Visas (FAQ)

 BREXIT UPDATE

  • Until at least 31st December 2020, UK CITIZENS CAN STILL TRAVEL TO THE SCHENGEN AREA (including Spain) WITH ONLY A VALID BRITISH PASSPORT (no minimum validity required).
    • Until at least 31st December 2020, UK citizens can spend more than 90 days in Spain for tourism purposes.
    • Until at least 31st December 2020, UK citizens are entitled to settle their residence in Spain without a visa. Once in Spain, they must register at the Spanish Central Register of Foreign Nationals (Registro Central de Extranjeros). Once registered, they will have the right to stay in Spain after 31st December 2020 with no further requirements.
  • Until at least 31st December 2020, UK FAMILY MEMBERS CAN STILL TRAVEL TO THE SCHENGEN AREA (including Spain) WITH A “EU FAMILY MEMBER VISA” if their nationality is not exempt.
  • Until at least 31st December 2020, EU FAMILY MEMBERS CAN STILL TRAVEL TO THE SCHENGEN AREA (including Spain) WITH A BRITISH-ISSUED CARD STATING “RESIDENCE CARD OF A FAMILY MEMBER OF A UNION CITIZEN”.
    • Nevertheless, if they only hold a “EU SETTLEMENT / PRE-SETTLEMENT STATUS” card, they will need a visa if their nationality is not exempt.

Please note that for the period starting on 1st January 2021 new rules are yet to be agreed between the EU and the UK.

 

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 an 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 Checklist (EU-EEA) 2-2-2020.pdfdocuments 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 an 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 Checklist (Tourism) 2-2-2020.pdfSchengen 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 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 Checklist (EU-EEA) 2-2-2020.pdfchecklist stating the documents required to apply for an EU/EEA family member visa. Failure to fulfill all requirements may lead to the refusal of you visa.

In order to apply for an 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 Checklist (Tourism) 2-2-2020.pdfSchengen tourism visa.

 

 

I AM A BRITISH NATIONAL RESIDING IN THE UK.
DO I NEED A VISA TO VISIT THE EU AFTER BREXIT?

Until at least 31st December 2020, UK CITIZENS CAN STILL TRAVEL TO THE SCHENGEN AREA (including Spain) WITH ONLY A VALID BRITISH PASSPORT (no minimum validity required).

Until at least 31st December 2020, UK citizens can spend more than 90 days in Spain for tourism purposes.

Until at least 31st December 2020, UK citizens are entitled to settle their residence in Spain without a visa. Once in Spain, they must register at the Spanish Central Register of Foreign Nationals (Registro Central de Extranjeros). Once registered, they will have the right to stay in Spain after 31st December 2020 with no further requirements.

Until at least 31st December 2020, UK FAMILY MEMBERS CAN STILL TRAVEL TO THE SCHENGEN AREA (including Spain) WITH A “EU FAMILY MEMBER VISA” if their nationality is not exempt.

Until at least 31st December 2020, EU FAMILY MEMBERS CAN STILL TRAVEL TO THE SCHENGEN AREA (including Spain) WITH A BRITISH-ISSUED CARD STATING “RESIDENCE CARD OF A FAMILY MEMBER OF A UNION CITIZEN”.

Nevertheless, if they only hold a “EU SETTLEMENT / PRE-SETTLEMENT STATUS” card, they will need a visa if their nationality is not exempt.

Please note that for the period starting on 1st January 2021 new rules are yet to be agreed between the EU and the UK.

 

 

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 AN “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 an 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 Checklist (Tourism) 2-2-2020.pdfSchengen 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?

Yes, you should apply for a Checklist (Tourism) 2-2-2020.pdfSchengen visa or an EU/EEA FAMILY MEMBER VISA (when travelling with the EU family member or when meeting the EU family member in the country of destination) by getting an appointment at BLS International London: https://uk.blsspainvisa.com/visa4spain/
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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 should apply for a Checklist (Tourism) 2-2-2020.pdfSchengen visa or an EU/EEA FAMILY MEMBER VISA (when travelling with the EU family member or when meeting the EU family member in the country of destination) by getting an appointment at BLS International London: https://uk.blsspainvisa.com/visa4spain/
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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?

The list of third countries whose nationals must hold an airport transit visa when passing through the international transit areas of airports situated on the territory of any of the Member States (including Spain) is set out in Annex 7A of the Handbook for the processing of visa applications and the modification of issued visas. These countries are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia and Sri Lanka.

A Member State may unilaterally decide to require nationals from certain third countries to hold an airport transit visa when passing through the international transit areas of airports situated on its territory (see Annex 7B). For Spain, these additional countries are Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Cuba, Djibouti, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, India, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Syria, Togo, Yemen and passports issued by the Palestinian Authority.

 

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.

Please carefully read the Checklist (Transit) 2-2-2020.pdfchecklist stating the documents required to apply for a transit visa. Failure to fulfill all requirements may lead to the refusal of you visa.

 

Please also note that the following categories of persons are exempt from the obligation to hold an airport transit visa:

 

a) holders of a valid uniform visa, national long stay visa or residence permit issued by a Member State;

 

b) holders of a valid visa issued by

– Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Romania, Ireland or the United Kingdom;

– Canada, Japan or the United States of America;

including when they return from those countries after having used the visa.

The return trip should take place at the latest immediately after the expiry of the visa issued by one of the listed countries and not several days later.

The exemption of holders of valid visas issued by Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Romania, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan or the United States of America applies irrespective of whether the person concerned travels to the country that issued the visa or to another third country.

The exemptions for holders of valid visas, as referred to in the previous paragraph, relate to visas issued for the purpose of stay and transit through the international transit areas of airports situated on the territory of the countries concerned.

However, if a third-country national holding an expired visa issued by Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Romania, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Japan or the United States of America returns from a third country other than the issuing country, he or she is not exempted from the airport transit visa requirement

 

c) holders of a valid residence permit

- issued by Ireland or the United Kingdom;

– issued by Andorra, Canada, Japan, San Marino or the United States of America guaranteeing the holder’s unconditional readmission (see Annex
7C);

 

d) family members of EU citizens covered by Directive 2004/38/EC, irrespective of whether they are travelling alone, to accompany or join the EU citizen (see Part III);

 

e) holders of diplomatic passports;

 

f) flight crew members who are nationals of a contracting party to the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation.

 

Should you need to apply for a transit visa, please carefully read the Checklist (Transit) 2-2-2020.pdfTransit visa checklist and visit https://uk.blsspainvisa.com/visa4spain/ in order to get an appointment to submit your application.

 

 

HOW CAN I APPLY FOR A SCHENGEN TOURISM VISA? 

Firstly, you should carefully read the Checklist (Tourism) 2-2-2020.pdfchecklist 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 / STUDENT IN THE UK.
CAN I APPLY FOR A SCHENGEN VISA FROM THE UK?

No, you can’t, except if you hold a British Resident Permit (BRP) or a UK Short Term Student Visa.

If you do not hold a British Resident Permit (BRP) or a UK Short Term Student Visa, 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 / travel documents as a general rule.

Please note that Spain can only accept passports / travel docuemnts 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 Visado ESTUDIOS 28-02-2020 ES-EN.pdfchecklist 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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