How do I apply for a short-stay visa?

 

Short-stay visas are applied for from the Spanish consulate in the place of residence of the applicant or from the offices of an external service provider expressly authorised by Spain.

If there is no Spanish consulate, the application may be presented in the consulate of another Schengen state if a representation agreement exists.

The application shall be lodged in person, as it is necessary to collect biometric data from the applicant (photograph and fingerprints), and should be accompanied by the following documents:

 

  1. Valid travel document satisfying the following criteria:

    • Its validity shall extend at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the Member States or, in the case of several visits, after the last intended date of departure from the territory of the Member States. However, in a justified case of emergency, this obligation may be waived.

    • It shall contain at least two blank pages.

    • It shall have been issued within the previous ten years.

  2. A photograph in accordance with the standards set out.

  3. Documents indicating the purpose of the journey. The documents justifying the purpose and conditions of the intended stay may be as follows:

    • For journeys undertaken for the purposes of study or other types of training a certificate of enrolment at an educational establishment for the purposes of attending vocational or theoretical courses within the framework of basic and further training; or student cards or certificates of the courses to be attended.

    • For journeys undertaken for political, scientific, cultural, sports or religious events or other reasons: invitations, entry tickets, enrolments or programmes stating (wherever possible) the name of the host organisation and the length of the stay or any other appropriate document indicating the purpose of the journey.

  4. Documents in relation to accommodation or proof of sufficient means to cover their accommodation or proof of sufficient means to cover their accommodation.

    • An invitation from the host, where applicable

    • A document from the establishment providing accommodation or any other appropriate document indicating the accommodation envisaged.

  5. Documents indicating that the applicant possesses sufficient means of subsistence, or is in a position to acquire such means lawfully) both for the duration of the intended stay, and for the return to their country of origin or residence, or for the transit to a third country into which they are certain to be admitted. Sufficient means of subsistence, both for the intended period of stay and for the return, are assessed as follows:

    • For maintenance during their stay in Spain, the minimum quantity which shall be accredited, in 2016 was 65.52 Euros per person and day, multiplied by the number of days stayed in Spain and the number of persons travelling under their responsibility, with a minimum of 589.68 Euros or legal equivalent in a foreign currency.

    • To return to the country of origin or transit to a third country, they must produce a personal. non-transferable and fixed-date ticket or tickets for the intended means of transport.

  6. Information enabling an assessment of the applicant's intention to leave the territory of the member States before the expiry of the visa applied for. Documentation allowing the assessment of the applicant's intention to leave the territory of the Member States may be as follows:

    • Ticket or reservation of return or round ticket.

    • Proof of financial means in the country of residence.

    • Proof of employment (bank statements).

    • Proof of real estate property.

    • Proof of integration into the country of residence (family ties or professional status).

  7. Adequate and valid travel medical insurance to cover any expenses which might arise in cinnection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention and/or emergency hospital treatment or death during their stay(s) in the territory of the Member States. The insurance shall be valid throughout the territory of the Member States and cover the entire period of the person's intended stay or transit. The minimum coverage shall be 30,000 euros.

  8. Payment of the corresponding fee, As a general rule, the fee established for the visa application is sixty euros, although in some cases it may be reduced or even waived. In any case, researchers from third countries travelling for the purposes of carrying out scientific research, as defined in Recommendation 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 28 September 2005, to facilitate the issue by Member States of uniform short-stay visas for researchers from third countries travelling within the community for the purpose of carrying our scientific research are exempted from payment.