Spain offers travelers an enormous amount of variety. There is a tremendous amount of history all over the country, which boasts diverse regions that include beaches, countryside, and mountains as well as cities of all sizes. The country is famous for its cuisine and its modern art, but really boasts something that can be attractive for anyone and beginning shortly, Serbian passport holders will have a new process for exploring it all.
At the end of 2022, European authorities are updating the process for which citizens from many countries around the world acquire permission to visit Spain and the rest of the Schengen Area. In place of a traditional visa will be a visa-waiver system called the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS). The application process for Serbian citizens will be short and simple but there are a number of requirements and steps that need to be followed to ensure that it is done correctly.
Traveling to Spain from Serbia with an ETIAS
Citizens from around 60 countries will initially be eligible for the ETIAS for Spain, including Serbians. The visa-waiver, which can be applied for and received entirely online, will grant holders access not only to Spain but to the rest of the member countries of the European Union’s Schengen Area. The electronic nature of the ETIAS means that travelers will be able to avoid visiting a consulate or embassy in order to gain permission to travel to Spain.
The application process is straightforward and should take applicants under an hour to fill out. Once submitted, the expected turnaround time for a response is up to three days, though oftentimes applicants receive a response within a few hours. Be sure to apply with sufficient time before your trip.
After the ETIAS has been issued, travelers have three years to enter the Schengen Area before the ETIAS expires. After setting foot in Spain or any other Schengen Area country, Serbian passport holders will have 90 days of travel within a time period of 180 days. They can enter the Schengen Area multiple times during those 180 days as long as the total number of days spent inside the area does not exceed 90.
ETIAS Application for Serbian Citizens
The application process was designed to be as simple as possible. However, it is imperative that when filling out each section applicants double-check their responses both for accuracy and truthfulness. Any errant keyboard strokes or purposefully incorrect information could result in the delay or outright rejection of the application. European authorities coordinate with numerous international intelligence agencies to make sure they know exactly who is applying for permission to visit.
The ETIAS application for Serbian citizens will ask you to provide a number of basic requirements. These are things such as your full name, your contact details, your date of birth, your passport information, as well as more personal details such as your security or criminal records.
Passport and Documents Needed
In addition to the above details, there are a few documents and additional requirements that each applicant must have in order to apply for the ETIAS.
- A Serbian (or other ETIAS approved) passport with at least three months validity remaining on the passport from the date of entry.
- A valid credit or debit card to pay the application fee. Note: The fee is non-refundable even in the event of a delayed or denied application.
- A current email address as all correspondence will be done via email including the issuing of the approved ETIAS visa-waiver.
Serbia Embassy and Consulates in Spain
The Serbian embassy is located in Madrid. Additionally, there are consulates located in the cities of Barcelona, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Sevilla, and Zaragoza.
Spanish Embassy and Consulates in Serbians
The Spanish embassy in Serbia is located in the capital city of Belgrade.
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