Now that the UK is no longer a member of the European Union, in order to live, work or retire in Spain, UK passport holders need to apply for a visa at one of the Spanish consulates in the UK.
Which consulate you need to visit depends on where you live in the UK. If you live in Scotland, Northern Ireland or the northern counties of England (Cleveland, Cumbria, Durham, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear/Tees Valley) you’ll need to go to the Spanish consulate in Edinburgh.
Address and Contact Details
63 North Castle Street
Google Maps link
Telephone: +44 (0) 131 220 1843
Like any city, Edinburgh can be challenging for parking, but there are plenty of public car parks. Check out websites/apps like Parkopedia or Parkbee to pre-book in advance – the closest options are either Q-Park Omni or Castle Terrace.
Edinburgh Waverley is the main train station and is in a great location, walking distance from the Consulate (15 minutes max). A stroll down Princes Street and right turn onto Castle Street will take you almost to the door. There’s even an excellent tapas bar just round the corner.
There are various bus services that stop nearby – the Moovit app has a full list
At the Consulate
Be sure to arrive early and have your documents prepared and organised as per the Checklist and application pack that we send you.
Even if there’s a queue, because you have an appointment you can go straight to the front door, show your email confirmation and you’ll be given instructions from there.
Need to go to a different Consulate?
If Edinburgh doesn’t cover your area, check out these articles about the other Spanish Consulates in the UK.
The information in this article was correct on the date published.
Article last updated 10.08.2022