I am applying for a visa for Spain. I gathered all the necessary documents and made them translate. Now I have a doubt which I was not able to clarify reading the available information on the application process and this forum: do I also need to translate my passport (issued by San Marino, which is not in the EU, and with the personal information written in Italian, English and French)? What if it contains a visa stamp (from the UK, so in English)?

I already spent thousands so don’t want to waste more if not necessary. Thank you.

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    I am 99% sure that the answer is no, but I will leave it to someone who is more certain than I to post an answer.
    – phoog
    Apr 23 '21 at 17:11
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    I am also sure that the answer is no, but it would be helpful if you clearly state in which language your passport is written in (or just which country issued the passport). Apr 23 '21 at 17:15
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    Thank you for your answers. The passport was issued by San Marino and I wrote in which languages the personal information is provided in the main message.
    – wrong_path
    Apr 23 '21 at 17:16
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    In other words you are appling for a long term visa (> 3 months). A translation of your passport is not needed. Apr 23 '21 at 17:33
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    The legalized signature of the sworn translator alone was 150 without taxes. They requested something like 20 documents. I need a Visa since I am going to do my PhD there.
    – wrong_path
    Apr 24 '21 at 4:45

Very likely no, because almost all passports are bilingual, where English is secondary language. Especially those from countries with different alphabets (✔ Israel, ✔ Greece, ✔ Ukraine, ❓ ChinaJapan). I can't find a San Marino passport's biographical page picture.

To my record, it is only necessary to translate passports (with a bilingual stamp) to travel to certain few Arabian-speaking countries such as Lybia.

What if it contains a visa stamp (from the UK, so in English)

Essentially nothing. Travel record has little to no weight in student visa applications compared to the ability to economically sustain yourself and criminal records (which are part of companion documentation). Every country you visit stamps foreign passports in their own language.

I believe you are overthinking this, but I understand you care a lot about your application. Should I be concerned about my Бориспіль stamp on my last page? (please let the OP guess before commenting)


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