Spain Visas & Embassies

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If you are from a member-country of the Schengen agreement - Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, plus Iceland and Norway (which are not EU members)- you do not need a passport to enter Spain. An official national ID card will suffice.

Citizens from EU countries that do not form part of the Schengen agreement must carry a valid passport to enter Spain. These are the UK and Ireland, as well as new members of the EU that do not yet participate in Schengen are Cyprus (joined in 2004) and Bulgaria and Romania (joined in 2007).

If you are from any of the aforementioned countries, Switzerland or member-countries of the European Economic Area (Norway, Iceland & Liechtenstein), you do not need a special visa to enter or reside in Spain. If you are planning to stay for more than 3 months, however, you need to apply for a residence card.


Spain visas for non-Europeans

Citizens of the following countries do not need a visa to stay in Spain for less than 90 days, only a valid passport: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong & Macao (China), Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Singapore, South Korea, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela.

If you are from any of these countries and desire to stay in Spain to work or study for more than 3 months, you must solicit the corresponding visa. Agreements and processes vary by country, so it's best to consult the Spanish consulate closest to you.

Obtaining a student visa for Spain is not difficult, as long as your school provides the necessary paperwork. Apart from an official invitation letter you will need a certificate of good health, clean police record and proof of funds to pay for private insurance while in Spain.

Obtaining a work and residency visa is much more complicated and laws are constantly changing. The company in Spain must present the necessary paperwork to the Ministry of Labor here, including proof that no Spanish resident is capable of filling the position. The law now states that no illegal alien may solicit a work visa from within the country.There are a number of embassies located in and around Marbella. Here is a list of some of them:

Country Telephone
Austria + 34 95 244 39 52
Belgium + 34 95 239 99 07
Bolivia + 34 95 247 2569
Brasil + 34 95 221 10 69
Canada + 34 95 222 34 46
Chile + 34 95 222 44 26
Colombia + 34 95 221 91 81
Costa Rica + 34 95 221 87 14
Denmark + 34 95 222 63 73
Dominican Republic + 34 95 221 54 49
Ecuador + 34 95 221 81 37
Finland + 34 95 221 24 35
France + 34 95 222 65 90
Germany + 34 95 222 78 66
Greece + 34 95 231 18 47
Haiti + 34 95 222 22 05
Holland + 34 95 260 02 60
Hungary + 34 95 230 83 93
Iceland + 34 95 266 12 00
Ireland + 34 95 247 51 08
Italy + 34 95 230 61 50
Liberia + 34 95 221 32 84
Monaco + 34 95 221 29 42
Morocco + 34 95 232 99 62
Norway + 34 95 221 03 31
Panama + 34 95 221 33 97
Saudi Arabia + 34 95 227 74 50
Sweden + 34 95 246 71 95
Switzerland + 34 95 221 72 66
The Philippines + 34 95 222 27 57
United Kingdom + 34 95 221 75 70
United States + 34 95 247 48 91
Zaire + 34 95 277 61 87