US citizens visiting Spain from 2021 onwards will have to obtain a Spain ETIAS for US citizens prior to traveling. The ETIAS is a travel authorization that has been implemented with a new mobility and border control system for all non-EU citizens that wish to enter the Schengen zone. The European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) aims to improve security measures for Europe and will enable United States citizens to travel to Spain and other European countries.
Traveling to Spain from the US with an ETIAS
ETIAS for Americans will be a simple procedure that can be completed online. There are up to 60 countries that will be eligible for an ETIAS Spain and more countries are expected to be incorporated in the eligibility list in the future.
In order to apply for a Spain ETIAS for American citizens, some basic requirements will have to be fulfilled and applicants will need to possess certain documents, such as a valid passport. Read further below for more information on passports and documents for those who wish to travel to Spain from the US.
The ETIAS travel authorization will enable Americans to travel to Spain from the United States and will be valid for 3 years. The longest period you can visit in one stay is 90 days. For stays longer than 90 days, Americans will have to consult visa and residency options available to them by law. The ETIAS will be for both business and tourism purposes.
ETIAS Application for US Citizens
The application process for the ETIAS travel authorization will consist of a simple application form where applicants will have to fill out their personal details and some security questions online. Once submitted, these details will be checked against EU security databases and the data will be cross-checked.
Once the ETIAS application has been approved, the applicant will receive an approval confirmation email which will contain necessary instructions, such as a reminder to travel with the corresponding passport and print your ETIAS confirmation.
Passport and Documents Needed
Americans will require a valid passport in order to be able to travel to Spain from the US with an ETIAS. The passport should be valid at both the time of application for the ETIAS travel authorization and the period of stay in Spain (and/or other European countries).
Other requirements include:
- A valid email address
- A valid card for the ETIAS (debit or credit card)
Spanish Embassy and Consulates in US
The Spanish Embassy in the US is located in Washington D.C.
There are 8 Spanish consulate generals in the US:
- Los Angeles
- New York
- San Francisco
- San Juan
US Embassy and Consulates in Spain
The US Embassy in Spain is located in Madrid and the consulate-general is located in Barcelona.
There are 6 US consular agencies in Spain:
- Las Palmas
- Palma de Mallorca