Apply for VISA to Spain In Istanbul
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Tourist visa is granted for those where the intention is to visit Spain for tourism and sightseeing without having an invitation from a Spanish reference.
Please Note: There is a service charge of 18 USD per application over and above the visa fees payable by all applicants
All fees are non-refundable.
All charges have to be paid only in cash.
The applicable visa fee is as per the current exchange rate.
Note: PS1: Photograph or screenshot print outs are not acceptable. PS2: All documents must be in A4 format PS3: There can be maximum 90 days between the application date and the travelling date. The 90 days cannot be exceeded. PS4: You must have at the least 17 days between the application date and the travelling date. Applications that do not have 17 days are not acceptable. PS5: If you will not apply individually (VIS) you should write a permission letter and give it to the person who will submit your documents. PS6: Under 12 years old children must come to take photo even if they had ‘’VIS’’ Schengen visa. PS7: Please organize your documents as it seen on that checklist order.
Applicants are required to submit their Application form along a photo in the format, explained below:
- The photo must fulfill the norm specified by the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization).
- Use white background.
- The photo must be no more than 3-months old.
- Not tilted picture (portrait style) showing both edges of face clearly.
- Forehead and face must be clear, end of eyebrows must be shown from hair or hijab
- Close up of the head and top of the shoulders so that the face takes up 70–80% of the photograph.
- Photo in sharp focus and clear.
- Photo with glasses are not acceptable
We kindly recommend you to apply at least 15 days before your travel. Please note that applications can be submitted earliest 90 days before the foreseen departure date. Otherwise the application can not be submitted.
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- Consular services
Third-country nationals require a national visa when they are going to stay in Spain for more than 90 days (in any 180-day period) for the purposes of work, study or establishing their residence. They also need a national visa when moving to Spain to work for a period of under 90 days.
Citizens of the European Union or of the States of the European Economic Area or Switzerland do not need a visa to establish their residence in Spain or for long-term studies or to work. However, once in Spain, they must be entered on the Register for Citizens of the Union. Family members accompanying them, and who benefit from the right to free movement, must apply for a residence permit in Spain. If they need a stay visa because of their nationality, they must obtain a visa for family members of a citizen of the Union (see section " Visas for family members of a citizen of the Union ").
The national visa allows the holder to travel to Spain and to transit through and move around the territory of any Schengen State for a maximum of 90 days. However, it does not automatically entitle them to enter the Schengen area. The border authorities can refuse entry if not all entry requirements are met (See section "Conditions for entry into Spain").
1. Prepare all the required documents for your visa application.
The required documents differ depending on the type of visa you apply for ( Choose a visa )
2. Schedule a Spanish visa appointment.
Please note that the link below is the only official way to book an appointment. In addition, we will not reply to any e-mail asking for an appointment for visa interview unless you have a work/residence permit. If the website does not show you any available spot, it means all the appointments are already taken. In this case, you can only make an appointment when somebody else cancels his/her appointment.
We recommend you to schedule your appointment at your earliest convenience once you decide to visit our Embassy. You can apply for a visa 6 months before the starting date of your study/work/research/other activities.
After making an appointment on the website below, it is essencial to confirm your attendance, otherwise your book will be canceled; 3 days before your appointment you will recieve a confirmation e-mail and will have 2 days to confirm your attendance . However, if you made an appointment less than 3 days before your visa interview, your attendance will be confirmed automatically, without having to confirm it yourself.
The applicant can only submit their documents for visa interview at their scheduled time. If you get late, we will not be able to attend you as we have other appointments booked by other applicants. Please keep it in mind.
Book your APPOINTMENT here (1 passport = 1 appointment).
3. Attend the Spanish visa interview with required documents.
The visa is requested personally and in the case of minors, with their parents or legal guardians.
The Consular Office may ask the applicant to submit any missing documents, or to provide additional documents or data that are necessary for a decision regarding the application. The applicant may also be called in for a personal interview.
* If you were asked to submit any additional documents, you can submit it on Monday, Wednesday or Friday, without an appointment, between 10:00AM and 12:00PM. It is necessary to submit the original and photocopy with your "visa enrollment receipt".
4. Getting a decision on your application
When a visa application is submitted, the Consular Office will provide the applicant with proof of receipt of the application("Visa enrollment receipt") with a code that enables them to check the status of the dossier through the following link: https://sutramiteconsular.maec.es/Home.aspx The legal period for reaching a decision is of 15 working days as of the day after the application submission date, but this period may be extended if an interview or additional documents are requested. The visa/passport/refusal certificate must be collected in person by the applicant or by their representative (if the applicant is a minor) within a maximun period of 1 months, counted as the day after the date on which the RESUELTO is notified. You may pick up your visa/ passport/ refusal certificate by APPOINTMENT or you may come to the Embassy, without an appointment on Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 12.00p.m. to 12.50p.m . Please bring the proof of receipt of the application provided by the Consular Office. If visa is approved, you will be given a visa sticker that goes in your passport and original documentations at the Embassy of Spain in Seoul. If a visa is refused: you will be given a visa refusal letter and your passport (the application with original and copy of documentations must be keep at the Embassy of Spain in Seoul). In addition, t he applicant may submit an appeal for reconsideration to this Consular Office within 1 month of the day following the date on which notification of the refusal is received. An application for judicial review may also be filed with the High Court Justice of Madrid within the 2-month period beginning the day after the date on which the applicant receives notification of the visa refusal or of the dismissal of the reconsideration appeal.
5. Inquiries: For inquiries regarding visas, please send us e-mail to the Consular Section, keeping the following format:
[Before visa application]
Type of visa:
Available contact number:
Content in detail:
[After visa application]
Visa number(written by hand on visa enrollment receipt)
6. After visa application
You can check the status of your visa on the following website: click here .
When it appears "resuelto" like in the image below, you can come to check your visa result.
[Monday, Wednesday or Friday, 12:00-12:50PM without appointment] [09:00-11:50AM with appointment]
Persons wishing to exercise their rights of access, rectification and erasure of their personal data in the Visa Information System (VIS) may do so by addressing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation:
Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores, Unión Europea y Cooperación Inspección General de Servicios Postal address: Plaza de la Provincia, 1, Madrid, España Email: [email protected]
The following forms may be used to do so:
Persons whose visa application has been refused because they are banned from entering the Schengen area may exercise their rights of access, rectification and erasure of their personal data in the Schengen Information System (SIS) by addressing the Ministry of the Interior.
Complaints or suggestions
Basic legislation .
- Organic Law 4/2000 of 11 January, on Rights and Freedoms of Foreigners in Spain and their Social Integration
- Royal Decree 557/2011 of 20 April, approving the Regulation of Organic Law 4/2000 on the Rights and Freedoms of Foreigners in Spain and their Social Integration, following its amendment by Organic Law 2/2009
- Act 14/2013 of 27 September, on Support for Entrepreneurs and their Internationalization
Visa and passport. What should you bear in mind?
It is highly recommended that foreigners, who wish to visit Türkiye, should read the related information about our country’s visa regime. Visa regime for Touristic and Business Purposed visit of a country may differ from Work and Education Purposed visit. Also Türkiye’s visa regime may change according to reciprocity principle. While some applicants may be exempt from visa for their touristic or business visit to Türkiye, the others can obtain an e-Visa. All other applicants will need to obtain a visa through Turkish Representations in the abroad. An information note about visa regime of Türkiye is available in the following address: www.mfa.gov.tr Visa types granted by Türkiye are; 1- TOURIST/BUSINESSPERSON a) Touristic Visit b) Single Transit c) Double Transit d) Business Meeting/Commerce e) Conference/Seminar/Meeting f) Festival/Fair/Exhibition g) Sportive Activity h) Cultural Artistic Activity i) Official Visit j) Visit to Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus 2- OFFICIAL VISA a) Assigned for duty b) Courier 3- STUDENT – EDUCATION VISA a) Internship Visa b) Internship ERASMUS c) Internship AISEC d) Turkish Language Course Purpose e) Course Purpose f) Education Purpose g) Education in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus 4- WORKING VISA a) Employment Purpose/Special Employment Purpose b) Assigned Lecturers/Academics c) Assigned Sportsperson d) Assigned Artists e) Assigned Free Zone Workers f) Assigned Journalists g) Montage and Repairman Purposes 5- OTHER VISAS a) Archaeological Excavation, Exploration Purpose b) Documentary Purpose c) Tour Operator Representative d) Medical Treatment Purposes e) Accompaniment Purpose f) Family Unification Purpose g) Freight Vısa h) Seafarer Visa PASSPORT VALIDITY In accordance with the article 7.1b of “the Law on Foreigners and International Protection” no.6458, foreigners wishing to enter Türkiye should carry a travel document (passport) with an expiration date at least 60 days beyond the “duration of stay” of their visa, e-Visa, visa exemption, or residence permit. Example A: In order to enter Türkiye having a visa with 90 days “duration of stay”, foreigners should hold a travel document valid at least for an additional 60 days which totals to 150 days (90 days + 60 days) of validity at the time of entrance. Example B: In order to enter Türkiye having a visa with 30 days “duration of stay”, foreigners should hold a travel document valid at least for an additional 60 days which totals to 90 days (30 days + 60 days) of validity at the time of entrance." In accordance with international agreements and special legal provisions, the following categories are exempted from this provision: a) Citizens of countries who are allowed to enter Türkiye with their national ID’s in accordance with “European Agreement on Regulations governing the Movement of Persons between Member States of the Council of Europe”; 1- Germany 2- Belgium 3- France 4- Georgia 5- The Netherlands 6- Spain 7- Switzerland 8- İtaly 9- Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus 10- Liechtenstein 11- Luxembourg 12- Malta 13- Portugal 14- Greece b) Citizens of countries holding passports which are expired but considered as valid for a certain period 1. Germany – Passports expired within the last year / ID’s expired within the last year 2. Belgium - Passports expired within the last 5 years. 3. France - Passports expired within the last 5 years. 4. Spain - Passports expired within the last 5 years. 5. Switzerland - Passports expired within the last 5 years. 6. Luxemburg - Passports expired within the last 5 years. 7. Portugal - Passports expired within the last 5 years. 8. Bulgaria – Valid ordinary passport c) Holders of diplomatic, special and official passports GENERAL INFORMATION - Visitors who are not exempt from entry visa must obtain their visas or schedule an appointment with the Turkish Consular offices via Pre-Application System for Turkish Sticker Visa ( www.visa.gov.tr ). The applicants who meet the requirements will be directed by the Pre-Application System for Turkish Sticker Visa to the e-Visa system ( www.evisa.gov.tr ) In those countries where Türkiye does not have a consular representation can also use online scheduling for appointments with the nearest accredited consular office of Türkiye. - In order to avoid inconveniences that may be caused by delays in processing, it is recommended to apply for visas at least one month in advance before the planned travel. - The visas submitted to foreigners do not guarantee absolute rights of entry to Türkiye. - Visa fees are not refundable in cases where applications are rejected - All applicants are required to have a medical insurance that will be valid during their stay in Türkiye. - The length of stay provided by visa or visa exemption cannot exceed 90 days within each 180 days. The regulation of 90 days of stay within the last 180 days is binding for all foreigners that will travel to Türkiye. - It is not possible for foreigners holding two passports to stay in Türkiye for 90 days each with their two different passports within the last 180 days. - In all types of visa applications, Turkish consular offices may issue visas with a maximum duration of stay of 90 days. The foreigners who wish to stay longer than 90 days in Türkiye, should apply for “Short Term Residence Permit” at the Provincial Directorate of Migration Administration in order to extend their residence. - The residence permit of the foreigners will be cancelled if they stay outside Türkiye for longer than 120 days in total during the last year. - For United Nations (UN) Travel Document (Laissez-Passer) holders who have blue UN travel documents, visa exemption with 90 days length of stay within the preceding 180 days may apply during their official visit to Türkiye if they can certify their official assignment. Red UN Travel Document holders, shall be exempt from entry visa and may stay in Türkiye 90 days within the preceding 180 days regardless of their purpose of visit. General visa provisions shall apply for Blue UN travel document holders subject to regulations specified according to their country of origin. - Visa applications for travels except for touristic or trade purposes (work or study etc.) will need to obtain visa through Turkish Representations in the abroad. - Regardless of the visa regime applied towards the citizens of a country, the travel document holders of that country need to obtain visa from Turkish missions beforehand. - Any applicant under the age of 18 must submit official written approvals from both parents. For those applicants who certify that their parents are officially divorced and prove the parent holding their custody as well as for those with one parent deceased, visas may be issued in accordance with their purpose of visit. - The authorization of processing the residence permit applications submitted by the following persons who enter Türkiye availing visa-free regime and without requirement of obtainment of Student Visas lays with Local Immigration Offices (Provincial Directorates of Migration): Foreigners who arrive in Türkiye upon invitations by universities under Turkish Higher Education Board to study at the associate, undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, Ph. D levels pursuant to international student exchange programs, cultural programs as well as under EU Education and Youth Programs. - For foreigners wishing to enter Türkiye via naval ports with touristic purposes, visa-free entry permits may be issued by the local governorates. These permits shall have a maximum 72 hours duration of stay and will be only valid for sightseeing purposes in the vicinity of naval ports where they entered the country. This practice, as it intends to facilitate entry for those visitors subject to visa, does not entitle visitors to visa. Passports of these visitors are not retained by the border authorities; however, visitors are given "Harbor City Entry Permit" which is required to be returned to the authorities upon their exits. - Any piece of data submitted here may be processed and stored in database accessible to the relevant Turkish authorities in accordance with their respective mandates. Tourist Visa - If an invitation letter is submitted for a Touristic Visa application, it must include the inviting person's TR Identity Number, clear identity, the list of invitees, permanent address, contact number, length and purpose of stay and the affinity with the applicant must be stated in the letter. If the inviting side is an organization or a company, tax registration certificate of the organization will be required. In the invitation letter it is also required for the inviting person/authority to pledge for covering victuals and accommodation expenses and for taking their own responsibility. The applicant is required to have sufficient and/or regular remunerations. Working Visa: - Foreigners lay their applications for work permit through our consular offices in the country of their residence or nationality. - To work in Türkiye, you must apply to the nearest Turkish mission to obtain work permit and visa. Your passport, visa application form and a letter from your employer are the necessary documents for your application. Other documents should be submitted to the Turkish Ministry of Labor and Social Security (MLSS) by your employer within ten working days after your application. - Work Permit Applications are concluded positively or negatively by the Ministry of Labor and Social Security. Work Permits have equivalence to residence permits. Thus, should a working permit is approved by the Ministry, the foreigner is charged an Entry Visa Fee, Work Permit Certificate Fee and Residence Fee by the Turkish consular offices. Since Work Permit Card substitute residence permit in Türkiye, "Work Annotated Visa" issued by these offices can only be used for entrance and for 90 days at maximum. - You may find the list of those documents in the MLSS’s website ( http://www.csgb.gov.tr ). Applications are finalized by the MLSS within thirty days at the latest. Right after your arrival in Türkiye (before starting to work), you should be registered at the local police department within one month to obtain the necessary residence permit. - Work permit is granted to foreigners who will work in Free Zones in our country by the Ministry of Economy, to those to work in units under Ministry of Culture and Tourism by the mentioned Ministry and to foreign national personnel to work in universities by the Higher Education Board. Internship Visa / Work Permit Exemption: - Applicants need to obtain a work permit from the Ministry of Labor and Social Security pursuant to the Law numbered 4817 for private internship applications outside the provisions set forth in the Article 55 "Work Permit Exemption" title of Law Enforcement Regulation about Working Permits of Foreigners. - Article 55 of the Law Enforcement Regulation on Working Permits of Foreigners no. 4817 regulating working permit exemptions, the extent and the lengths of time the foreigners are exempt from working permit are stated. Those who meet the requirements below do not need to obtain a work permit. (1) Without prejudice to the provisions set out in specific laws and on condition that the foreigner and the employer fulfill their obligations resulting from other laws; a) The persons exempted from work visa under the bilateral or multilateral agreements to which Türkiye is a signatory party, b) the foreigners holding permanent residences abroad and wishing to visit Türkiye temporarily with purposes of scientific studies, cultural and artistic activities for a period shorter than a month and with the aim of sporting activities for a period less than four months, c) For the purpose of installation, maintenance and repair of machinery and equipment imported to Türkiye, providing training for their utilization or transporting of defective equipment from Türkiye and provided that they do not exceed the total stay of three months within a year as of the date of entry into Türkiye and verify this condition with the documents that they will submit, the ones coming to Türkiye, ç) For the purpose of training in the use of goods and services exported from or imported to Türkiye and provided that they do not exceed three months totally within a year as of the date of entry into Türkiye and verify this condition thanks to the documents that they will submit, the ones in Türkiye d) Being an entertainer, performer and etc. in charge at fair and circuses which are going to carry out activities outside the borders of certificated tourism establishments and provided that they do not exceed six months as of the date of entry into Türkiye and verify this condition with the documents that they will submit, the ones in Türkiye e) On condition that it does not exceed two years and it will be limited to the period of study, the foreigners coming to state institutions and organizations together with the universities so as to enhance their information and good manners by verifying their state via the documents that they will submit, f) Persons who notified the Turkish authorities on the fact that they will provide important services and contributions socio-cultural and technological fields and educational fields within a period not exceeding six months. g) Persons visiting Türkiye under the programs of the Center for European Union Education and Youth Programs (National Agency), ğ) The foreigners to go on a training under the framework of international trainee programs sanctioned by the Higher Education Board, the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. h) The foreigners who are the representatives of tour operators coming to Türkiye on condition that the term of contract does not exceed eight months, ı) During the contracts of other athletes, trainers, football players whose requests are approved by Turkish Football Federation or General Directorate of Youth and Sports i) By the bilateral protocols signed under the Rule no. I/10 of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, the foreign seafarers serving on vessels which have received " Conformity Approval Certificate" from the related administration and is registered in Turkish International Ship Registry Law and operate outside the cabotage line, j) Foreign experts employed in the projects that are conducted within the scope of Türkiye-European Union Financial Cooperation Programs are not in need of obtaining a work visa during their term of office. - Within the scope of article 55, residence permits of the foreigners coming to Türkiye are given as “Short Term" residence permits by Provincial Directorate of Migration Administration. Exemption periods cannot be extended, the foreigners under this provision can make use of exemption rules only once within one calendar year. However, it is required that it must have been three months as of the expiry date of the residence permit granted to the foreigner with the same purpose in order to exercise this right. In case of the need of working longer than the exemption period allows, the foreigner has to obtain a work visa through the Ministry of Labor and Social Security. Tour Operator Representative Visa - The foreign representatives of tour operators, are exempted from obtaining a work visa for their duties for up to eight months. The applications of the foreigners asking for a residence permit from Provincial Directorate of Migration as the representatives of tour operators are processed under rules regulating touristic visits. Transportation Visa - The foreigners applying for visa for transportation may be given a multiple entry visa valid for one year in case they submit the required documents. - Visa regime for truck drivers of a country may differ from the overall visa regime effective for citizens of that particular country. For further information, please contact the nearest Turkish mission. The Personnel Assigned for Foreign Religious Foundations - The personnel employed officially in foreign religious foundations in Türkiye - Work permits of the foreigners employed in religious foundations are under the framework of exceptional condition. Applications of permission are made via our Ministry and residence permits are issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs so that they can work in our country. Archaeological Excavation, Exploration, Documentary Purpose Visas - Foreigners who will shoot a documentary film conduct a research or an archeological excavation should get a special permission from the Turkish authorities in advance. - It is necessary that the one should enter Türkiye by obtaining a relevant visa via our foreign representatives for excavation and research. - The foreigners to come to our country for the purpose of movie and documentary shooting should obtain a permit document from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Directorate General of Cinema and the provincial Governorate. - One can directly apply to the related institutions for scientific researches, sound track recording, filming documentaries and movies, photo shooting to be carried out on archeological, historical, geological, sociological and natural issues in Türkiye, on land, in the air, at sea, at river and at lake. Applications on surface explorations to be made on the land registry cadaster records with archaeological excavations and underwater archaeological researches apart from these are made to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs via the applicant's own diplomatic mission in Türkiye and to the Ministry via Turkish foreign representatives abroad on the other hand.
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If you want to visit Spain for the holidays, you need a tourist visa Spain. Tourist visas are available to foreigners from other countries for short-term visits. Keep reading to know more.
Spain In Europe
Spain is the second largest country by land mass in Europe and is home to more than 46 million people. Located on the Iberian peninsula and bordering Portugal to the West, it is one of the most beautiful and peaceful countries on the continent. The official language is Spanish; the minority speaks other languages like English and Italian. With a 505,990 square mile size, the country has loads of tourist attractions that will make your visit worthwhile. Currently, the tourism industry is the second largest in the world in terms of visitors and revenue generation.
Due to Spain’s position as a former colonial power and home to the Spanish language, many visitors come from Spanish-speaking countries. Moreover, the famous tourist attractions in Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid, and Seville attract millions yearly. Museums, resorts, ruins, cathedrals, and more are abundant in Spain.
Other side attractions include the famous bullfighting exhibitions, the festival of tomatoes, flamingos, and more. Then there is Ibiza, with its lovely beaches and resorts, the Alhambra Gardens, the Grand Mosque of Cordoba, and the Sagrada Familia. In fact, Spain has so much to see, which is why it is the second most visited country in the world.
Types Of Spain Tourist Visa
There are two types of tourist visas for visitors.
National Visa: The national Spain visa is issued by only the Spanish government to tourists. This visa can only be used to visit Spain and no other country. It is valid for 180 days and allows the holder to stay for up to 90 days. It is only meant for vacation and sightseeing, not for long-term stays.
Schengen Tourist Visa: The Schengen tourist visa is another type of tourist visa issued by the Spanish authorities because it is a Schengen country. Spain became a Schengen nation in 1995 and an EU nation-state. This association allows its government to issue Schengen visas to visitors. Holders of this visa can visit any of the other Schengen nations in Europe, provided they make their first stop in Spain. Schengen visas are valid for 180 days and allow up to 90 days of stay. They are also multiple entry visas.
Tourist Visa Spain Requirements
Here are the Spain tourist visa requirements to avail of this visa
Application Form: You must fill out and complete the application form. Forms should be filled out in block letters and black ink. Ensure you only provide valid information.
Passport: A valid passport that will not expire in the next 6 months is required.
Proof of Accommodation: An Air BnB or residential address where you will stay during your visit.
Return Flight: A round-trip ticket or return ticket to your home country after your trip.
Email: An registered email to receive correspondence or the online visa.
Medical Insurance: Based on Schengen requirements, the applicant must provide health insurance with a minimum cover of €30,000 to cover any potential health expenses.
Card: A credit or debit card to pay the application fee.
How to Apply For A Spain Tourist Visa
These are the steps to apply for a visa for Spain.
Embassy Application: If an online application is not open to nationals from your county, you will have to visit the Spanish embassy to submit a physical application. Depending on how the embassy operates in your country, you may need to book an appointment.
After submitting your documents, an interview will be scheduled for you, which you must attend with original copies of your documents.
The second option is to apply for a Spanish Schengen visa online if you are eligible for such. You can apply for a tourist visa to Spain using VisaHQ. Just follow these simple steps
Log onto VisaHQ
Select Spain as your destination
Select your citizenship
Choose Tourist Visa
Complete the application form
Attach the required documents
Pay the processing fee
Submit for approval
Applicants who are successful will receive the visa in their email. They must print it out and bring it on the trip to Spain as immigration officers will request it.
The processing time for a tourist visa in Spain depends on the application method. Online visas are issued in 5 working days or less due to the limited paperwork and process. For embassy applications, it may take up to 15 working days to get the visa. Just make sure that your documents are in order so your application will not be rejected.
For emergency trips, endeavor to apply as quickly as possible.
Are you a foreign national with business interests in Spain? Do you have a conference coming up in the Iberian nation in the coming months? What you will need is a business visa in Spain.
This visa is designed for foreigners from non-EU and Non-Schengen nations that wish to visit Spain for a short time. The visa allows you to visit Spain to conduct business or attend meetings for a period of 90 days. This article contains information about the Spain business visa requirements, application process, and processing time.
The Spanish economy is a highly developed economy with the 16th largest GDP in the world and the 6th in Europe at $1.39 trillion. Being a member of the Eurozone, Spain has successfully tapped into the economic potential of Europe and attracts billions of foreign direct investments annually. The country is also a member of the World Trade Organization and the 20th largest exporter in the world. Boasting the 10th highest quality of life since 2005, Spain is one of the best business destinations on the planet.
The county has several thriving industries, including shipbuilding, medical technology, automotive, chemicals, textile, and tourism, which is the second largest contributor to GDP.
It is ranked 30th out of 190 economies for ease of business, making it a perfect destination for business and investment.
What Is A Business Visa?
A business visa is a short-term 3 months visa for those coming for business-related activities. You can avail of this visa to enter the country to conduct business negotiations, attend meetings or conferences, etc. This visa is not a work visa, so holders are not permitted to work during their stay in the country. It is valid for 180 days and can be used multiple times unless a single-entry version is issued to you.
Who Needs A Business Visa?
Business visas are for those not from Shenzhen countries or countries on Spain’s visa-free list. You need a business visa to enter Spain if you are not from any of these countries. However, note that holders of the Spanish business visa do not qualify for a residence permit.
Types Of Business Visa
There are two types of business visas. The normal business visa can only be used to enter the country, while the Shenzhen business visa can be used to enter all Shenzhen countries. So if you wish to visit separate countries in the European Union, you need a Schengen visa. Both visas have the same application requirements.
Documents Required For A Shenzhen Business Visa
Application Form: You must complete an application form. Write your full name and details in block letters and sign the form.
Valid Passport: A valid passport with at least 6 months validity a d issued not later than 10 years prior.
Photo: Two passport-sized photographs printed on a white background and showing your face clearly.
Proof of funds: A statement of account to prove your financial resources. The statement should show that you have enough funds to cover your daily expenses.
Proof of Accommodation: hotel reservation or a house address where you plan to stay.
Insurance: Medical travel insurance with a minimum coverage of €30,000
Cover Letter: A signed letter stating your reasons for the visit.
Invitation letter: A signed letter by a company inviting you to Spain must be provided. The letter must be written on the company’s letterhead.
Income Tax: An Income tax certificate may be required for the last three years.
It takes about 5 days to 3 months to process a business visa after all documents have been submitted.
How To Apply For A Business Visa?
You can apply for a business visa by booking an appointment with the Spanish consulate in your home country or submitting your documents online if you are eligible for an online application. The online process on VisaHQ is much easier and faster. Just follow these steps.
Select your country of citizenship
Choose Business Visa as your visa of choice
Scan all travel documents
Pay the visa fee with a bank card
For embassy applications, successful applicants will be invited to come and collect their visa in person, while online applicants will receive their Spain visa via their registered email address which they provided in the application form.
It is important to abide by the laws of Spain during your stay in the country and to refrain from any criminal act. Also, ensure that you don’t overstay beyond the 90-day mark and leave before the business visa Spain expires.
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Travel Advisory July 26, 2023
Turkey - level 2: exercise increased caution.
Reissued with obsolete COVID-19 page links removed.
Exercise increased caution when traveling to Turkey due to terrorism and arbitrary detentions. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.
Do Not Travel To:
- Sirnak province, Hakkari province, and any area within six miles (10 kilometers) of the Syrian border due to terrorism.
Country Summary: Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Turkey. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas.
Security forces have detained tens of thousands of individuals, including U.S. citizens, for alleged affiliations with terrorist organizations based on scant or secret evidence and grounds that appear to be politically motivated. U.S. citizens have also been subject to travel bans that prevent them from departing Turkey. Participation in demonstrations not explicitly approved by the Government of Turkey, as well as criticism of the government (including on social media), can result in arrest.
Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Turkey.
If you decide to travel to Turkey:
- Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists.
- Avoid demonstrations and crowds.
- Stay at hotels with identifiable security measures.
- Monitor local media and be prepared to adjust your plans quickly.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program ( STEP ) to receive travel alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter .
- Review the Country Security Report for Turkey.
- Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.
- Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist .
Sirnak Province, Hakkari Province, and Any Area within six miles (ten kilometers) of the Syrian Border – Level 4: Do Not Travel
Do not travel to Sirnak province, Hakkari province, or any area within six miles (10 kilometers) of the Turkey/Syria border due to the continued threat of attacks by terrorist groups, armed conflict, and civil unrest. Terrorist attacks, including suicide bombings, ambushes, car bomb detonations, and improvised explosive devices, as well as shootings, and illegal roadblocks leading to violence have occurred in these areas. U.S. government employees are restricted from traveling to these provinces and to any area within six miles (10 kilometers) of the Turkey/Syria border without prior approval.
Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas .
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Embassies and Consulates
U.s. embassy ankara.
1480 Sok No:1 Cukurambar Mah Cankaya 06530, Ankara Turkey Telephone: +(90) (312) 294-0000 (emergencies only) Fax: +(90) (312) 232-7472 Contact American Citizen Services Ankara
U.S. Consulate General Istanbul Istinye Mahallesi, Üç Şehitler Sokak No.2 Istinye 34460 – Istanbul, Turkey Telephone: +(90) (212) 335-9000 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(90) (212) 335-9000 Fax: +(90) (212) 335-9102 Contact American Citizen Services Istanbul
U.S. Consulate Adana Girne Bulvari No. 212, Güzelevler Mahallesi, Yüregir Adana, Turkey Telephone: +(90) (322) 455-4100 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(90) (322) 455-4100 Fax: +(90)(322) 455-4141 Contact American Citizen Services Adana
U.S. Consular Agent - Izmir Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(90) (312) 455-5555 [email protected]
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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements
Visit the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey website for the most current visa and residency permit information.
- In Turkey, contact the nearest Directorate General of Migration Management office to obtain a residence permit.
Obey all Turkish visa regulations and maintain valid residence permits at all times. The U.S. Embassy is unable to assist with Turkish immigration or visa-related matters. Turkish authorities enforce immigration laws.
- Passports must be valid for six months beyond your entry date. You will be denied entry into Turkey if there is not enough space for entry and exit stamps in your passport.
- You need a visa to travel to Turkey. For tourism or commercial travel of up to 90 days within a 180 day period, obtain a Turkish visa from Turkish missions abroad or from the e-Visa application system prior to arrival.
- U.S. citizens traveling on cruise ships can enter visa-free for a maximum of 72 hours with permission from authorities at the port of entry.
- Get entry and exit stamps . You must have a Turkish entry stamp to fly domestically. Get an exit stamp in your passport when leaving the country or you may face difficulties re-entering Turkey in the future and a fine .
- If you are planning to work, study, or conduct academic or scientific research in Turkey, you must receive a visa from a Turkish embassy or consulate before arriving in Turkey. Visit “Living in Turkey” on the U.S. Embassy’s website.
Syria: See the Syria travel advisory. The U.S. Embassy in Damascus suspended operations in February 2012. The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against all travel to Syria. At this time, the Turkey-Syria border is closed except in cases of urgent medical treatment or safety from immediate danger as defined by the Government of Turkey.
Iraq: See the Iraq travel advisory . The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against all travel to Iraq. The Turkish Government tightly controls entry and exit on the border.
HIV/AIDS restrictions: The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Turkey.
Find information on dual nationality , prevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.
Safety and Security
Terrorism: The potential for terrorist attacks in Turkey, including against U.S. citizens and interests, remains high.
- Terrorists have previously attacked U.S. interests in Turkey, including the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, and the U.S. Consulate in Adana.
- Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Turkey. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas. Terrorists have also previously targeted Western tourists and expatriates.
Under laws passed in 2018, Turkish security forces have an expanded legal ability to stop and search individuals and to detain individuals without charge.
For your own safety:
- Carry a passport or identity document at all times.
- Follow local news sources during your stay to remain abreast of any potential areas, dates, or times of concern.
- Exercise caution and good judgment, keep a low profile, and maintain a high level of vigilance.
- Avoid demonstrations, which may become violent and unpredictable.
- Obey the instructions of Turkish security personnel at all times.
There have also been threats and acts of violence targeting religious minorities, groups, institutions, and places of worship in Turkey. The level of anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic sentiment remains significant.
Protests and gatherings: Public gatherings are common in Turkey and can include protests or demonstrations, holiday celebrations, family events, sporting events, and political events in the lead up to elections and following the announcement of election results. U.S. citizens should
- Avoid demonstrations and gatherings, as they may become violent and unpredictable.
- Be aware celebratory gunfire is common in some areas and has resulted in deaths in recent years.
- Follow local authorities instructions, police may take action to disperse the group, including possibly using teargas or detaining participants, even when the government has approved gatherings.
Crime: Overall street crime in Turkey is low; however, you should use the same precautions you would take in the United States. The following types of crime have been reported in Turkey:
- Pick-pocketing , purse snatching , and mugging. Carry only necessary items when in tourist areas.
- Residential crime occurs more often in major cities, with criminals targeting ground floor apartments for theft.
- Sexual assault has occurred in Turkish baths ( hamams ) or spas, in taxis, and when traveling alone at night. Assaults involving date rape drugs have also been reported.
- Confidence schemes occur where travelers are tricked into ordering food or drinks at a restaurant, and then are charged incredibly high prices. Patronize well-established restaurants and ask to see a menu with prices before ordering anything.
- Scams are common in Turkey, particularly internet scams involving people who met online. Typically, the person in Turkey asks the other person to wire large sums of money to provide financial assistance. Do not send money to someone you have never met in person. Exercise due diligence when purchasing jewelry, rugs, or real estate. See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.
Eastern and Southeastern Turkey: We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens reconsider travel to specific areas in eastern and southeastern Turkey, and do not travel to areas near the Syrian or Iraqi borders.
U.S. Government employees are subject to travel restrictions to the provinces of Batman, Bingol, Bitlis, Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Hakkari, Hatay, Kilis, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Siirt, Sirnak, Tunceli and Van. Mount Ararat , in Agri province, is a special military zone, and access permission must be obtained before coming to Turkey from a Turkish Embassy or Consulate.
The following incidents and activities have taken place in eastern and southeastern Turkey :
- Terrorist attacks: Terrorist groups, including Da’esh, also referred to as The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or The Islamic State of Iraq and ash Sham (ISIS), and the PKK (the Kurdistan Workers’ Party), have conducted large-scale attacks in the area, including suicide bombings, ambushes, and the detonation of car bombs, improvised explosive devices, and other homemade weapons. The PKK has attacked Turkish military and police personnel in the eastern and southeastern provinces, occasionally harming bystanders.
- Restricted access: Turkish security forces control access to the southeastern provinces of Hakkari, Mardin and Sirnak along the Iraqi border, and the entire Turkey-Syria border. Do not photograph or video Turkish military operations or attempt to enter military installations anywhere in Turkey.
- Shootings: Turkish towns located along the border with Syria have been struck by bullets and artillery rounds that originate in Syria, some resulting in deaths or injuries.
- Roadblocks: Use commercial air travel whenever possible while traveling to southeastern Turkey. If road travel is necessary, drive only during daylight hours and on major highways. The Turkish Jandarma (rural police) monitors checkpoints on roads. Cooperate if stopped at a checkpoint. Be prepared to provide identification and vehicle registration. Remain calm, do not make any sudden movements, and obey all instructions. We strongly discourage the use of public transportation in the southeastern region.
- Demonstrations: Violent clashes have taken place between Kurdish groups and Turkish police resulting from organized demonstrations.
- Curfews: The Turkish Government has instituted temporary curfews in cities throughout the southeast due to blockades of certain neighborhoods by the PKK. Adhere to any locally imposed curfews.
Victims of Crime: Report crimes to the local police by dialing 155 and contact the U.S. Embassy or nearest consulate. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime. See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas . We urge U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault to contact the U.S. Embassy or closest consulate.
- help you find appropriate medical care
- assist you in reporting a crime to the police
- contact relatives or friends with your written consent
- Provide general information regarding the victim’s role during the local investigation and following its conclusion.
- provide a list of local attorneys
- provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
- provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
- help you find resources for accommodation and flights home
- replace a stolen or lost passport
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance and visit the Embassy webpage for resources.
Tourism: The tourism industry is generally regulated and rules with regard to best practices and safety inspections are regularly enforced. Hazardous areas/activities are identified with appropriate signage and professional staff is typically on hand in support of organized activities. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is widely available throughout the country. Outside of a major metropolitan center, it may take more time for first responders and medical professionals to stabilize a patient and provide life-saving assistance. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage .
Local Laws & Special Circumstances
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.
- Always carry with you a form of official government photo identification, such as a residence permit or copy of your passport.
Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. Turkish authorities may not inform U.S. officials of dual nationals arrested in Turkey. See our webpage for further information on arrests.
- Insulting the State: It is illegal to show disrespect to the name or image of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, or to insult the Turkish Government, flag, President, or security forces, including on social media . Erase any sensitive photos, comments, or other materials from your social media pages, cameras, laptops, and other electronic devices that could be considered controversial or provocative.
- Drug offenses: Turkish law enforcement is very aggressive in combating illegal drugs. Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking of illegal drugs are very strict, and include heavy fines and jail sentences between four and 20 years.
- Cultural artifacts: Turkish law has a broad definition of “antiquities” and makes it a crime to remove any from the country. If you buy antiquities, use authorized dealers and get museum certificates for each item. Failure to have a receipt and certificate at departure can result in your arrest , and jail time . Contact the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Washington for specific information regarding customs requirements.
- Male dual nationals over the age of 18 may be subject to Turkish conscription and compulsory military service. Consult officials at Turkish Embassies or Consulates with any questions before entering Turkey.
- Counterfeit goods: Do not buy counterfeit or pirated goods, even if widely available. They are both illegal to bring back into the United States and to purchase locally.
- Religious proselytizing: There is no law against religious proselytizing.
Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:
- Faith-Based Travel Information
- International Religious Freedom Report – see country reports
- Human Rights Report – see country reports
- Hajj Fact Sheet for Travelers
- Best Practices for Volunteering Abroad
LGBTI Travelers: Homophobia, transphobia, and intolerance towards homosexuality are widespread throughout Turkey. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) individuals are not protected by anti-discrimination laws and have been the targets of violence in recent years. References in the law relating to “offenses against public morality,” “protection of the family,” and “unnatural sexual behavior,” are sometimes used as a basis for abuse by law enforcement officials. In addition, the law states that “no association may be founded for purposes against law and morality,” a clause which has been used by authorities in attempts to shut down or limit the activities of associations working on LGBTI matters.
See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: The Turkish constitution prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities in the provision of state services, employment, education and access to health care. However, access to buildings and public transportation for the disabled in most cities is quite limited, and generally, accessibility for people with disabilities in Turkey is poor. Airports and metro stations are typically accessible, but other forms of public transport (buses) are not.
Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips .
Women Travelers: The Embassy is aware of multiple sexual assaults against U.S. citizens in Turkey, including assaults against tourists traveling alone or in small groups, and at spas and hamams.
- If you are sexually assaulted, please seek immediate help from the Turkish National Police, Turkish Health Services, or nearest hospital if you feel safe doing so.
- We urge you to contact the closest U.S. Embassy or Consulate for assistance.
See our travel tips for Women Travelers .
Earthquakes: Earthquakes occur throughout Turkey. Make contingency plans and leave emergency contact information with family members outside Turkey. General information about natural disaster preparedness is available from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and at Ready.gov. For more information on disaster preparedness, please click on the following links:
- U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
- FEMA: Earthquakes
- FEMA for Kids: Emergency Preparedness
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Earthquake Preparedness
Medical care provided in Turkish hospitals varies greatly. Though new private hospitals in Ankara, Antalya, Izmir and Istanbul have modern facilities, equipment, numerous U.S.-trained specialists, and international accreditation, some still may be unable to treat certain serious conditions. Health care standards are lower in small cities in Turkey.
We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage .
We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.
If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of Turkey to ensure the medication is legal in Turkey. Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription. Some medications may be unavailable in Turkey.
For U.S. citizens who live in Turkey , please see the Embassy’s website for information on the Turkish General Health Insurance (GHI) law . If you are considering enrolling in Turkish GHI, carefully research what is and is not covered. Once you enroll in GHI, your coverage can only be cancelled if your residence permit expires or if you no longer reside in Turkey.
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Further health information:
- World Health Organization
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Travel and Transportation
Road Conditions and Safety: Roads in Turkey range from single-lane country roads to modern, divided motorways. Highways in the tourist-frequented western, southwestern, and coastal regions of Turkey are generally in good condition and are well maintained, while conditions in other areas vary.
Be extremely cautious while driving at night. Driving after dark, especially in rural areas, requires extra caution due to dangers such as livestock on the road or narrow unmarked or unpaved roads.
In case of an accident or car trouble :
- Pull to the side of the road, turn on hazard lights, and use reflector triangles.
- For accidents with only vehicular damage, exchange insurance information, take photos of the accident before moving the vehicles, and depart if both sides agree. Turkish law requires drivers to fill out a Turkish-only form and provide pictures of the damage. Non-Turkish speakers should call and wait for the police.
- For accidents with injury or a disagreement, remain at the site of the accident. Do not move the vehicle – even out of the way – until the Traffic Police arrive. Report the accident to the Traffic Police (dial 155) or Jandarma (dial 156). Get a certified copy of the official report from the Traffic Police office (this can take several days).
- The owner of the damaged vehicle should also apply to the customs authority with his passport and accident report before attempting to repair the vehicle or leave the country without the vehicle.
- When in doubt, it is best to call the Traffic Police or the Jandarma in the event of an accident.
Traffic Laws: Drive defensively at all times. Drivers routinely ignore traffic regulations, including driving through red lights and stop signs, and turning left from the far right lane. These and other similar driving practices cause frequent traffic accidents.
- Penalties for driving drunk (blood alcohol levels at or above 0.05 percent) include a fine and the individual’s license being confiscated for six months .
- Using cell phones while driving is illegal and can lead to a fine .
Driver’s license requirements include:
- For stays up to 180 days : A valid U.S. driver’s license or an International Driving Permit and a U.S. driver’s license is acceptable.
- For stays longer than 180 days : Obtain a Turkish driver’s license from the Turkish Security Directorate, Traffic Department (Emniyet Müdürlüğü, Trafik Hizmetleri Başkanlığı).
- A vehicle can be brought into Turkey for up to six months. Find information at the Turkish Touring and Automobile Club.
Public Transportation: Major cities in Turkey have extensive public transportation options including taxis, subways, ferries, trains, buses and mini-buses. Licensed cabs are metered. Between cities, Turkey has bus routes, train, and air services.
See our Road Safety page for more information.
Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of Turkey’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Turkey’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page .
Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Turkey should also check U.S. maritime advisories and alerts . Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website , and the NGA broadcast warnings website - select “broadcast warnings”.
For additional travel information
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Turkey Visa Exemption
Turkish visa for Spanish citizens
Visa requirements:, turkey tourist visa requirements:.
- Holding Spanish passport that is valid for six months beyond the period of the intended stay in Turkey.
- Proof of onward travel (departure) from Turkey.
If you are looking for Turkey visa information, such as available types of visas, or how to apply from Spain, we recommend you visit or contact the embassy or consulate of Turkey nearest your place of residence.
- Madrid : The Embassy of Turkey in Madrid, Spain (Working hours: Close now. Open in 2 hours 1 minutes )
- Valencia : The Consulate General of Turkey in Valencia, Spain (Working hours: Close now. Open in 2 hours 1 minutes )
- Barcelona : The Consulate General of Turkey in Barcelona, Spain (Working hours: Close now. Open in 2 hours 1 minutes )
Tourism Statistics Chart
The line chart shows the number of visitors from Spain traveling to Turkey from 2008 to 2018.
References: UNWTO.org , World Bank and multiple sources. (This data is for informational purposes only. Please see our disclaimer page for more information.)
Turkey & Spain comparison
Turkey's area is approximately 769,630 km2 (297,155 sq mi), while the area of Spain is approximately 498,800 km2 (192,587 sq mi). This means Spain is 54.30% smaller than Turkey.
As of November 2023, Turkey's population is ~87.1 million people - 40,286,071 more people than the population of Spain.
We have highlighted Turkey & Spain’s relative positions on world's map for your reference.
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How many visitors from spain travel to turkey in one year.
The number of visitors from Spain visiting Turkey in 2019 was approximately 257,342.
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