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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 90 days, or for other non-gainful activities. It also allows transit through the territory and airports. 

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").

This Consular Section issues Schengen visas to Jamaican citizens living in Jamaica and other nationals with legal residence in Jamaica whose main destination is one or more of the following Schengen States: Spain, AustriaFrance, Greece, Hungary, LatviaMalta, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, The Czech Republic and The Slovak Republic. 

This Consular Section also issues Schengen visas to Switzerland​ to Jamaican cit​izens resident in Jamaica only.

N.B. The main destination is the country in which one spends the most days. When an equal number of days is to be spent in more than one country, the first port of entry determines to which Embassy you must apply.​

This Consular Section issues Schengen vi​​sas to non-citizens with legal residence in Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Dominica and St. Kitts and Nevis to Spain only.

​Please note that via a Visa Waiver Agreement between the Schengen Area and the countries of Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Dominica and St. Kitts and Nevis, citizens of these four countries no longer require a Schengen Visa (may spend up to 90 days in the Schengen Area sans visa).​

Required documents 

1. Schengen visa application formIt opens in new window duly completed, dated and signed by the applicant. If the applicant is a minor, one of his/her legal guardians must sign the application.​

​​2. Photograph. A recent, passport-size, colour photograph, taken against a light background, facing forward, without dark or reflective glasses, or any garments concealing the oval of the face.

3. Valid passport. The passport must be valid for at least 3 months after validity of the visa.  Where the passport has been issued less than one year prior to Schengen Visa application submission, applicant must also present the previous passport. For citizens of countries other than Jamaica, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis and The Bahamas, the corresponding resident and/or work permit is required.  

4. Photocopy of passport data page.

5. Original job letter indicating date of employment, duration of contract, post in company, salary and number of vacation days. If self employed, original and copy of the certificate of registration of the business.  If a student, then a letter from the school should be submitted.​

6. Recent original letter from the bank stating account balance for the last three months (individual month balances), date of the last deposit, and the currency. 

7. Travel itinerary issued by airline or travel agency, indicating name of passenger (do not purchase ticket prior to the issuance of the visa)​

8. Proof of accommodation such as hotel reservation; must include address and dates of stay reserved in the name of applicant.  If staying at someone's home in the Schengen destination state, an original letter of invitation processed by the National Police or relevant Authorities must be submitted as well as a copy of the host's passport data page.

9. If travelling on the invitation of a company, letter of invitation issued by the company in the country of destination stating the purpose of travel, the length of stay, place of abode and specifying who is covering the cost of the trip.

10. Original and photocopy of the Travel Health Insurance in the name of the applicant, with a minimum coverage of thirty thousand (30,000) Euros for emergency medical treatment. There should be additional coverage for repatriation of mortal remains. The insurance company should have at least an office in a Schengen State and should cover all costs (the insured should not have to make any up-front payments).​

11. For minors, original and photocopy of birth certificate must be presented. When the minor child is travelling without one of his/her parents, an original letter authorizing travel from the absent parent together with the original and photocopy of that parent's official identification document, must be submitted. When travelling without either parent, authorization from both must be submitted.

12. Payment of the visa fee. The visa processing fee for adults and children 12 years and older is JMD 13,792.00.  Children between 6 and 12 years – JMD 6,896.00.  For children under the age of 6 years, the visa is free of cost.  Payment is to be made in cash only at this Consular Section upon submission of application.  Visa fees are non-refundable. Please take exact change. DEBIT/CREDIT cards are not accepted.

COVID-19 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: We urge all travellers to consult with their airline and/or travel agency for all relevant information regarding entry req​uirements and protocols in their destination state and/or transit state.  

​When necessary to assess the application, the Consular Office may request additional documents or data.

Procedure​ 

Who can apply for a visa: Applications must be submitted in person at scheduled appointment. If the applicant is a minor, he or she must be accompanied to the appointment by a legal guardian.

Decision period: The visa processing time is 10 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 Stat​es require consultation with the central authorities that could affect the duration of the visa procedure. 

TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT, PLEASE VISIT THE FOLLOWING LINK:  

https://app.bookitit.com/en/hosteds/widgetdefault/230e7d65d6ae72afb23d79799f9b4babb 

1.     Each applica​nt must reserve his or her own 10 minute slot. There are no joint/group appointments.

​​2.    Only local contact numbers must be provided.

3.    Utilize the comments section for any additional information you wish to provide. In the case of agents or family members scheduling on behalf of an applicant, please insert applicant's name and mobile number in the comments.

4.   To cancel an appointment, please send your request via e-mail to emb.kingston@maec.es entitled “Cancellation", providing full name, date and time of the appointment as well as appointment locator number.

​APPOINTMENTS ARE FREE OF CHARGE! 

Place of submission: Applications must be submitted in person at the Consular Office or, when available, at the Visa Application Centre. In either case, an appointment is necessary.  

Visa application period: Visa applications must be submitted up to 180 days in advance of the scheduled date of travel. Seafarers may apply for the visa up to 9 months before the date of travel. 

Biometric data capturing: The applicant's facial image and fingerprints will be captured during the visa application procedure. Applicants under the age of 12 are exempt from fingerprint collection. 

Additional documentation: 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. 

​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 of that country.

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. 
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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 b​ecause 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).​​