We currently only process Tourist and Business Visas. Kindly contact the Embassy for the following
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
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
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
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.