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National visas

Third-country nationals require a national visa when they are going to stay in Spain for more than 90 days (in any 180-day period) for the purposes of work, study or establishing their residence. They also need a national visa when moving to Spain to work for a period of under 90 days. 

Citizens of the European Union or of the States of the European Economic Area or Switzerland do not need a visa to establish their residence in Spain or for long-term studies or to work. However, once in Spain, they must be entered on the Register for Citizens of the Union. Family members accompanying them, and who benefit from the right to free movement, must apply for a residence permit in Spain. If they need a stay visa because of their nationality, they must obtain a visa for family members of a citizen of the Union (see section "Visas for family members of a citizen of the Union​"). 

The national visa allows the holder to travel to Spain and to transit through and move around the territory of any Schengen State for a maximum of 90 days. However, it does not automatically entitle them to enter the Schengen area. The border authorities can refuse entry if not all entry requirements are met (See section "Conditions for entry into Spain").


1. Prepare all the required documents for your visa application.

The required documents differ depending on the type of visa you apply for (Choose a visa)

2. Schedule a Spanish visa appointment.

Please note that the link below is the only official way to book an appointment. In addition, we will not reply to any e-mail asking for an appointment for visa interview unless you have a work/residence permit. If the website does not show you any available spot, it means all the appointments are already taken. In this case, you can only make an appointment when somebody else cancels his/her appointment.

We recommend you to schedule your app​ointment at your earliest convenience once you decide to visit our Embassy. You can apply for a visa 6 months before the starting date of your study/work/research/other activities. 

After making an appointment on the website below, it is essencial to confirm your attendance, otherwise your book will be canceled; 3 days before your appointment you will recieve a confirmation e-mail and will have 2 days to confirm your attendance. However, if you made an appointment less than 3 days before your visa interview, your attendance will be confirmed automatically, without having to confirm it yourself. 

The applicant can only submit their documents for visa interview at their scheduled time. If you get late, we will not be able to attend you as we have other appointments booked by other applicants. Please keep it in mind. 

Book your APPOINTMENT here (1 passport = 1 appointment). 


3. Attend the Spanish visa interview with required documents.

The visa is requested personally and in the case of minors, with their parents or legal guardians.

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. ​​

* If you were asked to submit any additional documents, you can submit it on Monday, Wednesday or Friday, without an appointment, between 10:00AM and 12:00PM. It is necessary to submit the original and photocopy with your "visa enrollment receipt".


4. Getting a decision on your application

When a visa application is submitted, the Consular Office will provide the applicant with proof of receipt of the application("Visa enrollment receipt") with a code that enables them to check the status of the dossier through the following link:​me.aspx새로운 윈도우로 열립니다It opens in new window 

The legal period for reaching a decision is of 15 working days as of the day after the application submission date, but this period may be extended if an interview or additional documents are requested. 

The visa/passport/refusal certificate must be collected in person by the applicant or by their representative (if the applicant is a minor) within a maximun period of 1 months, counted as the ​day after the date on which the RESUELTO is notified. ​You may pick up your visa/ passport/ refusal certificate by APPOINTMENT or you may come to the Embassy, without an appointment on Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 12.00p.m. to 12.50p.mPlease bring the proof of receipt of the application provided by the Consular Office.

If visa is approved, you will be given a visa sticker that goes in your passport and original documentations at the Embassy of Spain in Seoul.

If a visa is refused: you will be given a visa refusal letter and your passport (the application with original and copy of documentations must be keep at the Embassy of Spain in Seoul). In addition, 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. ​


5. Inquiries: For inquiries regarding visas, please send us e-mail to the Consular Section, keeping the following format:

           [Before visa application]          


Passport number:

Type of visa:

Available contact number:

Content in detail:


           [After visa application]


Passport number:

Visa number(written by hand on visa enrollment receipt)

Available contact number:

Content in detail:


6. After visa application 

You can check the status of your visa on the following website: click here

When it appears "resuelto" like in the image below, you can come to check your visa result.  


[Monday, Wednesday or Friday, 12:00-12:50PM without appointment] [09:00-11:50AM with appointment]

Data protection​​ 

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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: 

Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores, Unión Europea y Cooperación
Inspección General de Servicios
Postal address: Plaza de la Provincia, 1, Madrid, España
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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.


Complaints or suggestions​​ 

Complaints or suggestions about the service received or about the visa application procedure can be submitted online through thi​s websiteIt opens in new window. They may also be submitted in writing at this Consular Office.  


Basic Legislation​​ 

  • Organic Law 4/2000 of 11 January, on Rights and Freedoms of Foreigners in Spain and their Social Integration

  • Royal Decree 557/2011 of 20 April, approving the Regulation of Organic Law 4/2000 on the Rights and Freedoms of Foreigners in Spain and their Social Integration, following its amendment by Organic Law 2/2009   

  • Act 14/2013 of 27 September, on Support for Entrepreneurs and their Internationalization ​​