Spain travel advice: Foreign Office issues new warning for Brits – check your passports

After Britain left the EU, travelling to certain countries has changed and there may be more requirements for entry to consider. The UK Government has issued an important reminder to Brits to check their passports and warned them of what to expect at the airport.

The UK Government has warned Brits heading away on holiday about changes to the way Brits travel across borders in Europe.

It isn’t just Covid entry requirements travellers need to be familiar with, but also visa and passport requirements to countries in the EU, as for many Britons this could be their first time travelling to the EU since Brexit.

If you are heading away for a half-term holiday, make sure you check your passport and you understand any changes to the rules.

Ahead of British football fans travelling to Madrid for the Liverpool match tomorrow, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) issued advice reminding UK holidaymakers about changes to crossing borders in the EU as a result of Brexit.

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The advice from the British Embassy in Madrid reads: “The rules for travelling to European countries changed on 1 January 2021.

“British nationals can travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa.

“This applies if you travel as a tourist, to visit family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events, or for short-term studies or training.

You may also be asked to show proof of your return flight, give the address you’ll be staying at, or even show you have enough money for your stay in the country.

The Embassy adds a reminder to Britons in Spain that if asked to show ID by a police officer, you must comply; you can be held at a Spanish police station for not showing your identification.

In Spain, you must still social distance, leaving 1.5 metres of space between you and others.

Face masks must be worn in enclosed public spaces or any outdoor public spaces where social distancing is not possible.

This includes football matches, so anyone going to watch the Liverpool match will have to wear a mask throughout the match.

The advice about a passport with more than 3 months before expiry, visas, and queues at the airport doesn’t just apply to Spain, but to all other 25 countries in the Schengen area.

These countries are:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland.


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