Health Alert – New Spanish Government Instructions Regarding Immigration Issues – U.S. Embassy Madrid, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona (May 21, 2020)
Location: Spain – Level 4: Do Not Travel
Event: The Government of Spain has published new instructions regarding the stay of foreigners in Spain during the State of Alarm due to COVID-19. The information below, pulled from the new instructions, may be helpful for U.S. citizens in Spain with questions about their immigration status.
Please be sure to review the Spanish government’s instructions carefully to determine whether they apply to your specific circumstances. The U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Spain cannot provide legal advice regarding Spanish immigration matters.
Extension of visa-waiver period: Foreigners in Spain whose visa-waiver status (90-day stays without a visa) expired during the State of Alarm will be provided an automatic three-month extension starting immediately after the State of Alarm ceases to be in effect. This extension will only be valid for Spain and counted towards future visa-waiver stays. The instructions do not state whether the extension will count towards future visa-waiver stays only for Spain, or for travel within the EU.
Expired residence permits during the State of Alarm: Most residence permits will be automatically renewed, without the need for an in-person renewal appointment, for six months after the State of Alarm ceases to be in effect. You should review the new instructions carefully to determine if your residence permit will be automatically renewed.
Expired residence permits and return to Spain: If your Spanish residence permit expired during the State of Alarm, the new instructions state you will be allowed to use the expired permit to re-enter Spain. If you have questions, please consult the instructions or the nearest Spanish embassy or consulate to your location.
Periods spent outside of Spain during the State of Alarm will not count towards losing your residence status in Spain, according to the new instructions.
Actions to Take:
-Review the new instructions carefully to be sure you understand how they apply to your specific circumstances.
-Contact the closest Oficina de Extranjeria (Foreigners Office) or Spanish embassy or consulate (if you are outside of Spain) with questions.
-Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Spain.
- U.S. Embassy Madrid, Spain
- U.S. Consulate General Barcelona, Spain
- State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
- Spain Country Information
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