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Tourist Visa

Spain is a country located on the Iberian Peninsula. It is the fourth largest country in Europe with an area of 505,993km². It is therefore not a surprise that tourists travel in droves, attracted to the country’s food, beaches, architectural structures, and even entertainments such as bullfights.


Visiting Spain as a tourist means you’ll need to apply for a short stay visa which is also known as a type C-visa. This visa type gives you a permit for a stay, not more than 90 days. The following people however, do not need to apply for a visa when visiting Spain on tourism:

  • Citizens of countries who are members of the EU.
  • Citizens of countries with a Schengen visa-free agreement.
  • Residents of any Schengen country with a valid residence permit.
  • Citizens whose country belong to EFTA.

If you do not find yourself among the categories listed above then you will need to apply for a tourist visa to be granted entrance into Spain.

Applying for a tourist visa to Spain can be done in these simple steps:

  1. Fill in your visa application form
  2. Gather the needed documents
  3. Schedule and attend an interview
  4. Submit your application form, required documents and pay the visa fees
  5. Patiently wait for your application to be approved.

Documents needed to apply for a Tourist Visa to Spain: 

To make your visa application process smooth, the following list with the documents you will need to submit to the consular officer:

  •  Visa application form: You will be required to submit a duly filled and signed application form. It is advisable to have more than a single copy of the application form.

  •  Two biometric passport photos: Which must be recent, identical, and taken according to the photo specification of Schengen.

  •  Passport and copies of passport: Your passport should contain at least a blank page to which the visa sticker can be attached. You are also required to submit copies of your passport pages containing your information and previous sticker stamps.

  •  Proof of flight itinerary: This is merely a copy of a flight reservation made by you and shows the intended date of travel to Spain and when you are leaving the country.

  •  Proof of travel medical insurance: This is proof that you will be able to cover any medical expenses in case of unforeseen incidents.

  •  Proof of financial ability: This can be in form of your bank statement, a letter of sponsorship if someone else will be covering your expenses in Spain. If someone else is paying then the bank statement of that individual should be attached.

  •  Proof of accommodation: Which can be in form of a hotel booking containing your name and details of your stay or an invitation letter if you will be staying with someone. This invitation letter should contain details of your host.

  •  Proof of your civil status: In form of birth certificate, marriage certificate, etc.

You may be required to provide additional documents based on your employment status. The additional documents are:

For employees:

  1. Copy of employment contract.
  2. No objection letter from employer.
  3. Current bank statement.

For business owners or self-employed person:

  1. Copy of business license.
  2. Income tax return.
  3. Bank statement of the company.


For retirees:

  1. Pension statement of the past 6 months.


For students:

  1. Proof of enrollment into the school.
  2. Leave of approval from the school.

Please note that while the above-mentioned documents are required, the officer in charge of your application reserves the right to request additional documents.

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