Citizens of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein only need a valid passport or identity document to travel freely around the country. Citizens of other countries need to present a valid passport which will allow them to stay in Spain for a maximum period of 90 days. For some countries (Colombia, Ecuador, Peru...) travellers need to apply for a visa at the Spanish Consulate in the place of residence in addition to presenting a valid passport and, where applicable, the reason for the request for entry into Spain. All visitors are advised to carry travel insurance..
To drive in Spain you must be aged 18 or over. To rent a vehicle, you must be at least 21.
Citizens from EU member states, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as those countries which adhere to the model of licence approved under the Geneva or Vienna Conventions, need only carry their existing valid
driving licence. Travellers from other countries must have an International Driving Licence.
Citizens from EU member states, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra and Croatia need only carry their insurance policy along with the payment receipt which shows the insurance validity. Travellers from other countries must either take advantage of the green card system (the International Certificate of Liability Insurance) or take out Border Insurance (an obligatory temporary liability insurance).
A number of basic rules of road safety should be observed when
driving in Spain:
- Mobile phones must not be used while
driving except by means of a hands-free system.
- Children under 3 years of age are required to travel in a seat appropriate for their weight and height.
- A reflective waistcoat must be worn when exiting the vehicle for manoeuvres on the road or the hard shoulder.
- Reflective triangles must be used if a vehicle has been immobilised on the road or hard shoulder.
- The level of alcohol in the blood should not exceed 0.5 g / l.
- Seat belts are compulsory for the driver and other vehicle occupants, both in the front seats and the rear.
- Cyclists, motorcyclists and moped riders must wear helmets.