Entry requirements and procedures
- Where are all the other offices of the Spanish Embassy in the United Kingdom?
SPANISH EMBASSY 39 Chesham Place, London SW1X 8SB. Chancery - http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Embajadas/Londres/es/Paginas/inicio.aspx E-mail: email@example.com Tel. 020 7235 5555 Fax 020 7259 5392 Agriculture, Fisheries and food Service (Environmental department)- Tel. 0207 235 5005 Fax 020 7 259 6897 firstname.lastname@example.org Press Office – Tel. 020 7235 7537 Fax 020 7235 2263 email@example.com Spanish Chamber of Commerce, 126 Wigmore St. London W1U 3 RZ. Tel. 0207 009 9070 Fax 0207 009 9088 www.spanishchamber.co.uk E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For advise on business deals in Spain or Spanish exporters in the UK. Labour Office, 20 Peel Street, London W8 7PD. Tel: 020 7221 0098. Fax: 020 7229 7270. E-mail: email@example.com www.mtin.es/es/mundo/consejerias/reinounido. For advice on regulations regarding work and Social Security in Spain. Education Office, 20 Peel Street, London W8 7PD. Tel. 020 7727 2462 Fax 020 7229 4965 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.educacion.es/exterior/uk/ Services include advice and support to schools offering Spanish in their curriculum. Instituto Cervantes, 102 Eaton Square, London SW1W 9AN. Tel. 020 7235 0324/0353 Fax 020 7235 0329 www.londres.cervantes.es E-mail: email@example.com
- What documentation do I need in order to travel to Spain?
Entry requirements and visas
A full British passport, valid for the duration of the visit only, is required to enter mainland Spain, the Balearic and Canary Islands. Children included in an adult’s passport must be under 16 years of age. EU, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland citizens do not require visas for visits whatever their length. Holders of passports valid for the entire period of the visit, issued by Australia Canada, Japan and the USA do not require visas for visits of fewer than 90 days, but a special visa is required for longer stays. Visa information is available on Tel. 0871 376 00 23, option 5, from 08:30 am to 17:30 pm (Monday to Friday) firstname.lastname@example.org ; http://es.vfsglobal.co.uk SPANISH CONSULATES IN THE UK London, 20 Draycott Place, London SW3 2RZ. Tel. 020 7589 8989 Fax 020 7581 7888. E-mail: email@example.com Edinburgh, 63 North Castle Street, Edinburgh EH2, 3LJ. Tel. 0131 220 1843/1439/1442 Fax 0131 226 4568 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- What is required to get married in Spain?
If persons of a nationality other than Spanish wish to get married in Spain they must go to the Civil Registry of the municipality where they want to celebrate the union. There you will be informed of the specific documentation required. As a general rule, it is usually requested to present full birth certificates of the spouses along with certificates of marital status, voter registration cards (at least one spouse must be registered in Spain) and a photocopy of a national identification document, passport or residence permit in force. In Spain, civil marriages between the same sex are permitted.
- What products am I allowed to bring into Spain?
According to the European Commission, travellers may not bring any animal food products into Spain, neither for their own consumption, nor as part or their luggage (including meat, meat products, milk, and dairy products). The only exception is baby powdered milk, sealed in its original package. Any other foods may be brought into Spain, up to a maximum weight of one kilogram. The traveller is allowed to carry in his or her luggage items for personal or family use, as well as gifts, as long as they are not considered commercial merchandise for their nature or quantity. This will be determined by customs officials at the border checkpoint.
In accordance with European ruling, as from the 1st of July 1999, duty free allowances on imports into EU countries ceased to apply on goods bought within the EU. Limits on the import or exportof tobacco and alcoholic drinks within the EU vary from country to country. The restrictions operating in Spain, which are different to those in force in the UK and Ireland, are shown below TABACCO: 800 cigarettes or 400 Cigarillos or 200 Cigars or 1kg Tobacco. ALCOHOL: 10 litres of spirits or 20 litres of fortified wine or 90 litres of wine, of which 60 litres can be sparkling, or 110 litres of beer. The Canary Islands, and Melilla and Ceuta in northern Africa, operate under a different tax system and imports from any of these Spanish destinations are subject to the same restrictions as for duty free goods, both into Spain and the UK: TOBACCO: 200 cigarettes or 100 Cigarillos or 50 Cigars or 250g Tobacco ALCOHOL: 2 litres of still table wine or 1 litre of spirits or 2 litres of fortified wine, sparkling wine or other liqueurs Other links: www.hmce.gov.uk (select Travellers)
- Are you travelling with your pet?
There are three general rules: animals should be accompanied by their owners or representatives, must be duly identified and must have their accompanying animal health certificate, which should include a copy written in Spanish. Please take into account that all pets must be in possession of the correct veterinary certificate or passport, according to the species of animal.
If your pet is a dog, a cat or a ferret
Dogs, cats and ferrets that are less than 3 months old, and are therefore not vaccinated against rabies, are not allowed entry. Before entering Spain, your pet must fulfil a series of sanitary and identification requirements, which may vary according to the country of origin. You can check them on the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment official website. (http://www.magrama.gob.es/es/ganaderia/legislacion/animales-compania-normativa-zoosanitaria.aspx). In most cases, your pet must be identified with a legible tattoo or microchip, and the valid passport must prove that it was vaccinated against rabies. The animal must not travel within 21 days after its first vaccination.
If your pet is a bird
Birds coming from non-European Union member states should comply with a series of control requirements for safety reasons (against bird flu) which are included on the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment official website. In all cases the animal must have the veterinary certificate written at least in Spanish, issued within the past 10 days (for European Union member states), and signed and stamped by an official vet, with a declaration from the owner or their representative (for third countries). Poultry are not considered pets.
They must all have the corresponding veterinary certificate, written at least in Spanish, issued within 10 days before the trip. Also, if you come from a country outside the European Union, on the following link from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, you will find information regarding the entry of your pet into Spain, by type of pet and country of origin. (http://cexgan.magrama.es/Modulos05/Publico/InformacionMercados.aspx?proc=6) For the health certificate, please take into account that pets must be examined within 5 days before leaving the country of origin. On the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment website, as well as the regulations, you'll also find the corresponding certificate and passport models, written in Spanish and English.
A few useful tips…
Make sure you have a telephone number for emergency veterinary services in the place you are planning to visit with your pet.
In addition to fulfilling all the entry requirements, you should also bear in mind the following:
• Muzzles are obligatory in some Spanish regions. • Not all types of accommodation admit animals. • Most restaurants do not admit pets. • The municipal authorities determine the places, seasons and times when dogs are allowed to enter and stay on beaches.
Before you start your trip, it is advisable to check with your chosen accommodation and transport companies about their conditions for travelling with pets.