The European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) is a new visa waiver for Europe. The new system has been designed to increase security across the Schengen zone and make top destinations such as Spain even safer for residents and visitors.
ETIAS Spain for Singaporeans will be available to apply for online from 2022. Singaporeans travelling to Spain must meet the ETIAS requirements outlined below and obtain the permit prior to departure.
Travelling to Spain from Singapore
Singaporeans do not need a visa to visit Spain for up to 90 days for tourism or business. The EU’s visa liberalisation policy means that, until now, citizens of Singapore have been able to travel from Singapore to Spain using just a valid passport.
With the introduction of the visa waiver programme at the end of 2022, visitors from Singapore will also need ETIAS Spain to enter the country. Fortunately, the application process is quick and convenient.
ETIAS Spain for Singaporeans is obtained online, with no need to present paperwork in person at a Spanish embassy or consulate. The electronic travel authorisation is valid for 3 years and can be used for multiple trips of up to 90 days per 180-day period.
ETIAS application for Singaporean citizens
The ETIAS application process is fully online and can be completed from home, 24 hours a day. ETIAS is not a visa and the application is more straightforward, just a few personal and passport details are required to complete the form.
Singaporean citizens should have the following details to hand when applying for ETIAS Spain:
- Personal information: name, date of birth, and nationality
- Passport data: issue and expiry date, passport number
- Contact details: an email address is required for all correspondence
- Credit/debit card details: the visa waiver fees are paid for online
Applicants should take care when filling out the form, the information should appear exactly as it is written in the passport. Any mistakes made at this stage, including incorrect spelling, could lead to delays.
There are also some security and safety-related questions that help the European authorities determine an applicant’s eligibility to travel to Spain. To complete the process, the ETIAS fees are paid securely using a debit or credit card and the application is submitted for review.
How long does it take to get an ETIAS Spain from Singapore?
It can take up to 72 hours for an ETIAS request to be processed, however many Singaporeans will receive the approved permit within minutes.
The traveller’s application is first automatically cross-checked against EU security databases. Provided nothing is flagged up, the visa waiver will be approved quickly.
If there is a hit in the system, the application will then be reviewed manually by the ETIAS Central and National Units. A decision must be reached in 2 weeks.
On approval, the ETIAS visa waiver is automatically linked to the passport electronic chip and an email notification is sent to the applicant.
Passport and documents needed
The ETIAS Spain requirements for Singaporeans include having a passport that is valid for the entire stay in the Schengen Area. ETIAS holders can use the same travel authorisation to explore all 26 Schengen countries, up to 90 days in total.
The passport must be biometric to allow for the visa waiver to be linked digitally to the travel document.
An ETIAS visa waiver cannot be transferred to another passport. If the Singaporean passport expires within the ETIAS 3-year validity period, a new visa waiver must be obtained before travelling to Spain.
No additional supporting documents are required to apply for ETIAS. Travel insurance is recommended but not required and proof of coverage is not requested. The only other requirement is a debit or credit card and a current email address.
Singaporean embassies and consulates in Spain
There are 2 Singaporean consulates in Spain. One is located in the capital, Madrid, and the other in Barcelona, another of Spain’s most visited cities.
Singaporean consulates in Spain offer a range of services and assistance should it be required. Citizens can contact the consulates directly for any specific queries or issues with their passport or other travel documents.
Spanish embassies and consulates in Singapore
The Spanish embassy in Singapore is located in Singapore city. It is not necessary to visit the embassy to apply for ETIAS Spain as the entire process is online.
Singaporeans travelling to Spain for longer than 90 days, or who wish to work or study in Spain, can contact the embassy for advice about obtaining a visa.