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FAQ

It is necessary to obtain a visa when traveling to Spain from the European Union or the USA?

EU or USA citizens do not require a visa for less than 90 days if for tourism purposes.

How does the medical system work in Spain?

Emergency medical assistance is free in Spain. However it is recommended to have private medical insurance which includes assistance while traveling internationally.

Which local languages are spoken in Spain?

Spanish is the official language, although in some regions other official languages exist. However, this is not the case in the Regions of Madrid, Castilla León and Castilla la Mancha .

Which foreign languages are spoken in Spain?

English is generally the primary foreign language spoken in Spain followed by French.

Is Spain a safe country while visiting? What are the potential risks for tourists?

Even if Spain is, by western standards, a reasonably safe country it is also a popular tourist destination. Therefore tourists in tourist areas are often targeted by petty criminals and should guard against petty theft, frauds, and scams.

Traffic in Madrid is fast and busier than in many other cities and/or countries. It is recommended to be aware of pedestrian signs and check before crossing a street.

By following basic safety rules and using common sense, the tourist should enjoy a safe time in Spain.

Police forces in Spain

The two national police forces in Spain having jurisdiction on public safety are the Cuerpo Nacional de Policía (Spanish National Police) and the Guardia Civil (Spanish Civil Guards).

The former cover urban areas and wear a dark blue uniform. Patrol cars are blue and white, have blue emergency lights and the wording “POLÍCIA” alongside the national flag. The wording “POLÍCIA” will also be displayed on the uniforms.

The latter cover rural areas, small cities and highways and they wear a green uniform. Patrol cars are green and white, have blue emergency lights and the wording “GUARDIA CIVIL” alongside the national flag. The wording “GUARDIA CIVIL” will also be displayed on the uniforms.

Local or municipal police forces also exist in all cities and larger villages.

They wear dark blue and yellow or clear blue (according to the Region) uniforms, with the wording POLICÍA MUNICIPAL or POLICÍA LOCAL. They have jurisdiction on urban traffic issues and, secondarily, public safety.

Patrol cars are white with blue squares or white with blue stripes, with blue emergency lights, and the wording POLICÍA MUNICIPAL or POLICÍA LOCAL alongside the city name and coat of arms.

In the Region of Madrid some local police forces also have red and blue patrol cars, red and striped, have blue emergency lights and the wording POLICÍA MUNICIPAL or POLICÍA LOCAL alongside the city name and coat of arms.

Spain also has some autonomous regional police forces but this is not the case for the Regions of Madrid, Castilla León and Castilla la Mancha.

What is the emergency telephone number in Spain? Does it have operators that speak foreign languages?

Dial 112 for general emergencies. Through this number you could request medial, police or fire brigade assistance. 112 services have operators that speak, among others, the following foreign languages: English, French and German.

Currency used in Spain

The EURO is the currency used in Spain.

Traffic driving in Spain

Driving is done on the right side.

Legal age in Spain

The legal age in Spain is 18 years.