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Schengen Visa

Schengen Visa

by Chris Chaplow

If Spain is the ONLY Schengen country you are visiting - you should apply for a schengen Visa   from the Spanish consulate or embassy.

If visiting more than one Schengen country – you must apply at the Embassy or Consulate representing the country of your main destination (the country of longest stay).
 

If visiting more than one Schengen country with equal stay duration – you must apply at the Embassy or Consulate representing the Schengen country, you will enter first.
 

If your visa is from Spain or another Schengen area country, it automatically allows you to travel to the other Schengen countries as well.

If you have a valid residence permit from one of those Schengen countries, it is equivalent to a visa.

Below we list the countries whose nationals do not need a visa to visit for tourism or business (not to work or live) the EU for no more than 90 days in any 180-day period. Source   Citizens of the countries that don’t need a visa to enter the Schengen zone are not allowed to reside or work in a country without any other legal permission.

A future electronic system similar to the U.S Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) for the EU is the ETIAS which stands for European Travel Information and Authorization System is due to be launched on 01-01-2022


In general, third-country nationals staying more than 90 days in the Schengen Area require either a long-stay visa for less than a year or a residence permit for longer periods.

Although long-stay visas issued by these countries have a uniform design, the procedures, and conditions for issuing them are usually determined by each individual country. For example, some Schengen countries require applications for long-stay visas to be made in the applicant's home country, while other Schengen countries permit them after arrival. Some procedures may vary depending on the applicant's country as well.

If you are in a Schengen country and need to remain longer than 90 days in the Schengen area you must apply for a residency permit. In Spain this is at the Ministry of the Interior or the foreigner department of the National Police.  

Countries and Territories whose nationals do NOT need a Schengen visa. Nationals of these countries should ensure they have the correct travel documents  for Non-EU Nationals:

Andorra

United Arab Emirates

Antigua and Barbuda

Albania

Argentina

Australia

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Barbados

Brunei

Brazil

Bahamas

Canada

Chile

Colombia

Costa Rica

Dominica

Micronesia

Grenada

Georgia

Guatemala

Honduras

Israel

Japan

Kiribati

Saint Kitts and Nevis

South Korea

Saint Lucia

Monaco

Moldova

Montenegro

Marshall Islands

Mauritius

Mexico

Malaysia

Nicaragua

Nauru

New Zealand

Panama

Peru

Palau

Paraguay

Serbia

Solomon Islands

Seychelles

Singapore

San Marino

El Salvador

Timor-Leste

Tonga

Trinidad and Tobago

Tuvalu

Ukraine

United States of America USA

Uruguay

Holy See

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Venezuela

Vanuatu

Samoa

Hong Kong SAR

Macao SAR

British Citizens of UK

British nationals (Overseas)

British overseas territories citizens (BOTC)

British overseas citizens (BOC)

British protected persons (BPP)

British subjects (BS)

Taiwan

former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Types of Schengen Visa