Sections

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. For detailed information about consular services, please click here.

For emergency assistance after hours, U.S. citizens may call +34 91 587-2200 and ask to speak to the Duty Officer in Barcelona.  No documentary or passport services are available evenings, weekends or holidays (PDF 271 KB). You may also contact the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the US Department of State for assistance at 888-407-4747 (US toll free number) or at 202 5014444 (from overseas).

Fees

Consular services which require fees (categories and amounts are set by the Department of State and are applied uniformly worldwide) may be paid in cash either U.S. dollars, euros or with major credit cards (cardholder must be physically present). The Consulate General does not accept personal checks. Schedule of fees is posted at the Consular Section waiting room. It is also available on line in here.

The Public Diplomacy Section (PD) promotes and explains U.S. government policies and processes, as well as the values, culture and history of the United States. Working closely with local government officials, political parties, academics, think tanks, media outlets, cultural institutions, businesses, foundations, and non-governmental 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.

Programs and Cultural Activities

PD invites U.S. academics, scholars, government officials, representatives of civil society and other speakers to share their personal experiences and professional expertise with a variety of audiences from across the consular district.  In collaboration with universities, foundations, media and other stakeholders, PD arranges meetings, conferences, seminars and networking events to optimize the reach and impact of these guest speakers.  The consulate also sponsors different types of cultural activities such as film series, festivals, exhibits and other events showcasing the diversity of American culture, society and values.

Exchange Programs

After identifying prominent Spanish political, social, economic and young leaders of the consular district, PD facilitates their travel to the United States through specific exchange programs so that they can meet with their American counterparts.  Through such exchanges, visitors obtain first-hand information about U.S. institutions related to their own activity and also learn about American society, values, and culture.

Connect-US

This program fosters American English and promotes a better understanding of the United States, its society, history and values among students in our consular district. Connect-US helps students expand upon their notions of the United States through activities, talks, interactive classroom events, and the distribution of materials and online resources that advance both English teaching and learning. In Catalunya, we articulate this program in collaboration with the Department of Education of the Generalitat. One of the main activities is the Fulbright Volunteer Program. This initiative allows American grantees to volunteer their services to high schools around Barcelona and give talks on their field of studies.  Sessions are held in English, but even more than language, the program gives local youth the opportunity to interact with Americans living in Barcelona, and to connect with bright, enterprising and creative young students who can give a sense of U.S. culture. If your school is interested, you can send us an email to pdbarcelona@state.gov.

Information about the U.S.

We provide comprehensive, accurate, and up-to-date information about the United States to target audiences and institutions in the consular district.  Focusing on current social, political, and policy developments in the United States, we distribute an electronic monthly outreach product—entitled Docualert—that highlights a broad range of content from government agencies and think tanks, as well as articles from leading U.S. journals. These materials cover international relations, U.S. foreign and domestic policies, and trends. If you are interested in receiving this information product, please send a message to barcelonairc@state.gov.

Media Relations

PD manages the Consulate’s relationship with the media in the consular district, responding to all media queries, coordinating interviews, and distributing press releases. For media related issues, please send an email to pdbarcelona@state.gov.

Social Media

PD also oversees the Consulate’s website and social media platforms (FacebookTwitter, Instagram, YouTube and Flickr.)

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. We prepare 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 reports on human rights, religious freedom, and trafficking in persons, among others.

The Management Section provides a full range of administrative support services to all offices at the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona under Chief of Mission authority. The section maintains the Consulate compound and numerous employee residential properties.