Visas (FAQ)
3/31/2021

TRAVEL TO SPAIN FROM UK

IMPORTANT: New rules will apply to enter Spain from the UK.

 

Who can and can’t travel to Spain from the UK starting 30th March? 
Since Brexit, the UK is considered a non-EU country, therefore, according to the Orden INT/657/2020.
- British citizens (as 3rd country nationals) can't travel to Spain at the moment, in general terms.
- EU citizens and their relatives -including British ones-, can.

This is a temporary regulation which restricts 3rd country nationals entering Spain for public health reasons due to the COVID-19 health crisis.

Can a UK citizen married to a Spanish national travel to Spain from 30th March?
Yes, as long as they can show the relevant documents. 

What about a baby born in the UK who only has a British passport and whose mother is Spanish?
Yes, as long as the relevant documents can be shown.

Are there any exceptions for non-EU citizens?
Yes, the Orden specifies exemptions allowing entrance in Spain for non-EU citizens (including British citizens) in the following cases:
a) residents of the EU, Schengen states, Andorra, the Vatican and San
Marino who are travelling to their place of residence
B) long term Spanish visa holders
C) health care professionals and carers who travel for work
D) transport workers
E) diplomats, military and members of international organisations
F) students with permission or Spanish visas and medical insurance
G) highly qualified professionals in some justified cases
H) people who are travelling for essential and justified family matters
I) force majeure cases, necessary situations or humanitarian reasons
J) residents of countries not affected by the restrictions, in some cases (see anex of the Orden)

Bear in mind that British regulations also apply to citizens currently in the UK and, at the moment international travel is banned except in certain cases.

For further information, please visit: Travel advice coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note, that as the transition period ended 31st December, British residents will no longer be exempted of travel restrictions. New regulation came into force 1st January. Visa applicants must consider the possibility of a travel ban from that date.

 

BREXIT UPDATE

The United Kingdom left the European Union on 31 January 2020. The transition period that started on 1st February 2020 to negotiate future arrangements between EU and the UK is currently scheduled to end on 31st December 2020.

As of the end of the transition period British citizens and their non-EU family members will be subject to all Spanish immigration rules for third-country nationals, meaning any privileges under EU freedom of movement will come to an end.

However, UK nationals and their family members who established the residence in other EU Member State before the end of the transition period in accordance with EU free movement law, will maintain their free movements rights after 31st December 2020.

In compliance with EU Regulation 2018/1806 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 November 2018 British passport holders travelling to Schengen countries for holidays, business or to visit family do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days in a 180 day-period, provided the visit is not for gainful activity.  Please note that the 90 days will start counting from the date they enter any of the Schengen countries, including Spain.

British citizens and their family member need visa for journey undertaken after 31st December 2020 for the purposes of residence, studies for period larger than 90 days, work, professional, artistic or religious activities.

 

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?

Until at least 31st December 2020, UK family members can still travel to the Schengen Area (including Spain) with  “EU FAMILY MEMBER VISA” if their nationality is not exempt.

If you are intending to travel after 31st December 2020, you have to apply for a Schengen Tourism visa.

However, family members of UK nationals who established the residence in other EU Member State in accordance with EU free movement law before 31st December 2020 and can prove so, 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 thechecklist stating the documents required to apply for an EU/EEA family member visa. Failure to fulfil 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 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?

Yes, you do, if your nationality is not exempt.

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 stating the documents required to apply for an EU/EEA family member visa. Failure to fulfil 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 Schengen tourism visa.

 

 

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

In compliance with EU Regulation 2018/1806 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 November 2018 British passport holders travelling to Schengen countries for holidays, business or to visit family do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days in a 180 day-period, provided the visit is not for gainful activity.  Please note that the 90 days will start counting from the date they enter any of the Schengen countries, including Spain.

British citizens and their family member need visa for journey undertaken after 31st December 2020 for the purposes of residence, studies for period larger than 90 days, work, professional, artistic or religious activities.

 

 

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

You do not need a visa until 31st December 2020. However, you may need a visa for the period starting from 1st January 2021.

Spouses/dependents of EU citizens do not need a visa to travel to Spain until 31st December 2020 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, you 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, you 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?

Yes, you should apply for a Schengen 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 Schengen 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 stating the documents required to apply for a transit visa. Failure to fulfil 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 or Ireland;

– 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, 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;

– 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 Transit 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 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 fulfil all requirements may lead to the refusal of you visa.

 

 

HOW CAN I APPLY FOR A SCHENGEN BUSINESS VISA?

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

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

Failure to fulfil 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 documents 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. 

 

 

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 colour 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

 

 

I WANT TO GO TO SPAIN AS AN AU-PAIR. DO I NEED VISA? 

Yes, you do.

Applicants between 17 and 30 years old who have been accepted to an authorized educational establishment in Spain for the completion of a complete programme, leading to a degree or certificate of studies, qualify for this visa and have to submit the same documents as for a Student visa and provide the Au-Pair agreement stating the following details:

  • Au-Pair agreement duration dates, which cannot exceed one year.
  • Engagement in household services or chores, which cannot exceed five hours per day.
  • At least one complete day off per week. At least one of the free days of the month must be Sunday. The student should be allowed to take part in religious activities.
  • Address and description of the place where the au-pair person will be residing along with the family, enjoying a certain level of independence.
  • The amount the au-pair person will receive monthly as pocket money.
  • Circumstances when the Au-Pair agreement could be denounced by each party giving two weeks’ notice.

Please carefully read the checklist stating the documents required for Student visa.

Once you have all the required documents, you should book an appointment at the Consulate.

 

 

I HAVE BEEN APPOINTED AS A LANGUAGE ASSISTANT (AUXILIAR DE CONVERSACIÓN) IN SPAIN AND I HAVE THE APPOINTMENT LETTER ISSUED BY A SPANISH AUTHORITY. DO I NEED VISA?

Yes, you do.

Applicants who have been accepted to a Language Assistant programme in Spain and have the appointment letter issued by a Spanish competent authority have to apply for a Student visa and provide the appointment letter in addition to the documents required for Student visa.

 

Please carefully read the checklist stating the documents required for Student visa.

Once you have all required documents, you should book an appointment at the Consulate.

 

 

I AM AN ARTIST/ ACTOR/ MUSICIAN/ MODEL AND I AM GOING TO WORK IN SPAIN FOR A PERIOD LESS THAN 90 DAYS. DO I NEED VISA?

Yes, you need a visa.

It depends on the duration of your work in Spain whether you have to apply for a C-type work visa (EET visa) at BLS International or for a D-type work visa, at the Consulate.

 

C-type EET visa with exemption of authorization for work: Applicants who will perform/ work in Spain for a period no longer that 5 consecutive days or 20 performance days (rehearsals are not taken into account) within a period of up to six months, and who are intending to stay in Spain for a period no longer than 90 days, qualify for this visa. You are required to submit the same documents as for a Business visa and to provide work contract/ invitation letter stating the exact number of days you are working/ performing in Spain. Please contact BLS International for further information regarding application procedure and appointment: https://uk.blsspainvisa.com/visa4spain/

 

D-type visa with exemption of authorization for work is for those applicants who qualify for an EET visa but need to stay in Spain for a period longer than 90 days.

Please carefully read the checklist stating the documents required for this visa category. Once you have all required documents, you should book an appointment at the Consulate.

 

D-type employment work with fix-term contract visa. In case you do not qualify for visa with exemption of authorization for work, you have to apply for D-type work with fix-term contract visa.

Please carefully read the checklist stating the documents required for this visa category. Once you have all required documents, you should book an appointment at the Consulate.  

  

 

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