FAQ's

​Common questions on consular matters and visas

2/16/2017

On this page you will find the answer to most common questions related to:

 

 

 

 
1. For which countries is valid?
 
The Schengen Visa is valid for Spain, Germany,  Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Sweden and Switzerland.
 
Saudi nationals need a visa to enter and stay in Spain for a maximum of 90 days during any 180 days period. Moreover, it is necessary that they meet all the requirements to enter in the Schengen area
 
It is also mandatory to have a Uniform Schengen visa for those nationals of third countries included on the list of countries whose nationals must be in possession of a visa when crossing the EU's external borders.
 
2. Where can I submit my application for a Schengen Visa?
 
Please note that when the applicant is a minor the application can be submitted by the parents or legal representative. Applications must be submitted three months prior to the departure and it is advisable to do it at least 15 days in advance.
 
Applications for short term visas for Spain (Schengen Visa) can be presented on the supplier of external services which cooperates with the Embassy:
 
External service provider for the collection in Riyadh of certain categories of visa applications for Spain
 
BLS Spain Visa Application Centre
Room No 201-203, 2nd Floor,
Building Abi Al Abbas Al Harbi (Bank Al Bilad & Baskin-Robbins Building),
Prince Mashal Ibn Abdulaziz, Irqah, Riyadh 12532, Saudi Arabia - Localización
Phone: +966115118084 / 86
Email: info.ruh@blshelpline.com  
https://saudi.blsspainvisa.com  
 
 
 
3. What are the requirements needed to get a Schengen Visa?
 
To submit the applications it is also necessary to submit the required documents here and pay the corresponding fee.
 
4. My 90 days as a tourist in Spain have expired. Can I leave the Schengen area (i.e. go to Morocco) and immediately come back to stay a new period of 90 days?
 
No. Please note that the entry on the Schengen area is authorized for a maximum period of THREE MONTHS DURING ANY SIX MONTHS PERIOD. Therefore, it is not possible to stay in the Schengen area for 3 months, leave and immediately come back. You should wait three months to enter again the Schengen area.
 
5. Can I travel before or after the Visa dates?
 
No. You can only travel to Spain within the dates included in the visa.
 
6. For how long do I need to wait if the visa is already granted?
 
You can travel whenever you want/can within the dates included in the visa.
 
7. What can I do if I find a mistake on the visa issued by the Embassy on Spain in Saudi Arabia?
 
It is important that once you receive the passport you check that all data included on the visa are correct.
 
May you find any mistake, please contact the Embassy of Spain in Saudi Arabia on the e-mail address emb.riad.vis@maec.es.  
 
8. Can I renew my visa if I have not used it?
 
No. Visa stickers expire so if you have not used your visa while valid, you will have to apply for a new visa.
 
9. If my passport is stolen with the visa, can I apply for a duplicate?
 
No. You will have to apply for a new visa, what means starting the process from the very beginning.
 
10. I have a visa granted by a different Schengen Embassy (i.e. France). Can I flight directly to Spain with that visa?
 
You must apply for a visa at the Embassy of Spain in Saudi Arabia when the only or main destination of your trip is Spain.
 
When it is not possible to identity the main destination, you must apply for a visa at the Embassy of Spain in Saudi Arabia when Spain is the country of first entry in the Schengen area.
 
In the event of applying for a Schengen visa with multiple entries and extended validity, you must apply for a visa at the Embassy of Spain in Saudi Arabia when main destination is mostly Spain. When it is not possible to confirm most common destination, you must apply for a visa at the Embassy of Spain in Saudi Arabia when Spain is the first country you will be travelling.
 
 
 
1. I am a Saudi citizen and want to stay more than 90 days in Spain. Do I need a visa?
 
Yes.  Saudi nationals need a national long-term visa to reside, to reside and work and to study in Spain.
 
2. Where can I submit my application for a national long-term visa?
 
The application form has to be submitted in person at the Embassy after previous appointment through the Visa Department e-mail address emb.riad.vis@maec.es (Sunday-Thursday from 09:00 to 11:00am) three months prior to the departure date.  Applications must be submitted through an official application form which may be downloaded for free here or may also be obtained for free at the Embassy.
 
3. Must the applicant be present for the submission?
 
Yes.
 
4. If I am granted with a visa with the purpose of study stay, pupil exchange, unremunerated training or voluntary services, shall I do any other thing to identify myself in Spain?
 
During the whole stay in Spain, you must prove your identity with one of these documents:
 
Visa. If you have been granted with a work and residence visa for up to 6 months, a student visa for up to 6 months, a work and temporary residence visa for up to 9 months or a residence visa valid for up to 1 year (for investors, entrepreneurs, highly qualified professionals, researches and intra-company moves, including their families), it won´t be necessary to get a foreigner ID card or student card. In this event, please verify before leaving the Embassy that the visa duration covers the stay in Spain.
 
Foreigner ID card. If you have been granted with a different residence visa, work and residence or student visa, this will only be valid for 90 days. In this event, you will have to apply for a foreigner ID card or student card once in Spain. This procedure has to be done within one month after entering Spain when holding a residence visa, work and residence visa for investors or student visa. When holding a work and residence visa (with the exemption of work and residence visa for investors), the one month period will start on the same date the registration at the Social Security system is processed. For further information, please follow this link to the website of the Ministry of Employment and Social Security.
 
5. Can I travel before or after the visa dates?
 
No.  You can only travel within the dates included in your visa, and for the maximum period included where stated “Duración de la estancia”.
 
6. For how long do I need to wait if my visa is already granted?
 
You can travel whenever you want or it is possible for you but within the dates included in the visa.
 
7. If I hold a residence visa, a work and residence visa or a visa for study stay, pupil exchange, unremunerated training or voluntary services, can I travel within the Schengen area or I need a Schengen visa for that purpose?
 
Foreign nationals holding a Spanish national visa, valid and in force, can travel within the Schengen area for a maximum period of 3 months during any 6 months period provided that the individual is holding a valid travel document and documents proving the purpose and conditions of the stay as well as sufficient means of subsistence; he/she is not considered to be a threat to public policy, internal security, public health or the international relations of any of Schengen States and whose name is not included on the national list of alerts of the Member State concerned.
 
8. What can I do if I find a mistake in the visa issued by the Embassy of Spain in Riyadh?
 
It is important that you check that all data included on the visa are correct.
If you find any mistake, please contact as soon as possible the Embassy of Spain in Riyadh on the e-mail address emb.riad.vis@maec.es.
 
9. Can I renew my visa if I have not used it?
 
No. Visa stickers expire so if you have not used your visa within the valid dates, you will have to apply for a new visa.
 
10. If my passport is stolen with the visa, can I ask for a duplicate?
 
No. You will have to apply for a new visa what means starting from the very beginning.
 
 
 
1. ¿Is it necessary to legalize the Saudi documents that I will submit in Spain?
 
Yes. Official documents issued by the Saudi authorities must be legalized through diplomatic channels in order to be valid in Spain as Saudi Arabia has not signed the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961, abolishing the requirement of legalization for foreign public documents issued by the authorities of the signing countries.
 
For further information about legalization process, please check this link of the Embassy website: Legalizations and certified copies.
 
2. What should I do so that a Spanish document, including notarial documents issued by Spanish notaries, is valid in Saudi Arabia?
 
Documents issued by the Spanish authorities must be legalized in Spain to be valid in Saudi Arabia. For further information about legalizations, please follow this link.
 
3. Is it possible to legalize Spanish documents at the Embassy of Spain in Riyadh?
 
No. Legalization of any Spanish document must be done in Spain by the appropriate authority. For further information about legalizations, please follow this link.
 
4. What is certified copy?
 
A certified copy or authentication certifies that the copy corresponds to the original document.
 
5. What should I do to get a certified copy?
 
You have to submit the original document and a copy at the Embassy of Spain in Riyadh. For more information, please check the information included in Legalizations and certified copies.

 

 

CONSULAR FEES

 

1. What is the law regulating the Consular Fees?

 

As from 12th August 2011, consular fees are regulated by Law 9/2011, of 10 May 2011, of consular fees.  

 

2. What is the amount of the Consular Fees? 
 
The amount of the Consular Fees is included on the list of Consular Fees 2017.

 

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