Travelling to Spain

Entry into Spain for stays not exceeding ninety days during the semester is subject to the conditions laid down by Regulation (EU) 2016/399 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2016 establishing a Code of Union Rules for the Crossing of Persons at The Borders (Schengen Borders Code).

The document must be valid up to three months after the expected date of departure from the territory of the Member States and must have been issued within the previous ten years. Citizens of any State of the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein only need the national identity card or passport in force. The United Kingdom and Ireland do not belong to the Schengen area and require a passport. In the case of a minor travelling with the ID card, the ID must be accompanied by parental authorization.

This requirement is mandatory for third-country nationals included in the list of countries subject to the visa requirement for crossing the external borders, always that they are not in possession of a valid residence permit or a valid long-term visa issued by another Member State.

Foreigners holding a valid residence permit or a valid long-term visa issued by another Schengen State may travel for a maximum of 90 days, in any period of 180 days, through the territory of the other Schengen States, if are in possession of a valid passport or travel document in force, justify the object and conditions of their stay as well as the adequacy of financial means for their support during the period of stay in Spain and prove not to be a danger for public health, public order, national security or the international relations of Spain or other States with which Spain has such an agreement. They shall also be required not to be included in the national list of ineligible persons of the Member State concerned.

In any case, police checks may denied access (even with a valid passport and/or visa) in the following cases:

In these cases, the presentation of one of the following documents may be required:

Document evidencing the existence of accommodation or letter of invitation of an individual, if he/she is staying at his/her home, issued by the Police Station corresponding to his place of residence.

IMPORTANT: In no case, the invitation letter will supplement the accreditation by the foreigner of the other requirements required for entry.

  • Confirmation of the booking of an organized trip, with the itinerary.

Return ticket or tourist circuit

For the accreditation of economic resources, the provisions of Order PRE/1282/2007, of 10 May, on economic means whose possession must be accredited by foreigners in order to enter Spain, shall be taken into account. The minimum amount to be credited is 70.77 euros per person per day, with a minimum of 636.93 euros or its legal equivalent in foreign currency.

The submission of any of the following documents may be required:

⇒ The invitation of a company or an authority to participate in meetings, conventions, etc., of a commercial, industrial nature, etc.

⇒ Document proving the existence of commercial, industrial relations, etc.

⇒ Access cards to fairs, congresses, conventions, etc.

⇒ Invitations, entry cards, reservations or programs with indication, as far as possible, of the name of the inviting organization and the duration of the stay or any other document indicating the purpose of the visit.

The submission of any of the following documents may be required:

Registration document of a teaching center to participate in theoretical and practical training courses.

⇒ Certificates related to the courses taken.

Exceptionally, presentation of the medical certificates required by the Ministry of Interior, in accordance with the Ministries of Health and Consumer Affairs and Labor and Immigration, or in application of the regulations of the European Union. The requirement of these certificates will be disseminated, as far as possible, well in advance.


Not having to an entry ban (registered in the S.I.S. [Schengen Information Service] or in the National Registry).

⇒ Having previously been expelled or returned by Spain or some Schengen State.

⇒ Being a danger to public health, public order, national security or international relations of Spain or other States with which Spain has an agreement in this regard.

⇒ Having exceeded the 90 days of stay in a period of 180 days.

⇒ Having prohibited entry expressly for activities contrary to the interests of Spain or human rights or for its notorious connection with criminal organizations.

⇒ Being internationally claimed for criminal causes.