Spain Visa Requirements

Comprehensive List of Spain’s Visa Requirements

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So you are planning a trip to Spain for your holiday, YAY! Spain is super awesome and you are going to love it. But first, the most annoying part of the traveling process, the legalities. Luckily the process for Spain can be very easy depending on your home country.

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO ENTER SPAIN?

Spain is part of the Schengen Area which is made up of about 26 European countries which have an agreement which allows visa free travel between countries. If you are a citizen from one of these countries you have no worries and can travel in and out of Spain for however long you want, even live and work there!

The countries included in the Schengen Agreement excluding Spain are:

Austria Hungary Netherlands
Belgium Iceland Norway
Czech Republic Italy Poland
Denmark Latvia Portugal
Estonia Liechtenstein Slovakia
Finland Lithuania Slovenia
France Luxembourg Sweden
Germany Malta Switzerland
Greece

 

IF YOU AREN’T FROM ONE OF THESE COUNTRIES

Do not worry! You can enter Spain Visa Free for 90 days out of 180 (meaning you can’t just go out and come back in, you need to stay out 90 days before re-entering the ENTIRE Schengen Area) if you are a citizen of these countries:

ALBANIA

MICRONESIA

ANDORRA

MOLDOVA

ARGENTINA

MONACO

Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

MONTENEGRO

AUSTRALIA

NAURU

BAHAMAS

NICARAGUA

BARBADOS

NEW ZEALAND

BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA

PALAOS

BRAZIL

PANAMA

BRUNEI DARUSSALAM

PARAGUAY

CANADA

PERU

CHILE

SOLOMON ISLANDS

COLOMBIA

SAMOA

SOUTH KOREA

SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS

COSTA RICA

SAN MARINO

DOMINICA

S. VICENTE AND THE GRENADINES

EL SALVADOR

SANTA LUCÍA

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

GRANADA

SERBIA

GUATEMALA

SEYCHELLES

HONDURAS

SINGAPORE

ISRAEL

EAST TIMOR

JAPAN

TONGA

KIBIBATI

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

MALAYSIA

TUVALU

MARSHALL ISLANDS

URUGUAY

MAURICIO

VANUATU

MEXICO

VENEZUELA

 

If you are from these following countries, you can still enter but there are some considerations, and it may be worthwhile checking with the Spanish Embassy or Consulate in your country to make sure your passport applies:

CHINA
(Only those from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Special Administrative Region of Macau)

BRITAN

TAIWAN

Now, if you aren’t from ANY of the countries listed above, you will need to fill out a visa application at the Spanish Embassy or Consulate in your country.
You will also need to pay them a visit if you plan on staying longer than 90 days, and want to live and/or work there.

 

PLANNING ON STAYING OVER 90 DAYS?

They do have extended tourist visas, in which you will need bank statements and income records to show to the Spanish Embassy or Consulate in your country you have enough money to spend so much time diddling in the country. This amount is between 2,000 to 3,000 Euros per month (which I am not sure why, because the average Spaniard lives off a salary way less than that, but this is the rule!).

 

OTHER VISAS

You can also apply for a Working Holiday Visa to stay longer and work for one year if you are a citizen of Australia, Canada or New Zealand and are between the age of 18 and 30. You do this at the Spanish Embassy or Consulate in your country.

If you want to work and the Working Holiday Visa isn’t for you, you must have an employment contract first and take that to the Spanish Embassy or Consulate in your country for them to issue you a work permit.

You can also apply for a student visa at the Spanish Embassy or Consulate in your country and this will require proof of enrollment at a Spanish educational institution.

Spain Visa Requirements

Was your visa process not this easy? Have any questions about the Spain Visa Process? Let me know in the comments below!

4 thoughts on “Comprehensive List of Spain’s Visa Requirements

    1. This was taken from the Spain´s government website, and they listed Britain as having special considerations depending on the type of passport. It was a little unclear so that’s why I put it under “check with the embassy”. But the UK in whole generally does have Freedom of movement in the European Union even though it is not part of the Schengen Area. Thank you for pointing it out!

      For some reason, the website did not have USA listed either, although on the Spanish Embassy in America site it stated Americans are entitled to the 90 of 180 days in the Schengen Area.

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