La España is a beautiful exotic country in the European continent which shares the Iberian Peninsula with Portugal towards the western part of the Mediterranean Sea. It has a relaxed lifestyle like Italy, spectacular cuisine and a vivacious night scene. It is home to various cultural heritages like the cathedrals of Serville, the grand mosque in Córdoba, Granada, fossilized dinosaur tracks in La Rioja, and lush fauna and flora in Tenerife.
It is also famous for its festivals like the “Running of the Bulls”, Cascamorras festival, La Tomatina and the Cadiz carnivals. Its vibrant cities include Barcelona, Madrid, Ibiza, Valencia and Malaga. It is the perfect destination for a fun weekend.
Spain is a member of the European Union and the Schengen agreement, so as a Nigerian citizen you’ll need a Schengen tourist visa from Spain to tour the country. Although, if you have a general Schengen visa, you might not need one, you can just include Spain as a destination when applying.
Click here to read our article on how to apply for a general Schengen tourist visa.
A Spanish visa is an official stamp endorsed on your passport by the consulate officials of Spain which allows you to visit Spain. When you are trying to get a Spanish visa, you must be honest about your true intentions for the visit, so that the consulate officer doesn’t think you intend to be an illegal immigrant in the country. There are different types of Spanish visas available for Nigerian citizens based on purpose of your visit and length of your visit.
The categories of Spanish visas available are as follows:
- Travel visa: This visa type is granted to anyone traveling to Spain for vacation, tourism, and recreational activities or see friends and family who reside in Spain. This highest visa duration is usually 90 days.
- Business visa: This is granted to foreign visitors, who intend to speak with business associates, negotiate terms of a business agreement, attend a scientific, educational, professional, or business meeting, retreat or conference, and settle an estate in Spain.
- Transit visa: This is a travel permit granted for transit through Spain for 72 hours if you’ll need to enter Spain on your travel to a different country via car, train or you are travelling to join a ship as a member of the crew. You might not need to submit an application for this visa.
- Student visa: This is granted to international students who intend to study at a Spanish educational institution for short or long term courses.
- Work Visa: This is issued to expatriates who intend to work legally in Spain. This can either be long or short term.
If you’re wondering how to apply for the Spanish tourist visa from Nigeria, you’ll have to apply using the Spanish Visa Application centre (VFS global), it is practically like applying for a Schengen visa (this is because of the Schengen agreement like I stated earlier) but for only Spain, which is your major and only destination. This is a detailed guide on how to go about it. These are the necessary documents for your Spanish Schengen visa application:
- First of all, download, complete and sign the Schengen visa application form. You can also electronically fill in the form for a Schengen Spanish Visa and print it out.
- One passport photo is to be attached; the photo must have the following format of 35-40 mm full-face capture, recently taken and a white background.
- International passport as well as copies of your previous expired or valid visas to the US, UK, Asia or Australia, entry and exit stamps. Passport must be valid for at least 6 months prior to your departure and must be less than 10 years old. The passport must have at least three blank pages. Click here for how to process your International passport at your nearest immigration office.
- Three Clear color photocopies of your international passport bio data page
- Travel insurance policy covering any medical emergency with hospital care and travel back to Nigeria in adverse cases. This health insurance policy has to cover expenses up to €30,000, the sum has to be valid in all Schengen countries and it must be purchased before picking up the visa. Click here for places to get your travel insurance
- A copy of your round trip flight reservation ticket for the time intended to be travelling.
- A copy of your accommodation details if you’ll be staying in a hotel.
- Documents to prove your current financial status and ability to afford the trip, transportation, accommodation and spending costs. Your last 6 months bank statement will b preferred.
In a case where you don’t have a bank account or don’t possess enough funds to cater for your total expenses during the trip and you’re visiting friends or relatives, you may ask them to sign an “official affidavit of support” issued by the competent authorities in Spain. If the sponsor is not a citizen, please include a residence permit. Ensure that you carry the original document when applying for the visa.
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- A formal invitation by the relative/friend residing in Spain.
- A detailed description of your trips’ itinerary, the purpose of travelling, the duration and intended tourist visits with dates written down in a letter.
- Your Personal Income Tax returns for the last three years
- A reference letter from the employer if any
- Proof of physical address, a utility bill can cover this
- Social media pages if applicable
- Police clearance certificate to prove that you have no legal issues pending or a criminal record
- Receipt of Visa Application Fee and VFS Global service charges where applicable (This is collected at the GT bank counter in the visa application centre)
- Applicants below the age of 18 years must provide a copy of his/her birth certificate, parents’ letter of consent and a national Identity card
- Other documents, specified by the consular officer of Spain
Visa Application Fees
The approved standard visa application fees for the Spanish Schengen visa is €60 (N21, 900), payment is made at the GT bank counter at the VFS global office. Take not that you might be charged extra for biometric data collection for The Visa Information System and visa application centre extra services.
Visa Application Process
The visa applications are submitted at the visa application centres in Lagos and Abuja. Applications submitted will be assessed by The Consulate General of Spain, located in Lagos. Note that a personal interview with the consulate immigration officer may require at The Consulate General of Spain in Lagos before a decision can be made on your visa application. The Visa Application Centre will assist you to place an appointment for this interview.
To complete your visa application process, you must bring along your Spanish Schengen visa application form and all necessary supporting documents mentioned above to the visa application centre between 08:00AM to 14:00PM on Mondays – Fridays for submission, except on Nigerian and Spanish public holidays.
Collection of passports back from VFS Visa Application Centre is from 11:00AM to 16:00PM on Mondays – Fridays as well. If you want a representative to collect your passport on your behalf, you must include a letter of authority at the submission counter while submitting your visa application documents.
Biometric Data Collection
Biometric details will be collected from you at the visa application centre for the visa information system; this helps to ascertain your identity and travel status. This is done in a quick, discreet process that captures a facial image with a digital camera and a 10-digit fingerprint scan with a digital finger scanner.
Your face must be clearly visible for a photograph to be taken. If you wear a head or neck covering for religious reasons you must ensure your face is clearly visible, from the bottom of your chin to above your eyebrows including both cheeks. You may also need to remove your glasses when the photograph is taken.
Visa Processing Time
The Spanish Schengen visa application process takes duration of 30 working days. You can track your visa application with your full name and visa receipt fee number via this link
Spain Visa Application Centre, Lagos
Plot 110, Admiral Ayinla Way,
Opposite Treasure Garden Estate,
Third Roundabout, Lekki Phase I
Spain Visa Application Centre, Abuja
62, Lobito Crescent,
Telephone +234 815 018 8800
Spain Visa Application Centre website http://www.vfsglobal.com/spain/nigeria/