Visa to India from Spain

How to apply for your visa for India from Spain?

Any person residing in Spain and who wants to travel to India can request their visa in two ways: they can apply for a Visa India Spain online visa and receive their electronic visa by email; but you can also do it through the consulate of India in Spain, through the intermediary of VFS Global de España (Madrid-Spain) that we will see later in this guide.

In this guide we will talk about the following points:

How to apply for your visa, either electronically or from the Indian consulate in Madrid, Barcelona or Las Palmas?

What are the requirements to apply for the India Spain Visa?

When and where can I apply for the India Spain Visa?

What is the complete process from the reception of the visa until its arrival in India?

Important notes to keep in mind when applying for your visa to India in Spain.

The visa for India, as explained above, can be applied online or at the Indian consulate in Spain.

Before we begin, we must clearly define the entity that processes the physical visa application from Spain. This entity is the Global VFS of Spain (Madrid-Spain). The Global VFS is a trusted partner of the «Government of India» in Spain and administratively manages visa, passport, Indian OCI Visa, PIO applications and various Consular Applications processes.

The Global VFS keeps the passport of the person requesting the visa and returns it to its owner once the visa is issued. But it must be borne in mind that VFS Global cannot work on an application for a Visa India Spain with official passports.

Here we leave the addresses of VFS Global:

MADRID: Street of Cardinal Marcelo Spínola 2, Ground Floor, 28016 Madrid

BARCELONA: Carrer de Sardenya 229, 3rd Floor, Office No.1, 08013 Barcelona

LAS PALMAS: León y Castillo Street 177, 4th Floor, 35004 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

How to apply for your visa, either electronic (e-Visa India) or from the Indian consulate in Madrid?

Let’s start with the Indian electronic visa, as it is the fastest process.

To request your electronic visa India from Spain you just have to fill out the form on our website by clicking here. The electronic visa for India, as in any other country that allows you to request an electronic visa, is done through a website of an agency that offers this service. To visit our website and get more details, please click here. This type of visa allows multiple entries to India, which means that within 365 days you can enter and leave India once, as long as each continuous stay does not exceed 90 days.

What is the advantage of Indian electronic visa? The great advantage of the e-Visa India is that it can be requested from any place where there is Internet, it is cheaper and more convenient for travelers who do not have time to go to a VFS headquarters (which is the process to request a visa for physical way). It is also best for travelers who do not want to leave their passport at a VFS headquarters, or who want to spend 365 days in periods of stay of 90 days or less in India. If a traveler wishes to remain in India for a longer period, he must apply for a visa for India using the second option, the physical application, which we will see elsewhere in this article. Please note that this visa is valid only for air transport to India and is not valid for land transit. For more information, you can visit the electronic visa page to India.

Another option to request your Visa India Spain is through VFS, which we have defined a few lines above. The Indian Consulate and Visa Application Center (ICVAC) is the official partner of the Indian Embassy in Spain. For this purpose, the ICVAC is responsible for receiving visa applications to travel to India and visa fees, submitting applications at the Indian Embassy in Madrid, collecting passports processed by the Embassy of India in Madrid and the return of passports to applicants.

The ICVAC is managed by VFS Global España SL, which does not participate in the visa application evaluation process. The evaluation of visa applications is carried out by the Embassy of India in Madrid and the decision to grant or deny a visa for India is based on its own criteria. VFS Global España SL staff members have no role or influence in the outcome of an application.

Travelers can apply for any of the following categories of visas from Spain to India, but it is very important to know what category of Visa India Spain is going to be requested to enter India. This is a list of visa categories that can be requested from the VFS Global Spain.

What is an Indian OCI Visa card?

The Indian OCI Visa card is a multi-entry visa for life and entitles the holder to an unlimited number of trips and stays in India. If you change your passport, you must apply for a new Indian OCI Visa card corresponding to the new passport.

And who can apply for an Indian OCI Visa card?

A foreign national can apply for an Indian OCI Visa card if he / she:

He was able to become a citizen of India on 01/26/1950

Was a citizen of India or was, at any time after 01/26/1950

It belonged to a territory that became part of India after 08/15/1947

They are not eligible to apply for an Indian OCI Visa card in the following cases:

Younger children if both parents are Indian citizens

If he / she or his parents have been citizens of Pakistan or Bangladesh

People who work in Foreign Defense / Military / Police / ex-Defense and people who work with security agencies

The Indian OCI Visa card cannot be applied based on the Indian origin of the spouse

It is important to know that the payment allows you to make a request. This can be accepted, rejected or modified by the Embassy of India, in full right. Once the fees have been paid, the amount cannot be refunded under any circumstances, including the denial or cancellation of an application.

How to apply for a visa at the Indian Consulate and Visa Application Center (ICVAC) through VFS?

You can apply for a visa at the Madrid headquarters, Monday through Friday, at the address offered earlier in this article:

IN MADRID, the Visa Application Center and Indian Consulate of Madrid (ICVAC) allows you to:

Submit Your Application

Deliver / collect your passport / consular documents

Get specific information about your case

Working hours of the Madrid office:

From Monday to Friday from 9 in the morning to 1 in the afternoon for the “visa application submission”. From 3 in the afternoon to 5 in the afternoon for “collection of passport / consular documents issued”.

The payment methods accepted in the Madrid office are: cash and credit or debit cards. Please note that check or American Express is not accepted.

IN BARCELONA, the Visa Application Center and Indian Consulate in Barcelona (ICVAC) allows you to:

Submit Your Application

Get specific information about your case

The ICVAC in Barcelona, ​​like the Madrid office, is open from Monday to Friday. The visa application is submitted from 9 in the morning to 1 in the afternoon. Please take note that on certain occasions during the high season or after a holiday, you may experience a longer wait time. The Visa Application Center and Indian Consulate in Barcelona has the same payment methods as the Madrid office. And it does not accept checks, nor American Express.

IN LAS PALMAS, the Visa Application Center and Indian Consulate in La Palmas (ICVAC) allows you to:

Submit Your Application

Get specific information about your case

As in Barcelona, ​​the visa application is submitted from 9 in the morning to 1 in the afternoon and the payment methods are also the same.

You can also make your request by regular mail. It is very important to know that applications sent by mail take longer to process than applications submitted at the counter in Madrid. In the case of an imminent trip, it is recommended to submit your application directly at the window in our Madrid office. A minimum of 7 business days (excluding delivery delays) must be added to what is mentioned on our page regarding the minimum processing times (depending on the service requested).

The functions of the consulates and embassies of Spain


The Consulate is an agency under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that offers assistance to all Spanish residents or passersby in their consular demarcation, which is always outside the borders of Spanish territory.

Among the functions of the Consulate we can highlight:

It has a Civil Registry function, specifically it is responsible for the registration of births, marriages, deaths and guardianships or procedures related to Spanish nationality, among other functions.

It performs notary functions, carrying out acts and notarial powers of all kinds, wills, marriage certificates, document protocolization …

It also performs documentation functions such as the issuance of passports, or pass-through due to expiration, loss, theft or acquisition of nationality and consular procedures such as life, residence certificates, leave, legalization of documents …

The Consulate provides assistance and, where appropriate, financial assistance – initially reimbursable to the Treasury – to Spanish detainees, notifying their relatives of detention, if the detainee so wishes; you are visited periodically, you receive and receive messages, correspondence and other shipments; he is assisted in case of wishing the transfer for the fulfillment of sentence in Spain. It also provides different types of return aid, for emigrants, to charities …

In the case of holding general, regional and European elections, the Consulate:

Process, where appropriate, the voting applications of temporary residents abroad.

Manage the vote by mail within the consular demarcation.

Facilitates the vote in person at the Consular Offices.

Take minutes and send the ballots to the Delegations.

It also has functions in matters of foreigners and visas.

The Consulate provides general information to Spaniards, as well as specific information on the medical, educational and legal services of the country.

The Consulate also informs the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about the evolution of the political, economic, cultural and social situation of its demarcation and the image of Spain.


The Embassy is a body in charge of representing Spain abroad permanently and is usually located in the capital of the recipient country. Spain has 117 embassies whose main functions are:

Represent Spain before the receiving State.

Protect in the receiving State the interests of Spain and those of its nationals within the limits allowed by international law. In those States where there are no Consular Offices, or exist in cities other than where the Diplomatic Mission resides, the consular functions will be exercised by it, through its consular section.

Negotiate with the Government of the receiving State.

Be informed of the conditions and the evolution of the events in the receiving State and transfer that information to the Spanish Government.

Promote friendly relations and develop relations with the receiving State in all areas of External Action.

Cooperate with the instances of external representation of the European Union in the identification, defense and promotion of the interests and objectives of its External Action.

Right to Information


The information provided under the Act is available to the citizens of India only. Applications should be submitted along with documentary proof of Indian Citizenship in the prescribed way. More information is available.

It may also be pointed out that as per section 6(1) (a) of the RTI Act, 2005, a person who desires to obtain information under the Act is required to submit the application to the Information Officer of the «concerned public authority». Applicants are, therefore, advised to send their requests under the RTI Act to the Embassy only when the subject matter can reasonably be presumed to pertain to the Embassy.



The Department of Personnel and Training and Department of Posts have launched a service called e -IPO (Electronic Indian Postal Order) to enable Indian Citizens abroad to purchase an Indian Postal Order electronically by paying the fee on-line through e-Post Office Portal.

This facility has been provided for Indian Citizens abroad to enable them to purchase a Postal Order electronically to seek information under the RTI Act, 2005. This facility has been extended to Indian citizens residing in India also with effect from 13.02.2014. The facility is only for purchasing an Indian Postal Order electronically.

The User needs to get himself registered at the website. He has to select the Ministry/Department from whom he desires to seek the information under the RTI Act and the e-IPO so generated can be used to seek information from that Ministry/Department only. Further, an e-IPO so generated must be used only once with an RTI application. A printout of the e-IPO is required to beattached with the RTI application. If the RTI application is being filed electronically, e-IPO is required to be attached as an attachment.

What is the difference between an embassy and a consulate?

Anyone who has traveled the world knows that it is very important to have well located embassies or consulates of their country of origin. Both can be useful if we need help at some time during our stay abroad.

The first thing to make clear is that both embassies and consulates are diplomatic representations of a country abroad. However, they do not have the same degree of importance nor can they perform the same functions. And that is where the difference between a consulate and an embassy is found

An embassy is the maximum representation and authority of a country abroad. It is a permanent mission led by an ambassador who performs the functions of a State in the country of destination. The ambassador and the rest of the diplomatic corps carry out negotiations to favor a favorable climate that allows to foster economic, political and commercial relations between both States.

Another of the functions of an embassy is to keep the Government informed of the current situation of the country of destination and of events that may be of interest. Normally, there is only one embassy for each State in each country, and it is located in the capital. However, it is not uncommon to find cases in which a State does not have an embassy in a particular country, and that matters related to that country depend on another in a nearby State. In the case of Spain, for example, the management of national affairs in Georgia is the responsibility of the Spanish embassy in Turkey, based in Ankara; The same applies to the case of Armenia, which is the responsibility of the embassy in Moscow, Russia.

On the other hand, consulates are lower level institutions than embassies, hierarchically dependent on the embassy that the State has in that country and with functions that are smaller than those of the embassy. Unlike embassies, there may be more than one consulate in the same country. Consulates can even be found inside embassies if circumstances require, in which case we would talk about the consular section of the embassy.

The consulates are headed by a diplomat called consul and do not get to perform the functions of maximum representation. Its main functions are to interact with citizens who come or reside in that country or the premises that have to carry out a procedure with the national administration. They process and issue passports and travel documents for both nationals and foreigners who want to go to the country of origin. They also manage notarial or civil records and communicate them to the Public Administration. Another of the functions of the consulates is also to provide assistance in situations of need and emergency – such as attention to detainees, subtraction of documents, or crisis situations such as natural disasters – through 24-hour service telephone numbers.

Therefore, embassies have a superior status in terms of acting capacity and representative work, while consulates are within the ambit of representativeness of the embassy and are in charge of more concrete activities and relating more directly with national and local citizens.