Spain said any application by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden for political asylum would be invalid as he is not on their soil.
Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo said: "For an asylum petition to become a petition that the government could study, in other words for it to be legally admissible, it has to be made by a person who is in Spain".
He said he had no knowledge of any application to Spain.
Precisely how US fugitive Edward Snowden got out of Hong Kong remains a mystery, but many here in China are hailing him as a hero.
Edward Snowden is believed to be in Moscow and was not on a flight to Havana earlier as expected.
Whatever you think of Edward Snowden, he's changed the way the world's two largest powers deal with each other.