Venezuelan citizens traveling to Spain in 2021 or later will have to obtain an ETIAS travel authorization. Venezuela is one of the 60 non-EU countries that will be eligible to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver to travel to Spain and other EU member states. More countries might be added to this list later on.
The ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization) system will be similar to the US ESTA and Canadian eTA systems. The information that travelers submit when applying for an ETIAS Spain will be checked against EU security databases of INTERPOL, VIS, EUROPOL, and other corresponding organizations. This procedure aims to improve security and control surveillance within European borders.
Traveling to Spain from Venezuela with an ETIAS
Venezuelan citizens of all ages, traveling for both tourism, leisure, business, and medical reasons, will be required to obtain an ETIAS to visit Spain from Venezuela.
The ETIAS travel authorization will allow travelers to stay in Spain for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. ETIAS Spain will also enable Venezuelan citizens to travel to other EU countries within the Schengen zone. The validity of the ETIAS authorization will be 3 years from the date of issue.
ETIAS Application for Venezuelan Citizens
The application process for ETIAS Spain for Venezuelans will require the following steps:
- Completing the online ETIAS Spain application form
- Paying for the ETIAS visa waiver through a secure online payment system
- Receiving an email confirming that the request is being processed
- Receiving an email confirming the approval of the ETIAS travel authorization request
- Printing the ETIAS Spain and following the instructions received in the email
Venezuelan citizens traveling to Spain will be asked to provide personal and passport details:
- date of birth
- parents’ information
- passport number
- passport issue date
- passport expiry date
- details about the trip
Furthermore, all ETIAS Spain applicants from Venezuela will need to answer a number of security questions about their employment history, criminal history, past European travel, terrorism, drug use, and human trafficking.
Please note that it is essential that all the information provided in the application is accurate. Failure to provide correct information can result in the ETIAS Spain application being rejected. In that case, the traveler will have to resubmit the authorization form and wait for a longer period of time for a new approval.
Passport and Documents Needed
All Venezuelans traveling to Spain in 2021 and later will have to comply with ETIAS Spain requirements for Venezuelans in order to obtain an ETIAS travel authorization.
First and foremost, travelers will need to have a valid passport in order to start the application process. The passport must be valid for at least 3 months from the date of application for an ETIAS, and throughout the intended stay in Spain. The same rule applies regarding any other EU country that Venezuelan travelers are planning to visit during the same trip.
In addition, Venezuelan citizens will be required to have a valid debit or credit card in order to effectuate the online payment for the ETIAS visa waiver. The payment will be done through a secure online platform.
Finally, a correct email address will be necessary for obtaining the ETIAS Spain approval and receiving any other information relevant to the ETIAS visa waiver application.
Venezuelan Embassy and Consulates in Spain
For all practical issues related to their travels, visitors from Venezuela can call or visit the Venezuelan Embassy in Madrid. Venezuela also has four consulates general in Spain. They are located in the following cities: Barcelona, Bilbao, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and Vigo.
Spanish Embassy and Consulates in Venezuela
Spanish Embassy in Venezuela is situated in Caracas. Additionally, Venezuela has 17 consulates and vice consulates in Venezuela. The consulates are located in Maracaibo, Maracay, and Valencia, Carabobo. The vice consulates are to be found in the following cities: Acarigua, Barinas, Barquisimeto, Ciudad Guayana, Maturín, Merida, Mer, Porlamar, Puerto la Cruz, Punto Fijo, San Cristóbal, and San Juan de los Morros.
Visiting the Spanish Embassy or one of the consulates in Venezuela will be necessary only for travelers who intend to stay in Spain for more than 90 days at a time, or whose intention of traveling to Spain is work.
However, in order to obtain an ETIAS Spain, Venezuelan citizens can fill in and submit their ETIAS application online. Contacting the embassy or consulate will be required only in case there is a problem with the application.