South Korean citizens who wish to enter Spain in late 2022 and beyond will need to apply for an ETIAS travel authorization prior to their visit. The ETIAS Spain application process will be straightforward and will be done entirely online. Based on similar experience from the US ESTA and Canadian eTA visa waivers, it is estimated that around 95% of South Korean travelers will have their application approved.
Traveling to Spain from South Korea with an ETIAS
Travelers of all ages, including minors, will need to apply for an ETIAS Spain in order to visit Spain from South Korea.
Once they obtain their ETIAS travel authorization, South Korean citizens will be allowed to stay in Spain for tourist or business purposes for up to 90 days at a time. With ETIAS Spain, they will also be able to travel to other EU countries within the Schengen zone as part of the same trip.
The ETIAS visa waiver will be valid for a total of 3 years from the date of issue.
ETIAS Application for South Korean Citizens
Applying for an ETIAS Spain for South Koreans will be a straightforward process. The application will be done online and the travelers will receive the approval by email. For the most part, the processing time for ETIAS travel authorizations will be very short.
It is imperative that all the details provided in the online application form are correct and correspond to the information in the traveling documents. If the applicant provides misleading or incorrect information, the ETIAS authorization might be denied.
In order to apply for an ETIAS Spain, the citizens of South Korea will be required to provide personal details (including name, date of birth, address, parents’ information), passport details (passport number, issue date, expiry date), and some basic information about their upcoming trip to Spain and other EU member countries.
Additionally, ETIAS Spain applicants will be asked a number of security questions such as their employment history, criminal history, and past travel to conflict areas, and other security information.
Once the ETIAS application has been processed, the travelers will receive a confirmation email containing all the necessary information and instructions.
Passport and Documents Needed
All South Korean citizens who wish to apply for an ETIAS travel authorization will have to comply with the ETIAS Spain requirements for South Koreans.
South Koreans traveling to Spain will need to make sure that their passport is valid for the entire duration of their stay in the country. It also has to be valid for at least 3 months from the date of application for ETIAS Spain. The same rule covers any other EU countries in the Schengen area that South Korean citizens are planning to visit during the same trip.
South Korean applicants will also need to have a valid debit or credit card in order to be able to pay for the ETIAS visa waiver online.
Finally, an active email address will be mandatory for receiving the ETIAS Spain approval as well as any other information relevant to the travel authorization application.
South Korean Embassy and Consulates in Spain
South Korea has an embassy in Madrid, together with four other representations in Spain. South Korean travelers will find consulates general, that provide a full range of services, in Barcelona and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, as well as consulates in Bilbao and Sevilla.
Spanish Embassy and Consulates in South Korea
The Spanish Embassy in South Korea is located in the capital Seoul. In addition, Spain has one consulate in South Korea, in the city of Busan.
South Korean citizens who wish to travel to Spain using ETIAS travel authorization will not be required to contact the embassy or consulate of Spain in their country. Getting in touch with the Spanish Embassy or consulate will only be necessary for travelers who intend to stay for a longer period of time than permitted by the ETIAS Spain visa waiver, or who have any issues with their ETIAS Spain application.