More than fifty-nine million tourists come to Spain every year. Who wouldn´t want to come see our beautiful warm beaches or visit our iconic buildings like the Sagrada Familia or the Museo del Prado? However, if you are not a member of the European Union, then you must be prepared and plan ahead before embarking on your journey to Spain.
What is meant by travelling as a tourist? First and foremost, travelling as a tourist means that you are coming to Spain for no more than ninety days within a period of 180 days.
Before leaving for Spain you must have a valid passport that will not expire within the next four months. On the other hand, you must have the appropriate corresponding visa depending on your nationality and the international agreements between Spain and your country of origin. If you need a tourist visa, then you must request it at the Spanish diplomatic mission or consular office in your home country.
As a tourist you must have sufficient economic means to cover both your living expenses while in Spain and your return expenses back to your home country. The purpose of this to try to control the illegal entry of immigrants into our country who are coming to visit family members.
From our website we advise you to visit www.spain.info where you can find relevant information regarding all the immigrant procedures that may be necessary before travelling to our country. This site will give you insight into Spanish currency, where you can exchange money, and into what the average cost of living here is during your stay. You will also find information regarding health and safety, medical assistance and where to go in case of an energency. This website is designed to make your trip and travel preparation as easy as possible.
Translated by: Katherine Pascal