Visas (FAQ)

I AM NOT A EUROPEAN CITIZEN.
DO I NEED A VISA TO TRAVEL TO SPAIN?
 

Please check here if your nationality is required to be in possession of a visa or if it is exempt of this requirement.

 

 

I AM A THIRD NATIONAL RESIDING IN THE UK AND MARRIED/DEPENDENT OF A UK CITIZEN.
DO I NEED A VISA TO TRAVEL TO SPAIN?

Yes, you do.

Spouses/dependents of UK citizens may apply for a EU/EEA FAMILY MEMBER VISA when travelling with the EU citizen or when meeting the EU citizen in the country of destination. EU/EEA family member visa is a free visa.

Please carefully read the documents required to apply for a EU/EEA family member visa. Failure to fulfill all requirements may lead to the refusal of you visa.

In order to apply for a EU/EEA family member visa, please get an appointment at BLS International London: https://uk.blsspainvisa.com/visa4spain/

Please note that spouses/dependents of UK citizens can also travel to the Schengen area, accompanied or on their own, with a Schengen tourism visa.

 

 

I AM A THIRD NATIONAL RESIDING IN THE UK AND MARRIED/DEPENDENT TO/OF A EUROPEAN CITIZEN.
DO I NEED A VISA TO TRAVEL TO SPAIN?

Spouses/dependents of EU citizens do not need a visa to travel to Spain only if they are holders of a “RESIDENCE CARD OF A FAMILY MEMBER OF A UNION CITIZEN”, when travelling with the EU citizen or when meeting the EU citizen in the country of destination.

If you are not a holder of this card, you may apply for a free EU/EEA FAMILY MEMBER VISA. Please carefully read the checklist stating the documents required to apply for a EU/EEA family member visa. Failure to fulfill all requirements may lead to the refusal of you visa.

In order to apply for a EU/EEA family member visa, please get an appointment at BLS International London: https://uk.blsspainvisa.com/visa4spain/

Please note that spouses/dependents of EU citizens can also travel to the Schengen area, accompanied or on their own, with a Schengen tourism visa.

 

 

I AM A BRITISH NATIONAL RESIDING IN THE UK.
DO I NEED A VISA TO VISIT THE EU AFTER THE UK WITHDRAWS WITH / WITHOUT A DEAL?

No, you don’t need a visa if you are staying a maximum of 90 days out of 180 in the Schengen Area, no matter if the UK withdraws the EU with or without a deal.

After Brexit, British citizens will no longer be European citizens and therefore will lose their current right of free movement and residence within the EU.

Nevertheless, the EU has assured a visa exemption to British citizens who wish to travel to the Schengen area on tourism purposes (with a maximum stay of 90 out of 180 days).

 

 

I HOLD A “RESIDENCE CARD OF A FAMILY MEMBER OF A UNION CITIZEN”.
DO I NEED A VISA TO TRAVEL TO SPAIN?

No, you don’t.

Spouses/dependents of EU citizens do not need a visa to travel to Spain if they are holders of a “RESIDENCE CARD OF A FAMILY MEMBER OF A UNION CITIZEN”, when travelling with the EU citizen or when meeting the EU citizen in the country of destination. 

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I HOLD A “EU SETTLEMENT / PRE-SETTLEMENT STATUS” RESIDENCE CARD.
DO I NEED A VISA TO TRAVEL TO SPAIN?

Yes, yo do.

The “EU SETTLEMENT / PRE-SETTLEMENT STATUS” RESIDENCE CARD is NOT a EU card. It is a UK unilaterally issued residence card granting a new type of residence card linked to both the EU settlement and pre-settlement status. 

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I HOLD A “SPOUSE / PARTNER” RESIDENCE CARD.
DO I NEED A VISA TO TRAVEL TO SPAIN?

Yes, yo do.

The “SPOUSE / PARTNER” residence card is NOT related to EU/EEA citizens.

Therefore, you should apply for a Schengen tourism visa.

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I AM A HOLDER OF A REFUGEE TRAVEL DOCUMENT ISSUED UNDER THE 1951 CONVENTION.
DO I NEED A VISA TO TRAVEL TO SPAIN?

No, you don’t.

We are pleased to inform that the holders of a refugee travel documents issued under the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, signed at Geneva on 28 July 1951, and the Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees, signed at New York on 31 January 1967, when issued by Denmark, Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Malta, Norway, the United Kingdom, Sweden or Switzerland will be exempt from the visa requirement to enter Spain.

For further information please check the Spanish Home Office website:
http://www.interior.gob.es/en/web/servicios-al-ciudadano/extranjeria/control-de-fronteras/otros-documentos-validos-para-el-cruce-de-fronter
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I AM A STATELESS PERSON HOLDING A TRAVEL DOCUMENT ISSUED UNDER THE 1954 CONVENTION.
DO I NEED A VISA TO TRAVEL TO SPAIN?

Yes, you do.

For further information please check the Spanish Home Office website:
http://www.interior.gob.es/en/web/servicios-al-ciudadano/extranjeria/control-de-fronteras/otros-documentos-validos-para-el-cruce-de-fronter
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I AM A HOLDER OF A “NATO TRAVEL ORDER”.
DO I NEED A VISA TO TRAVEL TO SPAIN?

Army personnel do not need a visa if they hold a NATO Travel Order along with their army ID card.

 
 

I AM TRANSITING THROUGH THE INTERNATIONAL AREA OF A SPANISH AIRPORT.
DO I NEED A TRANSIT VISA?

Please check the following link in order to know whether you need a transit visa for transiting the international area of a Spanish airport: https://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/sites/homeaffairs/files/annex_7b_atv-national_lists_en.pdf

Please note that transits in Madrid-Barajas airport from Terminals 1, 2 & 3 to Terminals 4 & 4S IMPLY ENTERING the Schengen area and therefore require a valid Schengen tourism visa.

 

 

HOW CAN I APPLY FOR A SCHENGEN TOURISM VISA? 

Firstly, you should carefully read the checklist stating the documents required to apply for a Schengen tourism visa.

Once you have all required documents, you should get an appointment at BLS International London: https://uk.blsspainvisa.com/visa4spain/ 

Failure to fulfill all requirements may lead to the refusal of you visa.

 

 

WHERE SHOULD I APPLY FOR A SCHENGEN VISA?

For the swiftness of the application process, all Schengen visa applications must be made at BLS International London, by getting an appointment at https://uk.blsspainvisa.com/visa4spain/ 

 

 

I AM A TOURIST / VISITOR TO THE UK.
CAN I APPLY FOR A SCHENGEN VISA FROM THE UK?

No, you can’t.

Visa applications should be made at the Spanish Consulate of the applicant’s current place of residence.

 

 

DOES MY PASSPORT NEED ANY MINIMUM VALIDITY?

Yes, a minimum validity of 90 days is required in all passports as a general rule.

Please note that Spain can only accept passports issued within the past 10 years.

 

 

DO SCHOOL CHILDREN NEED A VISA TO GO TO SPAIN AS PART OF AN ORGANISED SCHOOL TRIP?

Exemptions may be obtained for school children (normally requiring a visa to travel to Spain) when they are part of an organized school trip, as a group, which must be accompanied by a teacher.

This only applies to school children under 18 years of age.

Please note that university student’s field trips are not covered by this exemption and may therefore need a visa to travel to Spain.

For further information and application forms, please contact the British Council:

British Council Customer Services UK
Bridgewater House
58 Whitworth Street
Manchester M1 6BB
Tel: +44 (0)161 957 7755
https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/partner/visit-exchange/list-travellers-visa

The British Council is an independent organization and is not connected to the Spanish Consulate.

 

MY VISA HAS BEEN REFUSED.
HOW CAN I APPEAL THIS DECISION?

Should you wish to appeal against the decision of the Consulate, you must do so in writing within a month from the date of notification. You can lodge your appeal directly to the Visa Department of this Consulate (20 Draycott Place SW3 2RZ) or to the Superior Court of Justice in Madrid (in case of appeal to the Superior Court of Justice in Madrid, all documents must be duly translated into Spanish).

The reason for refusal was included in the decision letter.

Please enclose the following:
- Copy of the refusal letter.
- A covering letter stating your grounds of appeal and a copy of your passport and UK residence permit.
- A current contact address, email and home time telephone number must be provided.
- Documents supporting your grounds of appeal.

Pursuant to Article 123 of Act 39/2015, of 1 October, on the Common Administrative Procedure of the Public Administrations, the Consulate has one month to issue a resolution of your reconsideration appeal, understanding negative if you don’t receive an answer.

 

 

HOW CAN I GET A NEW “NIE” (Número de Identificación de Extranjeros)?

For NIE information, please click here: http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Consulados/LONDRES/en/Consulado/Pages/NIE.aspx 

 

 

I WANT TO MOVE TO SPAIN.
HOW DO I GET A RESIDENCE VISA?

You should get an appointment by sending an e-mail to the following address: cog.londres.residencia@maec.es 

Your e-mail should include:

- Name of the applicant

- Nationality

- Passport number

- Telephone number

- Preferred date for the appointment  (please note that appointments for residence visas are only available on TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS)

 

 

I WANT TO STUDY IN SPAIN.
HOW DO I GET A STUDENT VISA?

Firstly, you should carefully read the checklist stating the documents required to apply for a student visa.

Once you have all the required documents ready, you should get an appointment by sending an e-mail to the following address: cog.londres.residencia@maec.es

Your e-mail should include:

- Name of the applicant

- Nationality

- Passport number

- Telephone number

- Preferred date for the appointment  (please note that appointments for residence visas are only available on TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS)

 

 

I AM A THIRD COUNTRY CITIZEN CURRENTLY RESIDING IN SPAIN WITH A VALID SPANISH RESIDENCE PERMIT.
WHILE BEING IN THE UK FOR A FEW DAYS, MY SPANISH RESIDENCE CARD WAS STOLEN OR I LOST IT.
WHAT SHOULD I DO?

In order to come back to Spain to process a new card, you need to book an appointment for a tourism visa directly at https://uk.blsspainvisa.com/visa4spain/, specifying the day of the appointment that you need a visa for loss of valid Spanish residence card and submitting the following documents instead of the tourism checklist:

  • Visa Application form duly completed, dated and signed.
  • One recent passport size color photograph, printed in photo paper with white background.
  • Passport (Photocopy of biometric data page + Photocopy of pages with exit stamp of Spain and entry stamp in UK).
  • Boarding pass or equivalent matching the entry stamp in UK.
  • Police report.
  • Provide your NIE number.
  • ­No need to submit flight booking to come back to Spain
  • Pay the BLS fee + the Consulate Visa fee except for EU family members Residence Cards who only pay the BLS fee.

Please keep in mind that this procedure cannot be used for the recovery of long-term residences in Spain that are expired or extinguished by non-residents in Spain.

If this is your case, please contact the Visa Department through cog.londres.residencia@maec.es

 

 

 


 

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