Spain Visa

Home to over 45 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Kingdom of Spain is a dream destination for many. It's loved for its food, lively culture, soccer stars and stunning natural and historical attractions. Most visitors need a Spanish visa before coming here. Read on to know about all the important details related to Spain visa for Indians.

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About Spain Visa for Indians

The Embassy of Spain has appointed BLS International as the official agency to grant Spain visas to applicants on its behalf.

Spain is a part of the EU (European Union) and the Schengen zone. The Schengen region is made up of 26 states, including Spain. Most non-EU citizens need to apply for a relevant Spain visa according to the Schengen guidelines. 

The Embassy of Spain grants a Schengen visa for Spain to all foreign visitors who wish to come here. With multiple visas available, visitors can apply for a suitable Spain visa online depending on their purpose of visit. Take a look at some important features of the Spain Visa for Indians:

Categories Specification
Spain Visa Price* Adults: EUR 80; Children (6-12 years): EUR 40
Spain Visa Stay Duration Up to 90 days for Short Term Visa
Spain Visa Processing Time 4-15 working days
Spain Visa on Arrival for Indians Not Available

*Values will vary depending on the category of the visa applied

All Indian citizens with valid Indian passports need a Spain visa to travel to Spain. Visa applicants would also need a travel insurance policy to get a Spain visa. This is because travel insurance is a mandatory prerequisite to applying for a Spain visa.

Types of Spain Visa for Indians

Spain broadly provides two types of visas to foreigners who want to visit Spain for tourism and other purposes. Applicants should select the appropriate type of Spain visa based on their purpose of travel. Take a look at the two Spain visa types and their sub-categories:

  • Short-Term Visa

    Spain Short-term visa allows foreigners to enter and stay in Spain for a maximum of 90 days. Based on the visitor's purpose of coming to Spain, it has the following categories –

    Spain Tourist Visa

    A Spain Tourist visa is for people travelling to Spain for vacationing or tourism purposes. Applicants for a Spain Tourist visa from India without a guarantor in Spain can make a booking with a hotel, travel agent or tour operator.

    Spain Business Visa

    Business visa for Spain allows a foreign national to visit Spain and conduct business activities like attending conferences, and meetings and signing contracts. However, holders of Spain Business visas are not allowed to work in Spain on a short-term visa. For this, they require a work visa for Spain from India.

    Spain Airport Transit Visa

    This Spain visa allows people from other countries to enter Spain’s territory to board a connecting flight to a third country. Holders of this type of Spain visa are not allowed to exit the international transit areas of the airport.

    Spain Transit Visa for Seamen

    This Spanish visa is meant for people travelling to Spain by ship. This type of Spain visa allows foreign nationals to stay in Spain for up to 5 days before continuing with their onward journey on a ship to another country.

    Spain Visa for Family Members of EEA/ EU Citizens

    This is a category of Spain visa which applies to family members of a citizen of a European Economic Area (EEA) and European Union (EU) country. Applicants under this category can apply for a short-term visa to enter Spain for a short time.

  • Spain National Visa

    A National visa is a type of Spain visa letting foreigners stay in Spain for a longer duration, exceeding 90 days. Also known as a Residence visa or Long-Stay visa, it permits its holder to study, work and conduct research in Spain. It is broadly divided into four types –

    Spain Study Visa

    A Study visa is a type of national visa that allows its holders to stay and study in Spain for more than 90 days. People with this visa can conduct research work as well as undergo unpaid training in Spain.

    Spain Work Visa

    A Work visa is a type of long-stay visa that grants permission to its holders to work in Spain. It consists of different categories including intra-company transfers, self-employment visas, visas for research, development & innovation, visa for highly qualified professionals and visas for entrepreneurs.

    Spain Non-Lucrative Residence Visa

    A Non-Lucrative Residence visa is a type of residence visa that allows foreign nationals to stay as legal residents of Spain for up to 1 year. This type of Spain visa can be renewed for another 2 years.

    Spain Family Reunification Visa

    A Family Reunification visa is a type of national visa that allows family members and first-grade relatives of a Spanish resident to travel and stay in Spain for more than 3 months.

    Spain Visa Requirements for Indians

    There is no visa-free or visa-on-arrival for Spain for Indians. Those with Indian passports must obtain a Spain visa if they want to tour, work or study in Spain. No Indian nationals will be allowed to enter the borders of Spain without a valid Spain visa from India, irrespective of what their purpose of travel is. 

    Even Indians who wish to transit from the international transit areas of Spanish airports require a Spain visa. To fulfil Spain visa requirements, they must buy Schengen travel insurance as per the requirements of entering a Schengen area.

How to Apply for Spain Visa from India?

Spain Visa Application Form

In the case of Indian passport holders, BLS International handles and processes all Spain visa applications on behalf of the Embassy of Spain. If you want to apply for Spain visa online, you need to follow the steps given below:

  • Visit the official website of BLS International
  • Select the type of Spain visa you want to apply for according to your purpose of travel
  • Arrange all the required documents to be attached with your visa application, including Schengen travel insurance
  • Download the necessary forms and fill it
  • Submit the forms along with all the supporting documents to BLS International office as per the Embassy/ Consulate having jurisdiction over your city of residence
  • Pay the visa fees
  • You will need to visit the designated BLS centre to give your biometrics

Make sure to confirm the Spanish Embassy/ Consulate where you need to appear for an interview for a Spain visa. The jurisdiction is decided based on the city where the applicant has been staying for the last 6 months.

Documents Required to Apply for Spain Visa from India

Each applicant for a Spain visa from India need to submit some documents at the time of applying for the visa. These will vary for short term Spain visa and National Visa for Spain:

General Documents Required to Apply for Spain Visa from India

  • Completed Spain visa application form
  • Cover letter by the applicant mentioning self details, travel dates, the purpose of travel, people accompanying on the trip
  • Copy of passport with a minimum validity of 6 months
  • 2 recent photographs clicked as per the Schengen guidelines
  • Copy of flight booking confirmation for round trip
  • Duly signed BLS Authorization form
  • Proof of residence, which includes:
    • Copy of rent agreement
    • Copy of sale deed
    • NOC from the applicant’s employer mentioning his residential address and the date since when he has been staying there
    • Affidavit by the applicant’s relatives (if staying with relatives)
  • Proof of international travel insurance with EUR 30,000 coverage and valid in all Schengen states
  • Biometric / biometric declaration letter (if biometric submitted in the last 59 months)

Check the list of additional documents required by different Spainvisas below:

Spain Visa Types Documents Required
Spain Tourist Visa
  • Salary slips for the previous 6 months
  • Bank statement for the last year signed and stamped by the bank
  • ITR for the last three years
  • Copy of PAN card
  • Proof leave sanctioned/ NOC from the employer
Spain Business Visa
  • Copy of hotel booking confirmation
  • Cover letter from the employer/ business owner in India
  • Letter of invitation from the Spanish company in English as well as the Spanish language
  • Salary slips for the previous 6 months
  • Bank statement for the last year signed and stamped by the bank
Spain Airport Transit Visa
  • Flight tickets
Spain Transit Visa for Seamen
  • Letter from the local shipping company in original
  • Letter of invitation from the shipping company in Spain
  • Contract of employment
  • Continuous discharge book or CDC
Family Member of EEA/ EU Citizens
  • Copy of passport/ DNI/ residence card of the family member staying in Spain
  • Original and photocopy of Carta invitation letter
Spain Study Visa (National Visa)
  • Original & photocopy of Letter of Admission issued by the university/ school in Spain offering full-time education/ student mobility programme
  • Letter from the organisation taking full responsibility for the student’s financial needs (in case of student mobility programme)
  • Proof of obtaining valid civil liability insurance (in case of voluntary service programme)
Non-Lucrative Residence Visa (National Visa)
  • Form 790
Spain Family Reunification Visa
  • Original & photocopy resolution by the competent ‘Oficina de Extranjeria’ authorising the family member to join the Spanish resident
  • Proof of family ties between Spanish residents and the applicant like marriage certificate, birth certificates, etc.
Spain Work Visa (National Visa)
  • Authorization letter by the competent ‘Oficina de Extranjeria’ issued for work and stay
  • Copy of employment contract, stamped by ‘Oficina de Extranjeria’
Intra-Company Transfers/ Visa for Research, Development & Innovation/ Visa for highly qualified professionals
  • Authorization for residence issued by the Labour, Migrations & Social Security Ministry

*All documents for the National visa for Spain should be apostilled or legalised.

Tips for Smooth Spain Visa Application Process

  • Passport should have at least two empty pages and should be valid for at least 3 months after the date of arrival back in India.
  • The photograph should not be more than 6 months old and should be taken on a white background in the dimensions of 3.5cm X 4.5cm. The candidate shouldn’t be wearing spectacles/ sunglasses and their teeth should not be visible.
  • Fill out the application form with a blue pen or get it printed.
  • All required affidavits should be made on a stamp paper of INR 100 and should contain the notary’s seal.
  • Apply for Spain visa early so that you have enough time to provide any additional documents in case of processing delays

Spain Visa Fee

Every applicant of a Spain visa has to pay a visa fee at the time of submitting their visa application. Applicants above the age of 12 years will have to pay a fee of INR 7035. Children between the age of 6 and 12 years will have to pay INR 3517. The applicants will also have to pay an additional service charge of INR 1359. 

Please note that the Spain visa fee can vary as per the Euro and Indian rupee conversion rates.

Family members of EEA and EU citizens can obtain a Spain visa for free. Moreover, no Spain visa fee has to be paid for Spain visa applications by children below the age of 6 years.

Spain visa fee and the service charge can be paid online as well as offline. You can pay the Spain visa fee online via NEFT, RTGS and IMPS. You can also make your Spain visa fee payment offline via cash and demand draft which should be payable at New Delhi or Mumbai as per your visa application centre.

Travel Insurance for Spain Visa

Spain is a beautiful country with sceneries that will take your breath away. It is also popular for bullfights and is a hub for adventure sports activities. However, it is important to keep yourself prepared for any mishap that may take place during your trip to Spain. The only way to stay protected from an unforeseen emergency is by purchasing a travel insurance policy.

Travel insurance for Spain will keep you safe from any eventuality that may interrupt your travel plans in Spain. It not only provides emergency medical & financial assistance but also covers losses that you face due to any travel-related emergencies. Basically, a travel insurance policy covers you from risks including medical expenses, emergency ambulance charges, personal accident, loss of passport, personal liability, loss or delay in check-in baggage arrival, trip delay, trip cancellation & curtailment, medical repatriation, missed connection flight and many more.

Moreover, it is compulsory for everyone visiting Spain to possess a valid travel insurance policy. In fact, you will not be granted a Spain visa if you don’t buy international travel insurance plan or medical travel insurance for your trip. Make sure to purchase travel insurance with a minimum cover of EUR 30,000 to be eligible for a Spain visa.

Applicants for Spain visa can buy travel insurance that best suits their needs. While people going for a one-time trip can get a single trip travel insurance, people who will be travelling frequently to Spain can opt for multi-trip travel insurance. Indians should also keep the contacts of the Indian embassy in Spain at hand in case of any serious issues that may require their intervention.

Families visiting Spain together can buy family travel insurance and senior citizens can get senior citizen travel insurance. In case you are travelling to Spain for studying, you can buy student travel insurance that will protect you from risks such as study interruption, compassionate visits, bail bonds, sponsor protection, maternity expenses, etc.

FAQs

  • Q: Do you need a visa to go to Spain?

    Ans: According to Schengen entry requirements of which Spain is a part, all Indian nationals should have a valid Spain visa to travel, stay or transit from the territory.
  • Q: How long does it take to get a visa to Spain?

    Ans: Depending on the consulate, Spain's visa processing time can range from 4 days to 15 days. During a high-demand period, it can even take 45 to 60 days.
  • Q: How early can I apply for a Spain Schengen visa?

    Ans: You can apply for a Spain Schengen visa no sooner than 6 months and no later than 15 days before your date of departure from India.
  • Q: Can I go to Spain with a Netherlands Schengen visa?

    Ans: If you are applying for a Netherlands Schengen visa, your main trip destination should be the Netherlands. Since Schengen states have a free-border policy, you can visit Spain on this visa but only for a short duration
  • Q: Is healthcare in Spain free?

    Ans: Spain provides free healthcare facilities to its citizens who are living and working in Spain. Tourists and visitors need to purchase international travel insurance or medical travel insurance to manage medical expenses in Spain.
 
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