Which countries need a visa to enter Spain?
Click here for the list of third countries whose nationals are subject to the obligation to process a visa to cross the external borders.
How to enter Spain if I need a visa?
- In order to enter Spain in 2023, a foreigner who needs a visa must process it in their country of origin or, if they are abroad, at the consulate of the country where they are in legal status, of course, meet several requirements.
- It should be noted that Spain is part of the Schengen area made up of 26 European countries that do not require border controls, these being:
- Germany, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
What requirements are established for countries whose nationals require a visa to enter Spain?
- Be in possession of a valid and current passport or travel document.
- Have sufficient financial means to remain in Spain and return or transfer to another country, which translates into 108 euros for each day of stay with a minimum of 972 euros or its legal equivalent in foreign currency
- Have a round-trip ticket and an itinerary during your stay.
- Possess accommodation (hotel reservations, or letter of invitation from the National Police Corps station in the town where the family member or friend staying, or tourist circuit resides).
- Have travel assistance medical insurance with a minimum coverage of 30,000 euros or its equivalent in local currency.
- Not having an entry ban to Spain.
- Not pose a danger to public health, public order, national security or international relations of Spain or of other states with which Spain has an agreement in this regard.
What documentation must be contained in the visa application before the Spanish consulate?
In general, the following must be provided:
- A recent colour passport-size photograph with a light background under the conditions required by each consulate.
- Valid and current Original and a photocopy of the page or pages with biometric data of the passport. The passport must be valid for at least 3 months after the planned date of departure from the Schengen territory. You must have at least two blank pages. Passports issued more than 10 years ago are not accepted.
- Travel medical. The insurance will cover repatriation expenses for medical reasons or death and emergency medical assistance or emergency hospital care during the entire period of the stay and throughout the Schengen area. The minimum coverage will be 30,000 euros or its equivalent in local currency. If a multiple-entry visa is applied for, the health insurance will be valid for the first intended trip. The applicant will undertake to take out insurance for subsequent trips.
- Payment of the visa
- Documents that prove the reason for the trip and the conditions of the stay, the availability of sufficient financial means, and that allow establishing the applicant’s intention to leave the Schengen area before the expiration of the visa.
- Proof of residence in the consular The visa applicant must prove her legal residence in the country by presenting her current identity document and a photocopy of it.
- In case you do not reside in the country, original and photocopy of your current residence The translation into Spanish will not be required except in the case of documents written in a language that is not official in the country and that the Consular Office does not know.
It is important to specify that once the file is delivered on the day of the appointment at the consulate, the Consular Office delivers an application receipt with a code that allows you to verify the status of the file processing.
Who can apply for a visa at the corresponding Spanish consulate?
- The request will be made in person. In the case of minors, these must be requested by their legal representatives.
- Each consulate establishes, in general, an access to the web page through which the appointment can be made.
For how long is the Schengen visa granted?
This visa is granted for stays in the Schengen area of up to 90 days (in any 180-day period) whether for tourism, business, family visits, medical treatment, studies, non-work practices or long-term volunteer activities. not exceeding 90 days, or for other non-profit activities. It also allows territorial and airport transit.
With what time should the visa application be made?
In general, it will be required between 6 months and 15 days prior to the expected date of departure.
How long does the administration have to respond to a visa application?
The consulate has a term of 15 calendar days from the date of submission of the application, a term that may be extended to 45 calendar days when additional documents are requested, or an interview is held.
What can I do if my visa application is denied?
- In the event of a denial of the visa application, the applicant may file an appeal for reversal with the Consular Office within a month from the day following the date of receipt of the denial notification. You can also file a contentious-administrative appeal before the Superior Court of Justice of Madrid within a period of two months from the day following the date of receipt of the notification of the denial of the visa or the dismissal of the appeal for replacement.
- If your visa application has been denied, contact us, we are specialists in immigration matters and Spanish nationality and we can help you.
If I have been granted a visa, can I now enter Spain?
- The granting of a visa does not imply an automatic right to enter Spain. The foreigner must comply with all the legal conditions of entry, since once the border control has been carried out, the official can deny entry to Spain, for the following reasons:
- If you have been previously expelled from Spain and you are within the period of entry prohibition that would have been determined in the expulsion resolution… (…)
- If you have been subject to a return measure and you are within the entry ban period that would have been determined in the corresponding return agreement.
- It is known that the applicant is in relation to criminal cases derived from serious common crimes, by the authorities of other countries, provided that the facts are also considered as such in Spain.
- They have an express prohibition of entry, in accordance with the provisions of the law or international agreements, to which Spain is a party or in accordance with the provisions of community regulations, unless it is considered necessary to establish an exception for humanitarian or interest reasons national.
How to request an Invitation letter for a Visa application?
To request an invitation letter for your visa application, please follow these steps:
- Click here or go to the contact form on this website.
- Fill in your Full Name, Date of Birth, Address, Passport number, and the dates you will be in Spain.
- In the message section, clearly state that you require an invitation letter for your visa application.
Once we receive your request, we will process it promptly. The invitation letter will be sent to you via email, so please ensure that you provide a valid email address.
If you have any further questions or need assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help!
Register to Congress!
Join the 82 Skål International World Congress 2023 in the beautiful city of Málaga! From November 1st to 6th, the Andalusian city will become the epicenter of business opportunities and the celebration of lasting friendships.