Airport transit visas
These visas enable the holder to cross the international transit zone of a Spanish airport.
The procedures and conditions for the issuance of these visas are contained in Regulation (EC) No. 810/2009 which establishes a Community Code on visas (Visa Code)
Nationals of the following countries need a visa to transit in the international zone of any airport located in the territory of the Schengen States to take a connecting flight to a country outside the Schengen area:
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, and Sri Lanka.
In addition, nationals of the following countries need a visa to transit in the international zone of any airport located in Spain to take a connecting flight to a country outside the Schengen area:
Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Cuba, Djibouti, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, India, Liberia, Mali, Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, Syria, Togo and Yemen. Holders of passports issued by the Palestinian Authority also require a visa.
Nationals of the States included in the above lists do not need an airport transit visa when they have a Schengen visa, or another type of visa, or a residence card that allows re-entry, issued by a Member State of the European Union or of the Space Economic European (EEA), or by Andorra, Canada, the United States, Japan, or San Marino, or by some of the overseas countries and territories of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, or when they are holders of diplomatic passports, or relatives of citizens of the Union or the EEA, or members of flight crews of the ICAO States parties.
The application for an airport transit visa must be submitted using a duly completed application form (original and copy), which can be downloaded free of charge from this website or obtained, also free of charge, at the Diplomatic Missions or Consular Offices of Spain abroad.
The visa must be requested personally or through a duly accredited representative in the Spanish Diplomatic Mission or Consular Office in whose demarcation the applicant legally resides. In the event that there is no Spanish Diplomatic Mission or Consular Office in a specific country, it may be requested at the Diplomatic Mission or Consular Office that represents Spain in that country.
At the time of submitting the visa application, the corresponding fee must be paid through the established form of payment. This amount will not be returned in case of visa denial. The basic visa fee is 80 euros for applicants from 12 years old, 40 euros for minors between 6 and 11 years old and free for applicants under 6 years old. Check with the Diplomatic Mission or Consular Office where the visa is requested for the existence of exemptions or reduced fees, applicable by virtue of international regulations or agreements. In the case of applications submitted to the visa outsourcing company, a service fee will also be paid and, on a voluntary basis, additional services may be accessed at an extra cost to the applicant.
The maximum term to resolve the short-term visa application files is 15 calendar days from the date of submission of the application. This period may be extended to a maximum of 45 calendar days in specific cases, especially when a more detailed examination of the application is necessary.
If the visa is denied, the applicant will be notified by means of a standardized form indicating the cause of the denial. In this case, a contentious-administrative appeal may be filed before the Superior Court of Justice of Madrid within a period of two months from the date of notification. Optionally, an appeal for reconsideration may be filed before the same Diplomatic Mission or Consular Office within a period of one month from the date of notification of the denial.