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I am applying for a visa to enter a country (Spain). The visa application requires a proof of fully-paid accommodation post-quarantine.

I understand the usefulness of a proof of accommodation if:

  1. It was challenging to find accommodation. However, the country in question has a plethora of near-empty hotels desperate to find customers
  2. The visa applicant was impecunious. However, the visa application also requires a proof of funds via bank statements.
  3. The country wants to make sure that the visa applicant has somewhere to stay for the first few nights. However, the country imposes a mandatory 14-day quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic in designated quarantine facilities.

In that context, why do some countries require a proof of accommodation in their visa application?


Response to some comments:

You are trying apply logical reasoning to bureaucracy and these two often don't go together well. Hilmar7 hours ago

Logical reasoning worked well to explain the remaining dozen of certificates and proofs I had to provide for the visa application.

The answer to "why" is often just: because some old rule of unknown origin and motivation says so. Hilmar7 hours ago

The visa I applied for is pretty new.

Even if you do find a reason: what difference would that make? Hilmar7 hours ago

My proof of accommodation got rejected, because it was from a third-party hotel booking website (Agoda) and not directly from the hotel. The hotel refused to provide a nice-looking certificate. I could book a different hotel but this could delay my application. If I new why they required a proof of accommodation in their visa application, I could perhaps provide some alternative, such as more proof of funds.

In additional to the comment from @Hilmar, IMHO this is also a pointless question because you attempt to tar multiple countries with the same brush. Just because country A imposes a condition for particular reason doesn't mean that country B imposes the same condition for the same country. So there can be no canonical answer. Peter M 2 mins ago

The set of possible reasons is likely to be very small, therefore it makes no sense to ask this question for each country separately.

There will be no official statement any answers can only be speculation.Peter M 2 mins ago

Embassy websites and other sources contain plenty of information regarding the visa application process.

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    I think you could expand this to proof of accommodation in general, not just post quarantine – JonathanReez Feb 27 at 6:43
  • @JonathanReez probably, the quarantine just rules out potential reason #3 which I just added. (but that's a very weak reason imho) – Franck Dernoncourt Feb 27 at 6:44
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  • @JonathanReez thanks! – Franck Dernoncourt Feb 27 at 6:47
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    This feels like a pointless question. You are trying apply logical reasoning to bureaucracy and these two often don't go together well. The answer to "why" is often just: because some old rule of unknown origin and motivation says so. Even if you do find a reason: what difference would that make? – Hilmar Feb 27 at 13:59
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In the case of Spain, it's so they can get the local government to agree you can live there. Which in practice is going to be yes, because they get funds from the government proportional to the number of residents.

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