AUSTRALIAN CITIZENS VISITING SPAIN
TRAVEL INFO AND ETIAS REQUIREMENTS
An ETIAS authorisation will be required for every Australian 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 Australia 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 Australian citizen starting from 2021.
ETIAS will have a validity of five years, and it can be used for an unlimited number of entries.
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).
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.
Australia and Spain
Records show the first Spanish free settler in Australia to have arrived in 1821. He was granted 2,000 acres of land and died in 1838. Spaniard’s Hill was so named in commemoration of him.
119,952 Australian residents are now of Spanish descent, while 15,391 residents were born in Spain. Australia’s Spaniard community largely grew from descendants of 19th-century agricultural immigrants, and those who arrived in the 1960s under a government-to-government assisted migrant passage program.
Spanish nationals travelling on tourist visas are able to study those courses under 3 months in duration, such as many of the ELICOS courses, when a student visa is not required. 6,452 Spanish students were enrolled in Australian educational facilities across a range of education sectors. These include higher education, vocational education and training, schools, ELICOS and non-award training programs.
Cooperation on large-scale military projects has expanded the scope for bilateral engagement between Australia and Spain after the turn of the century. Bilateral agreements include the Extradition Treaty, Treaty on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters, Agreement on Cultural, Educational and Scientific Cooperation, Double Taxation Agreement, Social Security Agreement, Air Services Agreement, Agreement for the Mutual Protection of Classified Information of Defence Interest, Defence Cooperation Memorandum of Understanding, Work and Holiday Visa Memorandum of Understanding and Sports Cooperation Memorandum of Understanding.
Australians can currently travel to Spain under the benefits of the visa liberalisation policy, with only a valid travel document. When ETIAS is implemented in 2021, Australians will need to apply online for pre-authorisation before leaving for Spain. Nationals from Spain currently have to apply for a similar visa-waiver through Australia’s ETA, which is very similar in efficiency and cost-effectiveness to ETIAS.
List of Australian diplomatic offices in Spain
Australian Consulate in Barcelona, Spain
Australian Embassy in Madrid, Spain
List of Spanish diplomatic offices in Australia
Consulate of Spain in Cairns Australia
Address: 16 Stanton Road - Smithfield, Queensland 4878, Australia
Phone: (+61) 7 4038 2324
Fax: (+61) 7 4038 2324
Details: Mr Pedro Calahorra - Honorary Consul
Consulate of Spain in Perth Australia
Address: 116 Mounts Bay Road, Perth Western Australia, 6000 Australia
Phone: (+61) 8 9317 1243
Office Hours: Wednesday-Friday: 10.00-14.00
Details: Mr Angel Quintela - Honorary Consul
Consulate of Spain in Darwin Australia
Address: 4 Kilian Crescent, Jingili, Northern Territory 810, Australia
Phone: (+61) 8 8985 3017
Office Hours: 09.00-17.00
Details: Mr Ricardo Fernandez - Honorary Consul
Consulate General of Spain in Melbourne, Australia
Address: 146A. Elgin St., PO Box 1119, Carlton, Victoria 3053, Australia
Phone: (+61) 3 9347 1966
Fax: (+61) 3 9347 7330
Office Hours: Monday - Friday: 9.00 - 14.00
Details: Mr. Juan Carlos Gafo Acevedo - Consul General
Consulat General of Spain in Sydney, Autralia
Address: Level 24, St. Martins Tower, 31 Market Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone: (+61) 2 9261 2433 / 43
Fax: (+61) 2 9283 1695
Details: Mr Gerardo Bugallo Ottone - Consul General
Embassy of Spain in Canberra, Australia
Address: 15, Arkana St., Yarralumla. ACT 2600, P.O.B.: 9076, Deakin, ACT 2600, Australia
Phone: (+61) 2 6273 35 55
Fax: (+61) 2 6273 39 18
Office Hours: 09.00 - 14.00
Details: Mr Enrique Viguera - Ambassador
Consulate of Spain in Brisbane Australia
Address: Level 21 110 Mary Street, Brisbane Queensland, 4000 Australia
Phone: (+61) (7) 3003 0335
Fax: (+61) (7) 3003 0373
Details: Mrs Ana Lopez-Tulloch - Honorary Consul
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- Castilian Spanish 74%;
- Catalan 17%;
- Galician 7%;
- Basque 2%;
Area: 504,782 KM2
Timezone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Calling Code: +34
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