Checklist for traveling to Spain
by Kimberly on Friday, August 12, 2011
Preparing your trip to Spain
Your trip to Spain to learn Spanish is getting closer and you have to prepare many things before you arrive. Do you know all the things you should have before you come? Do you know about all the procedures and agreements that exist between your country and Spain? Research these topics well because the success of our trip could depend on what you do before you depart and entering Spain legally is not as difficult as you may think!
We are going to give you some recommendations to make it easier for you in this blog. If you find this article interesting, we encourage you to sign up for our weekly and monthly newsletters. Every newsletter features an interesting article about Spain or Latin America. Also, by becoming a member you will have access to a wide range of Spanish learning materials. Enjoy!
- Before buying your plane ticket, make sure that your passport is valid. If it is not, you will need to renew it before entering Spain or any other part of the European Union.
- If you are a European Union citizen, a Passport is not usually required to enter Spain. However, some form of legal identification is necessary.
- Plan your itinerary well and get information about the Spanish destinations that you will be visiting. This will help you avoid unnecessary delays when you get to your destination. Spain has very reliable public transportation with trains and buses that will take you to any city in very timely matter. You can also fly between most major cities which can also save you a lot of time.
- Regarding the Spanish visa: There are different types of visas for Spain: student, work, residency... Which is your case? Spain has special agreements with many countries that allow citizens to enter the country for up to 90 days without any paperwork. However, there are some exceptions so make sure to ask the Spanish Embassy in your country if you need a visa or not.
- Remember that Spain is an EU member and once you are legally permitted into Spain you are allowed to visit other EU countries. There are also many low cost airlines such as RyanAir or Easyjet who sell cheap flights so that you can easily visit other cities and countries.
- Medical Insurance: The best advice is to purchase medical insurance that will cover you in Spain. The Spanish health system will tend to any Spaniard or foreigner that needs attention, but the coverage for foreigners is only on an emergency basis. This service is not free. However, your country may have a public health agreement with Spain so make sure to inform yourself before purchasing any plan
- If you decide to rent a car, despite the great public transportation in Spain, make sure that your driver's license is valid in Spain. If not, you should get an international driver's license before coming.
- What kind of clothes should you bring? Even though Spain is a relatively small country, it has many different climates. Most regions have hot dry summers and cold winters, a good example of this is the weather in Madrid. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, remember that Spain is in the Northern Hemisphere which means that our winter coincides with your summer... Bring a good jacket if you are coming to Spain in September or April!
- Spain is one of the safest countries in Europe, but regardless, you should pay close attention to your possessions and remain vigilant at all times so that you can avoid unnecessary problems such as the loss or theft of your documentation or credit cards.
- Enjoy your stay in Spain and take advantage of the opportunity to get to learn about Spanish culture! Spain is a friendly country with people who are eager to learn about other cultures. Be nice to the locals and they may show you some of their city's secrets. Don't forget to practice your Spanish with them!
Let us know if you have any questions and we will try to answer them for you.