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With a mix of Mediterranean beaches and soaring mountains, Spain is a popular and thriving European destination. The varying geography offers many different outdoor adventures. Cities boast beautiful old-world architecture and a growing gastronomical reputation.
Whether you come to Spain for skiing, beaches or vibrant food and culture, you are sure to find something to delight you.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Spain. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Spain: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, and influenza.
As a developed country, Spain has fewer health risks than other destinations. But, there is still some risk. Consider brining a traveler’s diarrhea kit in case of stomach problems.
See our vaccinations page to learn more about these infections and vaccines. Ready to protect yourself? Book your travel health appointment today by calling or schedule online now.
You must have a passport to visit Spain. A visa is not required for stays under 90 days. While the Spanish government requires passports have at least 3 months validity beyond departure from Spain, 6 months is recommended.
Spain is part of the European Union. Entry and exit requirements may change based on EU policy.
For more information contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
Spain’s weather can vary according to your location within the country.
The southern and eastern coastal regions have a Mediterranean climate. Summers are hot and usually very dry, and winters that tend to be mild but damp and rainy. The most likely time for rain in these locations is during the fall, from September to December.
In the central inland region of the country, the climate tends to be hot in the summer as well. But, the winters are much colder and snowfall is more likely, especially in the mountains. Rain falls most often in the spring and the autumn months.
The northern part of the country, often called Basque country, has a temperate climate. Summer temperatures in this area are much cooler than those in the south, and the winters are mild. Rain and clouds are very common, especially during the winter months.
Coastal regions are popular in the summer, especially June to August. Mountain regions experience a boom in January and February for skiing and other sports.
Spain is a relatively safe country. But, travelers should always exercise caution when visiting unfamiliar countries.
Pickpocketing and other types of petty theft are common, especially in tourist regions like Madrid and Barcelona. Keep track of all your belongings and be wary of pickpockets working in groups.
While violent crimes are uncommon, they do sometimes occur. Muggings may sometimes turn violent. Stay in well-lit and populated areas if possible.
Barcelona is a popular destination for many reasons. One of the most visited are its many buildings designed by the famous architect Antoni Gaudí.
Gaudí’s structures are some of the most important tourist destinations in Barcelona. Some have even been made UNESCO World Heritage sites. They are known for their eccentric, fantastical designs featuring unusual curves, angles and colors. This sets them apart from the surrounding buildings.
One of the most famous Gaudí structures is a church called the Basílica de la Sagrada Família. The church has been under construction for 125 years. Construction is not expected to finish until 2030. But, it is still a major tourist attraction and a breathtaking piece of architecture.
Don’t forget to bring the following essentials on your trip to Spain:
Before traveling abroad, all U.S. citizens should enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. This will ensure that local embassies know where you are. You will also receive updates about any potential travel interruptions.
The U.S. embassy in Spain is located in the capital city of Madrid.
U.S. Embassy Madrid
Calle Serrano, 75
28006 Madrid, Spain
Telephone: (34) 91 587 2240
Emergency after-hours telephone: (34) 91 587 2200
Facsimile: (34) 91 587 2303
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