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Spain Visa Requirements for EU and non-EU Citizens

Published on Jul 12, 2021 by Kfir Cohen

Thinking of moving to Spain? You are not alone. The vibrant country that`s home to an endless shoreline, an intriguing culture, and a myriad of culinary delights, attracts plenty of people from across the world each year, longing to relocate there.


What’s on this page?

01 | Visa Requirements for EU Citizens
02 | Visa Requirements for Non-EU Citizens
03 | Buying property in Spain?
04 | Looking for a moving company to Spain?


So here is a list of the requirements necessary to obtain your visa to Spain in order to start your new life in the Flamenco country, Ole`!


Visa Requirements for EU Citizens

EU citizens can travel, work, and study in Spain without a visa. But an NIE number is needed by all foreigners with legal or tax activity in Spain. European Union citizens need to apply for an NIE after three months of residence in Spain. Also, If you plan to stay more than 3 months, you must obtain a residence certificate

Read more: 5 Things to Know When Planning a Relocation to Spain


Visa Requirements for Non-EU Citizens

Keep in mind that Spain has two types of visa application forms. One for short-term stays and another one for long-terms stays in the country. Here are the main requirements for both types of visas:

  • Visa Application Form – short or long-term visa application form.
  • Two biometric photos – two identical photos taken within the last three months. They must meet the Schengen photo requirements and specifications.
  • Your passport – it must be valid for another three months beyond your departure from Spain, and you should have at least one blank page for the visa.
  • Copies of passport pages with info.
  • Flight reservation – proof of dates for your planned arrival and departure.
  • Proof of accommodation – showing evidence to the Spanish authorities where you will be staying while you are in Spain.
  • Medical Insurance – travel medical insurance for at least 30,000 EUR coverage.
  • Medical Certificate – a proof that you are free of any serious ilnesses.
  • Proof of Sufficient Financial Means – if your trip is to last more than 10 days, the daily-required amount is 70.77€.

Visa Types for Non-EU Citizens

Visa types for non-EU citizens vary and include several types, such as:

  • Family reunification visa – for people related to a Spanish citizen (married, sibling, child under 18, parent)
  • Work visa – contact employer to supply work contract to authorities
  • Student visa – you must be enrolled into a school or university in order to apply for a student visa that may exceed 90 days. You can also apply for a visa for your spouse or children under 18
  • Tourist visa – only valid for 90 days for non-EU citizens who intend to enter Spain

Buying property in Spain?

If you plan on buying or renting a property in Spain or opening a bank account you will also need a NIE which can be applied for in the national police department “Extranjería” or the Department of Foreigners in your city of residence.

The required documents you must present to apply for a NIE are:

  • The original application forms
  • Your passport and the information page
  • USD 10 fee
  • For non-EU citizens – declaration of reason to purchase a house, or business intent

Looking for a moving company to Spain?

Moving internationally can be quite difficult. In order to make the move successful, there are a few things to look for when picking a moving company. First off, you will want to pick a moving company to Spain with a fair estimate for the move (it’s recommended to get a few different estimates).

Secondly, you will want the company to be a certified and accredited company which will ensure its professionalism and proficiency. In addition, you will want to clarify terms with written declarations as to issues like how and who will deliver the goods to their final location. Finally, get reviews from other customers to learn more about the company’s reputation.

By Kfir Cohen

Kfir Cohen is handling global operations, cargo shipping, negotiation, and management of different suppliers around the world. He has more than 15 years of experience in the avant-garde of relocation and the sea/air freight business.
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