Schengen Visa – General Information


Travelers wishing to enter Spain are advised to get information ahead of their scheduled trip on the requirements they have to meet. Depending on your nationality, you may need a visa to travel to Spain. Citizens of India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives or Bhutan need a visa to visit the European Union (EU). Citizens of India and Sri Lanka need an airport transit visa if they have a flight layover in Spain. Please have more information on countries whose nationals must be in possession of a visa when crossing the external borders of the European Union.

Requirements to apply for entry into Spain vary depending on the purpose of the envisaged trip and its duration. Family members of EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland citizens have a different visa regime.

What’s a Schengen visa
A short-stay, uniform or Schengen visa entitles its holder to a cumulative 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 1, 2 or multiple entries with a maximum validity of 5 years.

Spain is one of the 26 European countries of the Schengen area. Schengen countries have no border controls between them.

The Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 establishing a Community Code on Visas (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.

Where to apply
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.

Please check the Spanish consular division of the territories of India, Nepal and Bhutan between the Consulate General of Spain in Mumbai and the Embassy of Spain in New Delhi, identify the consular jurisdiction of your place of residence and submit your visa application at the nearest BLS office. BLS is the worldwide outsource partner of Spain’s Foreign Ministry.

If you are a living in Sri Lanka or the Maldives, please apply at the Embassy of France in Colombo to obtain your Spanish Schengen visa.

Visa fees
When submitting an application, both a consular and a BLS fee must be paid. Should the applicant use some of the optional services offered by BLS, there might be voluntary, additional charges. The consular fee for a visa application is the equivalent in the local currency to 80 euros, and it is, therefore, subject to change. For certain categories of applicants, visa consular fees are waived or reduced. Nationals from countries with visa facilitation agreements have reduced fees. Visas for relatives of citizens of the European Union, States that are part of the European Economic Area and Switzerland are free of charge. The processing of these visas will have preferential status. Should a visa be refused, visa fees are non-refundable.

More information here. 

In case of refusal
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 the Embassy or BLS office anytime within a month starting from the date the applicant received the refusal notice. The applicant will be informed on the appeal decision within a month. A contentious administrative appeal against the refusal can also be submitted to the High Court of Justice (Tribunal Superior de Justicia) of Madrid within a term of two months from the reception of the refusal notice.

Requests for reconsideration do not have a specific format. They must be addressed at the Embassy of Spain in New Delhi and contain the elements below.

a) Full identification of the applicant: Name, last name, nationality and passport number
b) Visa identification number (NIV code)
c) Reasons to reconsider the decision
d) Preferred way to communicate the answer
e) Signature, date and place
d) If presented 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 Spanish. They can include additional information to support the request but translated into Spanish (any translation is accepted). Elements that were already presented with the original application will not be allowed. Appeals that do not meet these criteria will not be accepted.

Requests for reconsideration must be submitted at the Embassy of Spain in New Delhi or at the nearest BLS office by the applicant in person or by an authorized representative. Optionally, the request, with original signature, may be sent via courier at the Embassy of Spain in New Delhi.

If the visa was issued by the Embassy of France in Colombo, requests for reconsideration must follow the rules and regulations of the Embassy of France.

When to apply
Applications shall be lodged no more than six months, and for seafarers in the performance of their duties no more than nine months, before the start of the intended visit, and, as a rule, no later than 15 calendar days before the start of the intended visit. In justified individual cases of urgency, the Embassy may allow the lodging of applications later than 15 calendar days before the start of the intended visit.

Required documents
Please find at this website the list of documents to be submitted in support of a short-term visa depending on the purpose of the envisaged trip:


Processing time
The Embassy of Spain processes Schengen visa applications in an average of 4 working days since the reception of the file.

Sending time to BLS offices (4 working days for Kolkata, Chandigarh and Jalandarh and 6 working days for Kathmandu) must be added.

Processing time can be legally extended to up to 15 days since the day of your application or 45 days in exceptional cases.

Data protection
The collection of your personal data, fingerprints and photography are necessary for the examination of your visa application. This information will be supplied to the relevant authorities of the Schengen Member States and processed by those authorities, for the purposes of a decision on my visa application.

Such data as well as data concerning the decision taken on your application will be entered into and stored in the Visa Information System (VIS) for a maximum period of five years, during which it will be accessible to the visa authorities and the authorities competent for carrying out checks on visas at external borders and within the Member States, immigration and asylum authorities in the Member States for the purposes of verifying whether the conditions for the legal entry into, stay and residence on the territory of the Member States are fulfilled, of identifying persons who do not or who no longer fulfil these conditions, of examining an asylum application and of determining responsibility for such examination. Under certain conditions the data will be also available to designated authorities of the Member States and to Europol for the purpose of the prevention, detection and investigation of terrorist offences and of other serious criminal offences. For applications at this centre, the authority responsible for processing the data is the Embassy of Spain in New Delhi.

You have the right to obtain in any of the Member States notification of the data relating to you recorded in the VIS and of the Member State which transmitted the data, and to request that data relating to you which are inaccurate be corrected and that data relating to you processed unlawfully be deleted. You can request the authority examining your application to inform you of the manner in which you may exercise your right to check the personal data concerning you and have them corrected or deleted, including the related remedies according to the national law of the State concerned.

 For Spain, the national supervisory authority is the Agencia Española de Protección de Datos; calle Jorge Juan, número 6 (C.P.28001)


If you have complaints or suggestions about the visa processing, the Embassy or BLS, you can come to the Embassy.

Also, if you have a digital certificate accepted by the Spanish authorities, you can address your complaint or suggestion electronically at (website only available in Spanish). 



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