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  • President Obama (photo: White House)

    A strong, democratic and united Europe

    President Obama: "This is what I want to talk to you about today -- the future that we are building together -- not separately, but together. And that starts right here in Europe."

  • Secretary Kerry with Foreign Minister Margallo (photo: State Department)

    U.S.-Spain Relationship

    Secretary Kerry: "Throughout recent decades, our two countries have grown really close as economic partners, as supporters of democracy, and as defenders of rule of law."

  • Ambassador Costos and Michael Smith (photo: US Embassy)

    Showcasing American Contemporary Artists

    The US Ambassador to Spain, James Costos, and his partner Michael Smith hosted about forty journalists and art specialists at their residence on October 1.

  • Ambassador Costos attended the meeting of King Felipe with Obama in the Oval Office  (photo: White House - Pete Souza)

    Why the U.S. - Spain Relationship Matters

    Ambassador James Costos: "This week I had the honor to sit in the Oval Office of the White House and witness another warm encounter between the President of the United States and a leader of Spain."

  • Obama talks to King Felipe (photo: Casa Real)

    Remarks by President Obama and King Felipe

    President Obama: "We have an outstanding, long-lasting friendship and alliance that is important not only to our two countries but also to the NATO alliance and also to the world."

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  • Ambassador Costos (photo: IN3)

    Opening Remarks IN3 - Incubating a New Spain

    Ambassador James Costos Opening Remarks IN3 - Incubating a New Spain, Friday, June 19, 2015

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Travel Alert, March 22, 2016

  • The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to potential risks of travel to and throughout Europe following several terrorist attacks, including the March 22 attacks in Brussels claimed by ISIL. Terrorist groups continue to plan near-term attacks throughout Europe, targeting sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants, and transportation. This Travel Alert expires on June 20, 2016.
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  • On January 21, 2016, the United States began implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015. Additional changes were announced on February 18, 2016. More information

    If you are a citizen of a Visa Waiver Program partner but have received notice that you are no longer eligible to travel to the United States under that program, you should apply for a nonimmigrant visa at least three months in advance of your desired travel. If you do not have imminent travel plans, you should pay the nonimmigrant visa application fee, fill out the DS-160 nonimmigrant visa application form at, and schedule a visa appointment at If your travel is imminent, you may request an expedited visa appointment on the appointment website after you have first selected an available appointment. Please include in your expedite request the date and purpose of your travel, as well as a copy of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection message you received regarding your ESTA status. 

Art in Embassies

  • Logo (photo: US Embassy) Take a virtual tour of Embassy Madrid’s world-class art collection!

Benjamin Franklin

  • The US Embassy to Spain invites students from Spain and Andorra to submit nominations for the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute, a unique and exciting program initiated and funded by the U.S. Department of State to develop a commitment to transatlantic cooperation, foster relationships between American and European youth from different ethnic, religious, and national groups, and to develop a cadre of youth leaders who will share their knowledge and skills with their peers through positive action.  

    The Embassy will select ONE student only.  Please submit nominations by Friday, February 26,  2016. More information (in Spanish).

You®Company Program

  • Logo (photo: You®Company) You®Company is a video series produced by the U.S. Embassy in Spain with the intention of empowering youth through entrepreneurial values: motivation, innovation, failure and critical thinking, and corporate social responsibility, by way of a series of videos where Spanish and American entrepreneurs tell their own stories and chart their personal development in the business world. See videos.



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