Spain was one of the first parties to join the Schengen Agreement, which abolished internal borders, enabling passport-free movement between a large number of European countries. If you’re a citizen of a non-Schengen country, check with the Spanish Embassy in your home country whether you need a visa.
The Schengen Agreement applies to residents in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland. In addition, under further agreements between Spain and individual countries, no visa is required if you’re coming from Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City or Venezuela. In all these cases, you only need a valid passport.
As a rule, you’ll be granted a visa if you can provide evidence of sufficient funds to cover your travel expenses, return flight ticket and hotel reservation for your stay. However, requirements for obtaining your visa may vary between countries. For full details on how to apply for a visa, you should contact the Spanish Embassy in your country. Visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for a list of Spanish embassies around the world.
If you’re coming to Spain on holidays, you’ll need a short-stay or Schengen visa, which allows you to stay or travel around Schengen countries for no longer than three months (90 days) within a six-month (180-day) period from the date when you first enter the Schengen Area.
If you’re visiting Spain for other reasons, you’ll have to apply for a long-stay national visa, which allows you to live, work, study or do research in the country. This entry requirement doesn’t apply if you’re a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.
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