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U.S. Consulate General Barcelona
Paseo Reina Elisenda de Montcada, 23
08034 Barcelona, Spain
Telephone: (34) 93 280 2227
Emergency after-hours telephone: (34) 91 587 2200
Fax: (34) 93 280 6175
U.S. Consular Agency Fuengirola (Málaga)
Avenida Juan Gómez "Juanito", 8
Edificio Lucía 1º-C
29640 Fuengirola (Málaga), Spain
Telephone: (34) 95 247 4891
Fax: (34) 95 246 5189
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
U.S. Consular Agency Las Palmas
Calle Los Martinez de Escobar 3, Oficina 7
35007 Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain
Telephone: (34) 92 827 1259
Fax: (34) 92 822 5863
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
U.S. Consular Agency Palma de Mallorca
Edificio Reina Constanza
Porto Pi, 8, 9-D
07015 Palma, Islas Baleares, Spain
Telephone: (34) 97 140 3707
Fax: (34) 97 140 3971
Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
U.S. Consular Agency Seville
Plaza Nueva 8-8 duplicado
2nd Floor, Office E-2 No.4
41101 Sevilla, Spain
Telephone: (34) 95 421 8751
Fax: (34) 95 422 0791
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Spain for information on U.S. – Spain relations.
Spain is a party to the Schengen Agreement. This means that U.S. citizens may enter Spain for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay. You need sufficient funds and a return airline ticket. For additional details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet. Visit the Embassy of Spain website for the most current visa information.
HIV/AIDS RESTRICTIONS: The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Spain.
Spain’s open borders with its Western European neighbors allow the possibility for terrorist groups to enter and exit the country anonymously. Additionally, Spain’s enclaves in Melilla and Ceuta on the North African coast allow for entry into Spain from the African continent. Spain has taken robust actions to guard against terrorist attacks, including arrests of suspected extremists allegedly involved in terrorist plots. Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue to plot potential attacks in Europe, including Spain. All European countries remain vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations or individuals inspired by extremist ideology with little or no warning. U.S. citizens are reminded to remain vigilant with regards to their personal security.
Demonstrations: Large, public demonstrations related to a variety of political and economic issues take place regularly throughout Spain.
Crime: Street crimes against U.S. citizens usually occur in the principal tourist areas across Spain. In particular, Madrid and Barcelona report frequent pickpocketing and theft, as well as occasional violent attacks, some of which have required the victim to seek medical attention.
Sexual Assault: While the overall incidence of sexual assault is statistically low, attacks do occur. There have been reports alleging sexual assaults by a tour operator based in southern Spain.
Victims of Crime: U.S. citizen victims of crimes, including sexual assault, should contact the local police at 112 and the U.S. Embassy at (34) 91 587 2200. Remember that the local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes. See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence should call the toll-free emergency number in Spain, 016, for assistance, and the U.S. Embassy in Madrid at (34) 91 587 2200. Remember that the local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes. For more information, see http://www.violenciagenero.msssi.gob.es/en/home.htm
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Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy or Consulate immediately. See our webpage for further information.
Students: We want you to stay safe during your study abroad in Spain. There have been reports alleging sexual assaults by a tour operator based in southern Spain. .According to media reports, this tour operator sold U.S. citizen students tours within and outside Spain, and also recruited students to serve as interns to recruit other tour participants. Follow the tips below, and exercise caution and good judgment to make your study-abroad experience a positive and safe one.
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.
Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:
LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Spain. See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Spanish law mandates access to buildings for persons with disabilities. The Spanish government generally enforces these provisions; levels of assistance and accessibility vary across Spain.
Good medical care is available in Spain. However, regulations regarding medications vary from those in the United States. Spanish regulations do not permit the international shipment of medication; do not ship medication from the United States to Spain. Spanish customs authorities will reject and return to the U.S. medication shipped from the United States.
Medications which require prescriptions in the United States require a local doctor’s prescription in Spain. In some instances, a medicine prescribed in the United States will not have a local equivalent. It is important that travelers research this in the European Agency for Medication website prior to travel.
Emergency services are responsive and reliable though the emergency services number, 112. Ambulances and other emergency vehicles are equipped with the most-advanced life support equipment.
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 (our webpage) to cover medical evacuation.
If traveling with prescription medication, check with the Government of Spain to ensure the medication is legal in Spain. Always, carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Road Conditions and Safety: Road conditions in Spain can differ significantly from those in the United States. Traffic in Madrid and Barcelona is faster-paced than in the United States and can be unnerving because of unfamiliar signs or motorbikes weaving between traffic lanes.
Public Transportation: Public transportation in large Spanish cities is generally excellent.
Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of Spain’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Spain’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.
Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Spain should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts at www.marad.dot.gov/msci. Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website (https:homeport.uscg.mil), and the NGA broadcast warnings website https://msi.nga.mil/NGAPortal/MSI.portal select “broadcast warnings.”