ETIAS Spain for British

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Entry requirements for Spain from the UK

At present, third-country citizens from nations with visa waiver agreements with the EU (such as Britain, the USA and Canada) may enter Spain or any other Schengen member state with just a passport. The travel document must have at least 6 months of validity remaining and must not have been issued more than 10 years ago.

It is not necessary to hold a visa to visit an EU country or the Schengen Zone for visits of under 90 days within any 180 day period. Nevertheless, it will soon be necessary to hold a Schengen ETIAS visa waiver before travelling to most countries in Europe, including Spain.

This is being introduced as a security measure to ensure that the Schengen area’s borders are properly protected and its immigration rules are correctly enforced. However, the process of applying for an ETIAS visa waiver will take only 10 minutes and can be approved and issued in as little as a few hours.

When will ETIAS be necessary to travel from the UK to Spain?

ETIAS will become obligatory for UK travellers in November 2023. The system is currently scheduled to go live and become mandatory from that time onwards.

When ETIAS is launched and fully implemented, British tourists and business travellers will need to hold a visa waiver to enter any country in the Schengen Area. This includes Spain and Gibraltar.

The ETIAS travel authorization itself will be electronically linked to the holder’s passport and is valid for 3 years from its date of issue or until the passport it is linked to expires. It can be used for multiple trips to the EU and allows travellers to visit any country in the Schengen Area.

How to apply for an ETIAS for Spain

When ETIAS is launched, travellers will need to apply for a visa waiver online. To complete this process applicants will need the following items:

  • A valid passport
  • An active email address
  • A credit/debit card

Prospective visitors will also need to provide personal information, details about their trip (such as the first country they will visit in the EU), answers to security and health questions and their passport data.

Once the application has been completed and sent, an email will be sent to the user confirming the visa waiver’s approval or denial. This will normally be received within 24 hours, although travellers are advised to allow up to 72 hours in case of inputting errors in their data.

Travel to Spain after Brexit

Despite Brexit, Spain and the EU still welcome British tourists. Short trips to the EU will still be permitted without a visa and when ETIAS launches it will only be necessary to apply online for a visa waiver after getting a new passport or once every 3 years after initially registering with the system.

However, there are a few changes that passengers should be mindful of when entering Spain after Brexit. These include the following points:

  • UK passports must have at least 6 months of validity and must not have been issued over 10 years ago.
  • British citizens may not enter the country using the EU exclusive border gates.
  • Tourists may be asked to provide proof of funds to support their time in Europe and onward travel arrangements.
  • British travellers wishing to work in Spain or stay for longer than 3 months require a visa.
  • EU issued EHIC cards are no longer valid. British tourists should ensure they travel with the correct health insurance coverage.

Information about Spain

Spain is one of Europe’s southernmost countries and is one of its most popular tourist destinations. Over 83.7 million holidaymakers visited in 2019 alone.

Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia are three of the country’s most important cities and are home to its biggest population centres. Spain is also well known for its spectacular Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines, excellent cuisine and warm and sunny weather.

Capital City:Madrid
Language:Spanish (Castillian), Catalan, Basque, Galician
Currency:Euro
Plug Types:Types C and F
Emergency Phone Number:112

Recommended insurance to travel to Spain

Since Brexit, British travellers can no longer apply for EU issued European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC). Instead, it is necessary to get appropriate health insurance coverage before departing for Spain.

The British government has created the new Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) as a replacement for the EHIC for UK citizens. However, this can only be used in EU member countries and cannot be used in the following Schengen member states:

  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Norway
  • Switzerland

British consular services in Spain

Britain has consular missions in many locations across Spain. Some 300,000 British citizens are residents in the country and thousands more tourists visit the nation each year. The British government has offices in the following locations:

Consulate
Location
Address
British Consulate Alicante
Alicante
Edificio Espacio Rambla Méndez Núñez 28-32 6ª planta 03002 Alicante Spain
Consulate
Location
Address
British Consulate General Barcelona
Barcelona
Avda Diagonal 477–13 08036 Barcelona Spain
Consulate
Location
Address
British Consulate Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria
Calle Luis Morote 6-3º 35007 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Spain
Consulate
Location
Address
British Consulate Ibiza
Ibiza
Avenida Isidoro Macabich 45 1º1ª (corner with Calle Canarias) 07800 Ibiza Spain
Consulate
Location
Address
British Consulate General Madrid
Madrid
Torre Espacio Paseo de la Castellana 259D 28046 Madrid Spain
Consulate
Location
Address
British Embassy Madrid
Madrid
Torre Espacio Paseo de la Castellana 259D 28046 Madrid Spain
Consulate
Location
Address
British Consulate Malaga
Malaga
Calle Mauricio Moro Pareto, 2 Edificio Eurocom 29006 Malaga Spain
Consulate
Location
Address
British Consulate Palma de Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca
Carrer Convent dels Caputxins, 4 Edificio Orisba B 4ºD 07002 Palma de Mallorca Spain
Consulate
Location
Address
British Consulate Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Tenerife
Plaza Weyler, 8, 1º 38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife Spain

Britain has consular missions in many locations across Spain. Some 300,000 British citizens are residents in the country and thousands more tourists visit the nation each year. The British government has offices in the following locations:

Consulate
British Consulate Alicante
Location
Alicante
Address
Edificio Espacio Rambla Méndez Núñez 28-32 6ª planta 03002 Alicante Spain
Consulate
British Consulate General Barcelona
Location
Barcelona
Address
Avda Diagonal 477–13 08036 Barcelona Spain
Consulate
British Consulate Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Location
Gran Canaria
Address
Calle Luis Morote 6-3º 35007 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Spain
Consulate
British Consulate Ibiza
Location
Ibiza
Address
Avenida Isidoro Macabich 45 1º1ª (corner with Calle Canarias) 07800 Ibiza Spain
Consulate
British Consulate General Madrid
Location
Madrid
Address
Torre Espacio Paseo de la Castellana 259D 28046 Madrid Spain
Consulate
British Embassy Madrid
Location
Madrid
Address
Torre Espacio Paseo de la Castellana 259D 28046 Madrid Spain
Consulate
British Consulate Malaga
Location
Malaga
Address
Calle Mauricio Moro Pareto, 2 Edificio Eurocom 29006 Malaga Spain
Consulate
British Consulate Palma de Mallorca
Location
Palma de Mallorca
Address
Carrer Convent dels Caputxins, 4 Edificio Orisba B 4ºD 07002 Palma de Mallorca Spain
Consulate
British Consulate Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Location
Tenerife
Address
Plaza Weyler, 8, 1º 38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife Spain

Spanish consular services in the UK

Spain offers consular services in many cities across the United Kingdom. These offices can be contacted regarding travel information for Spain and for advice on obtaining work or residency visas for the country. The consulate and embassy facilities for Spain in the UK are as follows:

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Consulate
Location
Address
Consulate of Spain in Aberdeen
Aberdeen
1 East Craibstone Street Aberdeen, AB11 6YQ United Kingdom
Consulate
Location
Address
Spanish Honorary Consulate in Belfast
Belfast
37-39 Rathfriland Street Banbridge, Co. Down, BT32, Northern United Kingdom
Consulate
Location
Address
Spanish Honorary Vice Consulate in Birmingham
Birmingham
23 Michael Drive, Edgbaston Birmingham B15 2EL United Kingdom
Consulate
Location
Address
Consulate of Spain in Edinburgh
Edinburgh
63, North Castle Street Edinburgh EH2 3LJ United Kingdom
Consulate
Location
Address
Spanish Honorary Consulate in Glasgow
Glasgow
3rd Floor, 5 St Vincent Place Glasgow G1 2DH United Kingdom
Consulate
Location
Address
Consulate of Spain in Jersey
Jersey
Linden House Bagatelle Road St. Saviour Jersey JE2 7TY United Kingdom
Consulate
Location
Address
Consulate of Spain in Liverpool
Liverpool
Gladstone House 2 Church Road Liverpool L15 9EG United Kingdom
Consulate
Location
Address
Embassy of Spain in the United Kingdom
London
39 Chesham Place London SW1X 8SB United Kingdom
Consulate
Location
Address
Consulate of Spain in Manchester
Manchester
55 Brown Street Manchester, M2 1YB United Kingdom

Spain offers consular services in many cities across the United Kingdom. These offices can be contacted regarding travel information for Spain and for advice on obtaining work or residency visas for the country. The consulate and embassy facilities for Spain in the UK are as follows:

uk-map

Consulate
Consulate of Spain in Aberdeen
Location
Aberdeen
Address
1 East Craibstone Street Aberdeen, AB11 6YQ United Kingdom
Consulate
Spanish Honorary Consulate in Belfast
Location
Belfast
Address
37-39 Rathfriland Street Banbridge, Co. Down, BT32, Northern United Kingdom
Consulate
Spanish Honorary Vice Consulate in Birmingham
Location
Birmingham
Address
23 Michael Drive, Edgbaston Birmingham B15 2EL United Kingdom
Consulate
Consulate of Spain in Edinburgh
Location
Edinburgh
Address
63, North Castle Street Edinburgh EH2 3LJ United Kingdom
Consulate
Spanish Honorary Consulate in Glasgow
Location
Glasgow
Address
3rd Floor, 5 St Vincent Place Glasgow G1 2DH United Kingdom
Consulate
Consulate of Spain in Jersey
Location
Jersey
Address
Linden House Bagatelle Road St. Saviour Jersey JE2 7TY United Kingdom
Consulate
Consulate of Spain in Liverpool
Location
Liverpool
Address
Gladstone House 2 Church Road Liverpool L15 9EG United Kingdom
Consulate
Embassy of Spain in the United Kingdom
Location
London
Address
39 Chesham Place London SW1X 8SB United Kingdom
Consulate
Consulate of Spain in Manchester
Location
Manchester
Address
55 Brown Street Manchester, M2 1YB United Kingdom

The most important airports in Spain

Spain is home to a number of important European hub airports. With its location in the westernmost corner of Europe and its proximity to Africa, Spain is a departure and arrival destination for many other countries around the world.

It will be possible to travel with an ETIAS to any Spanish international airport or major land or seaport once the system is implemented in November 2023.

The most important airports in Spain include:

plane

Airport
Location
IATA Code
Adolfo Suarez Madrid - Barajas
Madrid
MAD
Airport
Location
IATA Code
Josep Tarradellas Barcelona - El Prat Airport
Barcelona
BCN
Airport
Location
IATA Code
Palma De Mallorca Airport
Palma
PMI
Airport
Location
IATA Code
Malaga - Costa Del Sol Airport
Malaga
AGP
Airport
Location
IATA Code
Gran Canaria Airport
Gran Canaria
LPA
Airport
Location
IATA Code
Alicante - Eleche Airport
Alicante
ALC
Airport
Location
IATA Code
Tenerife South - Reina Sofia Airport
Tenerife
TFS
Airport
Location
IATA Code
Valencia Airport
Valencia
VLC

Spain is home to a number of important European hub airports. With its location in the westernmost corner of Europe and its proximity to Africa, Spain is a departure and arrival destination for many other countries around the world.

It will be possible to travel with an ETIAS to any Spanish international airport or major land or seaport once the system is implemented in November 2023.

The most important airports in Spain include:

plane

Airport
Adolfo Suarez Madrid - Barajas
Location
Madrid
IATA Code
MAD
Airport
Josep Tarradellas Barcelona - El Prat Airport
Location
Barcelona
IATA Code
BCN
Airport
Palma De Mallorca Airport
Location
Palma
IATA Code
PMI
Airport
Malaga - Costa Del Sol Airport
Location
Malaga
IATA Code
AGP
Airport
Gran Canaria Airport
Location
Gran Canaria
IATA Code
LPA
Airport
Alicante - Eleche Airport
Location
Alicante
IATA Code
ALC
Airport
Tenerife South - Reina Sofia Airport
Location
Tenerife
IATA Code
TFS
Airport
Valencia Airport
Location
Valencia
IATA Code
VLC

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