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Type of Spain Visas

Tourist Visa (Short term)
  • Processing time: 15-20 days
  • Stay period: Upto 90 days
  • Validity: 6 months
  • Entry: Single/Multiple
  • Fees: INR 6,999/-
Business Visa (Short term)
  • Processing time: 15-20 days
  • Stay period: Upto 90 days
  • Validity: 6 months
  • Entry: Single/Multiple
  • Fees: INR 6,999/-
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Documents required for Spain Visa

  • Must have Documents for Spain Visa:
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    • Original Passport with at least 6 months validity and minimum 3 blank pages + all old passports if any;
    • Visa Application form;
    • 3 recent colour photographs (Photo Specification);
    • Personal Covering letter (For Employed - Plain paper/ For Self-Employed – Company Letterhead);
    • Original updated Bank Statement (last 6 months);
    • Income Tax Returns / Form 16 for last 3 years;
    • Confirmed return flight tickets;
    • Hotel reservation.
    • Day wise Itinerary;
    • Travel Insurance (minimum coverage of EUR 30000);

    Kindly note:The Govt is very strict on the photograph requirement; please ensure that your photos are as per the specifications.

  • Supporting documents as per your occupation, type of visit:
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    1. If Employed:

    • Original Leave sanctioned certificate with company seal and signature;
    • Last 3 months salary slip.

    2. If Self Employed:

    • Business Registration License / MOA / Partnership deed;
    • Company’s updated bank statement of last 6 months;
    • Company’s IT returns for last 3 years.

    3. If Retired:

    • Proof of retirement like pension book, statement etc.

    4. If Student:

    • School / College / Institute ID Card;
    • Bonafide certificate.

    5. If Minor:

    • Birth Certificate;
    • No Objection Certificate from the parents / non-accompanying parent on Rs 100/- stamp paper;
    • ID proof of parent like passport or PAN card.

    6. If Visiting friend or relative:

    • Invitation letter;
    • Inviter’s ID proof like Passport or Resident Permit;
    • Address proof like any Electricity bill, any Utility bill etc.

    7. If Sponsored:

    • Sponsorship letter;
    • Sponsor’s national ID proof like Passport, PAN card or Resident permit;
    • Updated bank statement of last 6 months;
    • Income tax returns of last 3 years.

    8. For Business Visa:

    • Invitation letter from host Company stating purpose of trip, business details etc;
    • Covering letter from Indian company on company letterhead.

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Spain Visa FAQs

  • add What is a Spain Schengen visa?

    A Spain Schengen visa is a special kind of visa which allows you to travel among all the Schengen countries including Spain for a maximum period of upto 90 days. This is a traveller’s dream where with one visa you can travel to any of the other 25 Schengen countries along with Spain.

  • add The Schengen Visa is valid for which countries??

    A Schengen Visa (issued by a consulate or embassy of a Schengen State) is valid for all 26 States of the Schengen Area (including the European territory of Spain), unless it is marked otherwise on the visa sticker. So you do not need another visa to enter or stay in the European territory of Spain. However, you must be in possession of documentary evidence for the reasons of your stay and your means of support. Schengen Area comprises of the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

  • add How long can I stay in the Schengen area on the basis of my visa?

    The Schengen Visa is a short stay visa and takes the form of a sticker affixed to your passport. The definition of “short stay” is a stay of "90 days in any 180 days period". This means that the total duration of stay is of maximum 90 days in any period of 180 days. The precise length of validity of your Schengen Visa is indicated on the visa sticker under the heading “Duration of visit”. With a single-entry visa you can enter the Schengen area only once. This is indicated on the visa sticker under the heading "Number of entries" by "1". A two-entry or a multiple-entry visa allows for two or several entries during the validity of the Schengen Visa. This is indicated on the visa sticker by "02" or "MULT" under the heading "Number of entries".

  • add Will all Schengen Visas be granted for 90 days?

    No, not necessarily all Schengen Visas will be granted for 90 days. You may get the Schengen Visa only for the number of days that you present in your travel itinerary and your flight & hotel bookings

  • add Can I apply again for a Schengen Visa if my application has been refused earlier?

    You are free to apply again for a Schengen Visa if your application has been refused earlier.

  • add What is the Schengen Visa cover letter?

    The Schengen Visa cover letter is a letter which summarizes your intent to travel to a country that is part of the Schengen area. In your cover letter you should explain:

    - the purpose of your trip
    - when and where you intend to travel
    - how your trip is going to be funded
    - day-by-day itinerary for your trip
    - duration of the trip

  • add As a Spain short-stay visa holder can I extend my Schengen Visa while in Spain?

    You cannot extend your Spain short-stay while in Spain except in special circumstances, and exceeding your permitted period of stay is considered an act of illegality or criminality. Instead, you must return to your home country within the permitted period of stay and apply for another Spain Visa if necessary.

  • add If my Spain short-stay multiple entry Schengen Visa is valid for a year, how long can I remain in the Spain territory?

    A short-stay Schengen Visa allows you to enter and stay in a Spain territory for a maximum period of 90 days within a period of six months.

  • add How long before the start of the intended visit should I apply for a Schengen Visa?

    You may only submit your Schengen visa application 90 days before your date of departure. We recommend that you apply at least 20 working days before the date you wish to depart as certain types of travel purpose may take longer than usual to process. For instance, the processing time of your Schengen Visa Application will take between 5-15 working days from your appointment date.

  • add How long does it take to obtain a Spain Visa?

    Typically, a Spain Visa (Schengen Visa) takes anywhere from 10 to 15 days to process in the Spain Embassy/Consulate. The processing time for a Spain Visa is dependent on several factors and can change without notice at the consulate's discretion.

  • add How can I check the status of my Spain Visa application?

    Applicants can check the status of Spain visa application online using the Spain BLS Reference number and Date of Birth. Kindly visit the Track Your Application section of the BLS Spain website.

  • add Is it mandatory for me to take an appointment for a Spain Visa?

    Yes, an appointment is mandatory for Spain Visa in order to provide your biometrics and submit your visa documents.

  • add My family is also applying for the Spain Visa, how many appointments should we make?

    Every member of the family needs an individual appointment.

  • add Which countries are part of the Schengen Area?

    The Schengen area covers 26 countries ("Schengen States") without border controls between them. These countries are: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. These countries apply the common visa policy for short stay Visas. This Visa allows you to travel through Spain and the Schengen area for up to 90 days.

  • add I am traveling to multiple Schengen countries. From which Consulate should I apply for my Schengen Visa?

    Schengen Visa must be applied from the Embassy / Consulate of the country where you will be staying for maximum number of days. If your stay has equal number of days in each country then you must apply to the Embassy / Consulate of the country which would serve as the first port of entry. 

  • add Can I leave the Schengen area and return again with my Schengen Visa?

    Schengen Visas may allow for a single-entry or multiple entries. With a single-entry visa you can enter the Schengen area only once. This is indicated on the visa sticker by "01". With a visa allowing for two or multiple entries you may enter twice or several times during the validity of the Schengen Visa.

  • add What is the difference between a single-entry Schengen Visa and a multiple-entry Schengen Visa?

    According to the EU, a single-entry Schengen Visa allows entry to the Schengen area only once, meaning you are not permitted to re-enter the Schengen Area after leaving, while a multiple-entry Schengen Visa allows multiple entries into the Schengen Area within the visa’s validity period (90 days total within 180-day period).

  • add Do I have to present any other document at the Schengen external borders apart from my travel document with the Schengen Visa?

    The short-stay visa does not automatically entitle you to enter the Schengen area. At the border (or during other controls) you may have to show the visa but also provide additional documentation, for example; sufficient evidence that you have sufficient means to cover the stay and the return trip. It is therefore recommended that you carry with you copies of the documents which you presented when applying for the Schengen visa (e.g. letters of invitation, travel confirmations, other documents stating the purpose of your stay).

  • add Do I have to apply in person for the Schengen Visa?

    Yes, applications by mail will not be accepted. The Schengen visa application should be presented in person because biometrical data must be recorded.

  • add Why is personal appearance mandatory for Spain Visa?

    As from 2nd November 2015 following the introduction of the Visa Information System (VIS), all Schengen visa applicants in India have to appear in person in order to provide biometric data (fingerprints and digital photography). The photograph can be digitally taken at the time of the application or scanned from an existing one. For subsequent applications within the 5 years the fingerprints can be copied from the previous application file in the VIS. In case of reasonable doubt regarding the identity of the applicant, the consulate will again collect fingerprints within the 5 year period specified above. Furthermore, the applicant may request that they be collected if, at the time when the application is lodged, it cannot be immediately confirmed that the fingerprints were collected within this 5 years period.

  • add What is the role of BLS?

    BLS is the outsourced partner to the Embassy of Spain and the Consulate General of Spain in India. The Spain Visa Application Centre of BLS functions as a collection and processing centre to guarantee a better service in response to the growing demand for Spanish visas from applicants residing in India. BLS does not play any part in or influence the outcome of your visa application.

  • add Do I need to provide travel insurance for my Visa application?

    Yes. Applicants should prove that they are in possession of adequate and valid travel insurance to cover any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention and/or emergency hospital treatment or death, during their stay(s) on the territory of the Schengen Member States. The insurance should be valid throughout the territory of the Member States and cover the entire period of the person’s intended stay or transit. The minimum coverage must be EUR 30000.

  • add What are the Schengen Visa travel insurance requirements?

    Your travel Insurance plan for a Schengen Visa must meet the following requirements:

    • Minimum coverage of 30,000 Euros (approx. USD $34,000)
    • Coverage for repatriation for medical reasons
    • Coverage for emergency medical treatment
    • Coverage for expenses resulting from your death
    • Coverage for the entire period of your intended stay
    • Valid in all Schengen Area countries
  • add Can you process the Travel Insurance for me?

    Even though Travel Insurance is a mandatory requirement for processing Schengen Visa, you are strongly advised to purchase a health / travel insurance to secure yourself as medical treatment can be very expensive in the Schengen country. Your travel insurance offers protection against unexpected emergencies on international travel such as coverage of medical expenses, flight delay and cancellations, passport and baggage loss or personal accident.  For financial safety and security on your international trip we highly recommend you to purchase travel insurance and avail our special offer.

  • add What is the easiest way to apply for a Spain Visa?

    The easiest way to apply for a Spain Visa is to contact us. We are experts in the travel and tourism sector with over 40 years of experience. Through our expertise, in-depth knowledge and integrity, we commit to delivering an exceptional experience to our customers each and every time you use our service. In order to help us understand your unique visa needs, please drop in your query and our Expert will get in touch with you.

  • add Are you still having doubts about the Visa process?

    We have you covered across India with presence in all the major cities like Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Lucknow and many more.

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Simple steps to get a Spain Visa:

Akbar Travels has been a part of more than one million travel dreams. We offer a superior, quick and hassle-free Visa Facilitation service. With a highly professional and dedicated team of Visa Experts, we are here to cater to all your Schengen visa application requirements. Read more

Throughout your visa process, you will have a dedicated Visa Expert handling your application.

Here are the steps to apply for a Spain Visa through Akbar Travels:

Step 1: Provide your travel details to our Visa Expert and get all your queries answered.

Step 2: Pay the visa fee and upload your documents online through our secured online document locker to ensure its confidentiality.

Step 3: Our Visa Expert will verify the documents, complete your visa application and schedule your appointment.

Step 4: On the appointment day visit the Visa Application Center (VAC) to submit your Biometrics (fingerprinting & photograph) and documents.

Step 5: Receive your Visa.

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Basic Requirements to visit Spain

  • Have a valid Passport and valid Spain Visa;
  • Be in good health; Read more
  • Good moral character;
  • Be able to convince the immigration officer that you have your family, property, assets, etc. that would serve as an incentive to come back to your home country;
  • Be able to convince the immigration officer that you will leave the country before your Spain visa expires;
  • Have sufficient funds to support yourself in Spain and the amount depends on how long you will stay in Spain and whether you will be staying with family, friends or any paid accommodation.
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Travel Checklist

  • Passport;
  • Valid Spain Visa; Read more
  • Confirmed return Ticket;
  • Contact details of your relative, friends or business contact in Spain;
  • Confirmed hotel bookings (If Any);
  • Spain Currency and other forms of forex;
  • An unlocked smartphone, preferable with a Sim card from India;
  • Any additional documents required to prove your purpose of visit (especially if you are travelling on a business Visa).
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What to do when you arrive in Spain

  • Keep your Declaration form in hand (provided to you on the flight); Read more
  • Keep all travel documents (passport, valid Spain Visa, return ticket, hotel bookings etc.) ready in case the immigration officer asks to produce any document;
  • If you are an unaccompanied minor, make sure you stay with the flight attendant who is in charge of your safety. Additionally, you must recognise the adult picking you up at the airport. If you have any doubts, you must inform the airline staff immediately.
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Spain travel guide

From riotous fiestas and sizzling cuisine to world-class museums and cutting-edge art galleries, there’s a reason why Spain endures as one of the world’s most popular destinations. Like the country’s famous tapas, Spain itself Is a tempting smorgasbord of bustling cities, scenic countryside and sunny islands, which visitors can nibble away at on repeat trips or consume in one giant feast. Either way, it is one appetizing nation. Read more

In spite of its myriad attractions, most come to Spain for sun, sand and self-indulgence, flocking to the likes of the Costa del Sol and Costa Brava to while away days on beaches and nights in clubs. An early pioneer of package holidays, Spain’s leading resorts have long been geared up for the mass market-from the Balearics to the Canary Islands – but its not all sprawling hotel complexes ; quaint fishing villages, bijou retreats and secluded beaches abound if you’re looking to veer off the tourist trail.

Spain is much more than holidays in the sun, though. Away from the beach there’s an extraordinary variety of things to do; from climbing snow-capped peaks in the Pyrenees to hiking the ancient pilgrimage route of St James’s Way; from diving in the protected Medes Islands to stargazing in Tenerife. Alternatively, you could drop in on one of the country’s many festivals (think Running of the Bulls, La Tomatina and the Baby jumping Festival) which are madder than a box of frogs. And then there are the cities; Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Seville, Valencia, the list goes on. Each one of these vibrant metropolises has their own distant flavour, the Dali architecture and sweeping beaches of Barcelona seem a long a long way from the wide boulevards and soaring skyscrapers of Madrid (though the Catalans wish it was further).

But for all their disparities, these cities are bound by Spain’s remarkable history and enviable cultural feats, which are proudly displayed in the country’s museums, galleries and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Suffice to say, its popularity shows no sign of waning.

Spain is blessed with a mild climate, beautiful coastal beaches, mountains and plains, and a long history that can be appreciated, in many respects, through the architectural masterpieces found throughout the land. On top of all this are vibrant cities that invite travellers to linger. Barcelona, Madrid, and Seville each have their own unique charm and remarkably different sites. In the countryside, small towns like Ronda or Cuenca offer a slower pace and some unexpected scenic delights.

Barcelona is one of the country's top destinations and a place where a visitor could easily spend a week. Sights abound and the pleasant atmosphere can be appreciated from the quaint squares and courtyards, or the outdoor restaurants and cafés. The city was fortunate enough to be chosen by Antoni Guadi as a canvas for his unique architectural masterpieces. His 20th Century buildings stand in stark contrast to the typical lovely old architecture found throughout Spain. Gaudi's unfinished cathedral of Sagrada Família is the city's most famous site, but the Parc Güell is also a must see, offering a glimpse into the fantastic imagination of this man. For general people watching, relaxing, or dining, Las Ramblas is the main tourist hot spot in the city, where there is always something going on.

Madrid, the capital city, is another place where you could spend a considerable amount of time. It is home to the country's top museums, many of which are internationally renowned, including the Prado Museum. The Royal Palace, the Real Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, and the large Plaza Mayor, lined with outdoor restaurants and frequented by entertainers of all kinds, are some of the key sights. Outside the city, the 16th C Royal Monastery and Palace of the Escorial is also worth a side trip. Depending on the length time available visitors may also want to do a day trip to see the old walled city of Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Travellers heading to Seville will find some of the narrow streets and small plazas a change from the open boulevards and large squares of Madrid. The city has more of a small town feel, and is somewhat more relaxed than Madrid or Barcelona. The huge Gothic Cathedral is the principle attraction, followed by the 14th C Alcazar and the Museum of Fine Art.

Other top sights that should be on visitors itinerary when traveling through Spain are the Alhambra Palace in Granada, and the city of Cordoba with its pretty squares, whitewashed houses, and the famous La Mezquita-Catedral. During the summer months sun seekers flock to the beautiful wide stretch of beach at Malaga and other coastal resort towns. Those looking for something a little more quaint and removed from mainstream Spain can hop a flight to the island of Majorca, where life is a little slower paced.

Places to visit in Spain

1. Granada

Granada is like a Disney fairy-tale come to life: it has the stunning ancient fortress, the snow-capped peaks and winding cobbled streets. The Alhambra is one of Spain’s most famous attractions, and for good reason. The Moorish palace sits high over the city and contains some of the best-preserved Islamic art and architecture in the world. Don’t miss Sacromonte, an area of white caves clinging to the hillside where the city’s gypsy community originally lived and flamenco dance and music flourished.

2. Tenerife

Tenerife might bring to mind package holidays and beaches, but this Canary Island, located off the coast of West Africa, is so much more. Its lunar landscapes and volcanic peaks are otherworldly. Mount Teide is Spain’s highest peak and is set within the Teide National Park, where you can explore the peculiar landscape of craters and ancient lava flows, Spain’s most unique geological gems.

3. Alicante

Sun, sea and a soaring rocky peak make Alicante a prime coastal destination in Spain. But while many foreign tourists fly into the city’s airport then leave for resorts further along the coast, Alicante is worth exploring in itself. The port city has a buzzing city beach that has the dramatic Mount Benacantil as a backdrop, a huge rocky peak whose summit is home to Santa Bárbara Castle. Stroll by the city’s marina on an evening then do some tapas bar hopping in the old town.

4. Barcelona

Spain’s second city is an eternal favourite with visitors for its stunning Mediterranean location, iconic architecture and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Go gaga for Gaudí at the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell and check out some of the architect’s lesser-known works such as Casa Batlló. Make the trip up to Mount Tibidabo for sparkling views across the city to the sea beyond; rollercoaster lovers should visit the Tibidabo Amusement Park, opened in 1905, while the mountain is also a great place to cycle or hike.

5. San Sebastian

This elegant city on the Basque Country coast is a must for foodies; the pintxo – a Basque version of tapas that usually includes delicious morsels balanced on crusty bread – is the city’s gastronomic calling card and the bars of the Old Town lay out their pintxos on the bar tops so you can see everything on offer. The city’s Concha Beach is a beautiful, shell-shaped cove popular with families, while the nearby Zurriola beach is great for surfing.

6. Seville

Seville, the capital of Andalusia in southern Spain, is famous for its thriving flamenco culture. Take in a show in one of the city’s intimate little flamenco bars to fully appreciate this passionate, dramatic and melancholy art form. Explore Seville’s history with a trip to the Real Alcázar, a well-preserved example of Mudéjar architecture that has been added to by Spanish rulers over the years, and take in the city’s modern architecture at the Metropol Parasol, a huge wooden structure that brings much-needed shade in the summer.

7. Cordoba

Cordoba was the most important city during the Moorish rule of Spain in the Middle Ages, and it was home to the stunning Grand Mosque of Cordoba. Today, the mosque is the city’s cathedral, but retains much of its Islamic design. Cordoba’s old town is a Unesco World Heritage Site and is home to the city’s Roman Bridge, charming cobbled streets and some fascinating pieces of architecture.

8. Valencia

The home of paella is a great place to sample what is perhaps Spain’s most famous dish. Head to a beachside restaurant and enjoy the rice dish for lunch (Spaniards never tend to eat the heavy dish for dinner) washed down with some Agua de Valencia, a potent local cava cocktail. Explore Valencia’s beautiful old town and don’t miss the incredible, spaceship-like Valencia City of Arts and Sciences, a futuristic complex in the city’s former river bed that holds an aquarium, IMAX cinema, opera house and science museum.

9. Madrid

Spain’s capital is a great destination for a weekend break. Madrid’s golden triangle of art galleries holds some of Europe’s most famous works, from Picasso’s Guernica to Velázquez’s Las Meninas. The city is home to the Royal Palace, Europe’s biggest palace in terms of area, and round every corner you can discover new churches, shops and bars. The La Latina neighbourhood is home to some of the city’s most famous tapas bars and is a great place for a tapas crawl.

10. Galicia

When you think of Spain, you may well think of dry landscapes and sun-soaked beaches, but the north western region of Galicia looks more like Ireland than the typical Spanish stereotype. Its landscapes are lush and green, and the Celtic influence is strong: Galicia is full of myths and legends. Its western Cape Finisterre cliffs were considered the end of the world by the Romans. Explore the region’s wilder reaches by visiting the Cies Islands, an archipelago nature reserve that is part of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia National Park.

11. The Pyrenees

Whether you like hiking, skiing or quaint mountain villages, the Spanish Pyrenees are the ideal destination for you. Timbered houses and hearty local food are on offer, while Spanish ski resorts are a great alternative to the busier resorts in the Alps.

12. Almeria

Europe’s only desert region is an otherworldly landscape of dusty, dry expanses and rocky outcrops. The landscape so resembled the American Wild West that director Sergio Leone filmed his classic Westerns here, including The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park is a beautiful coastal area that includes salt flats, pristine beaches and whitewashed fishing villages.

13. Ronda

Ronda is a breath-taking mountaintop village near Malaga in southern Spain. It is most famous for the Puente Nuevo, a stone bridge that spans the El Tajo gorge, a dramatically steep drop that separates the new and old towns of Ronda. The town is also home to the oldest bullring in Spain, the Plaza de Toros de Ronda, where Ernest Hemingway watched many bullfights during his summer holidays here.

14. Ibiza

The White Isle is famous for its clubs, but less known for its natural beauty. Away from the mega-clubs, Ibiza is home to little fishing villages and quiet beaches and in recent years has become a popular destination for yoga and relaxation retreats. So whether you want to party all night or chill and rejuvenate, Ibiza is a great summer holiday destination.

15. La Rioja

Spanish wines are becoming more and more popular and none is more well-known or loved than Rioja. The region of the same name is home to hundreds of Spanish vineyards, many of which offer tours and wine tastings. Logroño, the capital of the region, is a great base and home to must-try tapas bars centred on Calle Laurel and its surrounding streets.

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Spain Facts and Figures

Name
Kingdom of Spain
Location:
Western Europe
Time:
IST (-) 4 ½ hours Read more
Capital:
Madrid
Major cities:
Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Malaga 
Language:
Castilian Spanish (official) 74%, Catalan 17%, Galician 7%, and Basque 2%
Area:
504,782 sq kms
Population:
48,146,134 
National day:
12 Oct
Currency:
Euro (EUR) 
Main Airline:
Iberia IB
International Airports:
Madrid Barajas (MAD
Barcelona (BCN)
Bilbao (BIO)
Seville (SVQ)
Santiago de Compostela (SCQ)
Malaga (AGP)
Almería (LEI)
Alicante (ALC)
Best time to visit Spain :
March to May and September and November
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Spain is one of 26 countries making up the ‘Schengen' area: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland. They have one common visa and no border controls between them. There are three types of visa allowing entry to Spain:

  • Airport transit visa.
  • Short-stay Schengen visa.
  • Long-term visa.

Airport transit visa for Spain

An airport transit (visado de transito aeroportuario) allows you into the international transit zone in a Spanish airport. Not everyone needs one but to check whether you do, check the information and list at www.exteriores.gob.es. You’ll need to apply for a transit visa through the Spanish embassy or consulate in your home country.

Short-stay visa for Spain

A short-stay Schengen visa (visado de corta duracion) allows you to stay in Spain – but not work – for up to 90 days in a 180-day period.
If you have a Schengen visa issued by another Schengen state you can also come and stay in Spain for 90 days.
Nationals from the US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand don’t need a short-stay visa to enter Spain but will need to apply for a long-term residence visa to stay longer than three months. You can renew your short-term visa at your local Foreigner’s Office (Oficina de Extranjeros) or Police station as long as you will be staying in Spain for a total of less than 90 days. You can’t come to Spain on a short-stay visa as a visitor and change your status to employee, student or resident from within Spain – you have to return to your home country and apply for a new visa from there.

Long-term Spain residence and work visas

There are different residence and work permit types, depending on the purpose of your stay, including:

a combined residence and work visa (visado de trabajo y residencia) allowing you to live and work in Spain;

a student visa (visado de estudios) for the duration of a educational or training course;

a residence visa (visado de residencia) for family reunification or retirement.

Spain work visa

There are several different types of Spanish work visas, as well as exemptions, depending on your employment situation in Spain. Work visa requirements can be found here. You cannot apply for your own work visa in Spain however. Spanish immigration law dictates that employers must submit the application on your behalf.

Your work visa/permit will be issued by the Labour Authorities in Spain (Delegación Provincial del Ministerio de Trabajo e Inmigracion).

Spain student visa

Student life in Spain is likely to be contrasting to that of your home country. In 2014 Spain was the most popular destination for students with 40,202 incoming pupils. The Spanish government have several student visa requirements, including finding a course before filling out your visa application. More information can be found here.

Spain tourist Schengen visa

Spanish tourist visa requirements include completing an application form, which requests a photograph and information about your residency, purpose of journey to Spain, and the number of Spanish tourist Schengen visa entries you require. The process is explained here.

Spain residence visa

Both Spanish citizenship and a Spanish residence visa (permanent) allow you to stay living in Spain, but some differences exist between the two. Residence visa requirements include giving up your original nationality and passport to become a Spanish citizen. Learn more here.

Spain business visa

Spanish business visa requirements state that a short-stay visa for Spain will enable you to visit the country, but does not permit you to work there. Should you be relocating to Spain for business purposes you will need to request a Spanish business visa. This is otherwise known as a work permit.

Spain spouse visa

Should you be looking for a Spanish spouse visa, you will need to apply for family reunification. Should you not yet be in Spain, you can apply via the Spanish embassy who outlines the Spanish spouse visa requirements. If you are already in Spain, you will need to visit the local Foreigner’s Office, taking a set of documents with you.

Spain retirement visa

The current pension age in Spain is 65 years for both men and women. Should you be planning on taking your pension in Spain, you will need to set up a Spanish retirement visa. Spanish retirement visa requirements state that if you are an EU citizen you will need to possess an S1 form before travelling. This means you will have access to healthcare in Spain.

Spain visa for medical reasons

If you plan on living in Spain to access Spanish healthcare you will need to register. Your European Health Insurance Card won’t cover you. You will not need a Spanish visa for a medical reason but if you have no insurance, you will most likely need to pay for being treated as a private patient. If you are a student, travelling to Spain you may need to provide a medical certificate for your Spanish visa (link to ‘Spain student visa’).

There is a youth mobility agreement between Spain and Canada for young people aged 18 to 35 to visit Spain to travel and work for up to a year. The application must be made in person or through an accredited representative, and you usually have to pay a non-refundable fee of around EUR 60. Allow plenty of time for the consulate to process your application – check with yours for the timescale – and you or your representative must collect it in person.