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Red Tapes and Visas in Spain

Spain is a part of the European Union and the Schengen Area. (The Schengen Area consists of twenty-five European countries that have established the Schengen Agreement that was signed in the town of Schengen in Luxembourg in 1985. The Schengen Area operates without internal border controls within the territory of its members. Three non-EU members belong among the Schengen members, i.e. Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland. On the contrary, two EU members do not belong to the Schengen, i.e. the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.) For that reason, Schengen conditions are valid equally for travelling within all the Schengen Area countries. A type of visa used within Spain is called Schengen visa for the same reason. Please, read through the text bellow to find whether you need a Schengen visa or not:

  1. Passport holders of the following countries are not required to hold a visa to enter Spain (regardless of length and/or purpose of stay):

    The European Union, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland

    • A registration with the Spanish police is no longer required for all passport holders who intent to stay in Spain longer than 90 days.
    • Passport holders of all these countries are eligible to stay or visit Spain up to the last day of the validity of their passport.
    • Minors who are included in the parent's passport have to be accompanied by the parent.

  2. Passport holders of the following countries are not required to hold a visa for visits not exceeding ninety (90) days:

    • Albania*, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia Herzegovina*, Brazil, British National (Overseas) (holders of British passports with this name), Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador,Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Israel, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, Japan, Korean Republic, Liechtenstein, Macao Special Administrative Region, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro*, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Northern Mariana Islands (passports from the US), Panama, Paraguay, St. Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Serbia* (Holders of passports delivered by "KOORDINACIONA UPRAVA" excluded), Seychelles, Singapore, Taiwan (only holder of passports which contain identity card number), Uruguay, USA, Vatican City, Venezuela

      * Only for holders of a biometric passports. If not, a visa is required to enter the country.

    • Holders of Travel Documents, which were issued under the Geneva Convention of July 1951, by the following countries:
      Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
    • Airlines and merchant navy crew members.
    • Holders of a valid residence permit from any of the Schengen member states are entitled to re-enter the Schengen area without a visa, provided that they prove their residence and their passport.
In case you do not belong among the countries listed above, you need to apply for a Schengen visa and pay an application fee that is not refundable as well as no guaranteed award of a visa!

Visa application fees cost: £52.20.

Visa application fees are only £30.45 for the following countries (for a short stay of up to 90 days):
Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Russia, Serbia & Montenegro and Ukraine.

Work Visas/Work Permits for non-EU Nationals

  • A work permit and a residence visa are required in order to work in Spain.
  • Before an applicant applies for a residence visa, his/her potential employer must have applied for the work permit and must have obtained the "resolución" at the Ministry of Labour of Spain.
  • An applicant needs to apply for the residence visa during the first month after he/she has received the "resolución".
  • The visa application process is personal!
  • A residence visa cannot be obtained in Spain with a tourist visa!! An applicant always needs to have a visa before moving to Spain!
  • Application fees are not refundable!

Student Visa

  • Student visas are required in case you plan to study or research in Spain.
  • A student visa cannot be obtained when in Spain with a tourist visa!! An applicant always needs to handle with a student visa before moving to Spain!
  • The visa application process is personal!
  • Application fees are not refundable!
  • Any applicant who has received the visa has to check with the local police during the first two weeks after entry along with all the supporting documents!

Contact details of embassies and consulates of some countries in Spain


Argentina Embassy Address: Calle Pedro de Valdivia 21, Madrid, 28006
Phone: (+34) 915622800
Fax: (+34) 915635185
Australia Embassy Address: Torre Espacio, Paseo de la Castellana, 259D, Planta 24, Madrid, 28046
Phone: (+34) 91 353 6600
Brazil Embassy Address: Calle Fernando el Santo, 6, Madrid, 28010
Phone: (+34) 91 700 4650
Fax: (+34) 91 700 4660
Canada Embassy Address: Torre Espacio, Paseo de la Castellana 259 D, Madrid, 28046
Phone: (+34) 91 382 8400
Fax: (+34) 91 382 8490
Germany Embassy Address: Calle de Fortuny, 8, Madrid, 28010
Phone: (+34) 915579000
Fax: (+34) 913102104
France Embassy Address: Calle de Salustiano, Olozaga, Madrid, 28001
Phone: (+34) 91 423 89000
Fax: (+34) 91 423 8901
Ireland Embassy Address: Ireland House, Paseo de la Castellana 46-4º, Madrid, 28046
Phone: (+34) 91 436 4093
Fax: (+34) 91 435 1677
Italy Embassy Address: Calle Lagasca, 98, Madrid, 28006
Phone: (+34) 914233300
Fax: (+34) 915757776
Japan Embassy Address: Calle Serrano, 109, Madrid, 28006
Phone: (+34) 915907600
Fax: (+34) 915901321
South Korea Embassy Address: Gonzalez Amigo 15, Madrid, 28033
Phone: (+34) 913532000
Fax: (+34) 913532001
Mexico Embassy Address: Race of San Jeronimo, 46, Madrid, 28014
Phone: (+34) 91 3692814
Fax: (+34) 91 4202292
New Zealand Embassy Address: Pinar 7, 3rd floor, Madrid, 28014
Phone: (+34) 915 230 226
Fax: (+34) 915 230 171
Poland Embassy Address: Calle Guisando, 23-bis, Madrid, 28035
Phone: (+34) 91 373 6605
Fax: (+34) 91 373 6624
South Africa Embassy Address: Edificio Lista, Calle de Claudio Coello 91-6, Cor of J Ortega Y Gasset, Madrid, 28006
Phone: (+34) 91 4363780
Fax: (+34) 91 5777414
Sweden Embassy Address: Calle Caracas, 25, Madrid, 28010
Phone: (+34) 91 702 2000
Fax: (+34) 91 702 2040
British Embassy Address: Torre Espacio, Paseo de la Castellana 259D, Madrid, 28046
Phone: (+34) 91 714 6300
Fax: (+34) 91 714 6301
US Embassy Address: Calle Serrano 75, Madrid, 28006
Phone: (+34) 91-587-2200
Fax: (+34) 91 587 2303

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