If you are from a country within the European Union, you do not need a visa to enter, live or work in Spain. Citizens of European countries that are not part of the EU do not need a visa if they will be visiting Spain for no longer than 90 days or if they have been granted refugee status.
For citizens of non-European countries, the visa requirement varies from country to country. The best way to find out whether you’ll need to apply for a visa for your trip to Spain is to contact the Spanish Embassy or Consulate nearest you. Check the Consulates Abroad section of this guide for contact information.
There are five basic types of visas in Spain:
- Tourist Visa
- Transit Visa
- Residency Visa
- Work Visa
- Student Visa
The visa that one must apply for is entirely dependent upon why he or she will be visiting/living in Spain. In order to prevent any possible confusion, please visit whichever of the following sections best applies to the reason for your relocation to Spain in order to learn more about the visa requirements specific to each situation:
- You want to go on reconnaissance
- You are looking for a job
- You have a job and need to relocate
- You want to retire
- You are going to study
- You are going for an internship