Being prepared for your trip can mean the difference between the vacation of a lifetime and a holiday disaster. Here are some tips to help you prepare for your visit to Spain.
Spain is a popular vacation destination, but to avoid having your holiday turn into a bad trip, there are things you should prepare for before you set out.
When you enter Spain, you will need to provide some documentation. Make sure you have the following items in a secure but accessible place on your person.
- Visa (if coming in from any country other than Canada)
- Proof of accommodations while in Spain may be requested, as well as an itinerary, and/or a return ticket
- You may be asked to show proof that you have sufficient funds for your time in Spain
Authorities in Spain may order you to undergo a physical before allowing you to continue through. This is to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. You can avoid the medical exam by providing the proper documentation. Make sure you have the following items available.
- Vaccination records
- Medical insurance policy (specifically for travel – Spain will not accept your company insurance plan)
- A list of medical resources including their address, phone number, and hours of operation, if applicable – 112 is the emergency assistance line
- Any prescriptions you will need filled while away
Spain uses the Euro as their currency, so you will need to make a conversion before or immediately entering Spain. If carrying a lot of cash makes you feel uncomfortable, consider using traveller’s cheques as often as possible as they are covered if lost or stolen (you may be required to show your passport when using a traveller’s cheque). You can make a currency exchange at any bank during regular business hours.
Of course, many establishments also accept credit cards, but be sure to keep the phone number to your credit company somewhere handy in case you need to call in a lost or stolen card in a hurry.
Travelling with pets
Pets are permitted to enter Spain, but there are some rules that need to be followed.
- A health certificate is required with a date no longer than 5 days before the trip
- Animals must be accompanied by their owners at all times
- Animals require a passport with proof of identification
- Identification by microchip or tattoo is required
- Animals must have up-to-date vaccination records that show the last vaccination date was longer than 21 days prior
- Common mammals such as dogs, cats, and ferrets must be vaccinated, therefore animals younger than 3 months (those too young for vaccinations) are not permitted
- Birds must show proof of vaccination within the past 10 days
- Since muzzles are law in some areas, make sure you bring one along
Other useful information
Making calls from Spain to overseas: Dial 00 followed by the country code and number
Using your mobile device: Inquire with your cellular company about GSM coverage – you may need your service provider to set you up with an international roaming service before you can use your device in Spain
The Tourist Card: AÂ tourist card gives you free admission and discounts in shops and on tours – you can get them at tourism centres, hotels, airports, and travel agencies for a nominal fee
Electric compatibility: Spain uses a general voltage, but the outlets can be very different which causes problems trying to plug in electronic devices – most hotels offer a converter for this purpose