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Welcome to Madrid 🙂

Madrid is Spain’s capital, a cosmopolitan city where people of over 180 nationalities live together. It is the third-largest city in the European Union and one of its most populous.  The Government’s headquarters, the Cortes, and the official residence of the Kings of Spain are all located in Madrid.  In financial terms, Madrid houses the headquarters of numerous international and national companies. The capital is also a haven of culture, with world-famous museums, art galleries, and numerous theaters. 

It is a vibrant tourist city with a rich history and one of the world’s top destinations filled with sightseer attractions that foster the ever presence of travelers. It has one of the world’s largest international airports with good flight connections. Spain is also home to some of Europe’s most thriving churches, and as a whole, the Assemblies of God of Spain is one of the fastest-growing church movements in Europe. 

We welcome you to Madrid with open arms for “Shine! 2023” 

Currency: As in most EU countries, Spain’s official currency is the Euro (€). Prices in Spain are slightly less expensive than in the rest of the European cities. More information about currency exchange, credit/debit cards, and related topics can be found here:  https://www.esmadrid.com/en/money-madrid. 

Weather: In October, as the winter months approach we see a drop in temperatures; you can expect an average temperature of around 15°C, which is still quite pleasant. We experience an average high of 21°C and a low of 9°C during the evening, and there is a low probability of rain, around ten days throughout October. 

Transportation: Public transportation functions regularly in Madrid and includes a widespread metro, bus, and train network. In addition, taxis are a safe and reliable method of transportation in Madrid.  

Electricity:  The electric network in Spain operates at 220 volts and 50 hertz. The plugs have two round pins and an additional ground pin. A standard travel adaptor plug will enable you to use appliances from abroad.  

Water: In Madrid, you’ll find one of the safest tap waters in Spain. The capital’s excellent drinking water comes directly from Sierra Norte to the points of consumption.   

Coming form outside the EU?

Spain was one of the first parties to join the Schengen Agreement, which abolished internal borders, enabling passport-free movement between many European countries. Nationals of non-Schengen countries who travel to Spain for stays of up to 90 days (during any period of 180 days) for tourism, business, family visits, events, or volunteer activities must meet the entry conditions established in the Schengen Borders Code.

 Entry requirements​​  

  • Enter via an authorized border-crossing point. 
  • Present proof of identity and a valid travel document. 
  • Present the corresponding visa, if required, according to nationality. 
  • Provide evidence of meeting the conditions for the proposed stay and of possessing sufficient financial resources. 
  • Not be subject to a ban on entering Spain. 

 Check with enough time in advance with the Spanish Embassy in your home country whether you need a visa or not as well as all the documents you will need to present in your Embassy and the border.  

IMPORTANT WARNING: Due to the current pandemic caused by the Covid-19 virus, the restrictions on entry into Spain may change at any time. This situation may be consulted in the News section or by contacting your Consular Office by e-mail. Certain health requirements must also be met, the details of which are available on the following website: https://www.spth.g​ob.es/ 

Vital Information!

INVITATION LETTERS

VISA 

In order to enter Spain from some countries, citizens must apply for a visa. If that is your case and you need a visa letter to meet the document requirements required by your Embassy, please contact the organization at invitationletter@shineworldcongress2023.com before May 1, 2023. 

Your application must include: 

  1. All your personal information in writing (First Name, Last Name, Nationality, and Passport Number) 
  2. Scanned copy of your passport (or photo if it is sufficiently visible). 
  3. Date of entry and departure to Spain. Please note that, due to legal visa requirements, we can only issue a letter of invitation for the dates immediately prior to the Congress. We recommend applying for a tourist visa if you need to stay longer in the country. 
  4. Proof of payment for your full registration, including any extras you have acquired. 
  5. Specify that you need a letter to acquire a visa. 

ENTRY TO THE COUNTRY
I
f you only need a letter of invitation to present at the airport upon entry into the country, please contact the organization at invitationletter@shineworldcongress2023.com by July 1, 2023.  

Your request must include: 

  1. All your personal details in writing (Name, Surname, Nationality, and Passport Number) 
  2. Scanned copy of your passport (or photo if it is sufficiently visible). 
  3. Date of entry and departure to Spain. Please note that, due to legal visa requirements, we can only issue a letter of invitation for the dates immediately prior to the Congress. We recommend applying for a tourist visa if you need to stay longer in the country. 
  4. Proof of payment of your full registration 
  5. Specify that you need a letter to present upon entry into the country. 

For more information click HERE

Following the protocol established by the WAGC 2023 Organization, the invitation letter will be issued once the registration and full payment of the reservation has been completed. 

Be sure to contact the Spanish Consulate or Embassy corresponding to your place of residence  and do not leave it until the end. There you should find out: 

  1. When should you start the VISA application process? 
  2. What documents are required at the Consulate? They may vary depending on the particular circumstances of the country in which you reside due to the current international outlook. 

 We would like you to note that once we receive your application with all the data and verify that everything is correct, the invitation letters will take a few days to be ready before they are sent. They will be sent as soon as possible. 

  

HEALTH REQUERIMENTS

Vaccines Yellow Fever:
If you are coming from a country with a ‘moderate’ risk for yellow fever, make sure you bring your vaccination certificate. It may be requested upon your entry into the country. 

Covid:
Beginning on May 21, 2022, all foreigners, regardless of their reason for travel, will be able to enter Spain by presenting one of the following documents: 

  • Proof of vaccination: Documentation from the issuing countries’ relevant authorities will be accepted starting 14 days after the final dose is administered, as long as more than 270 days have not passed since the administration of the final dose of the vaccine. For those under 18 years of age, proof of vaccination has no expiration date. 
  • Negative COVID test: A negative Nucleic Acid Amplification test (PCR, TMA, LAMP, NEAR, etc.) taken within 72 hours of departure for Spain, or a negative rapid antigen test (RAT) taken within 24 of departure for Spain, will be accepted. 
  • Proof of recovery from COVID: Documentation issued by relevant government authorities or a physician a minimum of 11 days after the initial positive result via NAAT or rapid antigen test. This documentation will remain valid for 180 days following the date of the initial positive test result. 
  • Those under the age of 12 do not need to present any COVID-related documentation to enter Spain. 

 In addition to the documents mentioned above, those who do not have the EU Digital COVID Certificate, or EU equivalent, must fill out the Spain Travel Health form: 

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home. 

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there. Plan ahead and make sure you: 

  • Can access money 
  • Understand what your insurance will cover 
  • Can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned 

VISA RECOMENDATIONS

Include the following documents when you go to the Embassy to request the Visa to attend the Congress: 

  • Valid passport  
  • The printed copy of the e-mail confirming your registration to the Congress and proof of payment. 
  • The round-trip flight tickets. 
  • The accommodation reservation as proof of accommodation. Remember it must be paid. 
  • The invitation letter.  
  • Check the embassy website and make sure they have no other requirements. 

DOCUMENTS TO PRESENT AT THE BORDER

  1. Valid passport or travel document: The document must be valid until three months after the planned departure date from the Schengen territory and must have been issued during the ten years immediately before the date of entry. 
  2. Visa: For certain nationalities, a valid visa is required. The nationalities requiring a visa are listed in the following link.
  3. Documents accrediting the purpose and conditions of the planned stay: At the request of the competent authorities, the reasons and conditions of the scheduled visit must be accredited by documentary proof. To this end, the presentation, among others, of the following documents will be required:  
      • Round-trip ticket in all cases.  
      • Proof of accommodation 
      • Letter of invitation (such a letter only proves the reason for traveling and does not release the traveler from the obligation to meet the other requirements for entry).  
      • For travel to an organized event: an invitation, reservation, program, or certificate of participation in related activities, entrance card/ticket, or receipt. 
      • In some cases, proof of possessing sufficient financial resources may also be required. 

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