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Visas for family members of a citizen of the Union

General information​

Family members of citizens of the European Union or of the States of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland are entitled to a preferential free-of-charge visa, provided that they are travelling with the citizen of the European Union, the EEA or Switzerland or are on the way to joining them. 

Nationals of third countries listed in Annex I of Regulation (EU) 2018/1806It opens in new window require a Schengen visa for stays of up to 90 days (in any 180-day period). 

The following can obtain a visa for family members of a citizen of the Union: 

  • The spouse, provided that there has been no annulment or divorce.

  • The partner registered in a Member State of the European Union or EEA or Switzerland, provided that such registered partnership has not been legally terminated.
  • Direct descendants of the Union citizen or of their spouse or registered partner (provided that there has been no annulment or divorce or legal termination of the registration) who are under the age of 21 and above that age if they are dependent or disabled.

  • Direct relatives in the ascending line of the Union citizen or of their spouse or registered partner (provided that there has been no annulment or divorce or legal termination of their registration) that are their dependants.

  • Family members other than the above who, in their country of origin, live with the citizen of the Union or are their dependants.

  • Exceptionally, other family members when serious health grounds or disability strictly require their personal care by the Union citizen.

  • The unregistered partner, provided that stable cohabitation for a minimum period of one year can be duly attested. When there are children in common, it will be sufficient to ascertain stable cohabitation. 

The visa for family members of a Union citizen entitles the 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. 

Family members of Union citizens who wish to remain in Spain beyond 90 days must, once in Spain, submit an application with the competent authorities for a residence card as Union citizen family member. 

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

For Switzerland, this Consular Section is only authorised to issue visas for Jamaican Nationals resident in Jamaica.

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: 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. Documents proving family relationship with a citizen of the Union or a State of the European Economic Area or Switzerland: Civil registry certificates (birth or marriage, accordingly), certificate of registration as an unmarried couple or any other document proving that the partnership is analogous to a marital relationship. 

5. In the case of descendants over 21, ascendant relatives or other relatives, documents proving they are in the care of a citizen of the Union or a State of the European Economic Area or Switzerland or, if applicable, their state of health. 

6. Travel itinerary indicating name of passenger (it is not necessary to purchase the airline ticket prior to the submission of the visa application)​.

7. Documentation proving that the applicant is travelling with a citizen of the Union or a State of the European Economic Area or Switzerland or is on the way to joining them. ​​​

This visa is free of charge.

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 main destination. 

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.

​To schedule an appointment, please visit the following link:  https://app.bookitit.com/en/hosteds/widgetdefault/230e7d65d6ae72afb23d79799f9b4babb 

Each applicant 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".

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. 

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 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 m​ay 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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