Documents for a Spanish Schengen visa application must be filled in using capital letters, and completed or translated into English or Spanish.
At least 2 blank pages
With the applicant’s signature
Not more than 10 years old
Valid for at least 3 months after the expiration of the requested visa
Previous passport, if applicable
Size 3.5 x 4.5 cm
Plain white background
Taken within the past 6 months
Forward-facing with facial features visible and clear
Completed application form
Biometric data (Fingerprints)
Spanish Visa fee
Documents pertinent to your trip
Travel Itinerary or plan
Proof of return to the country of residence or forward ticket to another country
Reason for travel to Spain
Proof of financial means (bank statements over the last 3-month period, personal properties, and/or other assets)
Proof of accommodations (with booking reference number, location, and contact number of the hotel)
Travel medical insurance
Valid through the entire visa period
Valid in all Schengen countries
Minimum coverage of 30,000 EUR must be purchased
Insurance conditions such as validity, duration, and extent of your coverage to be clearly stated on the confirmation letter or insurance document
Employment letter with the following information:
Name and address of employer
Nature of employment
Starting date of employment
Purpose of travel
Duration of time off from work for travel
Scans (copies) of:
Personal-ID page of passport.
Older Schengen visas (if relevant).
Residence permit (if relevant).
Applicants below the age of 18 are required to submit the following additional requirements:
Copy of birth certificate
If the minor applicant is adopted, adoption documents are required
If the minor applicant's parents are divorced, divorce papers are required
If the minor applicant's parents are deceased, death certificates are required
Letter of consent from both parents or legal guardians
Passport copies of both parents or legal guardians
It may also be necessary to submit supplementary documents in relation to your travel visa application.
Spain Schengen Visa Fees
The standard fee for the application of a Spanish Schengen visa is 80 EUR. However, there are particular applicants who are exempted from fees, such as most student visas and visas for children below the age of 6. Applicants will probably have to pay a separate, non-refundable service payment with their application.
Spain Visa Application Steps
Step 1: Prepare all the required documents.
Step 2: Select “Tourism” as the reason for travel on the visa application form.
Step 3: Decide the number of entries needed to Spain or the Schengen area.
Step 4: Fill out the application form.
Application procedures for a Spanish Schengen visa may vary, depending on where you are applying from. Applicants may have to download, complete, and print the online form which can be accessed here.
Submit the paper copy to the Spanish consulate or visa processing center.
Step 5: Schedule a visa appointment, if applicable.
Most applications require an in-person appointment at the nearest Spanish Consulate or visa center in order to submit the application. Alternatively, applications may be submitted without prior appointment during normal operating hours. Contact the Spanish consulate or visa center to determine if there is a need to schedule an appointment.
Step 6: Submit your Spain Schengen visa application.
Note: Applications must be submitted at least 15 days before the date of travel but not earlier than 6 months before the date of travel.
Generally, applications must be submitted in person to the Spanish Consulate or visa processing center. However, there may be a few differences in the submission procedures, depending on the Spanish consulate or visa processing center.
Visit the website of your selected consulate to check the submission procedures of visa applications.
Applicants will likely be required to submit their fingerprints (biometric data). Children below the age of 12 are exempted from fingerprint data collection. Applicants who have submitted their fingerprints within the last 59 months will most likely not be asked to resubmit.
Applicants may also be asked to come back on another date for an interview regarding their trip.
Step 7: Pay the visa application fee.
When to Apply
Visa applications must be submitted at least 15 days before the travel date but not earlier than 6 months before the travel date.
Where to Apply for a Spain Visa
Applications should be submitted either through the Spanish Consulate or a visa application center that is connected with Spain.
In countries without any Spanish consulate, applications may be submitted through a Schengen state consulate representing the interests of a Spanish consulate.
Applications should be submitted only in the country of citizenship or residence.
Applicants can check for the locations of Spanish consulates or embassies and visa application centers here.
Spain Visa Processing Time
Generally, it takes approximately 15 days to process Spain Schengen visa applications. However, in some cases it might take as long as 45 days.
For approved visa applications:
Applicants must ensure that the information on the visa is complete and valid upon collection.
Applicants who have received their Schengen Visa for Spain should remember the following things:
Inform the Spanish Consulate or visa application center of any change to your itinerary after submission is completed.
The approval of a Schengen visa does not guarantee entry upon arrival to Spain or other countries in the Schengen area.
Additional documents pertaining to your financial means or accommodation may still be required to gain entry to Spain or other Schengen areas.
For denied Spain visa applications:
If your application for a Spanish Schengen visa was rejected, you have the right to appeal the decision.
The appeal process begins by picking up the standard-issued visa refusal form which also has the details of the reason for the rejection and the procedures of the appeal process.
Appeals can be submitted to the same consulate that rejected the original visa application.
Another option is to submit an appeal to the High Court of Justice of Madrid’s administrative division not more than 2 months after receiving the refusal.
A non-refundable fee must be paid for the appeal to be processed.