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Visa, Entry Requirements & Paperwork for Spain

Documentation & Visa Requirements to travel to Spain
The citizens of the EU countries, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein only need a valid passport or ID card to enter Spain. Children under 16 can be included on the passport of their father, mother or tutor as long as they have the same nationality with the passport holder and are travelling together with them. In addition, the young people that are travelling with an ID card should be accompanied by their parental authorization

People coming from the countries including Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, the USA, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Republic of Korea, San Marino, Singapore, Uruguay, Vatican or Venezuela must have a valid passport to enter Spain. They may stay in Spain for a maximum period of 90 days.

 

People coming from the rest of the countries should apply for a visa from the Spanish Embassy or Consulate in their place of residence that is subject to criteria established by the EU. In addition to that, they will also require a valid passport. You may be required to specify the reason for your application for entrance to Spain.

The Spanish authorities may ask for a document showing the establishment of accommodation in Spain, confirmation of an organized tour booking, a return ticket or ticket for a tourist itinerary or an invitation by a third party and sufficient funds for maintenance during the stay in Spain. Arrangement of travel insurance for travelling to Spain and also verifying the criteria from the Spanish Embassy or Consulate before the trip is highly recommended.

Vaccinations
Travelers do not need any vaccinations against illness on their travel to Spain. Like in all over the world, having anti-tetanus vaccination for the nature and the countryside travelers is advisable.

Products to be Brought into Spain
For the travelers travelling in between the countries that are in the European Union; there are no limitations for the products that they can buy and take with them providing what they buy is for their own personal use. Also note that according to the European Commission regulations, travelers may not bring animal originated foodstuffs such as meats, meat products, milk and dairy products into the European Union for their own consumption as part of their baggage. The commercially packed powdered milk for children and special foodstuffs required for medical conditions are the exceptions for that regulation. All other foodstuffs can be brought into Spain up to a maximum weight of one kilogram.

Travelers are able to enter Spain with their personal baggage containing the items for their personal use or to be given as gifts or presents as well as depending on the quantity or type of goods. Sums of money in excess of 6,010.12 Euro must be declared.

Travelers over 18 years old are authorized to carry 200 cigarettes or 100 mini-cigars or 50 cigars or 250 grams of rolling tobacco. In addition, one liter of drink (over 22% alc. by volume) or two liters (under 22% alc. by volume) are permitted.

Perfumes are limited to 50 grams of perfume and 0.25 liters of eau de toilette.

Travelling to Spain with your Pets
Spain applies the current regulations that are similar to other European countries which means that "all pets must be in possession of the correct veterinary certificate or passport according to the species of animal". Owners of the pets should certify this with a paper also including a version in Spanish as well. The paper should tell that the they have been in possession of the pet for a minimum of 3 months or since shortly after birth if they are less than 3 months old. The owners also need to declare that they undertake not to sell the pet and they will accept any checks that Spanish health services may deem appropriate in accordance with the current health regulations.

 

If the pet is a dog, cat or ferret than the owners need to fill a series of sanitary and identification requirements before entering to Spain. That series of requirements may vary according to the country of origin.The pets mostly will need to be vaccinated against rabies and to be identified by a microchip or tattoo. The owners should remember that there may be restrictions to enter to Spain if the animal is less than three months old. If the pet does not have a rabies vaccination certificate or a health document then the entrance will be refused.

Due to the bird flu, importing birds and related products into Spain from affected countries is prohibited. There are strict controls on the birds especially coming from southeast Asia.

 

In addition, bringing any type of ornamental bird into the EU countries and Spain is also prohibited. So if the owner's pet is an endangered species then travelling with your pet will not be allowed.

The travelers should note the below recommendations in their Spain travel. In some regions of Spain, the muzzles are obligatory. The pets must be identified by a microchip or tattoo. The pets should travel with you in a suitable container. Some hotels and most restaurants do not admit pets.

Travelling to Spain with your Car
Travelers who want travel to Spain in their own cars or vehicles should have a "Driver’s License" and "Motor insurance".

For the driver's license, the citizen of the EU countries, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein or the countries that has adopted the standard license as agreed in the Geneva or Vienna conventions only require a valid driver’s license. The rest of the countries' citizens will require an International Driver’s License.

For the motor insurance, if the travelers are a citizen of the EU countries, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra or Croatia, then they only need to carry their insurance policy along with a payment receipt that shows the validity of the policy.

If they are from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Byelorussia, Israel, Iran, Morocco, Moldavia, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Tunisia, Turkey or Ukraine, then they will need to get a "Green Card - the International Motor Insurance Certificate".

Travelers from the rest of the countries should take out a "Frontier Insurance Policy" (a temporary, obligatory, third party policy for motor vehicles) to enter to Spain with their cars.

Travelling to Spain with your Boat
In the Spain waters you need a sailing license to pilot a pleasure craft of more than 5 meters long for sailing boats and more than 4 meters long for motorized vessels in excess of 10 kilowatts.

For the ones sailing their own vessel, on entering a port you should show your documentation which include; the ownership of the boat or vessel according to the country of registration and flag flown as well as the obligatory insurance that should cover a minimum of 150,000 Euros for third party damages.

Boats or vessels giving harm to maritime safety may be prohibited to moor, anchor or enter to the ports.

To rent a boat in Spain, for the ones having a sailing license obtained outside of Spain, they must present a permit from the corresponding Maritime Authority to show that the functions conceded are the same as those authorized on the overseas license. Requests can be made through the boat hire companies.

Dynamic lift or high-speed vessels have special controls including the navigation plans, high speed vessel mark, visibility from the air and moor in specific destinations and locations.

 
 
 
 
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* Transportation
* Spanish Cuisine
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* Top 10 Beach Resorts * Top 10 Green Travel
* Top 10 Beach & Nightlife * Top 10 Spa Holidays
* Ski & Mountain Resorts * Top 10 Beaches
* Top 10 City Breaks * Top 10 Sightseeing
* Top 10 Water Sports * Top 10 Museums
* Top 10 Windsurfing * Top 10 Festivals
* Top 10 Scuba Diving * Top 10 Theme Parks
* Top 10 Golf Resorts * Top 10 Water Parks
* Top 10 Ecotourism * World Heritage Cities
   
* Barcelona * Madrid
* Valencia * Palma de Mallorca
* Ibiza Town * Seville
* Granada * Córdoba
* Málaga * Pamplona
* Alicante * Las Palmas
   
* Costa del Sol
* Costa Blanca
* Costa de la Luz
* Costa Calida
* Costa de Almeria
* Costa del Azahar
* Costa Valencia
* Costa Tropical
* Costa Brava
* Costa Dorada
   
* Gran Canaria
* Tenerife
* Lanzarote
* Fuerteventura
* La Palma
* La Gomera
* El Hierro
   
* Ibiza
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* Menorca
* Formentera
 

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