Spain Visa Guide

Spain visa

About Spain

The Kingdom of Spain – the country is still a constitutional monarchy – is a country situated on the Iberian Peninsula in Europe. Portugal flanks it on the west, and on the east is the Mediterranean Sea, with its long stretches of beaches dominated by foreigners. Spain is a country dotted with stone castles, snowcapped mountains, vast ancient monuments, interspersed with sophisticated cities. All this makes Spain a very popular tourist destination. Spain’s heartland is a central plateau, the Meseta, half a mile above sea-level. Most of this region is dominated by cattle ranching and agriculture. It also happened to be the setting of what is considered to be the first modern novel -- Miguel de Cervantes’s Don Quixote. The south of Spain is dominated by desert land, a sort of an extension of the Sahara Desert of Africa to its south. The popularity of the region in America stems from the genre of the “spaghetti western” movies of the 1960s and 70s.


Wish to visit Spain?

Spain is a beautiful country with a rich history and geography, and definitely a very attractive tourist destination. If you are planning to spend a vacation in Spain, you can trust us to make it comfortable and a carefree experience for you with our travel insurance. Rest assured that it will be a memorable experience of your lifetime. Moreover, Spain is a part of the Schengen zone which has abolished all border controls and with a single visa for Spain you can travel 26 European countries without any restrictions.


Schengen visa

As per the European Union rules, a single visa has been adopted which has eliminated the multiple visa process. The Schengen visa, as it is known, is common for all 26 counties who participated in this decision. The 26 European countries which belong to the Schengen zone are Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Spain, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland. There are several Schengen visa types, and the purpose of your visit determines which type of visa you will need. The different types of visas have been outlined below:


Types of visas for visiting Spain

Tourist visa: Magnificent mountains, enticing beaches and bustling metropolitan cities draw the tourist to the country. If you intend to visit Spain to see its wonderful sights, you need to apply for a tourist visa. You will have to supply your personal details and whatever is required by the country’s laws to get a tourist visa to Spain. The officials will diligently verify your credentials before granting you a tourist visa.

Visitor’s visa: If you are planning to visit friends or relatives staying in Spain, you will have to apply for a visitor’s visa. Having friends or relatives in Spain is a great advantage, as they would be knowing the best places to visit and at the best prices. You will thus save a lot of time, effort and money, which you would otherwise have to do if you hired the services of a travel agent or local guides. You will clearly have to state the purpose of your visit, where you intend to stay and the details of your itinerary.


Student visa: Students who wish to pursue higher studies in Spain will have to apply for this type of visa. You need to mention the name of the course you will be undertaking in Spain, its duration, your admission letter from the institute where you intend to study, and a no objection certificate from the institution from which you are passing out in India.


Work visa: If you have a job offer from a company in Spain and wish to make a career in the country, or even work for a short duration, you will have to apply for a work visa. You will have to submit the job offer letter while applying for this visa, which will make your visa processing easy.


Business visa: If you wish to start your own business in Spain to tap the market for your specific product, then you will have to apply for a business visa. You may have to convince the embassy officials during your visa interview that your job will be profitable and will indeed contribute positively to their economy. If you are also planning to invest heavily in Spain, then your visa processing should go through smoothly.


Training visa: In case you wish to visit Spain to gain some specific training for your company and come back with specialized knowledge, then you will have to apply for a training visa. You will have to mention the type of training you wish to gain in Spain along with the duration of your stay, an authorization from your company, and a training offer letter from the institution in Spain where you wish to get the training. Much like the training visa is the internship visa. Only, you will be going to gain the specific knowledge in order to be eligible for your job back home, and not to upgrade your skills as in the case of a training visa.


Trade fair visa: Spain hosts many trade fairs during the year, most notably the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, and if you wish to attend such trade fairs, you will need to obtain a trade fair visa. Armed with the appropriate documents from your company and a valid ticket booked in advance for the fair, it should not be too difficult to obtain this visa. Much like the trade fair visa is the exhibition visa, where you will be going not as a visitor but as participant in the trade fair. You will have to show proof that you have booked space at the fair to display your products to the leading businessmen in the world. Such fairs are a great place to promote your products or the innovations you have made during the past year.


Medical visa: Spain is a great place to get medical treatment and even to recuperate from a grave illness. You will have to produce the recommendation from your hospital or doctor in your home country for medical treatment in Spain, and also a letter from the hospital or clinic in Spain stating that you are going to treated there. If you are to undergo surgery in Spain, you will have to mention the specifics of it in your visa application along with proof that you have the means to bear the expenses of the treatment.


Spain Visa Application Process

When you have decided about the kind of visa you need to travel to Spain, you can apply for it online or offline as it is convenient to you. You may even take the help of a travel agency. Though they are likely to charge a fee for their services, it will reduce your own burden. In the following passages you can read about the process of applying for the Spain visa. Ensure that you follow the process sincerely to prevent the rejection of your visa.

  • Find out the visa type you need: First of all, you need to find out the type of visa you are going to need, which will depend on the purpose of your visit to Spain. The duration of your visit also matters, as you will require different types of visas for different durations. For instance, for a short duration, say 90 days, you will require a Schengen visa. However, you can extend the duration of your visa by applying for it with a valid reason. And, for a long-term duration visit, say more than 90 days, you will need to apply for a Spain visa in order to get the required permission to stay in the Schengen zone. If you overshoot your stay in the Schengen zone without applying for an extension, you may receive a warning notice, and may even be repatriated.

  • Booking your appointment: You can’t simply walk in to the embassy to apply for a visa, as you will not be entertained. You have to book a proper appointment with the embassy and follow the proper procedure. You are advised to keep all your required documents handy and properly organized, or else you may have to seek another appointment, and the whole process will get delayed.

  • Visit the embassy on time: On the day of the appointment, visit the embassy on time, or your visa interview may get rescheduled. You will be given a small leeway, say about 10 to 15 minutes, but no one is going to wait for you for longer than that. On reaching the embassy on time, your appointment letter will be checked and verified. You will then be given a token number to wait for your turn. When your turn comes, all your documents will be properly checked and verified. This may take about 10 to 15 minutes, as both your application form and attached documents will be verified. Before you submit the documents, ensure that all the forms are properly filled and the documents are properly organized. You must also have photocopies of all the documents. If your documents are not in order, or if you do not have photocopies of the same, you will be given another token number, thus delaying the process of your submission. If all your documents are in proper order, then the embassy will take your file including your passport, for a specified period of time. During this time, you cannot get your passport, even for urgent reasons, or your application may get cancelled, and then you will have to undergo the process all over again.

  • Ensure there are no typo errors: Your information will be fed into the online system of the embassy. After that, you will be given a hard copy of the same to be countersigned in front of embassy officials. Ensure that before you sign it, in your file. In the meanwhile, you will be asked to pay a visa fee of Euro 60 as application fee, for which you will be given a receipt. You will have to produce this receipt at the time of collection of your visa, so keep it safely.

  • Getting your biometrics scanned: When this process is completed, you will have to give your biometrics. All your 10 fingers will be scanned. This will take another 10 minutes. Your application for a Spain visa will now be processed by the embassy. All you need to do is sit back and relax till you get a call from the embassy that you can come and collect your visa.


Common Documents Required for getting a Spain Schengen Visa

The following is a list of common documents required for a short-term Spain Schengen visa:

  • A fully filled and signed visa application form.
  • Two recent passport-sized photos taken in the last three months must be attached to the visa application form.
  • A passport that should not be more than 10 years old, and should have a validity of at least three more months than the duration for which you intend to stay in Spain.
  • You will have to attach proofs of your round-trip tickets, hotel reservations, and your tour itinerary in Spain.
  • You must produce your travel insurance policy, which has a coverage of at least 30,000 euros for medical emergencies, such as diseases, accidents, or repatriation in case of death. Getting this travel insurance from Bharti Axa would be ideal as it would cover all the possible contingencies.
  • You will also have to submit the proof of your accommodation during your visit to Spain. It can be a hotel or a hostel booking, a rental agreement, a letter of invitation form the friend or family member who is sponsoring you, etc.
  • You will also have to submit the proof of your financial means showing that you will be able to support yourself financially during your stay in Spain. This can be your bank statement for the last three months, or the bank statement of your sponsor, also spanning the last three months.
  • Proof that you have paid the visa fee, which is 60 euros for adults and 35 euros for children between 6 to 12 years of age.


Specific Documentation for specific Spain Schengen Visa Type

You may be required to submit additional documents for specific Spain Schengen visas as follows;

For an Airport Transit Visa

  • A valid visa for your final destination in the Schengen zone, if it is required.
  • Flight tickets to your travel destination country.

For visiting friends or relatives

  • A letter of invitation from your friend or relative residing in Spain. The visa applicant should state who will be covering their expenses, they themselves or their friends or relatives, along with the ID and address proof of the friend or relative.
  • Detailed travel itinerary of your total stay in Spain, also stating the purpose of your visit.

Documents Required when Applying for a Tourist Visa

  • The applicant should submit a detailed travel Itinerary of the places they are going to visit in Spain, with the appropriate dates, hotel reservation documents, and return tickets.

Documents Required when Applying for a study Visa

  • The applicant needs to submit an enrollment certificate from the institute where they propose to take the study course.
  • A no objection letter from the institution where the visa applicant is presently studying, if necessary.

Documents Required when Applying for a Medical Visa

  • A letter from a doctor or hospital in the applicant’s country stating that they need medical treatment in Spain.
  • Confirmation letter from the hospital or medical institution in Spain stating that the applicant is to be treated there.
  • Proof that the applicant has the financial means to pay for the medical and related expenses throughout their treatment. This can be a bank statement of either the applicant or their sponsor in Spain.
  • Documents proving the advance payments that have been made for the treatment.

Other Travel Purposes

Documents supporting the purpose of your visit to Spain, and co-relating documents from institutions in Spain.

Documents needed for Joining Spouse Staying in Spain

  • Two applications need to be submitted instead of one – of both partners.
  • The original marriage certificates.
  • Copy of the spouse’s passport, if they are citizens of Spain.



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How long can I stay in Spain with a tourist visa?

With a tourist visa you can stay in Spain for 90 days over a period of 180 days. The 180-day rule is to prevent people from entering a non-Schengen state for a few days and coming back to get an easy visa renewal. The 90-day period starts when you first enter any country that is part of the Schengen zone. Besides, the 90 days are a lump-sum period and apply to travel within all countries of the Schengen zone.

How long does the processing of a tourist visa take?

Owing to the terrorist attacks that took place in Madrid on 11 March 2004, new immigration measures have been implemented in Spain. Most importantly, all visa applications must be carefully studied by the Spanish Police and Security Forces before a visa is granted. Therefore, the time taken to process a tourist visa has increased considerably and it takes at least a month in most cases.

Can I enter and exit Spain several times?

This will depend on your final destination. Once you enter the Schengen zone, you are free to travel anywhere within it. You can enter and exit the Schengen zone countries as many times as you want, but within the 90-day limit. However, if you exit the Schengen zone once, even if you have not availed the full 90 days, you cannot re-enter the zone. For that you will need a multiple-entry visa.

Can I study in Spain on a travel visa?

Yes, you can study in Spain with a travel visa as long as your stay is less than three months. For longer duration studies, you need to apply for a student visa.

Can I work in Spain on a travel visa?

No, if you want to work in Spain, you have to apply for a Spanish work visa.

Is it possible to travel to Spain for 90 days, go to another country for a weekend, and reset the 90-day restriction?

No, the European Union Law are clear that there is a maximum 90-day stay within a 180-day period beginning from the first day of your entry in the Schengen zone. If you have a multiple-entry visa, you may leave and return a number of times within the 180-day period, but your total stay within the region must not be more than 90 days. So, leaving the Schengen zone for a few days and then re-entering it to renew the visa is not possible.

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