Travel by foreign nationals to the United States from Spain currently is limited by one or a combination of the following: a) the Presidential Proclamation prohibiting travel to the United States from the European Schengen zone; b) the Presidential Proclamations suspending issuance of several types of U.S. visas.
We have no information about when any of these limitations will be lifted. See below for more information and links to information regarding the very few exceptions to the proclamations. These proclamations do not apply to U.S. citizens or U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs).
Travel to the United States
Routine Visa Services: U.S. Embassy Madrid will begin a phased resumption of some visa services on July 20, 2020 and offer limited visa appointments to those applicants who qualify for an exception to the COVID-19 Presidential Proclamations with imminent travel, like students. Please see our COVID-19 Visa FAQ for information.
Presidential Proclamation 9993 (PP 9993) restricts travel to the United States for persons who were physically present in the European Schengen zone, including Spain, during the 14 days prior to their attempted entry to the United States. This proclamation prevents the entry of all travelers with a valid U.S. visa or ESTA who initiate their journey in Spain or another country in the EU/Schengen zone. Exceptions to PP 9993 are extremely limited. For more information, see our COVID-19 Visa FAQs (Spanish, English).
Presidential Proclamation 10014 (PP 10014) suspends visa issuance for some immigrant visa types while Presidential Proclamation 10052 (PP 10052) suspends issuance of three nonimmigrant work visa types: L visas, H visas, some J visas, and their dependents in each category. No valid visas will be revoked under PP 10052; however, visa holders will be unable to renew their visas while this proclamation is in effect, and we are not able to issue new visas in these categories. Foreign nationals who are or were inside the United States, or those holding valid nonimmigrant or immigrant visas, on the effective date of the proclamation, are not subject to PP 10014 or PP 10052. The restrictions imposed by PP 10052 and PP 10014 expire on December 31, 2020, unless continued by the President.
Remember that even if you aren’t subject to PP 10014 or PP 10052, if you are physically present in Spain, you are subject to PP 9993.
If you believe you may qualify for an exception to one of the proclamations, please contact our visa call center, which is available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time Monday through Friday (except for holidays), at 91-123-8866. You can also find further information in our COVID-19 Visa FAQ.
Can I travel to the United States?
Q: I am a Spanish citizen with a valid ESTA living in Madrid. I would like to travel to Miami next week for a vacation. Will I be allowed to board my flight?
A: No. Your travel is prohibited under PP 9993.
Q: I am a Spanish citizen with a valid ESTA living and working in Sweden. I would like to travel next week to New York for a business meeting. Will I be allowed to board my flight?
A: Please send an email to MadridNIE@state.gov. Due to the large volume of inquiries, we will only respond to those who have imminent travel and who qualify for an exception. Please note travel for the primary purpose of tourism remains suspended.
Q: I am a citizen of a country that requires a visa to enter the United States, but I live in Spain. I would like to travel from Spain to the United States in September for tourism. When can I make my visa interview appointment?
A: PP 9993 restricts travel to the United States for persons who were physically present in the European Schengen area, including Spain, during the 14 days prior to their attempted entry to the United States. As a result, you will not be able to apply for a visa and travel to the United States from Spain until routine visa processing resumes and PP 9993 is lifted. Travel for the primary purpose of tourism remains suspended.
Q: I was working in the United States on an H1-B visa and my visa is still valid. I came to Spain for vacation. Can I return to the United States to continue my employment with my valid visa?
A: Please send an email to MadridNIE@state.gov. Due to the large volume of inquiries, we will only respond to those who have imminent travel and who qualify for an exception. Please note tourism as such remains suspended.
Q: I’m starting a research program at Harvard University in September. I have an academic scholarship. I need a J-1 visa to participate in this exchange program. When can I apply?
A: If box 4 of your DS-2019 indicates Student, Professor, Research Scholar, Short-term Scholar or Specialist, you may schedule an interview through our appointment website.