Schengen Visa for Spain
The Schengen Visa allows tourists to visit Spain, and all the other countries in the Schengen Area, for periods of up to 90 days. If Spain is the main destination of a trip, travelers have to apply for the visa at a Spanish embassy or consulate in their home country.
What is the Schengen Visa for?
Spain and the other 25 countries in the Schengen Area share a common, external border. This means that once you enter one of the countries you can move freely around the region without going through passport controls.
It therefore make no sense for individual countries to issue their own tourist visas. Instead the Schengen Visa allows travelers to enter all 26 countries in the zone. Applicants need to go to the embassy or consulate of the main country they plan to visit to complete the application.
List of countries which need a Schengen Visa to enter Spain
Many nationalities can currently enter the Spain without a visa for periods of up to 90 days (in any 180-day period). The following countries need a Schengen Visa to enter:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Bosnia and Herz.
- Costa Rica
- El Salvador
- Hong Kong
- Marshall Islands
- New Zealand
- North Macedonia
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- S.V. and Grenadines
- San Marino
- Solomon Islands
- South Korea
- Timor Leste
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Arab Emirates
- United States
- Vatican City
- UK who are not EU citizens
Documents and requirements to process a Schengen Visa
To successfully apply for a Schengen Visa, applicants must submit the following documentation:
- Visa application form (completed with no errors)
- Two recent passport photos (last three months)
- Valid passport (minimum validity of three months with at least two blank pages)
- Travel itinerary (document with flight dates and numbers showing entry and exit points in the Schengen area)
- Health insurance (documents from insurance provider)
- Proof of accommodation (evidence showing where you will be staying throughout your time in Schengen)
- Letter from tour organizer (if traveling with a tour agency)
- Proof of sufficient funds (showing you have enough money to fund your trip)
- Evidence of employment status (if employed i.e. work contract)
- Income tax return (if self-employed)
- For students: proof of university or college enrollment
- For minors: birth certificate, letter of consent from parents, passport copies of both parents/legal guardian
Frequently Asked Question about Schenge Visa in Spain
Here are answers to some of the most common questions about the Schengen Visa for Spain including where and when you should apply.
Where should the Schengen visa be requested?
If you plan to travel to Spain you should apply for a Schengen Visa at a Spanish embassy or consulate in your home country. Although all diplomatic offices of all Schengen countries issue the visas, you should apply at an office of your main destination.
When can I apply for the Schengen visa?
You have to apply for your Schengen Visa at least 15 days before your trip to allow time for your application to be processed. The earliest you can apply is 90 days before. The typical length of time it takes to process a visa application is 10 working days.
How much does the Schengen visa cost?
The cost of a Schengen Visa is €60 for adults, €35 for children between 6-12 years of age, and free for children under 6. Citizens of Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, and Kosovo pay a reduced fee of €35.