Getting information on entry requirement to Spain has been a challenge to many applicants, this is why Karisas Travel has decided to write an article that will guide all applicant on the way forward.

Visa Guide: Entry Requirements for Spain Visa 1
Applicants whose aim of visit ranges from tour, business, conference, visit etc will agree with me that such visit do not require more than 90days, except your visit are not genuine. Therefore entry into Spain for stays not exceeding 90 days within a 180-day period is subjected to the conditions below:

See Requirements

  • Applicant must be in possession of a valid passport
  • Valid travel document
  • All documents must be valid for at least three months following the projected exit from the territory of the Members States and must have been issued within the last ten years.

Citizens from any State of the European Union like:

  • Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein only need a valid national identity document or passport

Citizens from countries like:

  • The United Kingdom and Ireland will require a passport since their countries are not members of the Schengen Area. 
  • Parental authorization will be accompanied with in the letter where a child/minor is travelling with a national identity document 

Being in possession of a valid visa

For you to be in possession of a valid visa simply means you are a national from the third countries. See list of countries whose nationals must be in possession of a visa when crossing the external borders, unless 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 long-term visa issued by another Schengen State may travel through the territory of the other Schengen States for a maximum of 90 days within any 180-day period, provided that they are in possession of a valid passport or travel document, that they justify the purpose and conditions of their intended stay, substantiate having sufficient means to support themselves for the duration of their intended stay in Spain, and that they can prove they are not threat to public health, public order, national security, or international relations of Spain or of other States with which Spain has an agreement to this end. Furthermore, they must avoid appearing on the national list of alerts: (these are those on refusal list of entry) of the Member State in question. At any event, entry may be refused even with a valid passport and/or visa at police checks in the following cases:

Requirement for tourism Visa 

In these cases, the presentation of any of the following documents may be required:
  • A valid document from the establishment providing accommodation
  • Letter of invitation from a private individual if the foreigner concerned is staying in their home
  • There must be a letter issued by the Police Station corresponding to their place of residence.
  • IMPORTANT: Under no circumstances shall the letter of invitation replace the foreigner’s accreditation of all other entry requirements.
  • Nature of the ittenary
  • Round Ticket confirmation 
In order to substantiate economic means, the provisions of Order PRE/1282/2007, of 10 May, on economic means, shall be taken into account, which provides that foreigners must demonstrate that they have sufficient means of support available in order to enter Spain. The minimum amount that must be substantiated is € 64.53 (NGN 21800) per person per day, with a minimum of € 580.77 or its legal equivalent in foreign currency.

Visa Requirements for shorter stay

Journeys of a professional, political, sporting or religious nature or undertaken for other reasons
See presentation of any of the following documents which may be required:
  • An Invitation from a verifiable company or an institution to take part in meetings, conferences, etc., of a commercial, industrial or similar nature
  • A Document proving the existence of commercial, industrial relations etc
  • Entry tickets to trade fairs, congresses, conventions, etc.
  • Invitations, tickets, bookings or programmes indicating, as far as possible, the name of the host organisation and the duration of the stay, or any other document indicating the purpose of the visit

Student Visa or Other Types of Training Requirements

Below are documents required:
  • Evidence of admission letter
  • Certificates related to the courses to be attended.

Exceptionally, the presentation of medical certificates may be required by the Ministry of Home Affairs, in accordance with guidelines from the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality or the Ministry of Employment and Social Security, or pursuant to European Union legislation. The need to present these certificates shall be made known sufficiently in advance, as far as possible.

Not being subject to a ban on entry (recorded in the S.I.S. (Schengen Information System) or in the National Register).

Here are reasons why you might be refused entry:

  • Having previously been expelled or returned by Spain or another Schengen State.
  • Having been expressly denied entry for activities contrary to the interests of Spain, activities against human rights, or for close links with criminal organisations
  • Being subject to an international arrest for criminal activities
  • Being considered a threat to the public health, public order, national security, or international relations of Spain or of other States with which Spain has agreements in this end.
  • Having already stayed for 90 days during a 180-day period.

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