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Accreditation procedure for foreign press correspondents, contributors and special reporters in Spain

I. Accreditation procedure

Regulations

The regulation governing the accreditation procedure for correspondents, contributors and special envoys is Royal Decree 3882/82 of 29 December 1982, published in the Official State Gazette (BOE) of 31 December 1982.

Accreditation of foreign correspondents

Media accreditation is reserved for members of the press who represent a foreign news media organization to which they are bound by contract, and who work exclusively for them.

They must provide the following documents:

  1. Original letter from the Editor-in-Chief or News Editor of the media organization addressed to the Director General of Information Logistics, State Secretariat for Communication, Complejo de la Moncloa, 28071 Madrid, stating:
    • That the applicant is a professional journalist who has been appointed to report news for that media organization.
    • That there is a permanent working relationship between the applicant and the media organization, specifying the applicant's salary.
    • That the applicant will only perform news reporting tasks.
    • Should there be other accredited correspondents from the same media organization in Spain, the Bureau Chief shall be specified.
    • A description of the media organization (type of information, print run or audience, geographical area)
    • A contact address shall be included in the letter.
  2. Valid passport or ID card.
  3. For journalists from non-EU countries: residence permit in Spain.
    For journalists from EU countries: document issued by the Registro Central de Ciudadanos de la Unión Europea (Central Register of Foreign EU Nationals).
    Journalists who do not have a residence permit in Spain and need to apply for a visa must submit their application for accreditation to the appropriate Spanish consular office.
  4. Employment contract or proof of the employment relationship with the media organization.
  5. Qualifications enabling the applicant to carry out his/her activity as a journalist in his/her country of origin, if they are required for the exercise of the aforementioned activity in that country.
  6. Short professional CV of the applicant.
  7. Photograph in JPG format.

If required, the State Secretariat for Communication may request additional documents to process the application.

Accreditation of foreign press contributors

Professionals residing in Spain who work regularly as part-time journalists for foreign media or who are paid per assignment, may apply for an accreditation as foreign press contributors.

They must provide the following documents:

  1. Original letter from the Editor-in-Chief or News Editor of the media organization addressed to the Director General of Information Logistics, State Secretariat for Communication, Complejo de la Moncloa, 28071 Madrid, stating:
    • That the applicant is a regular contributor to the media organization and is paid for his/her work
    • A description of the media organization (type of information, print run or audience, geographical area)
    • If applicable, the names of other correspondents or contributors accredited in Spain for the same media organization.
  2. Valid passport or ID card
  3. For journalists from non-EU countries: residence permit in Spain.
    For journalists from EU countries: document issued by the Registro Central de Ciudadanos de la Unión Europea (Central Register of Foreign EU Nationals).
    Journalists who do not have a residence permit in Spain and need to apply for a visa must submit their application for accreditation to the appropriate Spanish consular office.
  4. Qualifications enabling the applicant to carry out his/her activity as a journalist in his/her country of origin, if they are required for the exercise of the aforementioned activity in that country.
  5. Short professional CV of the applicant.
  6. Photograph in JPG format.

If required, the State Secretariat for Communication may request additional documents to process the application.

Accreditation of special envoys

This accreditation is granted to foreign media journalists who work in Spain on a temporary basis and wish to have an accreditation for job-related purposes.

They must provide the following documents:

  1. Original letter from the Editor-in-Chief or News Editor of the media organization addressed to the Director General of Information Logistics, State Secretariat for Communication, Complejo de la Moncloa, 28071 Madrid, stating:
    • That the applicant is a professional journalist who works for the abovementioned media organization and is planning to travel to Spain as special reporter.
    • Period for which the accreditation is requested (less than three months).
    • Information tasks he/she will perform.
  2. Valid passport or ID card
  3. Journalists who do not have a residence permit in Spain and need to apply for a visa must submit their application for accreditation to the appropriate Spanish consular office.
  4. Photograph in JPG format.

If required, the State Secretariat for Communication may request additional documents to process the application.

Renewal of the accreditations for press correspondents and foreign press contributors

Accreditations are valid for one year. Afterwards, they can be renewed on an annual basis upon request by the media organization.

The following documentation shall be attached to the application for renewal:

  1. Original letter from the media organization addressed to the Director General of Information Logistics, specifying that the journalist is still working for the organization.
  2. Valid passport or ID card (NIE or DNI) if they have been renewed
  3. Photograph in JPG format, if you wish to replace the existing one
  4. The old press card to be replaced

Submission of the application and the required documents

If the accreditation or the request for renewal is submitted by e-mail, it should be sent to the following address:
corresponsales@comunicacion.presidencia.gob.es.
In this case, the original of the Letter from the Editor-in-Chief or News Editor of the media organization should be delivered by hand or sent to the following postal address:

Servicio de Corresponsales Extranjeros
Subdirección General de Coordinación Informativa Internacional
Dirección General de Información Internacional
Secretaría de Estado de Comunicación
Complejo de la Moncloa.
28071 - MADRID.

The contact telephone numbers of the Foreign Correspondents Service are as follows: (+34) 91 321 4103 -  91 321 4176  - 91 321 4126

 

II. Foreign media organizations with press correspondents and contributors accredited in Spain

Printed Press

Radio and Television