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:
- Fill in your visa application form
- Gather the needed documents
- Schedule and attend an interview
- Submit your application form, required documents and pay the visa fees
- 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:
- Copy of employment contract.
- No objection letter from employer.
- Current bank statement.
For business owners or self-employed person:
- Copy of business license.
- Income tax return.
- Bank statement of the company.
- Pension statement of the past 6 months.
- Proof of enrollment into the school.
- 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.