10 Things to Know about Spain Visa

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Spain is an amazing destination which attracts tourist from all around the world. Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Granada, Valencia, and Andalusia are among the top destinations. Depending on the purpose of your travel to Spain, there are different types of visa that will apply to the occasion. Whether you are planning for holidays, study , work and stay there permanently, you will have to apply for a different Schengen Visa, accordingly.The information about the Spanish Visa we have provided here is just for the guidance and knowledge only and if you are visiting Spain then you should take more advice from the Spanish embassy or consulate in resident country . There are a number of types of Visa which you can apply. Tourist Visa is valid for a maximum of 90 days. Here are things you should know about Spain Visa.

1 . Who Needs Spanish Visa

With the Signing of Schengen Visa Agreement, about 22 EU members, 4 EFTA members and countries of Switzerland , Norway, Lichtenstein, and Iceland started allowing the members of these countries to travel freely. Those individuals who are not the citizens of these members countries need to have a visa to enter any Schengen Zone like Spain. However, the citizens form the Visa Exempted countries are not allowed to stay for more than 90 days without any legal permissions.

2 . Who Don’t Need Visa to entering Spain

Spain is the member of Schengen Visa Zone and residents from EU members, EFTA members and countries of Switzerland , Norway, Lichtenstein, and Iceland can enter and travel Spain without Visa. They can travel, study, work or live in Spain. If you are from Croatia, then you need a permit for working visa until June 2020. Countries which are not required to have visa to enter Spain are Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic,Finland, Denmark, France, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Estonia, Hungary,Lithuania , Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, Iceland, Norway, Latvia, Portugal, Malta, Slovenia, Slovakia, Poland, and Sweden.

3 . How & Where to Apply

You need to have the Spain Schengen Visa form which should be filled carefully with all the necessary details. You can also fill the Spain Schengen Visa online and then take out the printout of the form. If you have the Schengen Visa then you are free to travel in Schengen. However if you are only travelling to Spain then you need to carry the form with all the required documents and apply at appropriate embassy or consulate of the Spain. It is recommended that you should apply about six weeks before your date of travel. When applying for the visa you have to pay a non-refundable fee which can be paid via cash or through your card.

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  • Airport Transit Visa: 60 Euros
  • Short Stay : 60 Euros
  • Long Stay Visa : 99 Euros
  • Children Below 6 Year are expemted from Visa Fees.
  • Children Between 6-12 Years : 35 Euros
  • Residents of Kosovo, Georgia, Ukraine,and Russia : 35 Euros

4 . Tourist Visa For Spain

If your purpose of visit to Spain in traveling than you need to apply for Spain Tourist Visa which is valid for a maximum of 90 days. You are not allowed to work in Spain with a tourist visa. Citizens from those countries who are not the member of Schengen Agreement need to apply for Tourist Visa to enter Spain. In case you are travelling in more than one country including Spain then you need to tell that thing in the form before applying for the visa. This was you can easily travel between the countries without any problems.

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5 . Business Visa For Spain

Business Visa is required if you are visiting Spain for business purpose and the individual is not required to be the citizen of Spain. Individuals who are not the residents of Non-European citizens are required to apply for the short term visa with business specified on it. You may allow entering one or many times for which your stay should be no longer than 90 days in the period of 6 months.In case you are travelling in more than one country including Spain then you need to tell that thing in the form before applying for the visa.

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6 . Student Visa For Spain

Students who wished to study in Spain are required to apply for Student Visa. Though the visa is valid for only 90 days, but most of the students have courses of more than 90 days. In this case, students need to also apply for a permit for the resident that will allow you to stay in the Spain for a period of your duration of the course. The good point about to get the resident permit for a student visa is that you can freely travel through all the Schengen area without any more documents required. For student visa, you will get the response within a maximum of 1 month.

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7 . Visa For Working in Spain

A citizen who is from the EU/EEA and from Switzerland can work in Spain without Work permit while others need to require Work Visa permit to work in Spain. Citizens from other countries need to apply for a resident permit in addition to the Working Visa for Spain. Working visa is a long term type of Visa and the duration is till the time you are employed in Spain. Generally, it’s the employers responsibility to apply for a work permit on your behalf. So you need to get the offer letter and then apply for a visa for Spain.

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8 . Transit Spain Visa

Transit Visa is a short term visa which is required if you are passing through Spain in order to reach your destination. There are two types of Transit Visa which are Airport Transit Visa and Transit Visa. Airport Transit Visa are for those travelers who have a halt at the airport in Spain and need to wait for their next flight for their final destination. However, in case you wish to stay overnight in Spain, you can not have accommodation in Spain though you can stay in the transit area. Then there is a B category Transit visa for those travelers who are traveling through Spain via car or road. With this visa, you are allowed to reside in Spain for a maximum of 5 days.

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9 . Documents for a Spain Visa Application

You need to have the Spain Schengen Visa form which should be filled carefully with all the necessary details. You can also fill the visa form online and then take out the printout of the form. Here are the important documents applicants require to apply for the Spanish Visa.

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  • Two passport size photos must be attached with the application form.
  • Passport and Previous Visas Copies . Passsport also need to have atleast 2 blank pages.
  • Return Ticket Copy
  • Schengen Visa Insurance
  • Letter which stated your purpose of visit to Spain.
  • Flight and Hotel Reservations
  • Proof of Identity
  • Financial Proof which should be sufficient for your period of stay at Spain

10 . You Need to Have Insurance

The travel insurance is required for anybody flying out to a Schengen zone from a nation that is liable to visa prerequisites, be it individual guests, sightseers, or business travellers. You can but the insurance either online or they can be bought from a travel insurance company. The protection should be substantial all through the domain of the Schengen Area and should be valid until the time of the individual’s expected stay or travel. The minimum coverage of the insurance must be 30,000 Euros. Ensure the organization you pick is authorized and acknowledged in the Schengen nation you have planned to go to.

Spain is one of the most amazing countries in the world with historic cultural destinations, beaches, shopping, food, nightlife and much more. If you are not from European country then you need to get a visa to enter Spain and depends on your purpose of visit in the country.

Have a good trip and travel!

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