The European Commission has revealed its plan to digitalize the Schengen visa. This will replace the mostly paper-based application system to obtain a visa for EU and Schengen countries currently in place. This means the Schengen visa will soon be available through a simplified online application process, similar to the European Travel Information and Authorization
Visa Policy for Spain
The visa policy of Spain is a set of regulations and requirements established for foreign citizens from around the world.
The visa requirements to visit Spain depend on whether the traveler resides in a country that is part of the Schengen Area or not.
If the foreign citizen belongs to the list of 26 Schengen countries, they can travel to Spain without the need to obtain a visa, as they are granted freedom of movement whether arriving by air, land, or sea, for any purpose of visit.
Other visa-exempt travelers to the Schengen Area are currently granted visa-free access as long as the stay does not exceed 90 days within every 180-day period, for a few select purposes including tourism.
However, from 2022 a new Schengen Area visa policy revision will come into effect. This new regulation decrees that any third-national citizen exempt from a visa must pre-register for an electronic authorization, ETIAS, before traveling to Spain for the same period of time.
This online visa waiver system for Spain is being implemented to strengthen the European borders. It will permit the holder of an approved ETIAS authorization to travel to all 26 Schengen Area countries for short stays during its validity, for tourism, business, medical treatment, or transit purposes.
More than 150 foreign citizens who wish to visit Spain for longer-term stays or other purposes are required to apply for an embassy visa through an embassy or a consulate.
The traveler must specify the type of visa they want when filling out the visa application form since the embassy offers numerous different types, whether a tourist visa, business visa, work visa, student visa, or visa for transit, among others
The period of stay will depend on that permitted by each visa, and the document may be issued for single or multiple entries, depending on nationality.
Below you will find a complete list of Spanish visa regulations to travel to Spain from your Country of Citizenship.