Plan Early

Give yourself a minimum of 4 weeks to plan. The further you plan ahead, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to locate and book the right professionals for your deposition.

Depo Venue

Depositions in Spain can take place at the venue of your choosing, whether that be a hotel room, law firm office, conference room, or videoconferencing facility.

Region-based Court Reporters

We have region-based court reporters for depositions in Spain, which means lower travel costs for you.

Visa Requirements

U.S. passport holders may enter Spain for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.

Hague Evidence Convention

Spain is a member of the Hague Evidence Convention. Find out more about the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters.

Useful Links

U.S. State Department
Taking Voluntary Depositions of Willing Witnesses
Blog article
Depositions in Spain – International Deposition Tips
U.S. Embassy
Madrid
U.S. Consulate General
Barcelona

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Video tips

Let our experts walk you through the process of setting up a deposition in Spain.

How to set up a deposition in Spain

Ian Hardy, President of Optima Juris, gives a few tips on how to set-up a U.S. deposition in Spain.

How to swear in a witness abroad

Ian Hardy, President of Optima Juris, discusses essential tips and know-how to correctly administer the oath during an international deposition.

Case Study: Barcelona

Last-Minute Coverage in Spain

Challenge
A U.S. law firm is setting up a deposition in Barcelona. We provide a local videographer and interpreter. The other side is supposed to bring their court reporter – but their reporter drops out at the last minute. Our client now needs a court reporter, and time is running out.
Solution
Using our unparalleled pool of court reporters in Europe, we are able to provide a region-based court reporter to save the day. The depositions goes off without a hitch. Wine all around in Barcelona that evening.

Expert info, tips & advice

Sharing our over 17 years of international deposition experience with you.

Infographic: 5 Tips for Swearing In a Witness Abroad

Have a witness you need to depose in a foreign country? Wondering how you can administer the oath correctly? There are a number of possible solutions available for swearing in a witness outside of the U.S. Our quick and easy infographic provides some practical suggestions based on our extensive experience scheduling depositions abroad.

Depositions in Spain – International Deposition Tips

Need help booking a court reporter or scheduling a deposition in Spain? In our latest episode of International Deposition Tips, Ian Hardy, CEO & President of Optima Juris, explains the ins and outs of scheduling a deposition in Spain. If you are an attorney, paralegal, or legal professional looking to schedule a depo in Spain, you will want to watch this video.

Deposing a Witness in Spain | What You Need to Know

As with other European countries, Spain is a relatively easy place to schedule a deposition. Because it is a signatory to the Hague Evidence Convention, in general, you can depose willing witnesses without any special formalities or involvement of foreign courts.

Essential international travel information for Spain

Currency

Spain uses the Euro. For more information on currency conversions visit XE. Before you leave, notify your bank, credit card company, or other financial institutions that you are going overseas. Avoid carrying cash and consider using traveler's checks or major credit cards instead (but make sure they are accepted at your destination before departing on your trip).

Weather

For the latest weather information in cities throughout Spain visit weather.com.

General tipping

Locals often tip, even if modestly, it is considered polite and the Spanish are sticklers for manners and etiquette. Leaving the small change behind to round up to the nearest Euro is the most common. Maybe an extra Euro or 2 if the service was very good and added value. In upscale restaurants 10% is the usual. Outside the restaurant business, some service providers, such as taxicab drivers, hairdressers and hotel personnel may expect tipping in an upscale setting.

Holidays & observances

Imagine your reaction if your deposition had to be rescheduled because of a major local holiday when everything was closed. Don’t let that happen to your depo. You can see a complete list of holidays in Spain here: timeanddate.com/holidays/spain/.

Health

Check with your physician to see which shots are required and/or recommended for your trip to Spain. You can check online resources like the U.S. Department of State Spain country page or contact the Spain Embassy or Consulate for current entry requirements. The World Health Organization (WHO) can provide their recommendations for vaccinations and other travel health precautions for your trip abroad.

Major airports

Alicante, Alicante–Elche Airport, ALC

Barcelona, Barcelona–El Prat Airport, BCN

Bilbao, Bilbao Airport , BIO

Madrid, Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport, MAD

Málaga, Málaga–Costa del Sol Airport, AGP

Sevilla, Sevilla Airport, SVQ

Valencia, Valencia Airport, VLC

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