Capital: Madrid

Language: Spanish, Catalan, Aragonese, Asturian, Basque, Galician, Occitan

Area: 505990 km²

Population: 46468102

Timezone : UTC/GTM 1

Currency: euro (€)

Code: +34

Electric sockets: 230 V AC, 50Hz. Type F also known as "Schuko". This socket also works with plug C and plug E.

Spain is a member of the Schengen Agreement.

To travel to Spain with ETIAS, U.S. citizens are required to:

  • Hold a passport valid for their stay or an equivalent recognized travel document.
  • When entering by air from a non-Schengen country, a brief form must be completed. It includes an address in Spain, such as a hotel or hostel.
  • A valid ETIAS visa waiver for Spain.

U.S. citizens staying in Spain for more than 90 days:

  • ETIAS for U.S. citizens is only valid for short-term stays of up to 90 days in Europe. If you intend to remain in Spain longer than 3 months, it is mandatory to obtain the appropriate visa. A residence permit (título de residencia) will also be necessary within the first 30 days of entering Spain.

U.S. Embassy in Madrid, Spain

Address: Calle de Serrano, 75, 28006 Madrid, Spain

Phone: (+34) 91-587-2200

Fax: (+34) 91-587-2303

The following city has a U.S. Consulate: Barcelona.


Tourist Travel Information about Spain

etias spainSpain (Reino de España) is a diverse country located on the Iberian Peninsula.

To the north and northwest it is bordered by France, Andorra, and the Bay of Biscay; and to the west and northwest by Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean.

Spain is the second-largest country in Western Europe after France and the second most mountainous after Switzerland.

It is the country with the third-largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, after Italy and China.

Spain is the second most visited country in the world after France in part because of its great beaches, fun nightlife, many cultural regions, and historic cities.

It is considered an exotic country due to its friendly inhabitants, relaxed lifestyle, cuisine, vibrant nightlife, and world-famous folklore and festivities. Among many places worth visiting are Spain’s capital Madrid, the vibrant coastal city of Barcelona, the famous “Running of the Bulls” at Pamplona, Seville, Granada, and Córdoba.

The Spaniards have an entirely different rhythm from other Europeans. They typically have lunch between 1 and 3 pm, and dinner around 10 pm.

Interesting facts

  • The Madrid-Barcelona route has the highest number of flights per week in the world
  • Spain has more than 8,000 beaches
  • On St. George’s Day (April 23rd) in Barcelona, it’s customary to exchange a book and/or a rose with the person you love
  • Spain carries out 43% of the world's olive oil production
  • Spanish culture greatly influenced modern art from the late 1800s, with artists like Antoni Gaudí (Art Nouveau), Pablo Picasso (expressionism, cubism, surrealism), Joan Miró (surrealism), and Salvador Dalí (surrealism)

Medical Information for U.S. citizens

Recommended vaccines:

  • Routine Vaccines
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Rabies


  • 112 is the pan-European emergency number and is always free to call.
  • 061 or 112 - Ambulance (ambulancía) and health emergencies
  • 080 or 112 - Fire brigade (cuerpo de bomberos)
  • 092 - Local police (policía municipal)
  • 062 - Civil Guard (guardia civil)
  • 091 - National Spanish police (policía nacional)
  • 900 202 202 - Maritime Sea Rescue (Salvamento y Seguridad Marítimo)
  • 902 222 292 - Red cross (ambulance, emergencies, intoxications)
  • 902 102 112 - Tourist helpline and emergency number (in English, French, German and Italian)

Related Countries


ETIAS for Portugal. When traveling to Europe's Schengen area, US citizens will be required to apply for an Etias. Read about the Portugal entry requirements


When traveling to France, US citizens should apply for an ETIAS visa waiver. Find out more about the traveling requisites for US travelers visiting France.


ETIAS for Italy, Europe. American Citizens should apply for an Etias Visa Waiver when traveling to Italy. Find out about the requirements for US travellers.