However, Taiwanese traveling to Spain after the end of 2022 will need to know the new rules regarding visas and authorizations. This is because a new authorization for tourists, called the ETIAS, has been put into place.
Traveling to Spain from Taiwan with an ETIAS
All Taiwanese travelers will be required to apply for the travel authorization, which is formally known as the European Travel Information and Authorization System authorization (shorted to ETIAS). The process for applying for an ETIAS to visit Spain from Taiwan is quick and easy – travelers will need to spend less than 30 minutes of their time to fill out the online application and pay the processing fee.
The ETIAS authorization was originally created to minimize terrorism by securing the borders of the European Union. This includes running the applicant’s information through multiple security databases, such as Interpol, to make sure that they have no criminal history or issues with their record.
The Spanish ETIAS for Taiwanese travelers is valid for 3 years, and allows them to stay in the Schengen zone for a maximum of 90 days within a period of 180 days. Likewise, travelers are allowed to use their ETIAS to travel to other countries in the Schengen region without the need to reapply for seperate visas or authorizations.
ETIAS Application for Taiwanese Citizens
The first step to obtaining a Spanish ETIAS is for Taiwanese travelers to start the application form.
The application will take only 30 minutes of the traveler’s time to complete, and is very straightforward and easy to understand.
The application will ask for various pieces of information, which includes but is not limited to the traveler’s personal details, such as their first name and last name; passport information, including the passport number, nationality, date of issue, and date of expiry; and contact information, including their address and email.
The application will also contain a couple of questions pertaining to the applicant’s previous travels to Europe (if any) and a few questions about their criminal record.
At the end, applicants will need to pay the ETIAS processing fee with a valid form of payment, such as their debit or credit card.
Applicants can expect to get their ETIAS authorization instantly, but in rare cases it may take up to three business days. This can be due to delays, public holidays, or the need for the ETIAS agency to do a thorough inspection of the applicant through the database.
Once the ETIAS authorization is ready, travelers are advised to print a copy of the email containing their approval so that they can show it to the immigration agent when entering Spain.
Please note that the ETIAS is a multiple entry authorization, which means that Taiwanese travelers can travel in and out of the Schengen area as many times as they would like without the need to re-apply.
Passport and Documents Needed
There are only a few ETIAS Spain requirements for Taiwanese travelers. They include the following items:
- A valid Taiwanese passport. The applicant’s passport must be valid for at least three months after the date that they plan to arrive in Spain. When filling out the application, we encourage applicants to keep their passport nearby so that they can easily refer to it when going through questions that ask about their passport.
- A valid payment method. All applicants will need to have a form of payment, such as a valid credit card or debit card, in order to pay the ETIAS processing fee.
- A current email address. At the end of the application, applicants will need to provide a valid email address. Please be sure to check this email address constantly, as it will contain notifications pertaining to the ETIAS.