Spanish embassies in El Salvador
What Can the Spanish Embassy Help with?
The embassy can assist both local citizens and Spanish nationals abroad in several ways. Spaniards in El Salvador can receive help in case they need new documents to be issued or find themselves in a medical or legal emergency. The embassy also registers births, marriages, and deaths of Spanish citizens.
Finally, Spaniards abroad should refer to their nearest diplomatic mission for up-to-date travel advisory and official announcements from the government.
Does the Spanish embassy in El Salvador process visas?
The consular section of the embassy can offer advice and assistance with travel permits and visas for Spain. Salvadorans and other foreigners can come to the embassy to receive information on their eligibility and requirements, obtain the relevant forms, and lodge their visa application.
Since Spain is a member state of the Schengen area, foreign nationals who intend to enter its borders are likely to need a Schengen visa.
The type of visa required to visit Spain depends on a number of factors including — besides the applicant’s nationality — the reason(s) for travel and the intended length of stay within the Schengen territory. For example, a study visa for Spain allows a maximum of 20 hours of work per week to support one’s expenses but full-time professionals need to obtain a work permit.
Citizens of El Salvador and ETIAS for Spain
Salvadorans can currently visit Europe visa-free for a maximum of 90 consecutive days. They can enter the external borders of the Schengen territory and move freely within the member states (including Spain). During this time, they are not allowed to undertake paid work (there are some exceptions) and other limitations apply.
Like all other 60 visa-free countries, Salvadorans will need to apply for ETIAS starting from late 2022. ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) is an electronic travel permit and not a visa. Travelers from El Salvador will still enjoy visa-free status but the registration with the ETIAS system will be mandatory. Should Salvadorans fail to obtain a valid ETIAS prior to departure, they may be refused entry into Spain and the rest of the Schengen zone.
ETIAS is intended to make passport control easier and faster at the border and to make Europe safer thanks to better control over the movement of third-country nationals in and out of Schengen.
Can I get ETIAS at the Spanish embassy?
ETIAS is designed to have a fully online application. To submit a request, Salvadorans only need their passport and a credit card and are required to fill in an electronic form.
All this can be done from the comfort of the traveler’s home or office and there is no need to visit an embassy or consulate in person and submit a paper application.
Missions of El Salvador in Spain
El Salvador maintains an embassy in the Spanish capital Madrid. The Head of Mission is Ambassador Mr Jorge Alberto Palencia Mena, Ambassador.
Other missions in Spain include the consulate general in Barcelona and the consulates in A Coruña, San Sebastian, Seville, and Zaragoza.
El Salvador currently has 131 diplomatic missions abroad in countries all over the world.
The Spanish Embassy in El Salvador
Find below the location and contact information of the embassy of Spain in El Salvador: