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Welcome to the website of the Australian Embassy in Spain. Here you will find advice on a range of consular services available to Australian citizens and other practical information on matters such as trade and visas. This site can direct you to an extensive array of information online about Australia and the Australian Government.
The Australia-Spain relationship is close and multi-faceted. Our two governments consult and collaborate on a broad range of bilateral and international issues. Our shared democratic values and commitment to global peace and security are the basis for this collaboration. A key element of the bilateral relationship is defence and defence materiel. Spanish companies have won significant defence construction contracts and cooperation between the Royal Australian Navy and the Armada has grown especially close.
Commercial opportunities in Australia have attracted the entry into our market of nearly 100 Spanish firms in recent years. Spain’s construction, transport, IT and other world-class skills have enabled many to achieve commercial success. Australian firms are taking an increasing interest in Spain, with a growing number of investments, notably in financial services, software and mining. The embassy provides trade services through Austrade.
The beauty and cultural wealth of Spain attract more than 200,000 Australian tourists each year. Increasing numbers of young Spaniards are visiting and living in Australia for work and pleasure.
If you wish to learn more about Australian foreign and trade policy, or our bilateral relationships with Spain, Andorra or Equatorial Guinea, to which the Embassy is also accredited, you are encouraged to explore the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website: http://dfat.gov.au/geo/spain/, and http://dfat.gov.au/geo/andorra/.
All Australians travelling or living in Spain, Andorra or Equatorial Guinea are recommended to regularly check the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Travel Advice. This Advice can be found through the link on our site under 'Services for Australians'.
- A by-election for the federal electoral Division of Canning in Western Australia will be held on Saturday 19 September 2015. For further information please visit http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/TravelBulletins/Canning_by-election_2015
Foreign and trade policy priorities
The Australian Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Trade & Investment highlight the Australian Government's foreign and trade priorities in this short video.
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Australia and Spain sign Work and Holiday visa arrangement
The reciprocal Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa arrangement between Australia and Spain came into effect on 23 November 2014. This visa enables Spaniards and Australians aged 18–30 years to travel to each other's country for one year and undertake short-term work and study. There will be 500 places available for each country per programme year. Eligible young adults from Spain and Australia can now apply for this visa.
Information for Spaniards wishing to apply for the visa can be found on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website (www.immi.gov.au/Visas/Pages/462.aspx). As you will see from this link, applications must be made in writing to the Australian Immigration Office in Berlin.
Australians wishing to apply for the visa should consult the website of the Spanish Embassy in Canberra: http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Embajadas/CANBERRA/en/InformacionParaExtranjeros/Pages/Youth-Mobility-Programme-visa.aspx and http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Embajadas/CANBERRA/en/Embajada/Pages/Youth-Mobility-Programme.aspx
- On 20 May 2015 Ambassador Greville presented a speech highlighting the strong business links between Australia and Spain at the “Business, legal and financial framework for the internationalisation of Spanish companies in Australia” seminar. You can read it here.
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