spain Visa Applications and Appointments
Visa Required:
Yes
Processing Time:
5-7 days
  • 1.

    Visa Application

  • 2.

    Original and valid passport

  • 3.

    Proof of residence status in the United States

  • 4.

    Proof of address in the United States

  • 5.

    Visa Photos

  • 6.

    Draft hotel reservations

    • Spain requires proof of hotel reservations. Use the tool below to get one for free.
  • 7.

    Draft flight reservations

    • Spain requires proof of flight reservations. Depending on the airline, customers might have to show the travel tickets together with the confirmation e-mail and imprints of both the outward and return journey reservations.
  • 8.

    Tour itinerary

    • A rough itinerary of your plans. For most travelers, this is a combination of visiting cultural attractions, shopping centers, and restaurants.
  • 9.

    Bank statements

    • Last three months of bank statements showing a balance of EUR 50 x the number of days in Spain.
  • 10.

    Copies of any previous Schengen visas

  • 11.

    Schengen travel insurance

  • 12.

    Cover Letter

    • A letter addressing the Embassy your reason to travel, signed by you.
  • 13.

    Proof of employment

    • Learn more if you are a student, unemployed or Self-employed.

Embassy Appointments

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How To Fill Spain Visa Application?

The Spain Schengen visa application has to be filled online and takes about 20-30 minutes to finish. You can download the PDF and fill it on any PDF editor. We will walk you through the process.

General Information

Provide basic information such as your name and passport details. If you’re wondering what is a national identity number - you can leave it blank or put your passport number in.

Residence Status

Next up, continue entering basic details and check Residence in a country other than the country of current nationality.

The permit number is the unique number associated with your Green Card / H1B/ F1/ J1 visas.      

     

Previous Schengen Visas

     

     

While this is self-explanatory, most people don’t remember if and when they got their fingerprints. A good rule of thumb is that you got your fingerprints if you got a Schengen visa after 2016 since it was impossible to obtain a Schengen visa otherwise.

This can expedite your visa processing since the authorities can pull your fingerprints from a central database. As per the EU:

Frequent travellers to the Schengen Area do not have to give new finger scans every time they apply for a new visa. Once finger scans are stored in VIS, they can be re-used for further visa applications over a 5-year period.

Stay

Spain requires information on your intended travel dates. Please do not provide dates for the sake of getting a visa, as, more often than not, your visa granted would be +/- 15 days of your intended arrival date. We suggest always opting for a multiple entry visa but know that it’s unlikely you’ll get one.      

     

In addition, Spain requires your contact information - Surname and first name of the inviting person(s) in the Member State(s). If not applicable, name of hotel(s) or temporary accommodation(s) in the Member State(s). For most travelers, this is the contact information of their hotel/Airbnb. The name has to match the name of the establishment in your itinerary and hotel reservation.

Finally, you’ve to present evidence to prove that you can support your stay in Spain. You can select the option that works best for you, which has a balance equivalent to EUR 50 x the number of days in Spain. For example, a traveler visiting Spain for ten days should show a minimum balance of EUR 500 (EUR 50 x 10 days). You can select multiple options, but evidence of each is required.      

     

Visa application

After completing the application, make sure to sign it. You do not have to affix your photo on the application.

   


Spain Visa Photos

The photo requirements for a Spanish Schengen visa follow ICAO standards.

  1. Two identical photos. Not older than six months.
  2. Photo size: 35x45mm or 2 in x 2 in.
  3. In color. No black and white
  4. Head should cover most of the photo. Spain may make exceptions for religious reasons. Exceptions to this and the other requirements may be made in case of a permanent medical condition.
  5. White background.

   

   


Traveling to Spain with Children

Children require a Schengen visa to travel to Spain. In addition to all the standard documents, you’ve to provide the following.

  1. Application form signed by both parents
  2. Birth certificate of the child
  3. If a child is traveling alone, a notarized parental authorization is signed by both parents or guardians.

If the child travels with one of the parents, then there must be an notarized permission letter issued from the other parent. In case of the parents’ absence (divorce, death, etc.), a relevant official certificate (i.e divorce, death and etc.) must be presented. Additionally, copies of IDs of parents are also required.

 

While not required, it is preferred that for children who go to school - a reference letter from the relevant school: address and contacts of the school, signature and stamp of the person in charge, and reference to the Embassy should be noted in the letter.

   


Proof of Employment for Spain Visa

A letter from your employer is required as proof of employment. The letter should state:

  1. Today's Date
  2. Employer name
  3. Position and title
  4. A declaration that you will continue to be employed during your Spain visit
  5. Contact and address information of the supervisor along with their signature.

For students, this is a letter from your university. For homemakers or those unemployed, a letter of support from any individual/organization. This includes but is not limited to your spouse or parents too.

   


Spain Visa Travel Insurance

Because most Schengen countries provide public healthcare, travel insurance is required to obtain a Spanish Schengen visa, so visitors don’t become a financial burden on Spain's health system in the event of unforeseen issues. The insurance should explicitly meet these requirements:

  1. Coverage of at least EUR 30,000.
  2. Be valid in all 26 Schengen States: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
  3. Cover medical emergency expenses and anything connected with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent health attention, and/or emergency hospital treatment or death.
  4. For those hoping to get a longer-term Schengen visa, it is advisable to provide travel insurance that lasts the whole year as per the EU directive:
    “ Applicants for a uniform visa for more than two entries (multiple entries) shall prove that they are in possession of adequate and valid travel medical insurance covering the period of their first intended visit.In addition, such applicants shall sign the statement, set out in the application form, declaring that they are aware of the need to be in possession of travel medical insurance for subsequent stays.”

Pro Tip

Check if your employer provides mandatory travel insurance coverage. Often that works if you present a letter/insurance card along with coverage details highlighting the coverage amount.

   


How to Reach Spain during COVID-19 as a tourist?

It is possible to reach Spain from other Schengen and EU countries, Austria, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, United Kingdom and Rwanda. If you're planning on going to Spain from America, there are two options:

  1. United States > Iceland (open for vaccinated tourists) > Spain
  2. United States > Croatia (open for all tourists) > Spain

Anyone arriving to Spain will undergo a temperature check. All travelers from high-risk areas will be required to fill a health control form, including an RT-PCR test, no older than 72 hours.

   


Facts and Questions

What is a draft reservation?

A draft reservation is a tentative itinerary showing your flight tickets & hotel stay but not yet purchased. As per the Spanish embassy, “We do not recommend the purchase of travel tickets until your visa has been approved. You may provide us with a reservation, a planned itinerary or an online printout of a roundtrip ticket.”

Which income proofs can be submitted to show the ability to cover the travel and stay expenses?

Many qualify however showing a bank statement is the most straightforward. You can also use one of these:

  • invoices of prepaid travels and accommodations

  • Pay stubs

  • travelers’ cheques

  • attested documents showing spouse’s consent in covering the expenses, etc.

Other types of visas and document requirements

  • Short-term work visa: Reference letter of the U.S. employer mentioning profile, salary, date of hiring, dates of vacation, and itinerary.

  • Self-employed: Your business existence proof and the client’s details you intend to meet in Spain. The proof of income from the business.

  • Foreign students on F-1 visa: A valid I-20, reference letter from an educational institution, education details, and expected date of the end of graduation course.

How long is a short stay visa valid for? Can I leave the Schengen area and come back with the same visa?

The visa sticker contains information on the visa’s validity period and the duration of the authorized stay. A visa can be issued for one entry or multiple entries. The maximum duration of stay is shown on the visa sticker, and it varies according to the reasons for your stay. What you must remember

  • You must have left the Schengen area at the latest on the day on which the visa expires.
  • You must not exceed the authorized length of stay during the validity of the visa.
  • If you have an authorized stay of 90 days, you must not stay in the Schengen area for more than 90 days in 180 days, this period not having to exceed the duration of the visa and the period of 90 days starting from run on the date of the first entry.

Can I apply for a visa on arrival in Spain?

No, Spain does not provide a visa-on-arrival.

Which country is responsible for processing my visa application?

The Member State competent to handle a request visa and decide on it is the one whose territory constitutes the sole destination (or main) or the trips.

I travel to several Schengen countries during my stay: which country is responsible for processing my visa application?

When the trip involves several destinations, the competent Member State is the one whose territory constitutes the main destination of the trip (s) in terms of duration. Suppose the main destination cannot be determined. In that case, the competent Member State is the one via the external border from which the applicant intends to enter the Member States territory.

I want to stay in Spain, but I arrive at an airport located in another country. Who should I apply to for the visa?

You must apply for your visa at the Spanish consulate because Spain is the main destination of your trip in terms of duration, even if you enter the Schengen area through another member state.

I have a double/triple nationality. Which one should I enter in my visa application?

You must enter the nationality of the passport with which you wish to travel.

When you complete your application form, you will need to indicate your nationality of origin and your current nationality (that of your passport).

   

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