Spanish visa for British citizens

A visa is NOT required for British passport holders visiting Spain for a short-term stay: Freedom of movement.

Visa requirements:

Visa type Purposes Visa requirements Allowed stay
Tourist visa For British citizens to enter Spain for a short-term tourism purpose. Not required Freedom of movement
Evisa Spain e-visa for British citizens Not Available
Visa on arrival Spain visa on arrival for British citizens Not Available

Spain tourist visa requirements:

  • Holding British passport that is valid for six months beyond the period of the intended stay in Spain.
  • Proof of onward travel (departure) from Spain.

If you are looking for Spain visa information, such as available types of visas, or how to apply from United Kingdom, we recommend you visit or contact the embassy or consulate of Spain nearest your place of residence.

  • Manchester: The Embassy of Spain in Manchester, United Kingdom (Working hours: Close now. Open in 8 hours 54 minutes)
  • Edinburgh: The Embassy of Spain in Edinburgh, United Kingdom (Working hours: Close now. Open in 8 hours 54 minutes)
  • London: The Embassy of Spain in London, United Kingdom (Working hours: Close now. Open in 8 hours 54 minutes)
  • Edinburgh: The Consulate General of Spain in Edinburgh, United Kingdom (Working hours: Close now. Open in 8 hours 54 minutes)
  • Manchester: The Consulate General of Spain in Manchester, United Kingdom (Working hours: Close now. Open in 8 hours 54 minutes)

Spain visa applications & requirements (For reference purposes only, please visit the nearest Spain diplomatic mission offices to United Kingdom for guidance)

Tourism Statistics Chart

The line chart shows the number of visitors from United Kingdom traveling to Spain from 2008 to 2018.

Year Number of visitors (United Kingdom) estimated Change (%)
2008 17,577,585 N/A
2009 17,577,585 0.00%
2010 17,947,640 2.11%
2011 19,427,858 8.25%
2012 18,317,694 -5.71%
2013 18,687,749 2.02%
2014 17,577,585 -5.94%
2015 18,317,694 4.21%
2016 17,675,367 -3.51%
2017 18,806,776 6.40%
2018 18,502,722 -1.62%

References: UNWTO.org, World Bank and multiple sources. (This data is for informational purposes only. Please see our disclaimer page for more information.)

Spain & United Kingdom comparison

Spain's area is approximately 498,800 km2 (192,587 sq mi), while the area of United Kingdom is approximately 241,930 km2 (93,409 sq mi). This means United Kingdom is 2.06 times smaller than Spain.

As of June 2021, Spain's population is ~47.6 million people - 36,550,549 fewer people than the population of United Kingdom.

We have highlighted Spain & United Kingdom’s relative positions on world's map for your reference.

Spain United Kingdom Difference
Population (est 2021) 47,600,206 84,150,755 36.6 million fewer people live in Spain than United Kingdom
Number of diplomatic missions abroad (est) 215 222 Spain has 7 fewer diplomatic representations abroad compared with United Kingdom.
Travel freedom (2021) 144 139 Spain passport holders can visit 5 more countries and territories without a visa.
Number of foreign missions hosted 492 348 Spanish hosts 144 more foreign missions than United Kingdom.

Frequently asked questions, answered

How many visitors from United Kingdom travel to Spain in one year?

The number of visitors from United Kingdom visiting Spain in 2018 was approximately 18,502,722.

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