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ETIAS at Palma Airport

Please note that the ETIAS system is not yet live and a travel authorisation is not currently needed.

What is ETIAS?
Who needs ETIAS travel authorisation?
When and how to apply
Video: ETIAS in a nutshell
What is the process?
Frequently Asked Questions

Brief Overview

What is ETIAS?

ETIAS is short for European Travel Information and Authorisation System. It is an electronic system established by the European Union (EU) for travellers from visa-exempt countries who are visiting the Schengen Area, including Spain. ETIAS will require eligible travellers to obtain an online authorisation before their trip.

ETIAS is similar to other electronic travel authorisation systems like the U.S. ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization), the UK ETA ( electronic travel authorisation) or the Canadian eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization).

When will it come into force?

ETIAS is due to start in the first half of 2025.

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Who needs ETIAS travel authorisation?

ETIAS will apply to visa-exempt non-EU citizens. This includes nationals from the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and many other countries. A full list can be found in Annex I of EU Regulation 2018/1806. Some visa-exempt non-EU citizens do not need to apply for travel authorisation. Details can be found here.

ETIAS requirements for children

  • People under the age of 18 years also need to apply for ETIAS travel authorisation.
  • Applications for children and teenagers under the age of 18 will have to be made by a person with parental responsibility or a legal guardian.
  • Applicants under 18 are exempt from the application fee.

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The ETIAS Application

When and how to apply

  • You should apply before you book a plane ticket or accommodation, at least 4 weeks before your planned travel date.
  • You can apply via the official ETIAS website or the official ETIAS mobile app.

What do I need for my application?


  • Personal information (your name, date and place of birth, nationality, home address, parents’ first names, email address and phone number
  • Travel document (passport) details.
  • Your level of education and current occupation

Information about your intended travel and stay in Spain and any other countries requiring ETIAS.

Here you will need to list any criminal convictions, any past travels to war or conflict zones, and whether you have recently been subject of a decision requiring you to leave the territory of any country.


As part of your application, you will need to pay a non-refundable fee of € 7, if you are between 18 and 70 years of age. This payment can be made online via a payment card.

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ETIAS in a Nutshell

The ETIAS Process – How does it all work?

What you need to do:

  • Before travelling to the EU, you will need to fill in an ETIAS online application form.
  • If you have had a previous ETIAS travel authorisation, double-check how much longer this will be valid.
  • In case of a new ETIAS application, make sure to apply before booking a plane ticket or accommodation and, ideally, at least 4 weeks before your planned travel date.
  • When filling in the form, you will need to make absolutely sure that your passport details correspond with those in your ETIAS application form. If your details do not match, you will be refused boarding and entry at the border.
  • Applicants between 18 and 70 will need to pay a fee of €7.
  • Await response. This will be sent to you electronically, often within a few minutes of submitting your application.
  • Information on the outcome of your application will be held on a database, so you will not need to print out your travel authorisation. Some people may wish to carry a printout for peace of mind.

What happens after you have submitted your application:

  • Your application will be checked against several databases.
  • A response will be sent to you by email. In the majority of cases, this will happen within a few minutes of completing the application.

Possible outcomes:

If your application is approved, you will receive an ETIAS travel authorisation, which is valid for 3 years OR until the expiry of your passport.

If your application is declined, you will be informed of this within 4 weeks of the application date. In this case, you will not be able to travel to the European Union. However, you have the right to appeal against the decision.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of ETIAS?

  • The system aims to enhance security by conducting pre-travel screening of visa-exempt travellers. This includes checks against various security databases, to identify potential security risks before they enter the Schengen Area and to prevent irregular migration.
  • In combination with the Entry/Exit-System (EES), it is also intended to save travellers time at the security checkpoints.

What happens if I travel without a valid ETIAS travel authorisation?

Without a valid ETIAS travel autorisation, you will be refused entry into the country. Usually, your airline carrier will check that you have all the required documents, so you will be denied boarding if you do not have a valid travel authorisation.   

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For information on how long you are able to stay in Mallorca without a visa, please see our page Entry/Exit System.

For information on passport validity and other requirements for travel to Mallorca, please see our page Entry Requirements.


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