Front cover of a contemporary Spanish biometric passport
The data page of a contemporary Spanish biometric passport
|Date first issued||August 14, 2006 (biometric passport)|
|Type of document||Passport|
|Eligibility requirements||Spanish citizenship|
|Expiration||Spanish passports expire 5 years after issuance when borne by citizens up to the age of 30, and 10 years for citizens aged 30-70; for travelers aged 70 and above, passports do not expire|
Spanish passports are issued to Spanish citizens for the purpose of travel outside Spain. Every Spanish citizen is also a citizen of the European Union. The passport, along with the national identity card allows for free rights of movement and residence in any of the states of the European Union and European Economic Area.
According to the Henley Visa Restrictions Index 2014, Spanish citizens can visit 172 countries without a visa or with a visa granted on arrival. Spanish citizens can live and work in any country within the EU as a result of the right of free movement and residence granted in Article 21 of the EU Treaty.
- Ordinary Passport (Spanish: Pasaporte ordinario) - Issued for ordinary travel, such as vacations and business trips
- Collective Passport (Spanish: Pasaporte colectivo) - Issued for the occasion of pilgrimages, excursions and other acts of analogous nature, whenever reciprocity with the destiny country exists; its validity is limited a single trip, whose duration will not be able to exceed three months.
- Diplomatic Passport (Spanish: Pasaporte diplomático) - Issued to Spanish diplomats, top ranking government officials and diplomatic couriers.
- Official Passports and on Watch (Spanish: Pasaportes oficiales y de servicio)- Issued to individuals representing the Spanish government on official business
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