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Do you need a visa to visit Spain?

Jul 7, 2023 • 4 min read

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Spain is one of the most popular countries in the world with travelers and it's not hard to see why – incredible food, culture and the kind of sun-drenched landscape you thought only existed in your wildest vacation dreams.

Now imagine you finally get there only to be turned away at the airport....no, we don't what that for you either. With our round-up of all the essential visa information for Spain , you can figure out what you need and how to get it in order to ensure smooth sailing upon arrival.

Who doesn't need a visa for Spain?

Spain is part of the Schengen Area, which is a zone comprised of 27 European countries that have established unrestricted movement across their borders. If you're a citizen of an EU/EEA country that isn't part of this travel zone, you only need to show a national ID or your passport to enter Spain and you don't need a visa to enter or move around the travel zone. 

There are also some countries outside the EU/EEA that are permitted visa-free entry to Spain and up to 90 days of travel in a 180-day period within the Schengen Area. These include the UK, US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore and several South American countries, among others. You will need a minimum of three months' validity on your passport to travel and check well in advance of your trip to ensure your country qualifies for visa-free travel .

Keep in mind that you can only travel within the Schengen Zone for a maximum of 90 days. If you're planning to travel around after some time in Spain, you need to take into account the number of days you’ll be spending in each country and tally up the total.

You don't have to stay in the Schengen area for a consecutive 90 days – you can move in and out as you wish but 90 days is your max allowance in a 180-day period. Gauge the length of your Schengen-wide stay with online calculators if you're at all unsure, because overstaying the limit may result in authorities deporting you or prohibiting you from re-entering the bloc.

Meanwhile, the EU is expected to introduce its ETIAS visa waiver program in 2024. If you hold a non-EU passport, you’ll need to apply online for pre-authorization, along the lines of the USA’s ESTA scheme. Costing around €7, the process should be quick and painless.

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How do I get a visa to visit Spain?

If you're a passport holder for any of the third countries listed here , you'll need to apply for a short-term tourist visa to visit Spain. This visa will cover you for up to 90 days of travel in a 180-day period within the Schengen Area, though the majority of your trip will need to be spent in Spain. Non-EU countries that require a visa include China, Ghana, India and Tanzania, among others.

Visa applications need to be made at the nearest Spanish embassy/consulate in your country of residence well in advance of your planned visit – up to three months ahead of your trip should be sufficient. You'll need two passport-sized photographs, a visa application form, your passport and evidence of health insurance to cover your planned time in Spain. You will also be asked for evidence of financial means to support yourself during your trip, as well as evidence of flight and accommodation bookings for the entire trip, including your return ticket. 

Schengen visas cost €80 for any applicant over 12, €40 for children aged between 6 and 12, and there is no charge for children under 6. Tourist visas are normally valid for six months and extensions are only possible in exceptional circumstances.

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Can I extend my tourist visa?

It is possible to extend a short-term tourist visa as long as the authorized stay is shorter than 90 days, but only in exceptional cases that arise after entering Spain. 

Getting approval for a short-term visa extension is not an easy task and you will need an exceptional reason to secure it. Schengen visa policy states those reasons include late entry, humanitarian reasons, (needing medical treatment, the death of a family member, etc), force majeure, or other important personal reasons that the immigration authorities will consider.

It's imperative that you request a visa extension from either the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation or the Ministry of the Interior in Spain before your existing visa expires.  

This article was first published Aug 31, 2021 and updated Jul 7, 2023.

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Types of visas in Spain:

For those willing to visit Spain for a maximum of 90 days. Depending on your country of origin, applying for a visit visa will be required or not.

Apply for a regular work visa both as a self-employed worker ("autónomo") or as an employee for a Spanish company, or get an entrepreneur visa.

If you are not going to conduct any kind of economic activity in the country, the non-lucrative visa is for you, the only requirement being to demonstrate sufficient economic funds.

For those willing to invest in Spain (being in real estate, government bonds or corporate shares), the investor visa can be the best alternative.

Bring your relatives to Spain with you through the family member of an EU citizen visa, or through the family reunification process.

If you are going to study (a degree, masters, or PhD) or conduct research, this visa will be the easiest path (with which you can later on apply for a work permit).

If you want to start working remotely from Spain and benefit from a special tax regime that will allow you to save taxes, this new visa will be the right option.

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Living in Spain can be regarded as paradise. A sunny weather throughout the whole year, a charming atmosphere, a delicious cuisine and tons of places to visit.

That is why it is one of the preferred destinations for expats worldwide who want to start their new life in a new country. But as non-EU citizens, they face the need to get a visa in order to live and work legally in the country. But, how to do it easily? 

How to apply for a visa in the country?

The legal procedure to get your visa in Spain is really simple. 

After analyzing your situation and defining which is the best permit for you, the first step will be to go the consulate or embassy of Spain located at your country of origin, and submit the required documentation. 

Be careful! Just those permits under the Entrepreneur Law (as well as the student visa) allow you to start the application process as a tourist in Spain. For all the other cases, you cannot be inside the country.

Visa requirements

  • It is necessary to demonstrate the absence of criminal records.
  • You must have full health coverage as if you were a Spanish national, either because you hire private health insurance or because you work for a company and have access to social security.
  • You must submit your full passport and a copy.
  • 3 ID-type images are also required.
  • All foreign documents must be legalized and translated into Spanish by a sworn translator.

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Frequently asked questions when applying for a visa to spain, do you actually need a visa to enter spain.

That depends on your country of origin. If you are from any European Union country, from Iceland, Norway or Switzerland; you don’t need a visa to visit, work or live in Spain.

On the other hand, non-EU citizens are required to get a tourist visa (if the plan to stay less than 3 months in Spain), or a residence visa for more than 90 days. 

How can I make sure my visa application gets accepted?

Even though the Spanish immigration office is more strict when it comes to certain visas, they key that will ensure a successful application is simple: preparation. 

You just need to carefully study all the requirements for your chosen visa, and make sure you clearly demonstrate its fulfillment on your application. 

Nevertheless, with the help of our specialized immigration lawyers , your chances of getting a rejection will be nearly 0. 

Should I legalize my documents?

Bear in mind that whenever you submit your application, you must have the attached documents legalized. That is the only option in which they will possess legal validity. 

How to do it? That will depend on your country of origin, as you are probably only required to apostille them. You can learn more about the differences between legalization and apostille here . 

What is a Schengen visa?

The Schengen visa, also called tourist, is the document you will have to apply for if you wish to visit Spain for tourism purposes.

The main characteristic of this visa is that it is not specific to one country: with it, you can enter and freely travel through all the countries that are within the Schengen area .

That is, there is no tourist visa just for visiting Spain, by obtaining a Schengen visa you would be granted the right to visit for a maximum of 90 days Spain, France, Italy and all the other countries within the area.

How can I get a visa to Spain?

The procedure is really straightforward. You will just need to study which of the different types of residency options best adapts to your situation, and check all its requirements. 

Then you just need to prepare all the required documents and submit them to the Spanish consulate at your country of origin. 

After reviewing your application and provided that you get a positive response, the visa will be stamped on your passport. You will then be able to enter Spain.

Which are the countries that don't need a visa to enter Spain less than 90 days?

In the following link you can find a list with all the countries that just require a valid passport in order to stay in Spain for a period of 3 months without the need to get a visa.

Which is the duration of a Spanish visa?

That entirely depends on the specific visa. Nevertheless:

  • Tourist or Schengen visas last a maximum of 90 days. After those 3 months, if you wish to stay in the country you must apply for a regular residence permit.
  • The other group of visas (like the non-lucrative visa or the work visa), which are actually residency permits, last for 1 year (and you have the possibility to renew them afterwards).
  • All visas under the entrepreneur’s law (like the golden visa) are for 2 years. 
  • The family member of an EU citizen visa is for 5 years.

Visa appointment

How can you get your visa appointment?

  • The first step is to find where the Spanish consulate in your country is located (usually that will be the country’s capital).
  • Then, you must visit its website (simply type “Spanish consulate” + the city on Google).
  • Then open the appointments tab, and you will find all the information regarding how to get your appointment.
  • On that day, you will be able to submit all your visa application documents.

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Schengen short-stay visa when the purpose of the trip is tourism; visiting relatives and friends; cultural; or sports (less than 90 days educational/sports courses) within the Schengen Area.

Application for visa must be submitted in person with no more than 180 days in advance to your trip and at least 15 days before. Applications with more than 180 days in advance to your trip will not be accepted. Crew members can apply 9 months in advance.

  • Only Short Stay Visa (Schengen Visa) applications accepted - Type C, up to 90 days of stay
  • It will be issued by the Embassy or Consulate of the country of your main destination (port of entry), the one where you will spend the longest period of time
  • US citizens who wish to stay in Spain for tourist or business purposes for up to 90 days do not need a visa
  • Applicants must have permanent residency status in the USA eg: alien resident “Green Card” or US valid visa (B1/B2 visa holders cannot apply)
  • This Consulate General in New York has jurisdiction over the following states: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware
  • ONLY CASH OR DEBIT CARD PAYMENTS ACCEPTED

The Revised visa fee and BLS service charge are as follows :

Note: Exemption of Visa Fee for a child is applicable only in the case of Short Term category, if the child's age is less than 6 years at the date of submission.

BLS International Service charge

Applicants applying at the Spanish visa application Centre shall be levied a service charge of 18 USD /- (inclusive tax) payable in Cash or Debit Card. Children under 6 are exempted from service charge.

The Visa Fee is subject to change without notice' The fee is non-refundable

Documents Required By Consulate General of Spain, New York

Please ensure you have checked the jurisdiction section before submitting your application at New York. You can only apply 6 months or 15 days before your travel to the Schengen Area

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1. One Schengen application form duly filled out and signed on the last page with blue pen. (Please use the form only from the BLS website)

2. Cover Letter stating Applicant details, Purpose of travel, Dates of travel, Return information, Cover letter must include details of any other accompanying persons as well. This includes family members, friends, or business associates traveling for the same purpose. Please mention any special circumstances or requests to the Consulate

3. Passport valid for a minimum of three months upon entry into the U.S. Passport must have at least two blank pages available. The passport must not be older than 10 years. Diplomats traveling for work must apply directly at the Consulate. U.S. Passport holders traveling on tourism do not need a visa for a short stay of up to 90 days.

4. One passport size photograph in color, 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) in size, printed on matte or glossy photo quality paper, taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance and in front of a plain white or off-white background.

5. Residence Proof: Alien Residence Card (Green Card) or residence visa valid in the US (B1/B2 tourist visa holders must apply in their home country). Visa must be valid for re-entry into the United States of America. *I-797’s extensions are not accepted as valid visa proof. I-797’s only be accepted in case of green card extensions

6. Proof of Travel:

  • Confirmed reservation of your airline ticket (round-trip including all destinations in the Schengen area if traveling to more than one country) . Just a flight reservation is required with a booking ID, your name, flight number, and destinations must be on the booking. It is highly recommended not to buy the tickets until you get your visa.
  • If you plan to travel by car, you will need to provide a copy of your driving license (if someone else is driving –a letter from them and a copy of their passport), car insurance, and V5 document (Car registration documentation) or car rental documentation.
  • You will also be required to provide full documentation showing means of crossing the country borders by air or land e.g. flights, bus, ferry tickets, or Eurotunnel tickets if traveling to more than one Schengen member state in the same trip.

7. Proof of stay (dates must be same as flight/travel dates):

  • A detailed hotel reservation for the entire duration of stay including stay in other Schengen member states. If the reservation is not in the applicant’s name, a letter must be included from the booking person name stating the applicant is staying with them and a photo ID of that person OR
  • The ORIGINAL invitation letter from a family member or friend issued by the "Policía Nacional" in Spain. A similar letter from a government agency if staying with friends or relatives in other Schengen Member states
  • If you are part of a tour or a cruise, include a letter from your travel agent stating a complete itinerary of cities and hotels. [Screenshots not accepted]

8. Proof of financial status:

  • Only Bank statements from banks in the U.S. and only European banks outside of the U.S. will be considered.
  • Last three months personal bank statements of current/savings account with transaction history.[ALL PAGES of each month’s bank statement] Ending balance must be in USD or Euros only.
  • Latest credit card statement.
  • *If the current statement is older than one week submit a bank letter reflecting the current balance. [no exceptions for 3 months personal bank statements]
  • Should have an average balance of $115 per day in the last 3 months and a minimum of $1150 if less than 10 days travel in the latest checking/saving statement.
  • Marriage certificate required for married couples who do not have a joint account, and either is sponsoring the travel (Must be in English or Spanish only)
  • In case of Financial Support from immediate family , kindly provide documents proving the relationship for eg. a Birth certificate or any relevant document (English/Spanish only), a passport copy of the sponsor & a letter assuming full financial responsibility

9. Travel medical insurance document for Spain with a minimum coverage of €30,000 Euros or its equivalent in USD up to $50,000, must include "Repatriation coverage" . Must specify travel duration with start & end date. Must be Zero deductibles [An insurance card will not be accepted as proof of coverage]

10. Proof of employment:

  • If you work: letter from employer stating your job title, length of time employed, and annual salary AND/OR last 3 months pay stubs
  • If you do not work and are economically dependent (only family members), a notarized letter from the person you economically depend on assuming full financial responsibility for your travel and stay, plus a copy of the valid passport and three last bank statements of that person [Submit Document proving relationship in English/Spanish]
  • If you are self-employed, a “Good Standing Certificate” issued by the Secretary of State OR the license of your business or company/proof of paid taxes
  • Drivers must download Employee profile from the app. (Uber/Lyft etc)

*For professional or business trips you must submit an invitation from a company or organization based in Spain to participate in a meeting, convention, fair or congress, etc.

* Business invitation letters must be in Spanish if inviting company is from Spain.

11. If the applicant is a minor/under 18 years:

  • A notarized authorization letter to apply for a visa from either parent/custodian who is not accompanying the minor
  • Application form signed by both parents.
  • Family Court Order if only one parent has full custody [notarized copy in English/Spanish]
  • Passport copy of the parent(s) with their signature, attested before the notary public.
  • Birth Certificate (must be translated into English/Spanish if in other languages)
  • If you are a student, a letter from your school or college /F1 and a copy of your Student ID.

*If a minor is traveling alone:

  • Letter from the tutor/person living in Spain assuming full responsibility to take care of the applicant and accepting that his/her sexual criminal background check may be conducted.
  • Letter must be notarized by a Spanish notary in Spain
  • Copy of their passport
  • A Notarized letter from both parents granting permission to the minor to travel alone and acknowledging the above person will care for the minor child during their travel to Spain

ONLY CASH PAYMENTS or DEBIT CARD PAYMENTS ACCEPTED AT THIS CENTER

*Additional documents may apply *No printouts at the center. All documents must be brought in full unless not mentioned on the list (A photocopy can be requested at the center) *All documents must be in English or Spanish only- Certified translation with the original is needed if in any other languages *All currency must be in USD or Euros only * Only bank statements from US Banks or if outside of the US only European banks will be accepted *Payments by cash or debit card only. *Screenshots will not be accepted for any documents *All documents must be in English or Spanish only *Express Courier service provided - Pre-paid Courier envelope not accepted *Business Invitation Letters must be in Spanish only if Inviting company is from Spain

Note: We regret we cannot accept photographs that do not meet these requirements

Please provide one recent photograph (not more than 6 months old) of yourself, which should not have been used previously in the passport. The photograph should be in colour and:

  • Taken against a white background so that features are distinguishable and contrast against the background.
  • Clear share quality and with the face in focus.
  • Printed on normal photographic paper (camera print).
  • Full face, non-smiling [without sunglasses, a hat/cap or other head covering, unless the applicant wears such items because of their religious belief or ethnic background]
  • Please stick the Photograph on the Visa Application Form.

Note: Please follow these instructions carefully. If photographs presented do not meet these requirements your application will be considered incomplete. A photo booth meeting these requirements is available at the centre..

Applications accepted at the Spain Visa Application Centre will be submitted on the next working day at the Consulate General of Spain. Once the application has been submitted, the applicant can be further requested additional documentation in support of the same. Please note as per the instructions received from Consulate General of Spain minimum processing time is 15 working days (It may delay depending on case to case).

All applications must be submitted at least 15 days prior to the proposed date of travel to accommodate any unforeseen processing delays.

Below mentioned forms/checklist are mandatory for all visa categories accepted by BLS

Note: All application form/checklist has to be filled by Blue pen

Application Form

Schenghen Visa Application Form All Application submitted at visa application centre should have English/Spanish Application forms only.

Note: The checklist must be submitted on back to back format only (without back to back copies being stapled to each other). Checklist

Parental Authorization for Minors

Parental Authorization Letter for Minors

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Visa Collection Acknowledgement Notice

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Visas for Non-European citizens

Visas for european citizens.

Spain attracts numerous immigrants each year owing to its rich cultural heritage, strong history, and mesmerising landscapes. Depending on your nationality and the purpose of your visit, a visa may be needed to enter Spain. This article encompasses the many visas available for Spain, with an outline of the requirements and necessary documents in order to apply for them.

Non-European citizens may require a visa to enter Spain. The type of visa varies based on the reason for visitation and length of stay. Here are a series of the most common visas used by Non-European travellers:

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1. Schengen Visa

The Schengen visa permits its holders to travel freely within the 26 Schengen countries for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. It's beneficial for travellers, tourists, and those conducting short business trips or planning brief study periods.

Key requirements:

  • Application Form : A fully completed and signed visa application form.
  • Passport : A valid passport with at least two blank pages and valid for at least three months beyond your planned date of departure from the Schengen area.
  • Photos : Two recent passport-sized photos.
  • Travel Itinerary : Your detailed trip itinerary including proof of booked round trip flight tickets with dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit.
  • Proof of Financial Sustenance : Proof that you have enough money to support yourself during your stay, such as bank statements or payslips.
  • Travel Health Insurance : Valid international health insurance coverage of at least €30,000.

2. Work Visa

To work in Spain as a non-EU citizen, you'll need to secure employment first. Your prospective employer will initiate the work visa process by applying for a work permit on your behalf.

Requirements:

  • Completed visa application form
  • Passport-sized photos
  • Valid passport
  • Job Contract from a Spanish employer
  • Approval of the work authorisation by Spanish authorities: applied for by your future employer in Spain. Your employer will need to prove that there's no Spanish or EU citizen available who can perform the job.
  • Medical certificate: A health certificate showing you're free from any diseases that can have serious public health repercussions.
  • Certificate of criminal records: Confirming that you have no criminal records in any of the countries you have lived in during the last five years.

3. Investment Visa (Golden Visa)

The Spanish Investment Visa, colloquially known as the Golden Visa, is designed for non-EU individuals making significant financial investments in the country, such as buying real estate, investing in a business, or contributing to a public project.

  • Non-EU citizenship
  • Not currently residing in Spain unlawfully
  • Investment: A minimum investment of €500,000 in real estate, €1 million in shares of Spanish companies, or €2 million in Spanish government bonds, among other options.
  • Health Insurance: The applicant must have valid public or private health insurance with a provider authorised to operate in Spain.
  • Financial Resources: Proof of sufficient financial means to support oneself and any dependents during their stay in Spain is required.
  • No Criminal Record: The applicant should not have a criminal record in their home country or Spain.

4. Non-Lucrative Visa

The Non-Lucrative Visa, often referred to as the Spanish retirement visa, is ideal for individuals or retirees with a high regular income or substantial savings who wish to live in Spain but not engage in any income-generating activities. Find out more about the Non-Lucrative Visa here .

  • Proof of sufficient economic means: This could be in the form of a passive income (pensions, dividends, etc.) or substantial savings. The minimum annual income required is €28,800 for the main applicant and approximately €7,200 for each additional family member.
  • Private health insurance: Full-coverage private health insurance with a company authorised to operate in Spain.
  • Not currently residing in Spain illegally
  • Proof of Accommodation: Could be in the form of a rental agreement or a property deed.

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5. Digital Nomad Visa

This visa is a relatively new programme launched by the Spanish government aimed at attracting remote workers and freelancers to Spain. Non-European Union citizens can live and work in Spain while working remotely for companies or clients based outside Spain under this program.

Key Benefits:

  • Fast-Track Application : The resolution of the application occurs within 20 working days.
  • Special Tax Regime: Holders of the digital nomad visa can benefit from a special tax regime where they pay a flat rate of 24% on income derived from work up to €600,000.
  • Visa-Free Travel: Visa holders are allowed to travel freely within the Schengen area.
  • Visa Renewal : The visa can be renewed after three years for an additional two years.
  • Permanent Residency : Visa holders can be eligible for permanent residency after five years and can include their family (spouse and children) on the visa.
  • Employment situation: The applicant's company should be located outside Spain and income from Spain or Spanish companies should not account for more than 20% of the total income.
  • Proof of remote work : Proof of at least 3 months working in a company with a minimum of 1 year of activity and company certification that teleworking for your position is authorised.
  • Work Experience/Education : At least 3 years of experience or professional training (graduate or postgraduate) from a reputable university or business school.
  • No Criminal Record : Applicants need to provide proof of no criminal record for the last 2 years.
  • Health Insurance: Applicants must secure private health insurance with full coverage throughout Spain.
  • Proof of Income: Evidence of income or economic solvency relative to the minimum wage in Spain, with at least €30,000 in bank deposit for the primary applicant.

This visa programme offers an impressive range of benefits for digital nomads looking to base themselves in Spain. However, as these requirements are subject to change, it is always advisable to consult with an immigration expert or directly with the Spanish embassy.

6. Entrepreneur Visa

The Spanish Entrepreneur Visa, part of the Entrepreneurs' Law that came into effect in 2013, targets foreign entrepreneurs planning to develop innovative projects in Spain. It enables them not only to live in Spain but to also benefit from streamlined visa procedures. This visa is meant for entrepreneurs introducing innovative projects, start-ups, or those having a substantial socio-economic impact within Spain. For a project to be eligible, it should be innovative in nature and have a viable business plan. The plan will be assessed based on its potential for job creation, the industry's profile, and the project's contribution to the Spanish economy as a whole.

Requirements and conditions:

  • The applicant should be a non-EU national.
  • Business Plan: A detailed business plan indicating the intended business to be started in Spain should be provided. The plan should include a market analysis, details on proposed strategies, and what benefits it will bring to the Spanish economy.
  • Economic Viability: An economic viability study of the project is required. This viability study should outline projected profits and losses and explain how the project is sustainable.
  • Economic Means: Evidence of having enough economic funds to support oneself for at least one year should be submitted.
  • Criminal Record: The applicant should have no criminal records in Spain or in any of the countries where they have previously lived during the last five years.
  • Visa validity : The initial validity of the entrepreneur visa is one year, after which it can be renewed annually.
  • Residence Permit: After one year of legally living in Spain, the applicant can apply for a two-year residence permit for entrepreneurs. This visa also offers a path to eventual permanent residence and Spanish citizenship.
  • Family Members: The visa includes provisions for immediate family members to join the entrepreneur, including spouse and minor children.

It's important to note that while the government supports entrepreneurship through this visa, the application process can be challenging and thorough. It's recommended to seek professional guidance when applying for this type of visa.

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7. Family Reunification Visa

A family reunification visa in Spain permits foreign citizens who have been legally living in the country for more than a year to bring their relatives to Spain.

Main Features of the Visa:

  • The visa allows any foreigner living in Spain to bring their relatives to the country, granting them a residence and work permit.
  • The holder cannot consider this procedure with the first residence card obtained. It's applicable only after having the residence permit renewed, i.e. after living in Spain for one year and being able to live legally in the country for an additional year.

Who Can Apply for Family Reunification:

  • Parents (if the applicant has a long-term residency card, i.e., living in Spain for at least 5 years, and the parents are over 65).
  • Spouses or civil partners.
  • Parents of spouse/civil partner (in-law).
  • Son or daughter, provided they are under 18 years old (or dependent, in a case where they cannot provide for their own needs).
  • Family Relationship: Must provide evidence of familial relationship to the resident living in Spain. An important requirement where certificates like birth or marriage certificates are necessary
  • Proof of Residence: The resident in Spain must provide evidence that they have legally resided in Spain for a continuous period of one year and have obtained authorisation to stay at least one more year.
  • Adequate Accommodation: Must provide evidence of having adequate housing in Spain for the family.
  • Financial Support : Must prove financial means sufficient to support the family without resorting to the social assistance system in Spain.
  • Nationality of the foreigner in Spain: Non-European residents in Spain who have been legally living in the country for more than a year.
  • No criminal records
  • Private health insurance : Comprehensive medical insurance coverage for the relocated family members.

The process's specifics can vary, so it's recommended to work with immigration lawyers or professionals who can guide you through the requirements and legalities for a smoother procedure.

8. Student Visa

For non-European citizens wishing to study in Spain for durations longer than three months, a student visa is required. This visa allows for extensions within Spain and lets students work part time under certain conditions.

  • Completed application form
  • Passport photographs
  • Admission letter: An official letter from the Spanish institution confirming your acceptance and detailing course duration and curriculum.
  • Proof of Financial Sufficiency: Documented evidence that you have enough funds to sustain yourself throughout your study period.
  • Medical certificate: A document from your doctor confirming you're free from any diseases likely to have serious public health implications.
  • Health insurance: Full-coverage private health insurance from a company authorised to operate in Spain.
  • Certificate of Criminal Records: Official certificate confirming that you have no criminal records.

9. Working Holiday Visa (Youth Mobility Visa)

The Spain Working Holiday Visa, also known as a Youth Mobility Visa, allows young people from certain countries to live, work, and travel in Spain for a specified period, typically up to one year. The programme is available to citizens of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea. It is for young people aged between 18 and 35. However, the upper age limit varies by country.

  • Proof of sufficient financial resources for the stay
  • Medical Insurance : Applicants must have health insurance that covers them in Spain
  • No criminal record

and be a citizen of a country that has a bilateral Youth Mobility agreement with Spain.

  • No Dependents : Individuals can't be accompanied by dependents.
  • Return Ticket: Applicants must have a return ticket or sufficient funds to buy one.

This visa offers young individuals the opportunity to experience life in Spain, improve their Spanish language skills, and familiarise themselves with the Spanish culture while having the freedom to work.

Again, it's crucial to note that the specific requirements and application process may vary depending on the applicant's nationality. Therefore, it's recommended to check with the relevant Spanish Embassy or Consulate for the most accurate information.

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Citizens from the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA), and Switzerland enjoy the freedom of movement within the EU, which means they typically do not require a visa to enter Spain. However, if the length of stay exceeds three months, additional procedures are necessary.

1. Registration Certificate

EU citizens who intend to stay longer than three months need to obtain a registration certificate. This certificate serves as evidence of the citizen's right to reside in Spain for more than three months.

  • Valid passport or ID
  • Evidence of employment or proof of sufficient financial resources
  • Proof of public or private health insurance

2. Family Member Residence Card

Family members of EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens have the right to stay in Spain. They'll need a Family Member Residence Card if the stay is more than three months.

  • Valid Passport
  • Proof of the family relationship
  • Proof of sufficient financial resources
  • The registration certificate of the EU citizen they’re joining

This guide is designed to provide an overview of the visa possibilities available. Actual requirements may vary, and it's advisable to check with the nearest Spanish consulate or embassy for the most accurate and up-to-date information. In order to apply for any of them you should contact the nearest Spanish consulate or embassy in your country of residence. Many Spanish consulates and embassies also provide information and guidance for visa applications on their official websites. The application process may take time, so it's advisable to begin preparations well in advance of your intended travel date. With correct preparation, exploring the beauty of Spain is just a visa application away!

Begin your journey to becoming part of the vibrant Spanish community today by starting your search for the perfect place to live here. Whether you're looking for a cosmopolitan city flat or a beachside villa, there's a myriad of fantastic properties for rent waiting for you. Start exploring your options now and let the beauty of Spain captivate you!

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Last updated: 11/04/2024

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Tourist Visa in Spain: Requirements, How to Obtain it and Extension

by Nika | Immigration

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No matter the season, Spain is a favorite travel destination for many all over the world. There’s sunshine and sightseeing in winter, pretty parks to have picnics in spring, lively beaches in summer, and traditional wine festivals in autumn!

On top of the good food and friendly people, there’s always something to do. It’s quite clear why many visit the country.

If you’re thinking of coming over and experiencing what Spain has to offer, your first step may be to apply for a tourist visa.

If it is, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we will cover all the important information you need to know about getting a tourist visa for Spain. You’ll learn about the application process, find out the general requirements, and figure out if you can extend your tourist visa at the end of your stay. Let’s get to it!

What is a Schengen Visa?

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A Schengen visa is a 90-day stay authorization that allows non-EU citizens to travel and move within the Schengen area freely in order to visit and to tourism.

Then, before anything else, we must define what this area means.

The Schengen Area is a huge territory made up of 27 countries in Europe. Within the Schengen zone, countries have removed all passports and border control, meaning easy travel between them.

That being said, if you have a Schengen visa, you can easily travel throughout the whole European Union while your visa is valid.

Now, the EU country that you are entering from and staying in the longest is the country that will process your application. This country will give you a Schengen visa or, in other words, a tourist visa.

The Spanish tourist visa lasts for a maximum of 90 days (even though sometimes you can get one for less time, depending on your plans in the country) . If you would like to stay longer than this time period, you would have to apply for a temporary residence permit . Later on in this article, we will explore how to move from one option to the other.

Do I need a tourist visa for Spain?

Following what was explained in the previous section, if you are a citizen of the European Economic Area or Switzerland, then you do NOT need to apply for a Spanish tourist visa .

Thus, if aren’t, you would need a visa to visit Spain. Nevertheless, not all non-EU nationals must apply for an actual visa . And that is because some countries do have an agreement with Spain, thanks to which nationals are not required to obtain a Schengen visa.

In the following table, you can check if your country does NOT have an agreement with Spain, and if you must obtain a tourist visa to visit:

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However, it is important to note that even if you do not need a Schengen visa to enter Spain, you must still comply with the whole list of requirements (e.g. having round-trip tickets). This is a legal obligation, and may still be asked of you upon entering the country. We will discuss these requirements later in this article.

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Types of Short-Stay Spanish Visas

There are four types of Schengen Visas. These visas follow the 90-day rule (which states that you can only stay within the Schengen area for 90 days within a period of 180), and each type depends on your purpose of travel.

Regular Tourist Visa

A regular tourist visa is given to those who wish to visit Spain for tourism or leisure purposes. In most cases, this is what is given to the traveler.

It is the most common option, and obtaining it is quite straightforward.

Student Visa

As its name describes, this Spanish short-stay visa is given to those who are traveling to Spain to study. It is for those who would like to go to university, take their master’s, or obtain their Ph.D. in the country.

The student visa lasts for three months . If the course lasts for more than 90 days, one would have to process a temporary residence card to continue residing in the country while completing their studies (even though no physical residency card would be granted unless the foreigner stays more than 6 months in the country).

This type of visa is a great option if you wish to stay for the long run in Spain and obtain a work permit , as it allows for a smooth transition.

Business Visa

For those who are traveling to Spain for a business meeting or event , the business visa is what they would have to apply for. The application requirements would then include proof of the business event and proof that the employer is allowing this business trip.

You can read about the business visa and how to apply for one here.  

Airport Transit Visa (Type A)

This visa applies when an individual has to pass through Spain to get to their final destination, which means transferring flights in Spain.

This is not a general requirement for flight transfers, as only certain nationalities need to demonstrate this visa. Some examples are nationals from: Cameroon, the Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Cuba, Djibouti, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, India, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Syria, Togo, Yemen, and Palestine.

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How do I get a tourist visa for Spain?

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The general tourist visa falls under Spain’s General Immigration Regime. This means that, currently, you would have to apply for a visa from the embassy or consulate in your country of origin or the country you are currently residing in.

You must apply within 180 days before the date of desired entry into Spain , but not less than three weeks before flying out of your country. Receiving your tourist visa response can sometimes take up to two months, so our advice is to always plan ahead.

However, the European Council is working to transition to a fully online process by 2025. There will be an online platform where you can apply for your Schengen visa, no matter where you are. You can read more on the digitalization of Schengen visas and its implications here.

As previously mentioned, you can only stay in Spain for a maximum of 90 days while on a tourist visa. However, sometimes, an individual is granted a short-stay visa that is valid for a year or even more. This means that the individual does not need to reapply for a tourist visa over the duration of validity, but still cannot stay in Spain for longer than 90 days in any 180-day period.

The individual would have to travel to a Non-European country, then fly back to Spain. This would restart the 90-day time period.

This is what is called the 90-day rule . 

Spain tourist visa requirements

Depending on your local consulate or embassy, employment status, and purpose of travel, the visa requirements for a Spain visit will differ. But, generally speaking, the Spanish tourist visa or Schengen requirements include:

  • Schengen visa application form (find it  here )
  • Original passport (which must expire at least 3 months after your exit of Schengen)
  • 2 recent passport-sized photos
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Payment of the visa fee
  • Round-trip flight tickets
  • Invitation letter or hotel/apartment reservation
  • Proof of sufficient financial means (€100 per day)
  • ETIAS form (effective 2024)

How much bank balance is necessary to visit Spain?

You will need to prove that you have at least €100 per day that you’ll be in Spain. Nevertheless, if you stay less than nine days and so that amount does not add up to at least 900€, you must still demonstrate that amount.

To get an idea of how much things cost in Spain to budget ahead of time, click here.

Once I have the Spanish visa, am I guaranteed entry to Spain?

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No. Receiving a Spanish tourist visa is great and a huge step towards your travels to Spain, but it does not 100% guarantee entry into the country.

Aside from your visa, passport, and round-trip ticket, border police at the airport may also ask to see proof of accommodation, and documents justifying your purpose of entry. They may also directly ask you about where you are going to stay and why you are traveling to Spain .

The police want to make sure that you will not overstay more than the allowed 90 days, and for that, they may interrogate you and ask several questions.

If they feel like your documents are invalid or that your answers are unjustified, border police have the right to deny you entry into Spain .

Can I extend my tourist visa?

You cannot extend your tourist visa solely for leisure or tourism purposes, however, there are some reasons that would allow you to appeal for an extension while you are in the Schengen zone.

These reasons include:

  • Being unable to travel on time, thus entering the Schengen zone much later than the validity of your visa
  • Humanitarian purposes such as personally receiving medical treatment or being with a relative who is experiencing illness or difficulties
  • Unforeseeable catastrophes (force majeure) happening in your country of origin such as natural disasters or war
  • Justifiable personal reasons

If your extension request is denied, you must leave the country within two days.

As you can see, it is unlikely that you will find yourself in the position to extend over the allowed 90 days.

But what happens if you still want to pursue your new life in Spain? Don’t you have any options? The answer is yes, and that is what we will explore next.

Can I apply for a student visa as a tourist in Spain?

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Yes, you can apply for a student visa as a tourist in Spain. The application must be processed within your first 60 days in the country.

There are two types of student visas:  short-term (90-180 days) and long-term (more than 6 months) . If the academic year is more than 6 months and less than a year, the applicant will have to process a residency card (for studies lasting less than 6 months no residency card will be issued).

Read more about applying for a student visa in Spain here.

One of the main upsides of studying in Spain as a foreigner is that, apart from being allowed to work up to 30 hours per week, you can move to a work permit after completing your studies.

Can I get a work permit while on a tourist visa?

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Yes, you can apply for some work permits while you are on a tourist visa. In 2013, the Entrepreneur’s Law was implemented to attract talent to improve the country’s economy.

Under the Entrepreneur’s Law, you have the entrepreneur’s visa , the highly qualified worker visa , the research residency , the intra-company transfer visa , and the newly created digital nomad visa.

The UGE, the Unidad de Grandes Empresas y Colectivos Estratégicos  (Large Companies and Strategic Groups Unit), processes the applications for these residence permits.

The UGE is located in Madrid, but applications for Entrepreneur’s Law visas can be submitted online! This allows for fast-track applications that can be resolved in 20 days.

Nevertheless, a regular work permit CAN’T be applied for directly from Spain as a tourist. You will have to start the process at the Spanish consulate in your country of origin.

Can I get married while on a tourist visa?

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Yes, you can get married while on a Spanish tourist visa. And that is because proof of residency is not a requirement when marrying in Spain. Regardless of whether you are two foreigners having a destination wedding, or you are a foreigner marrying a Spanish national, it is possible.

You can read all about getting married in Spain as a foreigner here.

Aside from an actual marriage, Spain also offers the option of pareja de hecho or a civil union, which is an analogous legal figure but less binding.

Like all things, there are pros and cons to this option. Pareja de hecho will grant you the right to live and work in Spain, but getting married will allow you to apply for Spanish citizenship after just one year.

If you would like a thorough comparison between both options, click here.

In fact, this is the path many foreigners who are the relatives of EU citizens follow. They enter the country with their tourist visa, register their civil partnership and get a 5-year residence permit thanks to that.

You can learn more about this process step-by-step here.

So, what are you waiting for? Get your tourist visa, and we’ll see you here!

Having a tourist visa for Spain is a real treat. It not only allows you to discover a new country, but could also open many doors for you. Different people, innovative ideas, vibrant energy, and new opportunities await you here.

…and if you’re already in Spain and need help transitioning to a residence permit, we are always ready to assist you.

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Entry requirements

This information is for people travelling on a full ‘British citizen’ passport from the UK. It is based on the UK government’s understanding of the current rules for the most common types of travel. 

The authorities in Spain set and enforce entry rules. If you’re not sure how these requirements apply to you, contact the Spanish Embassy in the UK .

COVID-19 rules

There are no COVID-19 testing or vaccination requirements for travellers entering Spain.

Passport validity requirements

Spain follows Schengen area rules . Your passport must: 

  • have a ‘date of issue’ less than 10 years before the date you arrive – if you renewed your passport before 1 October 2018, it may have a date of issue that is more than 10 years ago
  • have an ‘expiry date’ at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave the Schengen area

Check with your travel provider that your passport and other travel documents meet requirements. Renew your passport if you need to. 

You will be denied entry if you do not have a valid travel document or try to use a passport that has been reported lost or stolen. 

Visa requirements

You can travel without a visa to the Schengen area , which includes Spain, for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. This applies if you travel: 

  • as a tourist
  • to visit family or friends
  • to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events
  • for short-term studies or training

The requirements for working in Spain are different.  

If you’re travelling to other Schengen countries as well, make sure your whole visit is within the 90-day visa-free limit. Visits to Schengen countries in the 180 days before you travel count towards your 90 days. 

If you are visiting Spain and need to extend your visa-free stay for exceptional reasons, such as a medical emergency, you must  apply to the immigration authorities (‘Extranjería’) (in Spanish).

Make sure you get your passport stamped on entry and exit.

If you’re a visitor, border guards will look at your entry and exit stamps to check you have not overstayed the 90-day visa-free limit for the Schengen area.

If your passport is missing a stamp, show evidence of when and where you entered or left the Schengen area (for example, boarding passes or tickets) and ask the border guards to add the date and location in your passport.

British nationals living in Spain do not need their passports to be stamped. Actively show your proof of residence, such as the foreigner’s identity card (‘la tarjeta de identidad de extranjero’ or ‘TIE’), when presenting your passport at Spanish border control. 

At Spanish border control, you may need to show:

  • a return or onward ticket
  • proof of your travel insurance
  • you have enough money for your stay - the amount varies depending on your accommodation
  • a hotel booking confirmation or proof of address if you’re staying at your own property
  • an invitation or proof of address if staying with a third party, friends or family, such as a ‘carta de invitation’ completed by your hosts

Using the e-gates

Use the desks staffed by border officers. If you’re aged 18 or over, and airport staff instruct you to, you may be able to use e-gates when they are working.

If you use an e-gate, make sure you get your passport stamped.

Staying longer than 90 days in a 180-day period 

To stay longer, you must meet the Spanish government’s entry requirements . If you’re in Spain with a residence permit or long-stay visa, this does not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit. 

Read more about passport stamping if you live in Spain . 

If you cannot return to the UK before your visa-free limit expires,  contact the Spanish government’s national information service . Dial 060 from a Spanish phoneline (in Spanish, with English speaking operators available).

Travelling between Spain and Gibraltar

Spanish border checks can cause delays when crossing between Spain and Gibraltar. If you are travelling to Spain through Gibraltar, check the travel advice for entry requirements for Gibraltar .

There is no charge to enter or leave Gibraltar. Do not hand over money to anybody claiming there is a charge.

Unaccompanied minors

Spanish law considers anyone aged 17 and under to be a minor. If an unaccompanied minor comes to the attention of the Spanish authorities (particularly in connection with criminal incidents or when in hospital), they will be considered vulnerable and may be taken to a minor’s centre until a parent or guardian is found.

Vaccine requirements

For details about medical entry requirements and recommended vaccinations, see TravelHealthPro’s Spain guide .

Customs rules

There are strict rules about what goods can be taken into and out of Spain (PDF) . You must declare anything that may be prohibited or subject to tax or duty.

Taking food into Spain

You cannot take meat, milk or products containing them into EU countries . There are some exceptions such as powdered baby milk, baby food and special foods or pet feed required for medical reasons. 

Taking money into Spain

Declare cash or travellers cheques if the value is 10,000 euros or more. You will get a certified declaration to show you brought it in with you. If you do not, your money could be seized when you leave.

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Tourist Visa in Spain: A Simple Guide

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Embarking on a Spanish sojourn and confused about the tourist visa process? Do’nt worry! We’ve got you covered!

This guide is here to untangle the knots of visa perplexities. Discover the ins-and-outs of acquiring a tourist visa in Spain, ensuring you can relish your Iberian escapade with peace of mind.

Let’s dive in!

Traveling To Spain

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Spain is a mix of old and new, modern and traditional . For the traveler, Spain means many things: bullfights, massive cathedrals, world-class art, Muslim palaces, whitewashed villages, delicious paella, sunny beaches, and lively nightlife. 

You’ll find all those things, but the country’s charm lies in its people and their unique lifestyle. 

From the stirring communal sardana dance in Barcelona to the sizzling rat-a-tat-tat of flamenco in Sevilla, this country creates its beat amid the heat. 

Madrid and Barcelona are hip and energetic cities, Granada has a Moorish touch, Valencia has its vibe, Catalonia has its language and culture, and the Basque region (an autonomous community in northern Spain) feels like you’re in an entirely different country.

As a bonus, Spain is an incredibly affordable place to visit.

Things To See And Do In Spain

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Enjoy Barcelona

Like Madrid, Barcelona is famous for its partying, late-night eating, and historic streets. Embrace the midnight meals and all-night partying and you’ll fit right in with the locals.

Don’t miss the history museum — it’s one of the best in Europe! Other highlights include the Picasso Museum, the towering and iconic La Sagrada Familia (and Gaudi’s other works), and wandering the Barri Gotic (the Gothic Quarter).

Explore the history of Granada

Granada is one of the most favored cities in Spain. It’s a place where culture and ideas from North Africa and Europe collide uniquely and no trip to the south of Spain is complete without a visit. 

Don’t miss the Alhambra , a UNESCO World Heritage palace and a fortress dating to the 13th century, and be sure to watch a Flamenco show while you’re there. They usually cost around 20 EUR.

Wander Madrid

Madrid, the capital of Spain , is famous for its museums, tapas, and nightlife. Like Barcelona, this is a city that doesn’t start until midnight. 

You can see the Prado, one of the largest museums in the world, and the Royal Palace.

Other highlights include the Temple of Debod (an Egyptian temple from the 2nd century BCE), El Retiro Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and the 15th -century Plaza Mayor.

Revel in La Tomatina

La Tomatina is an epic hour-long tomato fight that draws upwards of 20,000 people to the small town of Buñol (only 10,000 people live in the town itself). 

Started in 1945 , this festival is held on the last Wednesday of August, and over 360,000 pounds of tomatoes are used during the event.

Wander Seville

Seville is an amazing city with gorgeous churches and historic palaces . It has tasty cuisine too and is also known for its Flamenco dancing. 

Be sure to check out the Royal Alcázar (also known as al-Qasr al-Muriq), the oldest residential palace in Europe still in use today (it dates to the 14th century ). 

You can’t visit southern Spain without spending a couple of days here!

Traveling Costs In Spain

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Accommodation 

Accommodation in Spain is relativel y cheap when compared to other Western European countries.

Dorm beds in hostels typically begin around 15 EUR per night in the low season and go as high as 30 EUR in major cities like Barcelona or Madrid during the summer. 

Hostel private rooms start at 45-60 EUR per night for a double. 

Free Wi-Fi is standard and it’s not uncommon to find hostels with free breakfast either.

Budget hotels begin at around 55 EUR for a twin or double and go up from there. Prices are slightly lower outside of the major cities and tourist areas but can be higher in peak season .

Airbnb is common in most major cities, with a private room starting around 30 EUR per night. For an entire home or apartment, expect to pay at least 70 EUR per night (often double that in the big cities or peak season).

For those traveling with a tent, there are hundreds of campsites across Spain. 

The campground costs around 10-20 EUR per night. They can be as low as 5 EUR for a basic tent plot without electricity while other costlier sites (up to 40 EUR per site) often include extra luxuries like a pool, electricity, and Wi-Fi.

Food  

Spain has a strong food culture , where meals can last hours and dinner often isn’t served until after 8 p.m . Each region in the country has its local dishes and food culture.

Common favourites include paella, gazpacho, churros, jámon ibérico (cured pork), patatas bravas (fried potatoes with sauce), and tortilla (Spanish omelette).

You can usually find tapas and sandwiches for 5-10 EUR . Cheap fast food (think McDonald’s) costs around 8 EUR for a combo meal. Chinese food is around 10 EUR for a main dish while pizza costs 9-12 EUR .

Beer is 3-4 EUR while a latte/cappuccino is around 2 EUR. Bottled water is less than 1 EUR.

A decent casual restaurant meal costs around 20 EUR with a drink. If you go out for paella, drinks, or appetizers, plan to spend around 30 EUR for a meal.

Spain has a lot of expensive restaurants if you want to splash out. Meals at finer establishments begin around 40 EUR with a drink.

If you plan on cooking your food, groceries cost around 35-55 EUR per week. This gets you basic staples like pasta, rice, seasonal produce, and some meat or seafood. You can find the cheapest (and freshest) produce and meat at the local markets.

How To Get Around Spain

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Public transportation 

Madrid and Barcelona have extensive metro systems , while Valencia, Zaragoza, Bilbao, and Seville have limited but practical metro systems (or light rail). 

Most big cities have a comprehensive bus system as well. Single rides usually cost between 1-2 EUR. You can often buy day passes that save you money overall if you plan on using the metro system quite a bit. These usually cost around 8-15 EUR.

The bus is the cheapest option for getting between cities in Spain. FlixBus has tickets starting as low as 5 EUR . Most buses come with outlets and free Wi-Fi.  

A 9-hour trip from Madrid to Barcelona starts from about 30 EUR while the 4-hour trip between Seville and Granada costs around 20 EUR . Alsa is another popular bus company, mostly for travel in the south.

Trains 

RENFE is the national rail line in Spain, and the country has both high-speed trains and regular trains. 

High-speed trains are more expensive but you can travel between Madrid and Barcelona in just 2.5 hours , which might be worth it depending on how much time you have. 

Even on the more expensive high-speed train, however, you can find tickets from Madrid to Barcelona for as low as 58 EUR . The trip from Madrid to Seville is around 2.5 hours and costs 30 EUR while Madrid to Valencia is just under 2 hours and costs 25 EUR.

Flying 

If you’re pressed for time and are looking to hop from one city to the next, a budget airline like Ryanair might be the way to go. Book in advance to keep costs down.

However, be aware that you have to pay for all the extras on these cheap flights (such as checked baggage, picking your seat, etc……) 

So, while flights are cheap (Madrid to Barcelona can be found for as little as 65 EUR round trip), the small expenses add up. And when you factor in getting to/from the airport, most flights aren’t much faster than the train.

Car rental 

Car rentals can be found for as little as 25 EUR per day when booked in advance. Renters will need an International Driving Permit before booking. The minimum age for renting a car is 21.

Ridesharing 

If your schedule is flexible, use a ridesharing service and catch rides with locals between cities. Drivers are verified and it’s perfectly safe. BlaBlaCar is the biggest company. 

While not necessarily cheaper than the bus, it’s usually faster and more interesting.

Spain Tourist Visa For Visitors

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A Spain Short-Stay Tourist Visa is a permit that allows you to travel to Spain for the main purpose of performing touristic activities , like vacation, sightseeing, exploring, and visiting friends or family members living in Spain.

You can stay there for a maximum of 90 days within 180 days .

Do You Need To Apply For A Spanish Tourist Visa?

You will not need to apply for a Spanish tourist visa if you are from:

  • EU member countries.
  • The EFTA member countries.
  • The 62 world countries under the Schengen visa-free regime .
  • Or, you are residing in any of the Schengen countries with a residence permit, as long as your residence permit is valid.

However, if you are a national of any of the world countries not listed above will need to apply for a visa in advance, before taking a trip to Spain for any of these two purposes.

Spain Tourist Visa Requirements

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To apply for a Spain tourist visa, you need to submit the following required documents:

  • Two Spanish biometric photos: Identical and taken within the last three months according to the Schengen photo specifications.
  • Passport: Valid for another three months beyond the date you plan to leave Spain. It should also have at least one blank page, to affix the visa sticker in it.
  • Copies of passport pages: You also need to make a copy of all passport pages that contain information: the two main pages with your details and the pages with visa stickers and stamps.
  • Flight Booking: You need to show proof of the dates when you plan to travel to Spain and then leave the country. This proof is a flight reservation, with your name , as well as the dates and places of arrival and departure in it.
  • Travel Medical Insurance: It must cover not only the whole territory of Spain but also all of the other Schengen member countries.

Any incident or unforeseen illness with a minimum of 30.000€ , including repatriation for medical reasons or in case of death. In addition, it must be arranged at least for 7 days even if you are planning to stay less than that, i.e. two days.

  • Proof of Sufficient Funds: You need to attest to owning the overall amount for a duration of up to 10 days which is representative of 90% of the gross national minimum wage ( 636.93 € ) which is 573.23€.  

On the other hand, if your trip is to last more than 10 days, the daily required amount is 70.77€ . To prove you have this money you should present.

  • Your bank account statements.
  • A letter of support , if someone else is going to finance your trip. They should submit their bank statements alongside the letter.
  • Evidence of accommodation in Spain . Any of the following can be presented as proof of accommodation:
  • Hotel booking , that contains your name, the dates of stay, and the details of the hotel.
  • Invitation letter , if you will be staying over with friends or family members living in Spain. 

The letter should include your host’s details (address, contact details, intended period of stay, etc.). Note that photocopy is not acceptable! You can still submit a colored print.

  • Rental agreement: If you will be renting a place for your stay in Spain, you should present the rental agreement with the owner of the premises. The document must state the area of the place you are renting, the address, and the owner’s details.
  • Proof of civil status: (marriage certificate, birth certificate of children, death certificate of spouse, ration card if applicable).

In addition, you will also need to submit proof of employment status , according to your situation, as follows:

  • Employment contract
  • Current bank statement for the latest 6 months
  • No-objection certificate from the employer
  • Income Tax Return (ITR) form or Certificate of Income Tax deducted at the source of salary
  • A copy of your business license
  • Company bank statement for the last 6 months
  • Income Tax Return (ITR)
  • Proof of enrollment
  • Leave approval letter from school or university
  • Pension statement of the latest 6 months

How To Apply For A Spain Tourist Visa For Visitors?

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To apply for a Spain Tourist or Visitor visa you will need to follow these steps:

  • Fill in the tourist/visitor visa application form.
  • Collect the required documents.
  • Appoint an interview.
  • Attend your interview.
  • Pay the tourist visa fees

Fill in The Spain Tourist Visa Application Form

As soon as you make the appointment, you should start collecting the documents required to present on the day of your appointment. Start with the application form.

There is one common visa application form for all types of short-stay visas, for every country in the Schengen territory. Complete this form, print it, and then sign it at the end.

After you complete the form, check if all your questions are correct and if you made any typos. 

Note that your answers in this form must comply with the information in the rest of the required documents for a Spain Visitor Visa or Spain Tourist Visa, whichever you are applying for.

Appoint An Interview

After figuring out the two things listed above, you should make an appointment for the submission of your visa application file and the interview.

You can make an appointment for a Spain Visa application through the website of the authority responsible for the admission of your application or through a phone call. In some countries, there is only one option available, while in others there is both.

Gather The Required Documents

Next, proceed to collect the rest of the documents required for a Spain Visitor Visa, or Spain Tourist Visa, according to your purpose of the application.

Attend Your Spain Visa Appointment

Once you make the appointment, and you have all the required documents ready, you should wait for the day of your interview .

When that day comes, make sure you show up at the Spanish embassy/consulate/VAC on time. Have all your documents with you, arranged in order. 

You will attend a meeting with a consular officer . The latter will ask you questions regarding your trip to Spain, and the purpose of the application for a visa, and will ask you to hand the documents to her/him.

If this is the first time in the last 5 years that you are applying for your Schengen visa, you will also need to provide your biometric data – your facial image and fingerprint.

Pay The Fees

You will need to pay a fee of €80 to apply for a Spain Tourist Visa or a Spain Visitor Visa. The fee is required to cover the expenses that come out of the processing of your application.

Note that children under the age of 12 are subject to a fee of €40 , while those under six are exempt from any fee for a Spain short-stay visa.

In addition, the nationals of a few countries and several other categories are exempt from paying a fee for a short-stay visa for Spain. 

Where Should You Submit My Application For A Spain Tourist Visa?

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The Spanish authorities are responsible for the admission and the processing of your application only if Spain is your main Schengen destination, which means:

  • You will only visit Spain and no other Schengen country.
  • You will visit other Schengen countries aside from Spain, but you will stay in Spain the longest .
  • You will visit several Schengen countries and you will spend the same amount of days in each, but you will enter the borderless territory through Spain.

Once you make sure that Spanish authorities are the ones responsible for the admission of your visa application, check at which Spanish representation in your country you should lodge your application. This could be:

  • The Spanish embassy or consulate in your country of residence.
  • A Visa Application Center , to which Spain has outsourced visa processing in your country.
  • One of the three listed above, located in a neighboring country, in the absence of them in your country of residence.

How Long Does It Take To Get A Tourist Visa For Spain?

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Normally, the Schengen embassies, including the Spanish ones, are obliged to process visa applications for short-term visas for tourism and visiting within 15 days . Yet, in some cases, this period may be extended for 30 days or even 60 days .

Such an extension may happen at times when the embassy where you lodge your application is receiving many requests for visa application processing, or due to your specific case.

Spain Tourist/Visitor Visa Validity

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A Spain tourist or visitor visa can be valid for a maximum period of three months within half a year. 

Yet, it is the authority that grants you the visa that decides on the validity of your visa, depending on how they see it as reasonable. You can calculate your legal stay in Spain here.

While you can get a visa valid for three months, you can also get one valid for three days. When you receive your passport with the Spain visa sticker on it, pay attention to the following tags:

  • FROM – stands for the first day you are permitted to enter the Schengen Area.
  • UNTIL – stands for the last day when you will have to leave the Schengen Area.
  • DURATION OF STAY – stands for the number of days you are permitted to remain in the Schengen Zone within the given dates near the “from” – “until” tags.

The visa sticker in your passport contains a lot of other information, such as the countries in which you may not be permitted to enter, the permitted number of entries with that visa, etc.

In Case Of Visa Rejection

If you receive a negative response on your Spain visa application, you will also get a letter with a reason why your application is being rejected. In this case, you have two choices:

  • Move one and make a new application , by avoiding the previous mistakes and improving your situation.
  • Write an Appeal Letter for Schengen Visa rejection, but only if you think that your application has been rejected by mistake or unjustly. You should have a strong basis to write this letter and present facts that support your point.

When To Go To Spain

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Spain is lovely year-round, but the peak season is in the summer from June to August.

Popular destinations like Barcelona and Ibiza experience a massive influx of tourism — so much so that Barcelona’s residents have started clamping down on overtourism. The weather is fabulous this time of year with high temperatures well into the 30s°C (90s°F)

The temperature in Spain doesn’t often drop too low, with winter temps between 4-10°C (40-50°F) country-wide. 

However, Northern Spain does sometimes experience snowfall — especially in the mountainous areas. 

The shoulder seasons ( spring and autumn ) are great times to visit. Tourism is much less congested and prices are a bit cheaper . 

Temperatures are pleasant , although it’s not exactly beach season. Beach destinations like Ibiza and Mallorca tend to get very quiet during this time but there is still plenty to see and do around the rest of the country.

Spanish adventure shouldn’t be hindered by visa troubles. With our comprehensive guide , step into the vibrant culture and stunning landscapes of Spain without a hitch. Navigate your journey with ease and immerse in the enriching experiences Spain has to offer.

Happy Travelling!

But wait, there’s more! You might also be interested in the following:

  • Work Employment Visa in Spain: Explained
  • Job Seeker Visa for Spain: A Simple Guide
  • Student Visa in Spain: The Ultimate Guide

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Third-country nationals require a national visa when they are going to stay in Spain for more than 90 days (in any 180-day period) for the purposes of work, study or establishing their residence. They also need a national visa when moving to Spain to work for a period of under 90 days. 

Citizens of the European Union or of the States of the European Economic Area or Switzerland do not need a visa to establish their residence in Spain or for long-term studies or to work. However, once in Spain, they must be entered on the Register for Citizens of the Union. Family members accompanying them, and who benefit from the right to free movement, must apply for a residence permit in Spain. If they need a stay visa because of their nationality, they must obtain a visa for family members of a citizen of the Union (see section " Visas for family members of a citizen of the Union​ "). 

The national visa allows the holder to travel to Spain and to transit through and move around the territory of any Schengen State for a maximum of 90 days. However, it does not automatically entitle them to enter the Schengen area. The border authorities can refuse entry if not all entry requirements are met (See section "Conditions for entry into Spain").

[Procedure]​​  

1. Prepare all the required documents for your visa application.

The required documents differ depending on the type of visa you apply for ( Choose a visa )

2. Schedule a Spanish visa appointment.

Please note that the link below is the only official way to book an appointment. In addition, we will not reply to any e-mail asking for an appointment for visa interview unless you have a work/residence permit. If the website does not show you any available spot, it means all the appointments are already taken. In this case, you can only make an appointment when somebody else cancels his/her appointment.

We recommend you to schedule your app​ointment at your earliest convenience once you decide to visit our Embassy. You can apply for a visa 6 months before the starting date of your study/work/research/other activities. 

After making an appointment on the website below, it is essencial to confirm your attendance,  otherwise your book will be canceled;  3 days before your appointment you will recieve a confirmation e-mail and  will have 2 days to confirm your attendance . However, if you made an appointment less than 3 days before your visa interview, your attendance will be confirmed automatically, without having to confirm it yourself. 

The applicant can only submit their documents for visa interview at their scheduled time. If you get late, we will not be able to attend you as we have other appointments booked by other applicants. Please keep it in mind. 

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3. Attend the Spanish visa interview with required documents.

The visa is requested personally  and in the case of minors, with their parents or legal guardians.

The Consular Office may ask the applicant to submit any missing documents, or to provide additional documents or data that are necessary for a decision regarding the application. The applicant may also be called in for a personal interview.  ​​

* If you were asked to submit any additional documents, you can submit it on Monday, Wednesday or Friday, without an appointment, between 10:00AM and 12:00PM. It is necessary to submit the original and photocopy with your "visa enrollment receipt". ​

4. Getting a decision on your application

When a visa application is submitted, the Consular Office will provide the applicant with proof of receipt of the application("Visa enrollment receipt") with a code that enables them to check the status of the dossier through the following link:  https://sutramiteconsular.maec.es/Ho​me.aspx   The legal period for reaching a decision is of 15 working days as of the day after the application submission date, but this period may be extended if an interview or additional documents are requested.  ​ The visa/passport/refusal certificate must be collected in person by the applicant or by their representative (if the applicant is a minor) within a maximun period of 1 months, counted as the ​day after the date on which the RESUELTO is notified. ​You may pick up your visa/ passport/ refusal certificate by   APPOINTMENT  or you may come to the Embassy, without an appointment on Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 12.00p.m. to 12.50p.m .  Please bring the proof of receipt of the application provided by the Consular Office. ​ If visa is approved, you will be given a visa sticker that goes in your passport and original documentations at the Embassy of Spain in Seoul. If a visa is refused: you will be given a visa refusal letter and your passport (the application with original and copy of documentations must be keep at the Embassy of Spain in Seoul). In addition, t he applicant may submit an appeal for reconsideration to this Consular Office within 1 month of the day following the date on which notification of the refusal is received. An application for judicial review may also be filed with the High Court Justice of Madrid within the 2-month period beginning the day after the date on which the applicant receives notification of the visa refusal or of the dismissal of the reconsideration appeal. ​ ​ 

5. Inquiries: For inquiries regarding visas, please send us e-mail to the Consular Section, keeping the following format:

            [Before visa application]           

Passport number:

Type of visa:

Available contact number:

Content in detail:

            [After visa application]

Visa number(written by hand on visa enrollment receipt)

  

6. After visa application 

You can check the status of your visa on the following website: click here . 

When it appears "resuelto" like in the image below, you can come to check your visa result.  

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[Monday, Wednesday or Friday, 12:00-12:50PM without appointment] [09:00-11:50AM with appointment]

Data protection​​ 

Persons wishing to exercise their rights of access, rectification and erasure of their personal data in the Visa Information System (VIS) may do so by addressing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation: 

Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores, Unión Europea y Cooperación Inspección General de Servicios Postal address: Plaza de la Provincia, 1, Madrid, España Email: [email protected]​  

The following forms may be used to do so: 

Persons whose visa application has been refused because they are banned from entering the Schengen area may exercise their rights of access, rectification and erasure of their personal data in the Schengen Information System (SIS) by addressing the Ministry of the Interior. 

Complaints or suggestions​​  

Basic legislation​​ .

  • Organic Law 4/2000 of 11 January, on Rights and Freedoms of Foreigners in Spain and their Social Integration
  • Royal Decree 557/2011 of 20 April, approving the Regulation of Organic Law 4/2000 on the Rights and Freedoms of Foreigners in Spain and their Social Integration, following its amendment by Organic Law 2/2009   
  • Act 14/2013 of 27 September, on Support for Entrepreneurs and their Internationalization ​​

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Nationals of the countries listed in Annex I of Regulation (EU) 2018/1806 (and you introduce the direct link) need a Schengen visa to travel to any country of the Schengen area.

The Schengen area encompasses 26 European countries without border controls between them: 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.

Immigration checkpoints are in place only at the external borders of the Schengen Area.

Ireland is one of the few EU countries that it is not part of the Schengen Area. As a result, anyone travelling from Ireland to Spain will pass through an immigration checkpoint.

A Schengen visa does not automatically entitle its holder to enter the Schengen area. The border authorities can refuse entry to the visa holder if they are unable to provide evidence of the purpose and specifics of their trip.

This visa allows its holder to stay in the Schengen area for up to 90 days (in any 180-day period). It also allows transit through the territory and airports of the Schengen area.

A Schengen visa may be issued for one, two or multiple entries with a maximum validity of 5 years.

Only visa applications from legal residents in Ireland are accepted. Applications must be submitted in person.

You should apply for a Spanish Schengen visa if Spain is the sole or the main destination of your planned trip. If your main destination cannot be determined, you should submit your visa application at the consular office of the country of entry into the EU.

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  • All passengers arriving in Spain, may it by air or sea, will undergo a health check carried out by Spanish authorities before entering the country. These controls may include a temperature check as well as a documentary and a visual assessment of passengers’ condition.
  • Before initiating the travel to Spain all passengers originating from any airport or port must complete a public health form. It can be done online at www.spth.gob.es or through the free application: SPAIN TRAVEL HEALTH-sp TH. Once the form is filled-in, the person concerned will receive a QR code, which you will have to show upon arrival in Spain.
  • A transitional period is established, until July 31 , 2020, in which international passengers who have not been able to complete the public health form electronically may fill it and present it upon arrival in Spain in paper format.

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Importance Notice As of 2nd February’ 2020 The deadline for submitting a visa application is extended to 6 months instead of 3 months. In case of Seafarers they may be presented with a maximum advance of 9 months. Visa application form has been changed. Visa Fee increases from February 2nd Above 12 years : 80 Euros 6 to 11 years: 40 Euros Children under 6 years: Free of charge

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The Sunny Spanish City That's Known for Flamenco Dancing Has Tasty Tapas, Striking Landmarks, and Elegant Boutique Hotels

Here's what you need to know before visiting Seville.

Lindsay Cohn is a writer, editor, and avid traveler who has visited 45 countries across six continents — and counting. She contributes to Travel + Leisure, Hotels Above Par, InsideHook, Well+Good, The Zoe Report, and more.

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There are many reasons to visit Andalusia, but none are more compelling than its vibrant riverside capital. Originally founded by the Romans and later conquered by the Moors, Seville is rich in cultural traditions. “As one of the most significant Atlantic ports on the Iberian Peninsula dating back to ancient times, its monumental heritage creates an amazing combination of history, beauty, and food for travelers to enjoy,” says Alvaro Carmona , a ToursByLocals guide based in Seville.

Elegant and endlessly attractive, the city displays almost constant reminders of its time under Moorish rule with striking landmarks such as the Royal Alcázar of Seville (one of the most beautiful places to visit in Spain ) and La Giralda as standouts. Seville is the birthplace of flamenco with many famous venues for visitors to take a lesson or catch a show. It’s also the storied backdrop for over 100 operas — among them "Carmen," "The Barber of Seville," and "Don Juan de Mañara" — and has some world-class museums. The tapestry of influences, abundance of regional products, and immense local talent translate to a culinary scene that rivals the many epicurean power players throughout the country. Plus, the Mediterranean climate means sunshine, blue skies, and warm weather throughout the year — so it’s always a good time for sightseeing and enjoying a glass of wine or sherry at an alfresco café.

Whether you're looking to tour UNESCO sites or sample tasty tapas (probably both, right?), use this guide full of recommendations from local insiders to plan the perfect trip to Seville.

Top 5 Can’t Miss

  • See a flamenco show. 
  • Marvel at the Royal Alcázar of Seville.
  • Climb La Giralda for panoramic views.
  • Do a tapas tour. 
  • Stay at Hotel Alfonso XIII, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Seville.

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Hotel Alfonso XIII, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Seville

What did the king of Spain do when he needed to host international dignitaries during the 1929 Ibero-American Exhibition? He commissioned a grand hotel befitting his high-status guests, of course. Nearly a century later, Hotel Alfonso XIII, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Seville remains a symbol of grandeur and glamour that easily goes toe-to-toe with the most spectacular stays in Barcelona and Madrid.

Nobu Seville

The new Nobu Seville brings its signature sense of Japanese minimalism to Plaza San Francisco. While loyalists will find all the Nobu classics — black cod, rock shrimp tempura, and toro tartare with caviar — the 25-key property also exudes a soulful sense of place thanks to traditional Andalusian touches and a rooftop terrace with a guest-only plunge pool, leafy gardens, and sweeping city views.

Hotel Mercer Seville

Ever dreamt of snoozing in a palace? Situated inside the former Casa Palacio Castelar in the heart of the El Arenal quarter, Hotel Mercer Seville is full of history. The refined boutique atmosphere and relaxing suites complete with oak floors, crisp linens, and high ceilings make it an ideal place to unwind after visits to nearby Nueva Square and Real Maestranza Bullring.

Hotel Palacio de Villapanes

Originally built by Admiral López-Pintado in 1729 and later the residence of the Marquis of Villapanés and his descendants, Hotel Palacio de Villapanes still reflects its roots as a Baroque mansion. The tiled central courtyard with a fountain, leafy plants, and arched columns commands focus. Not to be outdone, noble suites show off immense carved wooden doors, high ceilings, and Philippe Starck-designed tubs.

Radisson Collection Hotel, Magdalena Plaza Sevilla

For something a bit more modern, check into the Radisson Collection Hotel, Magdalena Plaza Sevilla . The brand’s first outpost in Spain blends clean lines and local character. Blue velvet accent chairs evoke the Andalusian sky, while plants nod to the many leafy squares and gardens around the city. “It’s also well positioned in the shopping area and very close to many top tourist attractions,” adds Carmona.

Tour the Royal Alcázar of Seville.

The first thing on the to-do list for many travelers coming to Seville? A visit to the UNESCO-listed Royal Alcázar of Seville, a stunning architectural masterpiece and historic royal palace crowned by ornamental tile work, carvings, and artwork that grew out of a 10th-century citadel.

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Visit the Seville Cathedral.

The impressive Seville Cathedral is the largest Gothic Christian church in the world. Size aside, it’s breathtakingly beautiful and also boasts the iconic La Giralda, which was originally constructed as a minaret for the Great Mosque of Seville and later converted into a bell tower.

See a flamenco show.

“No trip to Seville is complete without experiencing the passion and intensity of a traditional Flamenco show,” says Antonio Morilla, head concierge at Hotel Alfonso XIII, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Seville . La Casa del Flamenco and Tablao Flamenco El Arenal are some of the most famous theaters to watch the Andalusian dance.

Learn about Spanish history at the Archivo General de Indias.

Occupying a stately 16th-century merchant guild building, Archivo de Indias is an archive dedicated to the history of the “New World.” It holds more than 80 million pages of documents, photographs, drawings, and diaries from the likes of Columbus, Cortés, and Pizarro.

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Stroll through the Plaza de España.

Designed by Sevillian architect Aníbal González for the Ibero-America Exhibition of 1929, Plaza de España is one of Seville's crown jewels. The famous plaza comprises magnificent buildings that marry elements from art deco, Spanish Renaissance Revival, Spanish Baroque Revival, and Neo-Mudéjar architectural styles, plus a large fountain, canals, and tile-accented bridges.

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Michelin-starred Cañabota draws admiration from diners and critics alike. “It’s well-regarded for its modern versions of classic Sevillian seafood dishes and fantastic wine list,” says Morilla. Pro tip: Grab a seat at the counter to watch the masterful cooking up close.

Abantal is an elegant Michelin-starred restaurant that’s famous for its refined, flavorful cuisine. Head chef Julio Fernández combines Andalusian cooking traditions, innovative techniques, and high-quality local ingredients into incredible gastronomic tasting menus. It’s worth splurging on the wine pairing.

Sobretablas

Helmed by chef Camila Ferraro and sommelier Robert Tetas, Sobretablas celebrates the bounty of Andalusia in exciting and elevated ways. The cuisine puts a contemporary twist on classic regional recipes and pairs perfectly with the selection of natural and organic wines.

Bodeguita Romero

Out-of-towners and locals rub elbows over jamón ibérico, bull tail stew, and smoked sardine toast, plus Spanish wine and sherry, at Bodeguita Romero , a buzzy tapas bar in El Arenal that often has a line around the block. Carmona calls it “an essential stop in Seville.”

La Cochera del Abuelo

Tucked inside an 18th-century carriage house, La Cochera del Abuelo feels warm and intimate. The food very much matches the homey atmosphere. The curated menu changes regularly, so there’s always something new yet deliciously familiar to tickle your tastebuds.

With more than 3,000 sunny hours annually, Seville is really beautiful every day of the year. Carmona favors the beginning of spring when more than 40,000 bitter orange trees flower at the same time. “It’s simply magical!”

Seville Airport (SVQ) sits just six miles from the city center. It mainly receives domestic flights, so most travelers connect through Madrid. “If you're coming from another Spanish city, particularly the capital, taking the train is a great option. The high-speed trains (AVE) are very comfortable, reliable, and fast, allowing you to reach Seville from Madrid in approximately 2.5 hours,” explains Morilla.

The old Jewish quarter is known for its narrow, winding streets lined with whitewashed houses, picturesque plazas, and the city’s most famous landmarks, including the Royal Alcázar of Seville, the Seville Cathedral, La Giralda, and the Flamenco Museum.

“Located on the west bank of the Guadalquivir River, El Arenal offers a vibrant atmosphere, historic buildings, and cultural attractions such as the Maestranza Bullring and the Torre del Oro. According to Morilla, it’s also a great neighborhood for tapas and nightlife.

Flamenco was born in Triana, and the residential neighborhood is still a great place to see a show. “The incredible views over the city center, the ceramic workshops, and the many bars also make it a wonderful area to spend time on a trip to Seville,” says Carmona.

Seville was plotted out long before the invention of cars, when people used to walk and ride horses. “In my opinion, strolling around is the best way to slowly savor the beauty of the many squares, churches, gardens, museums, landmarks, and bars,” says Carmona.

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Spain's Golden Visa: your questions answered

Spain's Golden Visa has been a major attraction for foreign investors for years, offering them the opportunity to obtain residency in the country in exchange for a significant investment.

However, its future is now in question, with the government announcing it is to be withdrawn a few days ago. The scheme, which has been the subject of debate both regarding how effective it has been in boosting the economy, and its social and political implications, generating a range of conflicting views.

We tell you exactly what the Golden Visa is, how it works and the reasons why it will soon disappear.

What is the Golden Visa in Spain?

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A Golden Visa is a special type of residence permit created for foreign nationals who make a considerable investment in Spain, for example, by purchasing luxury real estate .

This visa allows them to live and work in Spain for an initial period of three years, with the option to renew it for a further five years, as long as they continue with their original investment.

Besides other benefits, this visa allows free movement within the Schengen area and the chance to obtain Spanish nationality after effectively residing in the country for a certain period.

The Golden Visa's main purpose is to attract foreign investment, boost entrepreneurship and contribute to Spain's economic development.

Some of the key benefits include being able to reside legally in Spain, work in the country, access public services, and freedom of movement within the Schengen area, as mentioned above.

In addition, the Golden Visa provides investors with the chance to diversify their investment portfolio, obtain a second residence in a European country and, in some cases, make it easier to obtain Spanish citizenship.

This scheme also benefits the Spanish economy by attracting foreign capital that can be allocated to key sectors such as real estate, tourism, technological innovation and job creation.

This visa is intended for non-Spanish nationals who wish to make a significant investment in Spain and obtain a residence permit as a result. Applicants must meet certain investment requirements and criteria established by Spanish law. Investors who can apply for the Golden Visa must:

  • Purchase real estate in Spain for a minimum value of €500,000
  • Invest in shares or holdings in Spanish companies for a minimum value of €1 million
  • Invest in Spanish public debt for a minimum value of at least €2 million

Investors who set up companies in Spain and meet job creation and wealth generation criteria are also eligible. Moreover, investors' family members may also be eligible to apply for the Golden Visa as dependents of the primary applicant. It is important to note that Golden Visa applicants must meet certain requirements:

  • Have a valid passport
  • Have a criminal record certificate
  • Not being prohibited from entering Spain or the European Union
  • Have health insurance and sufficient financial resources to support themselves and their families during their stay in Spain
  • Make a significant investment in Spain with the characteristics mentioned above

The Golden Visa is valid for one year and once this period has passed, the investor must apply for a residence permit to continue residing and working legally in Spain.

Why are Golden Visas being withdrawn in Spain?

At the beginning of April 2024, the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, announced the end of golden visas  through home purchases. This measure, as Sánchez explained, aims to "guarantee that housing is a right and not a mere object of business speculation."

The Golden Visas , the socialist leader continued, have been granted above all in areas where the property market is under great pressure and this makes it "almost impossible to find decent housing for those who live and work in those areas and pay their taxes every day".

"This is not the country model we need, that of speculative investment in housing, because it is a model that leads us to disaster and above all it leads us to a crippling inequality as a result of many young people and families not being able to afford housing," said the president.

In short, Golden Visa withdrawal responds to the government's attempt to redirect housing and residency policy towards a more equitable and social approach. The measure aims to ensure that housing is an accessible right for all, not just a privilege for those with purchasing power.

In the European Union, only four countries currently have similar schemes: Spain, Malta, Greece and Italy.

The trend is therefore gradually moving towards phasing them out. Countries such as the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands and Austria have either scrapped or announced that their Golden Visas will be phased out due to concerns about security, transparency and possible abuses.

However, outside the EU, other countries offer similar schemes, such as Australia, Singapore, the United States, Thailand and Canada.

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The captivating mix of Barcelona’s bustling streets and Seville’s historic charm makes Spain a top tourist destination worldwide. Whether you’re attracted to Madrid’s lively fiestas or the peaceful beaches of the Costa del Sol, Spain provides an unforgettable experience for every traveler.

Pakistani citizens, like those from many other countries, need to obtain a short-term Schengen visa to visit Spain as tourists. Spain grants visit visas to applicants who meet the requirements, including providing a bank statement. Applicants must have a minimum bank balance of 3000 euros for stays of up to 30 days.

Documents Required for Schengen Visit Visa

Each applicant must complete and sign an official application form, filling in each of its sections. If the applicant is a minor, one of their parents must sign the application.

Valid passport or travel document

Documents accrediting the purpose and conditions of the planned stay

Return or tourist circuit ticket, in all cases.

For tourist or private visits, the confirmed reservation of an organized trip, or proof of accommodation, or letter of invitation from a private individual

Travel medical insurance with coverage of at least €30,000 or its equivalent in local currency.

Minimum Bank Statement for Spain Visit Visa

Travelers must provide proof of sufficient financial means for their intended stay in Spain.

The minimum required amount is 100 euros per person per day. Additionally, visit visa holders must have at least 810 euros or its equivalent in foreign currency.

As of May 29, 2024, with one euro equaling Rs302.26, this means you need approximately Rs906,780 plus Rs244,830 in your bank account for a 30-day stay in Spain.

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Spain is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world because of its captivating combination of the old elegance of Seville and the busy streets of Barcelona.

Every traveller to Spain will have an amazing time, whether they are drawn to the calm beaches of the Costa del Sol or the colourful fiestas of Madrid.

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Pakistani nationals must apply for a short-term Schengen visa, just like citizens of many other nations, to visit Spain as tourists.

Spain will issue a visiting visa if the applicant satisfies all the requirements, including submitting a bank statement. A minimum of 3000 euros must be in the applicant’s bank account if the stay will be shorter than 30 days.

Required Documents for Schengen Visit Visa:

The official application form must be filled out in all respects by each applicant, and it must be signed. If the applicant is underage, a parent must sign the application.

A current passport or other travel authorization.

Documents certifying the purposes and conditions of the planned stay.

A return or tourist circuit ticket in all cases.

A confirmed reservation for a planned trip, proof of accommodation, or an invitation letter from a private party for tourists or other visitors.

Travel-related medical insurance with a minimum coverage of €30,000, or the equivalent in local currency.

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The travellers must present proof of their ability to pay for the time they plan to spend in Spain.

A minimum of 100 euros per day is required for every participant. A minimum of 810 euros, or the equivalent in foreign currency, must also be held by the visitor visa bearer.

The value of one euro on May 29, 2024, is equal to Rs 302.266. In other words, if you plan to stay in Spain for 30 days, you will need to have approximately Rs906,780+244,830 in your bank account.

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    The minimum required amount is 100 euros per person per day. Additionally, visit visa holders must have at least 810 euros or its equivalent in foreign currency. As of May 29, 2024, with one euro equaling Rs302.26, this means you need approximately Rs906,780 plus Rs244,830 in your bank account for a 30-day stay in Spain. Advertisement.

  29. May 2024 Update

    The travellers must present proof of their ability to pay for the time they plan to spend in Spain. A minimum of 100 euros per day is required for every participant. A minimum of 810 euros, or the equivalent in foreign currency, must also be held by the visitor visa bearer. The value of one euro on May 29, 2024, is equal to Rs 302.266.