Spain forms part of the European Union; in other words, it is a member of the “Schengen Convention.” Any legal resident from a Schengen country, plus citizens of the UK, Ireland, Iceland & Norway, do not need a visa to enter the country.
If you are from a member-country of the Schengen agreement - Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, plus Iceland and Norway (which are not EU members)- you do not need a passport to enter Spain. An official national ID card will suffice.
Citizens from EU countries that do not form part of the Schengen agreement must carry a valid passport to enter Spain. No visa is necessary though. These are the UK and Ireland, as well as new members of the EU that do not yet participate in Schengen are Cyprus (joined in 2004) and Bulgaria and Romania (joined in 2007).
Citizens of many other countries do not need a visa to enter for a stay of less than 90 days: Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand and the US are among them. If you are planning on staying for longer than 90 days, you must check with the Spanish consulate nearest you.
Student visas are not that difficult to obtain, provided that your program provides the necessary paperwork. Even in this case, however, you can plan on the process taking at least a month. (Spanish bureaucracy can be frustrating, to say the least). In order to work in Spain it is necessary to have an official offer from a company in Spain. These types of visas are not easy to get for non-EU citizens.
Any member of a country not mentioned above should check their local consulate for visa requirements.
Most countries’ Spanish embassies are located in Madrid, however many have consulates in either Alicante or nearby Valencia. Here is a list of some of them:
|Belgium||Catedrático Soler, 10|
|Tel: 965 92 91 47|
|Dominican Republic||Angel Lozano, 13 4°Izda|
|Tel. 965 14 13 52|
|El Salvador||Cirilo Amoros, 53|
|Tel. 963 52 70 58|
|Tel. 965 85 35 99|
|France||Arquitecto Morell, 8|
|Tel. 965 92 18 36|
|Germany||Avenida Marqués de Sotelo,3, 6°, 13C |
|Tel. 963 10 62 53|
|Greece||Ramón y Cajal, 63-23|
Tel. 963 85 80 24
|Tel. 965 21 21 75|
|Italy||Pintor Aparicio, 34|
|Tel. 965 92 60 48|
|Mexico||Paseo Dr. Gadea, 9 Entlo.|
|Tel. 965 22 93 14|
|Morocco||Duque de Zaragoza, 4 - 5°Dcha|
|Tel. 965 21 85 20|
|Norway||Explanada de España, 29|
|Tel. 965 21 82 90|
|Philippines||Cronista Carreres, 9 4°|
|Tel. 963 94 29 16|
|Sweden||Explanada de España, 29|
|Tel. 965 21 83 00|
|Switzerland||G.V. Marqés del Turia, 38-10|
|Tel. 963 33 37 22|
|United Kingdom||Calvo Sotelo, 1|
|Tel. 965 21 60 22|
|United States||Paz, 27|
|Tel. 963 51 69 73|