39 Chesham Place
Telephone: 020 7235 55 55
Fax: 020 7259 53 92
Online: Embassy website
Do I need a visa to visit Spain?
Some countries have special relationships with other countries which enables their residents to travel freely between the two without a visa. Check if you definitely need a visa to travel by checking the website.
How can I apply?
Applicants must book an appointment through the Spanish Visa Application Centre operated by BLS International.
This service is available to all nationals who are resident in the UK for a minimum of 3 months under the jurisdiction of this consulate, who wish to apply for a tourist, business or transit visa to Spain.
To contact the BLS centre, information is found on their Contact page.
Please note: It may take you several weeks to get an appointment at the centre, especially before the Christmas, Easter and summer vacations. Therefore, you should be making your application at least 8-12 weeks before you intend to travel.
What documents do I need?
The University has a checklist to assist you in collecting the required documents, however for a for a full list of documentation required, you should check the Spanish Embassy website as requirements may change.
How do I get to the Visa Application Centre?
If you have a morning appointment, you will probably have to book overnight accommodation in London to ensure that you arrive in time. Make sure you check the directions to the embassy before you go. If your appointment is early in the morning, try and have a practice walk of the route the day before your appointment. You will not be seen or offered a later appointment if you miss your slot.
See www.megabus.com for cheap bus travel between Cardiff and London, www.nationalexpress.com/coach/index.cfm for National Express coaches to all destinations and www.thetrainline.com for trains between all stations.
See www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-hotels or www.hostelworld.com for cheap hotels and hostels. In London, you may also be able stay at The International Students House www.ish.org.uk/accommodation/ . Contact them direct for details.
How long will it take?
Applications accepted at the Spain Visa Application Centre will be submitted on the next working day at Spain Consulate in London. Once the application has been submitted, the applicant can be further requested additional documentation in support of the same. Please note as per the instructions received from Spain Consulate minimum processing time is 15 Calendar days (It may delay depending on case to case). You can find more information on processing times on the BLS website.
All applications must be submitted at least 15 days prior to the proposed date of travel to accommodate any unforeseen processing delays.
How can the Immigration & International Student Advice team help me with my Schengen visa?
The IISA does not offer a service whereby they make your Schengen visa application or appointment for you. This is because generally travelling outside of the UK during your studies is for your personal pleasure. They can however check through your documents before your appointment.
If you would like an adviser to check your documents for you, you should email email@example.com stating which country you are applying to and the date of your appointment. Please note that this service is not guaranteed and is subject to staff availability and IISA commitments.
You should start making your Schengen visa application at least 8-12 weeks before your proposed travel date.