To open a bank account in Spain the following is required:
An applicant with all of these documents available when visiting a branch should have their account opened almost straight away, although it will take a few days for the cheque book and ATM/debit card (if applicable) to be issued. In this instance, a bank may provide a temporary pass book (libreta) so that money can be withdrawn, until the ATM/debit card arrives.
Some banks accept applications for new accounts submitted by post, although a visit to a branch may be needed to complete the identification process and present the originals of the personal documents.
Note: For security reasons, most banks will not send cheque books or ATM/debit cards to overseas addresses; they will need to be collected from the branch if there is no address in Spain to which they can be sent.
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