Do I require a visa?

Holders of passports who do not require a visa to enter Spain

1. The European Union, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland

• New residency requirements for EU citizens planning to live in Spain for more than three months. The Spanish Government has introduced new residency requirements for all EU citizens who plan to reside in Spain for more than three months. For more information, click here.

• Passports and travel documents are required to be valid during the duration of the visit. You do not need a minimum of validity in your passport or travel document to travel to Spain.

• Children included in the parent’s passport must be accompanied by the parent. The child’s right to travel on the passport will lapse depending on the age stipulated by the issuing country and be under 16 years of age. 

• A letter of consent is recommended if the child (holding a valid passport) is not travelling with the parents (mother or the father if he has parental responsibility) or guardian. Anyone under the age of 18 is considered a minor and is subject to parental control or adult supervision. Parents or guardians are responsible for the actions of their children. Unaccompanied minors fall under the jurisdiction of Social Services for the Protection of Minors.

• Children travelling alone and using a National Identity card must have written parental consent.

• It is important that the name on your ticket matches the name on your passport exactly. Please consult with the airline before travelling.

2. For visits not exceeding ninety days per six-month period, visas are not required for holders of valid passports issued by the following countries or dependencies:

Albania *
Andorra  
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina 
Australia 
Bahamas
Barbados
Bosnia Herzegovina
Brazil
British nationals (Overseas) 
British overseas territories citizens (BOTC)
British overseas citizens (BOC)
British protected persons (BPP) 
British subjects (BS)
Brunei Darussalam 
Canada
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Croatia
Dominica
El Salvador
Grenada
Guatemala
Honduras
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Israel
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) *
Japan
Kiribati
Korean Republic
Liechtenstein
Macao Special Administrative Region
Malaysia
Marshall Islands
Mauritius
Mexico
Micronesia
Monaco
Montenegro * 
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Northern Mariana Islands (passports from the US)
Palau
Panama
Paraguay 
Peru
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Vincent and Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
Serbia ** 
Seychelles
Singapore 
Taiwan (only holder of passports which contain identity card number)
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tuvalu
United Arab Emirates
Uruguay
USA
Vatican City
Venezuela
Vanuatu

* Only when holding a biometric passport. If not, a visa is required. 
** Only when holding a biometric passport. If not, a visa is required, excluding holders of passports delivered by KOORDINACIONA UPRAVA.

3. Holders of Travel Documents issued under the Geneva Convention of July 1951, by the following countries:

Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

4. Crew members of airlines and merchant navy.

5. If you hold a valid residence permit in any of the Schengen member states, you are entitled to re-enter the Schengen area without a visa on production of your proof of residence and your passport.

6. Under Directive 2004/38/EC and according to Real Decreto 240/2007, 16 February, family members of an EU/EEA national in possession of a valid UK Residence Card specifying its condition as a family member do not require a visa to enter Spain when travelling with the EU/EEA National or joining him/her in Spain. Otherwise, a visa will be still required (Real Decreto 1161/2009, 10th July 2009). For spouses and/or children of Spanish Nationals the above condition applies provided that the marriage and/or birth is registered according with the Spanish Civil Register (original Libro de Familia). Please note, that the UK Residence Permit must state literally that the holder is a family member of an EU/EEA National. If not, a visa is required.
 
This information applies only to ordinary passports. All other nationalities, not listed above require a visa. 
 
 
Holders of passports who require a visa to enter Spain
Afghanistan (1) (2*)
Albania
Algeria (1)
Angola (2)
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Bangladesh (1) (2*)
Belarus (1)
Belize
Benin 
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Burundi 
Cambodia
Cameroon
Cape Verde
Central Africa Republic
Chad
China
Comoros
Congo
Cuba (2)
Democratic Republic of Congo (1) (2*)
Djibouti (2*) 
Dominican Republic
East Timor
Ecuador
Equatorial Guinea (1)
Egypt (1)
Eritrea (2*)
Ethiopia (2*)
Fiji
Frandesspass documents (1)
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia
Ghana (2*) 
Guinea (2)
Guinea-Bissau (2)
Guyana
Haiti (2)
Hong Kong (when it is not SAR)
India (2)
Indonesia
Iran (1) (2*)
Iraq (1) (2*)
Ivory Coast (2)
Jamaica
Jordan (1)
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kyrgyzstan
Kuwait
Laos
Lebanon (1)
Lesotho
Liberia (2)
Libya (1)
Madagascar
Malawi
Maldives
Mali (1) (2)
Mauritania (1) 
Moldova
Mongolia 
Morocco (1)
Mozambique
Myanmar
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
Niger 
Nigeria (1) (2*)
North Korea (1) 
Oman
Pakistan (1) (2*) 
Palestine (1) 
Papua New Guinea
Philippines (1)
Qatar
Refugee Travel Documents (1)
Russia 
Rwanda (1)
Sao Tome
Saudi Arabia (1)
Senegal (2) 
Sierra Leone (2)
Solomon Islands
Somalia (1) (2*)
South Africa
South Sudan (1)
Sri Lanka (1) (2*)
Sudan (1) (2)
Suriname (1)
Swaziland
Syria (1)
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Togo (2) 
Tunisia (1)
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Uganda
Ukraine
Uzbekistan (1)
Vietnam (1)
Yemen (1)
Zambia
Zimbabwe
The visa will take at least 2 weeks to be issued.
 
(1) This visa will take at least 4 weeks to process. Included in this category are: Palestinians, Refugees and Stateless Persons. Please note that certain documents are not recognised by the Spanish Authorities and are therefore not valid to travel to Spain. These include Certificates of Identity issued by the Home Office, which are not covered by the Geneva or New York Conventions. 
 
(2) An Airport Transit visa is required if the person is not a permanent resident in: Canada, European Union, USA.
(2*) An Airport Transit visa is not required if resident in: Andorra, Canada, European Union, Japan, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland, USA, Holders of Diplomatic and Service passports.
The Airport Transit visa will only allow the holder into the International Lounge and will not permit the passenger entry into Spain.  
 
Children of any age holding a valid passport will require a visa.
 
Visa exemptions for school children groups
Visa exemptions may be obtained for school children normally requiring a visa to travel to Spain as part of an organised school trip, as a group, which must be accompanied by a teacher. 
 
For further information and application forms, please contact the British Council:
British Council Customer Services UK
Bridgewater House
58 Whitworth Street
Manchester M1 6BB
The British Council is an independent organisation and is not connected to the Spanish Consulate.

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