The U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona is responsible for a consular district composed of the Spanish regions of Catalonia, Aragón, and the Principality of Andorra. Established in 1797, it is one of the oldest U.S. consular presences in the world.
Consular Section Business Hours:
Consular Section hours for the public are Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 12:30pm, except for local and U.S. holidays (PDF 275K). For routine (non-emergency) consular services, you must make an appointment online. Adult passport renewals are done by mail. More information on the U.S. Citizens Services page.
For U.S. citizen emergencies during business hours, please call +34-93-280-2227. For emergency assistance after hours: U.S. citizens may call (+34) 91 587-2200 and ask to speak to the Duty Officer. No documentary or passport services are available on evenings, weekends, or holidays.
For U.S. citizens: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions related to our cultural and education programs and media-related questions: email@example.com.
Katie Stana assumed the position of Consul General at the United States Consulate General in Barcelona on January 5, 2022. She most recently served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Global Talent Management, with responsibility for the Department’s Locally Engaged Staff and Eligible Family Member employment issues, family member support, casualty assistance efforts, and the Department’s grievance framework.
Prior to this assignment, she was Chief of Staff to the Director General of the Foreign Service, supporting the Director General to impart executive leadership and oversight to the Department’s 76,000 employees. In Washington, Katie has served as a Line Officer, a Senior Watch Officer, Deputy Director of the Line, Director of the Line, and as an assessor on the Board of Examiners. She also did a Pearson Foreign Policy Fellowship in the office of Senator Chris Murphy.
Overseas, Katie served as International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Director at Embassy Islamabad, as Supervisory General Services Officer at Embassy Rome, as a Consular/Economic Rotational Officer at Embassy Ankara, and as General Services Officer at Embassy Montevideo. Katie is a 2016 graduate of the National War College at Ft. Lesley J. McNair and a 2002 graduate of the University of Virginia. She is a native of the Washington, DC area.
Consular Affairs Officer: Paula Walker
The primary responsibility of the Consular Section is to provide assistance to U.S. citizens who reside or are travelling in the Barcelona Consular district. All U.S. visa services in Spain and Andorra are provided at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid.
For emergency assistance after hours, U.S. citizens may call +34 91 587-2200 and ask to speak to the Duty Officer in Barcelona. You may also contact the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the US Department of State for assistance at +1 888-407-4747 (US toll free number) or at +1 202 5014444 (from overseas). No documentary or passport services are available evenings, weekends or holidays (PDF 275K).
Public Diplomacy Section
Public Affairs Officer: Emma Marwood
The Public Diplomacy Section develops programs and activities around U.S. government foreign policy priorities and promotes a better understanding of the values, culture, and history of the United States. Working closely with a broad range of local organizations, we strive to strengthen existing institutional, educational, and cultural ties between the United States and the consular district while also developing new areas of cooperation in fields of mutual interest. The Public Diplomacy section also organizes a series of exchange programs to build bridges between our countries. The Public Diplomacy section handles all interaction with the media and manages the Consulate’s social media presence on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.
For media inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Political and Economic Section
Political and Management Officer: Steven Bremner
Economic Officer: Omar Medina
The Political and Economic Section follows important political and economic developments in Catalonia, Aragon, and the Principality of Andorra, maintaining contact and liaison with government officials and civil society and prepares analyses and reports on political and economic developments of significance to the United States. Additionally, the section compiles information for the State Department’s annual worldwide reports on human rights, religious freedom, and trafficking in persons, among other topics.
The Public Diplomacy section provides information and opportunities about education and professional exchanges programs sponsored by the Department of State. Throughout the year, there are also funding opportunities addressed to local organizations to develop specific projects that strengthen the bilateral relationship between the United States and Spain/Andorra, based on shared objectives.
American Space Barcelona
American Space Barcelona is a cultural and educational space located in the Biblioteca Ignasi Iglésias-Can Fabra in the Sant Andreu district of Barcelona. Its main goal is to promote cultural exchange and dialogue between Barcelona and the United States through a variety of programs, activities, and free workshops open to the public. American Space Barcelona programming revolves around five main themes: science and technology; media literacy; English language learning; cultural programming; and educational advising for students interested in studying in the United States. Check out their schedule on the American Space page.
Study in the United States
EducationUSA is a U.S. Department of State network of over 430 international student advising centers in more than 175 countries and territories. The network promotes U.S. higher education to students, families, and educators around the world by offering accurate, comprehensive, and current information about opportunities to study at accredited postsecondary institutions in the United States. In Barcelona, EducationUSA is located at the Institute of North American Studies (IEN). If you would like to study at a U.S. higher education institution, you can reach out to EducationUSA directly through their form.
On December 29th, 1797, John Adams, the second President of the United States of America, named William Willis as the first Consul of the United States in Barcelona. His priority mission was to promote trade between the young American democracy and the prosperous industrial region of Catalonia, known for its textile industry. As the years went by, the Consulate consolidated, increasing its commercial and consular functions, and becoming a modern operation. In 1895, shortly before the Spanish-American War, the United States recognized the growing importance of the mission of the Consulate in Barcelona by elevating its status to Consulate General.
The Consulate General remained open during the years of the Spanish Civil War. In 1937, when the government of the Spanish Republic moved to Barcelona, the Consulate General was authorized to operate as Embassy of the United States from a provisional seat on Tibidabo Avenue at the private residence of American citizen Max Klein. The Consulate General moved to its present location in the Sarrià neighborhood in June 1992.