Entry requirements and procedures
- Do you need vaccinations to travel to Spain?
You do not need any vaccinations against illness to travel to Spain. As in any part of the world, it is advisable to have your anti-tetanus vaccination up to date if you are going to be in contact with nature and the countryside, as well as any other official vaccination programme.
Under exceptional circumstances, the Spanish authorities can ask travellers to undergo a medical examination to ensure that they are not suffering from any of the illnesses requiring quarantine listed in International Health Regulations.
- What documentation is required to travel to Spain?
The documentation required to travel to Spain varies according to the country of origin.
If you are a citizen of a EU country, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Lichtenstein, you will need a valid passport or ID card. Additionally, in the case of a minor travelling with an ID document, this must be accompanied by written permission from the parents.
If you come from another country:
The maximum stay in Spain is 90 days.There are a number of countries whose citizens are required to have a valid current visa in order to enter Spain. You can consult them on this list. Citizens of these countries can also travel to Spain if they have a residence permit or a long-term visa issued by another country in the European Union (with the exception of the United Kingdom, Ireland, Romania, Bulgaria and Cyprus), Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein.
Citizens of all other countries must be in possession of documents which justify the object and the conditions of their stay, and be in possession of sufficient economic resources for their maintenance throughout the period they are intending to remain in Spain. The documents they are required to present will vary according to the motive of the trip. You can consult them in the “Foreign Affairs” section of the Ministry of Internal Affairs website.
It is advisable to take out travel insurance for your trip.
Given that conditions may vary, we suggest you contact the Spanish Embassy or Consulate to verify these requirements before you start your trip.
- 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.
- Which products can be brought into Spain?
If you're travelling from another European Union countryThere are no limits to what you can buy and take with you when you travel between countries in the European Union, provided what you buy is for your own personal use. In these cases you will not need to prove they will be subject to personal use in quantities below 800 cigarettes, 400 mini-cigars, 200 cigars, 1 kg of tobacco, 10 litres of liqueurs, 20 of fortified wine, 90 wine and 110 litres of beer. Furthermore, monetary amounts of over 9,999.99 euros must also be declared.If you're travelling from a country outside the European UnionTravellers may not bring foodstuffs of animal origin for their own consumption into the European Union as part of their baggage (meats, meat products, milk and dairy products). Usually, the only exceptions are powdered baby milk formula in the container it is sold in, and foods for special medical purposes. However, travellers coming from the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Iceland may bring in small amounts of meat and dairy products for their own consumption. Other foodstuffs can be brought into Spain up to a maximum weight of one kilogram.
Travellers are permitted to enter Spain with their personal baggage, which may contain items for personal or family use, or to be given as presents. These will not in principle be considered as commercial goods, depending on the quantity or type of goods. This evaluation will be made by the customs services on arrival.
Sums of money in excess of 9,999.99 euros must be declared. Currently, over 18s are authorised to carry 200 cigarettes, or 100 mini-cigars, or 50 cigars, or 250 grams of rolling tobacco. The quantities of alcohol visitors are permitted to bring into the country are four litres of non-sparkling wine and 16 litres of beer or one litre of drink with an alcohol content of over 22%, or two litres with a lower alcohol content. Each of these quantities represents 100% of the total authorised amount, which can be divided. For example, you may carry half a litre of liquor and 1 litre of sealed wine since each of these quantities is half of the permitted amount. Given that conditions may vary, we suggest you contact the Spanish Embassy or Consulate to verify these restrictions. For more information visit the European Union website.
- Are you travelling with your pet?
There are three general rules: animals should be accompanied by their owners or representatives, must be properly identified and must have a veterinary certificate 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.You can travel with a maximum of five pets for non-commercial regulations to apply.
If your pet is a dog, a cat or a ferret
If bringing a dog, cat or pet ferret into Spain from a European Union country, it must:• Be identified by an electronic microchip or a readable tattoo applied before 3 July 2011. • Be vaccinated against rabies at the time of travel. If the dog, cat or ferret is less than 15 weeks old it cannot have a valid anti-rabies vaccination and will therefore not be allowed into the country.• Have a European pet passport, correctly filled in.If travelling from a non-European Union country, you must bring your pet through one of the designated Travellers’ Points of Entry and inform the Guardia Civil (Civil Guard) that you are travelling with a pet, presenting its documentation. If you don’t have a European Pet Passport, your animals must be accompanied by:• An animal health certificate signed by an official veterinarian of your country and presented in, at least, Spanish. • A statement according to European Union forms. • A certified copy of the animal’s identification and vaccination information.You can find full information and the certificate and declaration forms in Spanish and English here.
If your pet is a bird
Pet birds are birds other than: chickens, turkeys, guinea fowl, ducks, geese, quail, pigeons and doves, pheasants, partridges and ratites. Birds brought from European Union countries must be accompanied by a veterinary certificate according to the INTRA-2 form, written in, at least, Spanish and issued in the last 10 days.However, if the birds are coming from non-European Union countries, they must enter at one of the designated Points of Entry and be accompanied by an animal health certificate signed by an official veterinarian, presented in, at least, Spanish, and by a statement according to European Union forms. The pet bird must also comply with one of the four options in the veterinary certificate providing protection from problems such as avian influenza.You can find information on all the requirements here.
There are other animal species which, according to Regulation (EU) 576/2013 of the European Parliament and Council, can be considered pets: invertebrates (with some exceptions), ornamental aquatic animals, amphibians, reptiles, rodents and rabbits (other than those intended for the production of food according to Regulation 853/2004).They must all have the corresponding veterinary certificate, written at least in Spanish, issued within 10 days before the trip. Also, if coming from a non-European Union country, see this link to consult which animal health certificate form corresponds to each type of animal and which are the official Points of Entry.
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:
• A muzzle is compulsory for dogs in some regions of Spain as well as for travelling on many forms of public transport, and for road transport in the case of potentially dangerous animals.• Public transport at each destination will have its own regulations for travelling with pets. There are taxi companies specialising in pet transport.• Not all types of accommodation admit animals. When booking, it is advisable to mention you will be travelling with a pet in order to check whether pets are allowed or if a supplement will be charged. However, an increasing range of accommodation services do permit animals, and there are also “pet hotels” with 24-hour surveillance.• Many restaurants and shops do not permit pets, although there are increasing numbers of pet-friendly businesses that do accept them, and even spaces designed especially for pets, such as grooming salons, etc.• The municipal authorities determine the places, seasons and times when dogs are allowed to enter and stay on beaches.• Pets are the protagonists at some events in Spain, such as the Perrotón España charity race, or the Fiestas de San Antón in Madrid.• Websites such as https://www.dogvivant.com and https://www.travelguau.com offer plenty of information on pet-friendly accommodation, companies, services and destinations.But before you start your trip, it is always advisable to check with your chosen accommodation and transport companies about their conditions for travelling with pets.
Given that conditions may vary, we suggest you contact the Spanish Embassy or Consulate to verify the information. For more information visit the Ministry of Agriculture, Fishing and Food website.