Spain international travel guide in 2024

Spain international travel guide in 2024

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Spain travel details 🇪🇸
Spain has a population of 46M with main currency as Euro. The languages spoken are Spanish. Spain travel safety advice is Exercise normal safety precautions. Automatic teller machines (local name: cajeros automáticos) are very common in Spain. Tipping is quite common in Spain and it's good etiquette to leave one. Internet speed in Spain is on average 12.1 Mbps.In Spain you drive on the right side.

Spain travel advice

Exercise normal safety precautions
We've reviewed our travel advice for Spain. We haven't changed the advice level, exercise normal safety precautions. All COVID-19 travel restrictions for entry into Spain have been removed. Some COVID-19 safety measures remain in place, such as wearing face masks in health and aged-care facilities. We advise: Exercise normal safety precautions in Spain.

Issue Date : May 3, 2023

Spain weather

Spain essential details

Plugs

Spain uses 230V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C and Type F.

Languages

The languages that are typically spoken are Spanish

Money in Spain

Currencies

Spain uses the euro (symbol: €), code EUR.Banknotes come in denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 euros. Euro is subdivided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 2 and 1 euros and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

Cards

Widely accepted Credit cards are widely accepted within Spain (at hotels, shops, and restaurants, travel agencies, car-rental agencies etc.). Visa, MasterCard and Maestro are the most widely accepted. American Express is less common. Diners Club is pretty rare. Discover, JCB, UnionPay and RuPay are unknown.

ATM

Automatic teller machines (local name: cajeros automáticos) are very common in Spain. You can find them in both large & small cities, tourist areas etc.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.

Tipping

Expected to tip Tipping is quite common in Spain and it's good etiquette to leave one. How much money you leave depends on the service and how happy you were with it.

Internet in Spain

Internet

Internet speed in Spain is on average 12.1 Mbps. WiFi coverage in Spain is high. Many hotels, hostels, cafes, restaurants and bars have it.

Phones

You can buy a SIM card for about €24.83, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 4 telecoms: Movistar, Orange, Vodafone or Yoigo. Spain uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900 and GSM 1800. If you don't want to buy SIM card in Spain upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.

Calling

To call Spain, dial +, then 34 (the country code for Spain), then the area code and the local number. For local calls within Spain, start with the area code. In the case above area code is 83 .

Driving in Spain

Road rules

In Spain you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick). Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 120 km/h (74 mph) on motorways, 120 km/h (74 mph) on expressways, 30 km/h (18 mph) in residential areas, 50 km/h (31 mph) in all built-up areas and 90-100 km/h (55-62 mph) on undivided highways. Right turn on red lights is strictly forbidden unless an additional green semaphore arrow allows it. It is illegal to drive with blood alcohol content higher than 0.05%.

On the road

Road assistance is available at 900 112 222 (RACE). For general news on Spain's traffic use Dirección General de Tráfico or Verkeerscentrum. For news on Spain’s motorways and tolls use Autopistas or VirPAY. Most popular petrol stations in Spain are Repsol, Disa, Cepsa, Gasolinera, BP and Galp. Petrol (unleaded) gas options are called Sin plomo (95/98) or gasolina. Petrol costs about €1.16 per liter.Diesel options are called gasóleo  or Gasóleo A.

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Spain visa advice

If you're considering exploring Spain beyond the usual transit spots, our comprehensive guide on Spain transit visa offers deeper insights and broader options for travelers of different nationalities. For those transiting through other countries en route to Spain, understanding Spain Transit Visa requirements is crucial to ensure a smooth journey.

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The information in the site should be used as a guide only. You are advised to contact your local official mission/consulate/embassy and ensure you have the latest information. We take no responsibility.