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Schengen visas

General information 

The Schengen visa is issued to third-country nationals listed in Annex I of Regulation (EU) 2018/1806It opens in new window. This visa allows the holder to stay in the Schengen area for up to 90 days (in any 180-day period) for the purposes of tourism, business, visiting family, medical treatment, studies, training placements or volunteer activities that last under 3 months, or for other non-gainful activities. It also allows transit through the territory and airports. 

The Schengen area encompasses 26 European countries without border controls between them: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. 

The Schengen visa allows the holder to travel to any of the Schengen States and to transit through their territory, but it does not automatically entitle them to enter the Schengen area. The border authorities can refuse entry if the visa holder does not provide proof of the purpose and specifics of the trip, or if any of the other entry requirements are not met (please refer to the section “Conditions for entry into Spain").

If you intend to visit only one Schengen country, you must apply at the Consulate of that particular country.

If you intend to visit several Schengen countries, you must apply for a visa at the Consulate of the country which is your main destination (where you will spend most days). If you are part of a cruise, please take into account that every port will count as one day.

If you intend to visit several Schengen countries but you do not have a main destination (same amount of days), you should apply at the Consulate of the country which is your first port of entry.

The Consulate General of Spain in Boston will consider applications for those having a permanent residency in one of the states of our jurisdiction: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Maine and Vermont. Residents in Connecticut will need to apply at the Consulate of Spain in New York.

 

Required documents 

1. Schengen visa application formIt opens in new window. Each applicant must complete and sign two official application forms, filling in each of its sections. If the applicant is a minor, one of their parents must sign the application. 

2. Two photographs. Recent, American-size, colour photographs, taken against a light background, facing forward, without dark or reflective glasses, or any garments concealing the oval of the face. Photographs of minors must not show any part of the adult holding them.  

3. Valid, unexpired passport. Original and a photocopy of the page or pages of the passport that contain biometric data. The passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the planned departure date from the Schengen territory. It must also contain at least two blank pages. Passports issued more than 10 years ago will not be accepted.  

4. Money order (to the Consulate of Spain) with the payment of the non-refundable visa fee. The amount of the visa fee is 90 USD (80 USD since October 1st 2022), ​children from 6-12 is 45 USD (40 USD since October 1st 2022). For citizens of Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, AYRM, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine the fee is 39 USD (35 USD since October 1st 2022)​.  For citizens of Cape ​Verde the fee is 68 USD and 34 USD for ages between 12-18 (60 USD /30 USD since October 1st 2022).

5. Reservation of your air​line ticket (Round-Trip). Official itinerary or airline ticket for the entire trip (in order to apply for the visa, you do not have to purchase the airplane ticket, but you must have a reservation showing confirmed names and dates of travel).

6. Hotel reservations or an official letter of invitation issued by the Spanish Local Police Department from a family member or friend who resides in Spain.

7. Proof of financial status, i.e. a major Credit Card along with the 3 latest statements as well as your latest 3 bank statements. Proof of financial means for the length of stay, at a minimum rate of $700 for up to 9 days and $70 per each additional day.

8.​ Written confirmation from insurance company of a valid health/accidental insurance with full international coverage in Spain and the rest of the Schengen countries with a minimum coverage 37,000 Euros (€), repatriation included. Or Travel/ accidental insurance coverage for the entire trip.

9. For professional or business trips you must submit an invitation from a company based in Spain, organization to participate in a meeting, convention, fair or congress, etc. 

10. Letter from employer stating your job title, length of time employed and annual salary or other proof of ties with the U.S. (Deed of Property, etc.). If self employed, provide business license and tax return. If unemployed, proof and source of steady income. 

11. Proof of residence in the consular district. Passports and driving licenses will not be accepted.

12. Evidence of your migratory status in the USA such as your "Alien Residence Card" (Green Card) or “US Visa with I-20/IAP-66” stamped on your passport -allowing return to the US-. (except B1-B2), visa must be valid for 3 month after the intended stay.

Only if applicant is under 18 years of age, notarized authorization letter to travel from both parents, with the Apostille of The Hague Convention and a copy of the applicant birth certificate showing parents names.    


When necessary to assess the application, the Consular Office may request additional documents or data and may also ask the applicant to come in for a personal interview. 

​Procedure​ 

This Consular Office is competent to accept visa applications from third-country nationals residing in the consular district who are travelling to Spain as their only or main destination. 

  • Who can apply for a visa: Applications must be submitted in person with previous appointment. If the applicant is a minor, the application must be submitted by their legal representatives. 
  • Place of submission: Applications must be submitted in person at the Consular Office, always with a previous appointment given by email. Appointments are requested to the address cog.boston@maec.es . Plase make sure you bring all the required documents the day of the appointment. Otherwise we will not accept them and you will need to get a new appointment. If you cannot come to the appointment, please let us know at least 24h before. 
     
  • Visa application period: Visa applications must be submitted between 6 months and 15 days before the scheduled date of travel. Seafarers may apply for the visa up to 9 months before the date of travel. 
     
  • Proof of receipt: When a visa application is submitted, the Consular Office will provide the applicant with proof of receipt of the application with a code that enables them to check the status of the dossier through the following link: https://sutramiteconsular.maec.es/Ho​me.aspxIt opens in new window 
  • Biometric data capturing: The applicant's facial image and fingerprints will be captured during the visa application procedure. Applicants under 12 and applicants whose fingerprints have been taken in the last 59 months are exempt from fingerprint taking. However, in the latter case, if the applicant's prints are of poor quality, the Consular Office will request that they come back in to have their fingerprints retaken. 
  • Rectifying the application: The Consular Office may ask the applicant to submit any missing documents, or to provide additional documents or data that are necessary for a decision regarding the application. The applicant may also be called in for a personal interview. 
  • Decision period: The legal period for reaching a decision is of 15 calendar days as of the day after the application submission date, but this period may be extended to 45 calendar days if an interview or additional documents are requested.

    Visa applications submitted by nationals of certain States require consultation with the central authorities that could affect the duration of the visa procedure. 
  • ​Return of passport and other documentation: The Consular Office or Visa Application Centre will inform the applicant regarding the procedure for the return of the passport and any other original documentation.  
  • Permission granted by the visa: A visa does not automatically entitle someone to enter the Schengen area. The traveller must meet all legal entry requirements (see section "Conditions for entry into Spain"). 
  • Visa refusal: Visa refusals will always be notified in writing, setting forth the grounds on which the decision adopted was based. 
  • Appeals: If a visa is refused, the applicant may submit an appeal for reconsideration to this Consular Office within 1 month of the day following the date on which notification of the refusal is received. An application for judicial review may also be filed with the High Court Justice of Madrid within the 2-month period beginning the day after the date on which the applicant receives notification of the visa refusal or of the dismissal of the reconsideration appeal. 

Complaints or suggestions about the service received or about the visa application procedure can be submitted online through this website. They may also be submitted in writing at this Consular Office.

 

Data protection​ 

The processing of personal data of visa applicants is done in accordance with the General Data Pr​otection RegulationIt opens in new window

Persons wishing to exercise their rights of access, rectification and erasure of their personal data in the Visa Information System (VIS) may do so by addressing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation: 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation
Inspección General de Servicios
Postal address: Plaza de la Provincia, 1, Madrid, España
Email: dpd@maec.es​It opens in new window 

The following forms may be used to do so: 

Persons whose visa application has been refused because they are banned from entering the Schengen area may exercise their rights of access, rectification and erasure of their personal data in the Schengen Information System (SIS) by addressing the Ministry of the Interior.   

To obtain more information on your rights and duties and on how to exercise your rights of access, rectification and erasure of data included in the SIS, please refer to the website of the Spanish Data Protection AgencyIt opens in new window.

Basic legislation 

 Community Code on Visas 

  • Regulation (EC) No 810/2009It opens in new window of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 establishing a Community Code on Visas (Visa Code). 
  • Regulation (EU) 2019/1155It opens in new window of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019 amending Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 establishing a Community Code on Visas (Visa Code).

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