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Schengen visas

September 23, 2022
Nationals of the countries listed in Annex I of Regulation (EU) 2018/1806 need a Schengen visa to travel to any country of the Schengen area.  

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. 

Immigration checkpoints are in place only at the external borders of the Schengen Area.

​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. 

A Schengen visa does not automatically entitle its holder to enter the Schengen area. The border authorities can refuse entry to the visa holder if they are unable to provide evidence of the purpose and specifics of their trip.

This visa allows its holder to stay in the Schengen area for up to 90 days (in any 180-day period). It also allows transit through the territory and airports of the Schengen area. 

A Schengen visa may be issued for one, two or multiple entries with a maximum validity of 5 years. 

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

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

Applications must be submitted in person. 

School pupils do not require a visa in the framework of a school excursion: please check EU Council Decision of 30 November 1994​ with the procedure and the form that has to be presented to the border authorities.    

 If you need additional information on visas, please write us an email to emb.dublin.vis@maec.es.

1. COVID

On 2 June 2022, Spain lifted all restrictions on free movement between EU countries that it has applied for more than two years in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Since that date, Spain does not impose any health-related restriction on travellers coming from Ireland and, in general, from an EU country or a Schengen associated country. 

2. WHERE TO APPLY

Applications for a Schengen visa are 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.

Applications are submitted only on appointment. To get an appointment with BLS go to https://ireland.blsspainvisa.com/visa4spain.

BLS Consular Service LT
Spain Visa Application Centre
Harcourt Centre, 1 & 2 ​Harcourt Rd, Saint Kevin's, Dublin, D02 HW77
https://ireland.blsspainvisa.com
info.ire@blshelpline.com
Tel: +35315137142

Relatives of a citizen of a Schengen country are entitled to submit their applications for a Schengen visa at both BLS and this Embassy. Please write an email to emb.dublin.vis@maec.es and ask for an appointment at the Embassy. 

3. VISA FEES

A visa fee must be paid when lodging a Schengen visa application. Visa fees can be paid cash and credit/debit card. The applicant will be given a receipt after payment.

The visa fee consists of: a consular fee, a BLS standard service fee and additional charges, should the applicant ask for any of the extra services that the Embassy has authorized BLS to offer (they are listed here below).

Please find here below a breakdown of the visa fee.

* ​Consular standard fee - €80

• Children under 6 years - €0
• Children between 6-12 years - €40
• Students and postgraduate students whose stay is for the purpose of study or educational training - €0
• Researchers whose stay is for the purpose of carrying out scientific research - €0
• Representatives of non-profit organisations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or
educational events organised by non-profit organisations - €0
• Relatives of citizens of the European Union or European Economic Space - €0
• Nationals of Albania, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, 
​Moldova​ and Ukraine ​- €35
• Nationals of Cabo Verde - €60 (€40​ if under 18 years)​​
* BLS standard fee - €15.45
* BLS additional fees 

• Courier - €15.99 
• Courier (next day) - €26.99 
• Photographs (4 copies) - €9.99 
• Photocopy - €0.99
• Printing (1 page) - €0.50
• SMS (1 application) - €2.49
• Computer with Internet or kiosk (1 application) - €15.00

BLS Premium lounge and mobile biometric services have been discontinued.

As a rule, visa fees are not refundable. 

4. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS 
 
Documentary requirements to apply for a Schengen visa vary depending on the purpose of the envisaged trip and its duration. Please find here below the list of documents to be submitted in support of a short-term visa depending on the purpose of the envisaged trip:

d) ​Transit

The Embassy has the right to ask for additional documents/informations or to request and interview with the applicant. 

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

5. WHEN TO APPLY

You can apply for a Spanish Schengen visa up to 6 months before your planned trip and as a general rule no later than 15 working 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.

6. PROCESSING TIME
 
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.

Visa applications submitted by nationals of certain States require consultation with the central authorities, which can also affect processing time.

7. BIOMETRIC DATA 

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 Embassy will request that they come back in to have their fingerprints retaken.
 
8. 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 either the Embassy or BLS office (​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.
d) 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. 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.

9. DATA PROTECTION

Collection of personal and biometric data is necessary for the processing of any visa application. This information is entered into the Visa Information System (VIS) of the Schengen Member States.​ 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. 

Personal data of visa applicants is processed in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation

Those wishing to exercise their rights of either access, rectification or erasure of their personal data in the VIS can do so by writing to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation.

Email
dpd@maec.es

Postal address
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation
Inspección General de Servicios
Plaza de la Provincia, 1
28012- Madrid
España

The following forms may be used: 

a) Right of access (Spanish-English version)
b) Right of rectification (Spanish-English version)
c) Right of erasure (Spanish-English version) 

Persons whose visa application has been refused because​ that 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 writing to Spain’s Ministry of the Interior.  
 
For 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 visit the website of the Spanish Data Protection Agency.

10. BASIC LEGISLATION 



11. FEEDBACK
 
Your views are important to us. Should you have any complaint, remark or suggestion about our visa procedures, please send an email to emb.dublin@maec.es.​