Short term visas

General requirements for a *Schengen visa application for tourism or business purposes (up to 90 days).

In most cases, these visas will be valid for all Schengen countries.


NOTE: The consular jurisdiction of the Spanish Embassy in Ottawa covers only the National Capital Region (Ottawa and Gatineau).
If you live in a city other than Ottawa and Gatineau, you should apply for your visa at the Spanish Consulate General in Toronto or Montreal according to their consular jurisdictions.​


Visitors that require a visa to enter the Schengen area MUST submit PHOTOCOPIES OF THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS as well as ORIGINALS for verification:

  • One (1) completed visa application form with one (1) recent full-face photograph attached to its right top corner. The photograph should be a Canadian passport size picture, in color, on a light, plain and uniform background, without dark glasses or any garment that may prevent identification of the applicant
  • Passport or recognized travel document (valid for at least three months after the planned journey). Please make sure the passport has two blank pages (one to affix the visa, one for stamps). The passport must not be older than 10 years at the moment of the visa request.
  • Proof of status in Canada (permanent residence card, work permit, study permit and academic transcript, etc...)
  • Print out of travel itinerary - please do not purchase the ticket before visa approval is granted.
  • Proof that you can proceed to the connection destination after you have visited the Schengen countries, i.e., confirmed airline reservation with itinerary/required visa for following destination/legal residency in Canada.
  • Proof of financial means: Bank statements for the last three months, as well as any proof of income or credit card statements. If it were the case, confirmation of employment and last three payrolls.

During 2017, the amount required for a stay in Spain must exceed € 71.00 daily, multiplied by the number of days visiting and by the number of dependents travelling together. In any case, regardless of the length of stay, it should be in excess of € 637.00 or the equivalent in a foreign currency, per person.

  • Medical travel insurance with coverage of at least € 30.000 (approx. CAD $ 50.000) valid for all Schengen Member States. You must provide proof of your medical insurance company providing the following:
    • It is valid throughout Schengen territory.
    • The coverage is at least € 30.000 (approx. CAD 50.000)
    • The coverage includes repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical care and/or emergency treatment in a hospital.
  • Visa fee: CAN $ 83.40. Only cash, money order or certified cheque payable to the "Embassy of Spain" will be accepted.
    There are exemptions and reductions on the visa fee depending on the age and nationality of an applicant. Please refer to the consular fee chart.
  • Supporting documents concerning the purpose of travel, for example:
    • When visiting relatives or friends, an invitation letter issued at a police station in Spain.
    • For tourism, please submit confirmed hotel reservations, stating name, address and telephone number of the hotel, including confirmation number and/or proof of group travel participation, etc.
    • If the purpose of your trip is business, please present a letter of support from the company concerned in the Schengen country where you travel to, and a letter from your employer stating your position within the company and the reason for your business travel. Either letter should clarify who is responsible for expenses and where you will be staying (such as a hotel reservation).


  1. The Consular Department has full authority to evaluate and request additional documents than those submitted by the applicant. The latter is hereby informed that submitting the aforementioned documents does not guarantee automatic issuance of the visa.
  2. Children travelling with their parents on their parent’s passport do need their own visa with photo and visa application form. Therefore, applicants should also submit one recent passport size photographs for every child travelling with them. Please make sure that you have enough pages to affix the visa's for you and your children.
  3. If your file is handed in but incomplete, there is only two weeks time to hand in missing documents. After two weeks, such application will be refused.

Applicants residing in the National Capital Region must come IN PERSON to the Embassy.


For more information or any clarification, please contact the Visa Department at the Embassy of Spain (Phone: 613 747-2252, ext. 1)

*Schengen member states: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

The above visa requirements are based on the EU regulations establishing the Visa Code for Schengen countries as well as Spanish Immigration Regulations. However, during the examination of a visa application, some additional documents may be requested in order to determine that all requirements to obtain the visa are met.
Also, a Spanish translation of all submitted documents may be required in accordance to the provisions of Section 36 of the Spanish Public Administration and Administrative Procedures Act 30/1992.
In some cases, a personal interview with an applicant may also be required.
This information is not binding and does not alter or replace the relevant regulations, which shall always prevail.


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