Government of Canada services and information in Barcelona, Spain
Services and information provided to Canadians by the Consulate of Canada to Spain, in Barcelona.
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On this page
- Adoption and surrogacy
- Birth abroad
- Citizenship services
- Criminal record checks
- Death abroad
- Divorce abroad
- Marriage abroad
- Notarial services
- Passport services
- Pensions and retirement
- Same-sex marriage abroad
- Studying abroad
- Visa and immigration services
- Voting abroad
Adoption and surrogacy
Refer to International adoption.
Please consult the Spanish government’s website (Spanish only).
Surrogacy is not a practice formally recognized by the Spanish authorities in Spain.
Refer to Birth abroad.
If your child is born outside of Canada, you do not need to register the birth in Canada.
Canadian birth certificates are available from the Vital Statistics authorities in the province or territory in which the event occurred.
In Spain: The Civil Registry Office provides birth certificates.
Refer to Canadian citizenship.
Canadian citizenship services are dealt with by the Embassy of Canada to Spain in Madrid.
Complete your application for a Canadian citizenship certificate online or present your application to the Embassy by mail or in person by booking an appointment.
Pay your application fees online before you apply for citizenship services.
Criminal record checks
Refer to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Criminal records. You will be asked to submit fingerprints. Contact the Embassy of Canada in Madrid, or the Consulates of Canada in Barcelona or Málaga to find out how to get your fingerprints taken.
Note: Canadian authorities do not issue certificates of good conduct.
Police clearance certificates
To get a police clearance certificate from the RCMP:
- Request an introduction to Spanish authorities’ letter from the Embassy/Consulate of Canada in Spain nearest you (fees apply).
- Submit the letter to local police to have your fingerprints taken.
- Consult Steps for getting a certified criminal record check.
In Madrid, Barcelona and Malaga we can provide you with the address of the police service which can provide the fingerprint service. If you are in a different region of Spain you will need to contact your local national police office and ask for the “Policia cientifica, departamento de reseñas” to see if this service is available.
If the police clearance is to be presented to the Spanish authorities, then it will be necessary to have it authenticated for use in Spain. Please see instructions for the authentication of Canadian documents for use in Spain in the Notarial services section.
Spanish criminal records check
The Embassy/Consulate of Canada cannot request a Spanish police clearance certificate on behalf of a Canadian citizen. See the Spanish Ministry of Justice (in Spanish) for more information.
Refer to Death abroad.
The cause of death determines some of the actions that need to be taken. If Canadian consular officials are notified of the death first, they will make arrangements through the consular operations bureau in Ottawa to have the next of kin notified and put the family in touch with consular officials in Ottawa. The family will then need to make a decision on whether they wish the remains to be returned to Canada, or buried or cremated in the other country.
The repatriation of a deceased Canadian citizen is organized through a funeral home in Spain and a funeral home in Canada. Spanish funeral homes offer a complete service and will handle all the arrangements once the next of kin have authorized the funeral home to do so.
Canadian death certificates are available from the Vital Statistics authorities in the province or territory in which the event occurred.
In Spain: The Civil Registry Office provides death certificates.
Find information on Canadian divorce and separation.
To get a divorce certificate, but you are unsure where your divorce was filed, consult Canadian Central Registry of Divorce Proceedings.
Refer to Marriage outside Canada.
This information is non-official and subject to change by the Spanish authorities without notice. For complete information, please contact the Civil Registry, Court, City Hall or Church where the marriage is to be performed.
Canadian diplomatic and consular officers are not permitted under the law of Canada to solemnize marriages, nor can they allow the solemnization of marriages in the consular premises.
Note: In order to be married in Spain at least one of the two applicants must be a resident of Spain.
Application for a civil marriage must be made, depending on the city, either to the Civil Registry or to the District Court (“Juzgado”). In Madrid the authority is the “Registro Civil” located at calle Pradillo 66, metro Alfonso XIII.
Below is a list of the documents often requested by Spanish authorities however contact the authority which will perform your marriage for the complete list of required documents:
- An application form to be obtained from the Civil Registry or Court in whose jurisdiction the marriage is to take place.
- An original long-form birth certificate authenticated in Canada and translated into Spanish. The certificate usually needs to have been issued within the last year.
- A certificate of bachelorship or non-impediment to marriage. A declaration of bachelorship may be made at the Civil Registry in certain regions of Spain. If not possible, a sworn declaration of bachelorship can be made before a consular officer at the Embassy or Consulates and a Statement in Lieu of Certificate of Non-Impediment to Marriage* is issued to accompany it.
- Divorced/widowed: Original marriage and death or divorce certificates, as the case may be, which must be authenticated and translated into Spanish.
- Posting of banns: The Embassy or Consulates may issue a letter saying that this is not required in Canada.
- Certificate of residence (“empadronamiento”): Residents of Spain may obtain this document from the “Tenencia de Alcaldía” in the district of residence. For non-residents, a sworn statement declaring the addresses of the last two years is included in the aforementioned sworn declaration of bachelorship.
- A certificate of consular registration*: Issued by the Embassy or Consulates upon presentation of a valid Canadian passport and completion of the online registration of Canadians Abroad. This registration must include an address in Spain.
To request the documents indicated above which can be issued by the Embassy of Canada please book a notarial appointment online and bring to the appointment the following documents:
- Valid Canadian passport
- Proof of Canadian citizenship (birth certificate or Certificate of Canadian citizenship) (original or certified true copy)
- Divorce certificate or death certificate (if previously married)
- Visa or MasterCard for the payment of the fees
Authentication of required documents: See instructions for the authentication of Canadian documents for use in Spain in the Notarial services section.
Translations should be done by a Spanish official translator. The Embassy does not provide translation services. A list of official Spanish translators may be found on the website of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Religious catholic marriages are valid in Spain but must be registered. In order to register a marriage, the certificate issued by the Church must be taken to the Civil Registry in the jurisdiction it has taken place within one week after the ceremony.
Canadian marriage certificates are available from the Vital Statistics authorities in the province or territory in which the event occurred.
In Spain: The Civil Registry Office provides marriage certificates.
Consular officials do not provide any legal advice or represent a person in court. The Embassy provides the following notarial services, by appointment only, to Canadian citizens and, in limited cases, to non-Canadian citizens if the documents are intended for use in Canada.
Note: Documents must be in English or French, or accompanied by an official translation in English or French. Only an original document, bearing the signature of the competent authority, may be authenticated.
Authentication (authenticate that the document signature, the position of an official and the seal are genuine):
Canadian documents for use in Spain
- Documents issued in Canada must first be authenticated by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) in Ottawa before the Spanish office in Canada will authenticate the documents (fees apply).
Once authenticated, then one of the following steps below is required to complete the authentication of a Canadian document for use in Spain:
- If the documents were issued in Ottawa or Gatineau, have the signature of the GAC official authenticated by the Embassy of Spain in Ottawa (PDF) (fees apply).
- If the documents were issued in Ontario (except Ottawa), Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories or Nunavut, have the signature of the GAC official authenticated by the Consulate General of Spain in Toronto (fees apply).
- If the documents were issued in Quebec (except Gatineau), New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland, have the signature of the GAC official authenticated by the Consulate General of Spain in Montreal (fees apply).
Canadian documents for use in Andorra
Once the Canadian document has been duly authenticated by Global Affairs Canada then one of the following steps below is required to complete the authentication of a Canadian document for use in Andorra:
- Send the document to the Embassy of Canada in Madrid to have the signature of the GAC official authenticated.
Embassy of Canada
Paseo de la Castellana 259D
28046 Madrid, Spain
Attn: Consular Section
Fees apply. Consult the “Payment method” section below.
- If necessary, the document can then be authenticated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Andorra and may need to be translated by an official translator in Andorra.
Canadian consular documents for use in Spain
Most Spanish authorities require documents issued by the consular services at the Embassy or Consulates of Canada in Spain be duly authenticated. Check with the authority receiving your documents to see if this requirement is necessary. The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Madrid can authenticate Canadian consular documents:
- By appointment – Be sure to print the “cita previa” confirmation receipt indicating your reference number and bring it to the appointment.
- By registered mail to
- Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores, Unión Europea y Cooperación (MAEUEC)
Sección de Legalizaciones
Calle General Pardiñas, 55 (corner with Padilla)
- include a letter with your name, telephone number and a pre-paid pre-addressed “Postal Expres” envelope for the return shipping.
- By hiring the services of a “gestor” - An official “gestor” may authenticate your document(s) with the MAEUEC on your behalf.
Authentication of Spanish documents for use in Canada
Authentication is not a common practice in Canada. The requirement to authenticate a document is determined by the authority to which the document is being submitted. Contact the Canadian authority directly to see if authentication is required.
Note: Only an original document bearing the signature of the competent authority may be authenticated.
The norms established by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the authentication of official documents issued in Spain to be used abroad are:
Birth/marriage/death certificates, certificate of “solteria”, criminal record check and notarial documents that have already been stamped by the Colegio de Notarios:
Ministerio de Justicia
Plaza Jacinto Benavente, 3
Ministerio de Educación
Paseo de la Castellana, 162
For other types of educational documents please consult Legalization and apostille.
Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores, Unión Europea y Cooperación (MAEUEC)
Sección de Legalizaciones
Calle General Pardiñas, 55 (corner with Padilla)
The consular services of the country where the document will be submitted, in this case, the consular services of the Embassy of Canada in Madrid:
Embassy of Canada
Paseo de la Castellana, 259D
For authentication in person, make an appointment online.
Documents must be written in English or French or accompanied by a sworn translation to English or French. (Fees apply. Consult the “Payment method” section below)
Certified copy (certify the document is a true copy of the original):
- Documents presented by a Canadian citizen or a non-Canadian citizen for use in Canada; exceptions apply (fees apply).
- Government-issued identification requiring a certified true copy (fees apply).
Oaths, affirmations, statutory declarations and witnessing a signature (consular officer witnesses a signature):
The Embassy and Consulates of Canada can arrange to witness a signature, administer an oath or receive an affidavit for a document to be used in Canada. However, these documents must be reviewed by a consular officer before the service can be rendered.
Send an e-mail to email@example.com attaching the document that requires our signature for our review and explaining your request. After reviewing the document, we will contact you to confirm if we can provide you with this notarial service. Fees apply.
Note: Complete all documents before booking an appointment but do not sign them as they will have to be signed before the consular officer.
Only Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Use the credit card authorization form when requesting a notarial service from the Embassy by mail, or if the bank card is not in the name of the person coming to the appointment.
|Details||Fee (CAD)||Fee (EUR)|
|Administering an oath or receiving a statutory declaration or affirmation. The fee shown is per document.||50.00||35.00|
|Authenticating the signature and seal of a foreign authority. The fee shown is per document.||50.00||35.00|
|Certifying a true copy of a document. The fee shown is per copy.||20.00||15.00|
|Issuing a Statement in lieu of Certificate of Non-impediment to Marriage Abroad. The fee shown is a minimum, per document.||30.00||20.00|
|Preparing a certificate, affidavit, declaration or other document (less than 200 words). The fee shown is per document.||30.00||20.00|
|Preparing a certificate, affidavit, declaration or other document (200-499 words). The fee shown is per document.||60.00||40.00|
|Providing a Passport Canada CTC. The fee shown is per set of three copies.||45.00||30.00|
|Sworn declaration of bachelorship||50.00||35.00|
|Certificate of Consular Registration||30.00||20.00|
|Introduction letter to request fingerprints||60.00||45.00|
Refer to Canadian passports and travel documents.
Regular passport services are dealt with by the Embassy of Canada to Spain in Madrid. Emergency passport assistance is offered through the Consulates of Canada in Barcelona and Malaga.
You can apply for a regular passport at the Embassy by mail or book an appointment to present your documents in person at the Embassy in Madrid. Bring your online payment receipt to your appointment.
If you are in need of urgent passport assistance, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating where you are in Spain, your situation and a phone number where we may contact you.
Pensions and retirement
Refer to Benefits for Canadians living abroad.
Canadian pensions to residents in Spain are paid in euros and can be deposited directly into a Spanish bank account.
There is an agreement on social security between Canada and Spain in regards to pensions.
Spanish pensions are detailed on the Pensioners section of the Spanish Social Security website.
Same-sex marriage abroad
Spain recognizes and celebrates same-sex marriages.
To establish the equivalency of foreign credentials, contact:
- Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (in Canada)
- Ministerio de Educación y Formación Profesional (in Spain)
All foreign documents must be duly authenticated if they are being submitted to the Spanish authorities.
Visa and immigration services
Refer to Travel documents – Visas.
- Apply to travel, study, work or immigrate to Canada.
- Find a visa application centre (VAC) to book an appointment to give your biometrics (fingerprints and photo).
- Submit an enquiry using the IRCC web form to contact a visa office.
Permanent residents of Canada: Find out how to apply for a Permanent Resident Travel Document (PRTD).
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