Schengen visas

​How to get a Schengen visa in Ireland to travel to Spain


For health reasons, it is not now possible to walk into either this Embassy or the offices of BLS, our outsource partner, and apply for a visa without an appointment. Appointments are booked online.

This Embassy accepts visa applications only from legal residents in Ireland.

A visa application should always be submitted in person.

False statements or submission of false documents will result in the rejection of the visa application and may lead to criminal proceedings.

Citizens of an EU Member State just need a valid passport to travel to Spain.

If you need additional information on visas, please write us an email (

Spain is part of the Schengen Area, a group of 26 European countries without border checks between themselves. Immigration checkpoints are in place only at the external borders of the Schengen Area. Since 16 March 2020 border controls have been temporarily introduced to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Ireland is one of the few EU countries that it is not part of the Schengen Area. As a result, anyone travelling from Ireland to Spain will pass through an immigration checkpoint and will be requested to show their passport, national identity card or a visa, in the case he or she is a citizen of one of the countries whose nationals must be in possession of a visa when crossing the external borders of the European Union.


The holder of a short-stay, uniform or Schengen visa is entitled to stay in Spain and, for that matter, in the Schengen Area for an uninterrupted period of up to 90 days. Please note that the mere possession of a visa does not confer an automatic right of entry and that the holder of visa may be requested at the border to produce documentary evidence of meeting other entry conditions.

A short-term multiple-entry visa entitles its holder to an aggregate stay of up to 90 days in a 180-day period starting from the date of the first entry into the Schengen area. Kindly use this calculator to know your remaining travel days under a Schengen visa. A Schengen visa may be issued for one, two or multiple entries with a maximum validity of 5 years.

The Visa Code and Royal Decree 240/2007, of 16 February, on entry, free movement and residence in Spain of citizens of EU member States and other States that are part of the European Economic Area, are the basic rules on Schengen visas in Spain.


Family members of a citizen of a European Union / European Economic Area country who are not nationals of any of those countries can enter into Spain with a valid passport and a visa. The issuance of such visas is free of charge and their processing takes preference. However, EU family members who are holders of an Irish 4EUFam Residence Card are exempt from having a visa to enter Spain, provide they accompany or join the EU citizen. EU/EEA family member who hold other Irish residence cards should apply for a Schengen visa.


You should apply for a Spanish Schengen visa if Spain is the sole or the main destination of your visit. If the main destination cannot be determined, you should submit your visa application at the consular office of the country of entry into the EU.

Applications for a Schengen visa shall be submitted at the BLS Office in Dublin. BLS is the worldwide outsource partner of Spain’s Foreign Ministry and supports its short-term visa operations in nearly 50 countries. Get an appointment with BLS.

BLS Consular Service LT Spain Visa Application Centre

15 Mount Street Lower, Dublin 2, D02 F722, Ireland

Relatives of an EU Member State citizen are entitled to submit their applications for Schengen visas both at BLS and this Embassy. Get an appointment with the Embassy. Should you change your envisaged travel itinerary after submission of your visa application, please bring that circumstance to the attention of BLS. You may be required to submit a new visa application.


A visa fee must be paid when lodging the Schengen visa application.

The visa fee consists of: a consular fee, a BLS standard service fee and additional charges, should the applicant asks for any of BLS extra services.

Learn more on visa fees.


In case of refusal of a visa, the applicant will be informed with a notice. A request for a reconsideration of the refusal can be submitted at either the Embassy or BLS office (in person, by email or ordinary mail) anytime within a month after having received the refusal notice.

The applicant will be informed by email on the appeal decision within a month. A contentious administrative appeal against the refusal can also be submitted to the High Court of Justice of Madrid within two months from the reception of the refusal notice. Requests for reconsideration of a visa refusal do not have a specific format. They should include the following information:

a) Full identification of the applicant: name, last name, nationality and passport number

b) Visa identification number (NIV code)

c) Reasons to reconsider the refusal

d) An email address

e) Signature, date and place

f) If submitted by a representative, full identification of the authorized person and a letter sent by the applicant with original signature to authorize him/her.

Requests for reconsideration must be written in English or Spanish. They can include additional information to support the request but translated into Spanish.

Please do not attach to your appeal any document that you had previously submitted alongside your visa application.

Appeals that do not meet these criteria will not be considered


You can apply for a Spanish Schengen visa up to 6 months before your planned trip and no later than 15 calendar days before the start of the intended visit.

Seafarers who plan to travel to Spain to discharge their duties are allowed to submit their visa applications up to 9 months before the start of the intended visit.


Requirements to apply for entry into Spain vary depending on the purpose of the envisaged trip and its duration. Please find at BLS website the list of documents to be submitted in support of a short-term visa depending on the purpose of the envisaged trip (tourism/private visit, business, relative of an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen, transit). The Embassy reserves the right to ask for additional documents or interview the applicant.

Please note that these travel documents issued by Ireland are recognised by Spanish authorities:

- Refugees Travel Document (Geneva Convention 28th July 1951). Holders of this travel document do not require a visa to travel to Spain as tourists for a period not exceeding 90 days.

- Stateless persons Travel Document (New York Convention 28th September 1954). Holders of this travel document require a Schengen visa to travel Spain.


The Embassy of Spain processes Schengen visa applications in up to 15 calendar days. Please note delivery of applications and collection of visas by BLS add to processing time. Processing time can be exceptionally extended to up to 45 days.


Juveniles below the age of 16 cannot apply for a visa themselves. They have to be assisted by at least one of their parents. Youth between the ages of 16 and 18 are able to submit a visa application on their own. In any case, visa applications of applicants below 18 years of age shall include the following documents: - Birth certificate (featuring the names of both parents), original and copy. - If parents are non-EU nationals, parent’s passports and Irish “Certificates of Registration”. - Written consent of legal guardian(s) for the intended trip (signatures must be certified). - Proof of address (letter of school or GP).


Please find here a Schengen visa application form, which you can fill out on your computer.


Your views are important to us. Should you have any complaint, remark or suggestion about our visa procedures, please send an email to In case you have a digital certificate accepted by the Spanish authorities, you can submit your complaint or suggestion electronically straight to Spain’s Foreign Ministry at (this website is only available in Spanish).


Collection of personal data, fingerprints and photography of the individual is necessary for the assessment of any visa application. This information will be entered into and stored in the Visa Information System (VIS) of the Schengen Member States and processed by their authorities for the purposes of a decision on the visa application. That data alongside information on granting or refusal of visas will be stored for up to five years and be available to visa, immigration and asylum authorities of Schengen countries. Under certain conditions the data will be made available to other authorities of the Member States and to Europol for the purpose of the prevention, detection and investigation of terrorist acts and serious criminal offences. Please note that you may know what personal data you have shared with the Embassy of Spain in Ireland, be informed on how that data is used, have your data amended when inaccurate, and request its deletion once it has been used for its original purpose. Spain’s national authority tasked with the protection of private data, the Agencia Española de Protección de Datos, makes available to the public standard forms to exert those rights.



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