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No visa is required for U.S. passport holders for a stay of up to 3 months in Spain.
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Spain is in the same time zone as most of Western Europe, which is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard USA and 9 hours ahead of Pacific Standard USA time. Due to differences in daylight savings, there may be another hour difference.
To call Spain from the USA or Canada, dial the international access code (011) followed by Spain’s country code (34) and the phone number. To call your home from Spain dial the international access code (00) followed by your country code and the phone number.
220 volts is used in Spain with two round prong plugs for the outlets. Standard American plugs will not fit into Spanish outlets, make sure you have the proper adapters & transformers for your digital cameras, electrical shavers, etc.
Credit and debit cards are the most efficient and convenient way to get money. ATMs are throughout Spain, and most places accept major credit cards (Visa is the best). Before you leave, talk to your bank and make sure that you have the correct PIN and inform them that you will be traveling to Spain, so your account is not frozen after 1 transaction. Travellers checks and cash can be changed at banks and exchange offices, although hours can be problematic.
Non-European Union residents may request a reimbursement of the V.A.T. sales-tax (Value Added Tax, IVA in Spain) when taking goods out of the EU. This applies to minimum purchases of 90.15 Euros (approximately $99.00).