Tourist/Business Visas
1/10/2018

The issuance of a Schengen Visa must occur in the consulate of the country which is considered your main destination, as determined by the purpose of your trip and the length of stay. 

The Schengen states are as follows: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxemburg, Norway, The Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Poland, Hungary, Cyprus, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Malta.

If the majority of the duration of your stay will be in Spain, and you are a permanent resident of Florida, Georgia or South Carolina, visit the official website of the Consulate General of Spain in Miami at www.maec.es/consulados/miami to apply for an appointment.  Holders of a B1/B2 visa must apply for a Schengen visa in their country of origin or permanent residence. 

Honorary Vice Consulates of Spain are not allowed to issue visas. 

Due to the quantity of applications received by this office, it is recommended that you plan your trip to the Schengen area with sufficient time to apply for an appointment and to process your visa application.  We urge you NOT to purchase travel tickets until your visa has been approved. 

 Application for visa must be made with no more than 90 days in advance to your trip and at least 15 days before.  Applications with more than 90 days in advance to your trip will not be accepted.

Travel visas are a privilege, not a right and are issued at the sole discretion of Schengen Authorities. This consulate has full authority to evaluate, refuse and/or request additional documentation at any time.

Citizens of the following countries do NOT require a visa to travel as tourist (for a stay that does not exceed 3 months within a period of 6 months).

Please, check the list of the countries exempt visa:
Lista países exentos de visas- Marzo 2016.pdfList of countries exempt visas- March 2016.pdf

 

As of December 3rd 2015, Colombian nationals will not be required a visa.

As of March 15th 2016, Peruvian nationals will not required a visa.


YOU MUST BRING ORIGINAL PLUS ONE COPY OF THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS:

• Non-refundable visa fee, payable with money order at time of application (to the order of: Consulate General of Spain).

• Two Solicitud de visado Schengen - Inglés (octubre 2016).pdfApplications for Schengen visa.pdf completed and signed by applicant.

• An ordinary passport or travel document with at least two empty pages, recognized by the Schengen states for the issuance of a visa that is valid for a period of 3-months beyond the expected length of stay in the Schengen area, or the period of validity of the visa, whichever is longer.

• Driver’s license or state ID with correct physical permanent address.

• Permit to return to the United States of America in the form of a residence card, OR a student/work visa that is stamped on the passport.

• Complete travel itinerary (flight reservation). We urge you NOT to purchase travel tickets until your visa has been approved.

• Proof of accommodations for duration of trip confirmed hotel reservations with address and telephone or official invitation letter from a Spanish national or foreign legal resident in Spain, issued by the Police Department in Spain. For cruise: itinerary with ports day by day.

• Medical travel insurance with a minimum coverage limit of US$50,000 for the entire duration of your trip throughout Schengen territory for urgent medical expenses and/or repatriation due to accident or sudden illness. Copy of policy with benefits in the Schengen territory that covers 100% assistance on the spot.

• Proof of sufficient financial assets in the U.S.: most recent bank statements, brokerage statements, lines of credit or equivalent.  

• Proof of employment: letter indicating length of employment, position, wage or salary and vacation period. Bring last two Paystub and W2.

• Self-employed individuals must provide most recent year income tax return(s), corporate bank statement, professional license if applicable and certificate of incorporation.

• Business travelers must bring a letter from their US Company indicating purpose and length of stay and a letter of invitation from the Spanish company or entity confirming commercial affiliation.

* For retired: letter from the Social Security Administration confirming the monthly retirement income.



Application for minors must be made by parents or legal guardian with proper legal documentation: Birth certificate, legal custody, notarized letter signed by both parents giving permission to travel and copy of parent’s I.D. and financial assets (bank statements). If one of the parents is living outside of USA he/she will need to get an authorization to travel through the Spanish Consulate of their place of legal residence. Children of 12 years and older must be present at the time of appointment in order to get fingerprints.

If you have time to wait for your passport to be returned by mail, bring a prepaid US Postal Service Express-Mail Envelope with appropriate postage and completed mailing label form. Other express delivery service, certified or registered mail are not accepted. Tracking of mailed items is the responsibility of the applicant.


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