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An ETIAS authorisation will be required for every American citizen for short-stay period in Spain starting from 2021.


A valid passport is required to enter Spain. All tourists entering Spanish territory from another (Schengen country) are exempted from presenting their passports to Spanish authorities. In this case, a national identity card is the only document needed.
The passport and other travel documents accepted for entry must be valid for a minimum of 3 months beyond the period of intended stay. All the Passports (or equivalent travel documents) issued more than ten years before the date of travel, may not be accepted.

A Schengen visa is mandatory for all nationals of United States of America who stay in the country for a period greater than 90 days.
For short stay visits (less than 90 days within a period of 180 days), the visitors are exempted from obtaining a valid Schengen visa.
An ETIAS authorisation will become a mandatory requirement for every American citizen starting from 2021.
ETIAS will have a validity of five years, and it can be used for an unlimited number of entries.

Custom Regulations
Spanish custom regulates and blocks the importing of several dangerous items such as weapons (the traveler must hold a valid European Firearm Pass), legal and illegal drugs.
Goods can be imported into Spanish territory following the mandatory limits regulated by the government:

If arriving from a non-EU country:

  • Tobacco: Cigarettes (200), cigars (50), loose tobacco (250g).
  • Alcohol: 1L of spirits with more than 22% alcohol by volume (1L), light liquor (2L), wine (4L), beer (16L).
  • Perfume: Perfume (50g) and of eau de toilette (0.25L)

If arriving from an EU Member State:
  • Tobacco: Cigarettes (800), cigarillos (400), cigars (200), smoking tobacco (1kg).
  • Alcohol: Spirits over 22% (10L), fortified wine or spirits up to 22% (20L), wine (90L), beer (110L).

Currency Restriction
Money Amounts of over €10,000 (or equivalent in foreign currencies) in cash or travelers' cheques must be declared at the point of entry or exit of the EU. Visitors entering Spain with a one-way ticket and not having sufficient funds to purchase a return ticket might be refused to enter.

Children aged up to 15 (included) years of age will be exempted from requiring a passport if traveling with companions (parents or grandparents) or guardian if:

  • Children have the same nationality as the companion
  • Children’s names are included in the passport of the companion.

List of American diplomatic offices in Spain

U.S. Embassy in Madrid, Spain

Address: Serrano 75, 28006 Madrid, SpainCheck on map

Phone: 91-587-2200

Fax: 91-587-2303


Office Hours: The Service is available to the public from 07:00 to 19:00., Spanish time, Monday-Friday. Please note that the call center will be closed on all local and U.S. holidays.

List of Spanish diplomatic offices in United States of America

Embassy of Spain in Washington, United States of America

Address: 2375 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037, United StatesCheck on map

Phone: (+1) 202 452 01 00/ (+1) 202 728 23 40

Fax: (+1) 202 833 56 70

Details: Mr Ramon Gil-Casares Satrostegui - Ambassador

Consulate of Spain in San Francisco, California, United States

Address: 1405 Sutter St., San Francisco California 94109 United StatesCheck on map

Phone: (+1) 415 922-2995 / 6

Fax: (+1) 415 931-9706


Details: Mr Jorge Montealegre - Consul General

Consulate of Spain in New York, United States

Address: 150 East 58th St., 30th floor, New York New York 10555 United StatesCheck on map

Phone: (+1) 212 355-4080 / 1 / 2 / 5 (+1) 212 355-4080 / 86 / 90 / 90

Fax: (+1) 212 644-3751


Details: Mr Juan Ramon Martinez Salazar - Consul General

Consulate of Spain in Chicago United States

Address: 180 North Michigan Bird, Suite 1500, 1500 Chicago Illinois 60601 United States

Phone: (+1) 312 782 45 88

Fax: (+1) 312 782 16 35


Details: Carmen Fontes Munoz - Consul General

Consulaate of Spain in Miami Florida, USA

Address: 2655 Him Jeune Road, Suite 203, Chorale Gables 33134, Miami Florida, United States

Phone: (+1) 305 446 55 11 / 12 / 13

Fax: (+1) 305 446 05 85


Details: Maria Cristina Barrios Almanzor - Consul General

Consulaate of Spain in Los Angeles, USA

Address: 5055 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 860, Los Angeles California 90036 United StatesCheck on map

Phone: (+1) 323 938 01 58 / 59

Fax: (+1) 323 938 01 12


Details: Mr Enrique Ruiz Molero - Consul General

Consulaate of Spain in Boston, USA

Address: 31 St. James Avenue, Suite 905, Boston Massachusetts 02116 United StatesCheck on map

Phone: (+1) 617 536 25 06 / (+1) 617 536 25 27

Fax: (+1) 617 536 85 12


Details: Mr Pablo Sanchez-Teren - Consul General

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About Spain

Capital: Madrid
  • Castilian Spanish 74%;
  • Catalan 17%;
  • Galician 7%;
  • Basque 2%;

Area: 504,782 KM2
Population: 46,505,963
Timezone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Calling Code: +34

Power Sockets

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Type F Schuko plug  F Schuko plug
Type J Swiss 3-pin  J Swiss 3-pin

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