers, their ETIAS authorization will be obtained instantly. In addition, the Spanish ETIAS gives New Zealanders the opportunity to remain in the European Union for up to 90 days at a time (within a 180 day timeframe).
New Zealanders who have an ETIAS in their passport are allowed to visit other countries located in the Schengen Zone without having to apply for other authorizations, and their ETIAS is valid for 3 years.
ETIAS Application for New Zealand Citizens
It is easy to apply for an ETIAS to visit Spain from New Zealand, and it will only take a couple of minutes for the applicants to go through the process. New Zealand travelers will be pleased to know that iit only takes a few minutes to be approved for a Spanish ETIAS. However, in some cases it can take up to 3 working days to be approved, especially if there is an increase in demand.
Travellers first need to answer the questions on the application form to be eligible to obtain an ETIAS for Spain. The application form will only ask a few basic questions about the applicants’ personal data (such as their first and last name, contact details, and date of birth), their trip itinerary, their passport information (e.g. the serial number and date of issue/validity of their passport), as well as safety (including their criminal record and previous travel to Europe). This information will be checked against numerous security databases in Europe, including Interpol, to ensure that all travellers entering the Schengen zone are considered safe.
Once all of this has been completed, we advise going back and reviewing the application again to ensure that all of the necessary information is accurate and true. This is a very important step, as even one small typo can cause the entire application to be refused and the applicant will have to start over.
An approval email with the Spanish ETIAS will be sent to the email address that was specified in the application form. We strongly recommend that you check your regular inbox as well as the spam folder in case the ETIAS approval was sent to the wrong inbox.
Passport and Documents Needed
The ETIAS Spain requirements for New Zealanders are easy and straightforward – in fact, applicants need only three basic things. These include the following:
- A valid New Zealand passport. The applicant’s New Zealand-issued passport must be valid for at least three months from the date of their planned arrival in Spain. Some of the information that will be required on the application includes the following:
- Full Name
- Contact details (address, phone number, email address
- Passport number, date of issue, and date of expiry
- Place of birth
- Itinerary while in Europe
- Current payment method. To pay the application fee, applicants will need to have a form of payment, such as a valid credit card or debit card.
- Current email address. Finally, all applicants will be required to enter a valid email address when applying. Make sure you enter an email address that you are constantly checking to ensure that you receive all communications relating to your ETIAS authorization in a timely manner.
After gathering all of these necessary requirements, applicants are ready to apply for their ETIAS.