Getting Started

​Please review the following to begin your visa application.


A visa is an endorsement on a passport indicating that the holder is allowed to enter, leave or stay for a specific period of time in a country.


The need for a visa is determined by (1) your nationality and (2) the duration of time you will be spending in Spain.
(1) Nationality
Persons with a nationality from a country in red require a visa to enter the Schengen territory. Tourists with a nationality from a country in green may travel to Spain WITHOUT a visa for less than 90 days, but they must have a valid passport and it is recommended that they keep a copy of their trip itinerary (Other stipulations may apply. See the interactive map). Please be aware that U.S. green card holders are still required to obtain a visa if they are using a Travel Document or a Passport from one of the countries in red.

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(2) Duration
All foreigners who plan on residing in Spain for more than 90 days must apply for a visa. Family members of European Union citizens have a different process than other travelers (details here). Schengen Visa applicants may only apply at the Spanish Consulate if they are spending more time in Spain than any other Schengen country.
To apply for a visa you must (1) prepare your visa application, (2) make an appointment for an interview and (3) appear in person at the Consulate.
(1) Preparing your Visa Application
The Consulate requires a great deal of information about your stay and purpose in Spain. The purpose of your stay in Spain determines which type of visa you should apply for. Each visa has a list of detailed instructions about how to properly prepare the correct documentation. See the Visa Application Instructions page for a list of documents required for your specific visa.
(2) Making an Appointment
Appointments are made online. Each individual needs their own appointment time, even when several people are applying and traveling together. Be aware that appointments fill up quickly so book an appointment as soon as you know your travel dates. If you would like an earlier appoint than what is available, we recommend that you check the schedule frequently because there are many people that cancel their appointment before their designated date which opens up time slots.
(3) Appearing in Person at the Consulate
Applicants must appear at the Consulate in person in order to submit their application. Our address is 5055 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 860 Los Angeles, CA 90036. We conduct interviews in the order of the online schedule, so there is no sign in and there are no walk-in appointments. You leave your passport with us while we process your application. Upon approval, we will issue the visa in your passport. You must return to the Consulate to pick up your finished docuement.
Visa Department
General Consulate of Spain
5055 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 860
Los Angeles, CA 90036
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