Can a foreign non-resident in Spain open a bank account?
Yes, a foreign non-resident in Spain can open a bank account. To do so, they must take an ID document (normally a passport) and a certificate of non-residency to any of our branches.
Other documents may be requested according to the product they wish to contract. Your Santander branch will inform you of the characteristics of the current account that best suits each person.
To get a Certificate of non-residency, the person must go to their closest Police Station or Foreign Office with their passport and the relevant forms and pay a fee. If the person is abroad, they can apply for the certificate at a Spanish Consulate. The certificate takes approximately one week to be issued and is valid for three months.
If you do not reside in Spain, you can now open an account with a passport in the country.