U.S. Citizen Services
Welcome to U.S. Citizen Services
The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona, and five Consular Agencies located in cities around Spain provide consular services to U.S. tourists and citizens who are residing in Spain. Approximately 20,000 U.S. citizens reside in the consular district of the Consulate General, which also attracts some 700,000 U.S. visitors annually. The Department of State, through its Consulate General in Barcelona, provides a range of routine and emergency services for U.S. citizens who live in Spain or who are just visiting.
The U.S. Citizen Services Unit’s assistance includes but is not limited to, Passport services, Notary services, and Consular Reports of Births Abroad. The Consulate General also assists in emergencies, including deaths, arrests and crisis situations. You must make an appointment online (see options under Appointments) to be allowed entry into the Consulate General for routine (non emergency) services. If you can conduct your business by mail or on-line, please do so.
The information on this website is designed to help you understand the services we can offer and to provide some useful information which may help you during your stay, be it long or short, in The Barcelona Consular District.
We urge you to register with us if you will be traveling or living in The Barcelona Consular District so we can better serve you, especially in the case of an emergency or disaster.
The U.S. Citizen Services Unit will not be able to answer questions about visas. Use the links on the left for more information about our services.
Please also see our Frequently Asked Questions for information.
The Barcelona Consulate General provides Consular information and services.
U.S. Citizen Services
U.S. Consulate General
Paseo Reina Elisenda de Montcada, 23
Tel. (+34) 93 280 22 27
Fax (+34) 93 280 61 75
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please note: Visa questions sent to this e-mail address will not be acknowledged or forwarded. This e-mail address is for questions regarding American Citizens Services only.)
Hours of Operation
The Consular Section is open to the public Monday through Friday from 09.00 to 13.00, except for local and U.S. holidays. The following services require an appointment:
- Non-Emergency Passport Services
- Notary and Other Services
- Report of Birth Abroad
Emergency passports are limited validity passports intended as replacements in case of loss or theft. Emergency passports do not require appointments and can be processed Monday through Friday from 09.00 to 13.00. You may request an emergency passport only if you must travel internationally within the next ten business days and can show proof of your need to travel. All other passport services will require an appointment
For emergency assistance after hours, U.S. citizens may call (91) 587-2200 and ask to speak to the duty officer. No documentary or passport services are available evenings, weekends or holidays.
Both at the Consulate or over the phone our U.S. Citizen Services staff can only help you with U.S. Citizen Services matters.
How to get to the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona
The Consulate is located in the Sarrià/Sant Gervasi district of Barcelona. For up-to-date information on public transport, private transport and parking, we would like to refer you to the official website of the city of Barcelona.
- Metro: Ferrocarriles de la Generalitat de Catalunya, Reina Elisenda station (last stop of the L-6 line).
- Buses: 64, 22
- For more information on public transportation in Barcelona please look at the TMB website.
U.S. Consuls' Duties
The Consulate General makes every effort to be responsive to the needs of U.S. citizens residing abroad. However, because of federal regulations, security considerations and the very limited size of the consular staff, see below a list of what U.S. Consuls can do or cannot do for you.
What U.S. Consuls Can Do for you
- Issue, renew or replace your U.S. passport.
- Provide you with information on U.S. citizenship matters;Register the birth abroad of your U.S. citizen children.
- Notarize your documents and signature for use in the U.S..
- Inform you on how to legalize documents.
- Inform you on how to obtain vital records or criminal records.
- Provide income tax federal forms.
- Provide information on Social Security matters.
- Provide information and federal forms on voting matters.
- Help you to call your parents and them to communicate with you.
- Help you to get money from home.
- Assist you with repatriation, if you are destitute.
- Give a list of attorneys, doctors and others.
- Help you in case of death of relative in Spain.
- Visit you in jail to assure the protection of your civil and human rights.
- Prepare travel documents for resident aliens with lost Alien Registration Cards.
What U.S. Consuls Cannot Do for you
- Act as interpreters/translators.
- Act as travel agents, make hotel or plane reservations for you.
- Act as your attorney or give legal advice.
- Cash you Social Security, Veterans Administration, Civil Service, personal checks or Savings Bonds.
- Fill out Income Tax forms for you or give you information on your income tax problems.
- Find employment for you.
- Furnish bail.
- Get you out of jail.
- Intervene in disputes with shops, landlords, hotel managers or others.
- Obtain visas, arrange residency or work permits or driver’s licenses.
- Pay bills, telephone charges or lend you money.
- Perform a marriage ceremony.
- Receive mail or packages for you.
- Renew or replace documents issued by state authorities.
- Safeguard wills or valuables or act as a mailbox for you.
- Search for your missing luggage.
- Witness your marriage.
Messages for U.S. Citizens
New Schedule of Consular Fees to Take Effect on July 13, 2010. Full list of adjusted fees.
In case of emergencies:
For U.S. citizen emergencies: (34)-93-280-2227.
After hours: (34)-91-587-2200.