Who can apply?
From what date will visas be issued?
From the date indicated in the visa application. However, holders of these visas will not be able to travel to Spain while there are temporary travel restrictions due to public order and health regulations in connection with the epidemiological crisis caused by COVID-19. After the abolition of restrictions on movement, it will be necessary to comply with the sanitary requirements of Spain to enter Spain.
What will be the validity period of new visas?
This will depend on the validity period of previous visas and the correctness of their use. In the event that previously issued visas were used incorrectly, the Consulate General of Spain may refuse to issue a visa or shorten its validity.
How should the applications be submitted?
- in person, when the applicant is over 18 years of age.
- If fingerprints have been taken within the last 59 months, you can use the postal service offered by the BLS centers or one of the travel agencies accredited by the Consulate General of Spain in St. Petersburg (the list can be found on the website of the Consulate or the Consulate Visa Application Center).
- Family members of minors under 18 can apply if the minor has been fingerprinted within the past 59 months. In this case, they must provide a document confirming the family connection. Children under 12 do not need to be fingerprinted.
The Consulate may require retaking the fingerprints, if it deems it necessary.
Term for consideration of applications:
As a rule, the applications will be considered within 10 working days, however, the period may be extended up to 30 days if an additional verification of the submitted documentation is required in accordance with Art. 7 of the Agreement between the European Community and the Russian Federation on the facilitation of the issuance of visas to the citizens of the European Union and the Russian Federation.
Documentation required for submission of the application:
For those who often visit Spain: if the passport does not have stamps on entry and exit from Spain when making recent trips, you must provide documents confirming frequent trips to Spain (photocopies of e-tickets, invoices from hotels in Spain, etc.)
THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF SPAIN IN ST. PETERSBURG RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REQUEST ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION THAT MAY BE REQUIRED FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF THE CASE.
Important notice of travel restrictions due to COVID-19
As part of measures on prevention of the spread of COVID-19, the Schengen states have introduced travel restrictions, including at the borders between these states. Depending on the development of the epidemiologic situation both inside and outside the EU, travel restrictions may be relaxed or reintroduced. All travellers are responsible for checking of travel restrictions in effect prior to departure. The Schengen visa holders are not automatically entitled to enter the Schengen zone and must comply with applicable travel restrictions.
More details: https: //reopen.europa.eu/en/
APPLICANTS FOR A VISA TYPE C OR SCHENGEN CANNOT GO TO SPAIN OR OTHER SCHENGEN COUNTRIES WHILE THERE ARE RESTRICTIONS ON ENTRY TO THE EU AND SCHENGEN COUNTRIES FROM THIRD COUNTRIES FOR PUBLIC AND HEALTH REASONS RELATED TO THE PAN
Will visas continue to be issued for the main categories with an entry permit in accordance with Order INT / 657/2020 of July 17 (extended by the relevant effective orders). Link to the text of the Order: https://www.boe.es/buscar/act.php?id=BOE-A-2020-8099
Yes, and they will be valid as soon as entry into the national territory is allowed by the border authorities or the required certificate for them is obtained.
Some categories of applicants are not subject to temporary restrictions on urgent travel from third countries to the countries of the European Union and the Schengen area for reasons of public order and health in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic:
Health care workers, including health scientists, as well as medical staff in the care of the elderly, who are sent to carry out their professional activities or return after their professional activities.
Transport workers, sailors and employees of the aeronautics sector to ensure the operation of air transport.
Highly qualified professionals whose work is a necessity and cannot be delayed or carried out remotely, including participants in high-level sports competitions taking place in Spain. These circumstances must be documented. (NOTE: This also includes professionals in the audiovisual sector in the broadest sense, including artists, technicians and other foreign professionals who will operate in the audiovisual sector, perform artistic public performances or record any type for further distribution to the media. Data circumstances must be documented.)
Applicants who are forced to travel for family reasons, which must have appropriate documentary evidence. NOTE: This category of applicants, while temporary restrictions on movement are in place, must contact the Consulate by email before applying for a visa.
Applicants who can document the need to travel due to force majeure or whose entry is for humanitarian reasons. NOTE: This category of applicants, while temporary restrictions on movement are in place, must contact the Consulate by email before applying for a visa.
Applicants who have a vaccination certificate recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Health, after appropriate verification by the health authorities, as well as minors accompanying persons who are subject to these requirements (we are talking about vaccines approved by the EMA - European Medicines Agency or WHO (World Health Organization )
When will visa issuance resume for the categories of applicants not included in this informative note?
Then, when there will be changes in the existing situation and restrictions will be lifted.