By Laura Kemp • 16 October 2021 • 16:40
Spain passport warning for Liverpool FC fans ahead of next week. image: Twitter
Spain passport warning as British football fans will be heading to Madrid over the coming weeks when Liverpool FC plays against Atletico de Madrid CF.
Following Brexit coming into force in January, a number of changes have impacted British visas and passports.
New post-Brexit passport rules mean some travellers may be barred from entering if they don’t check their travel documents.
UK passport holders will need to ensure they have enough time left on their travel documents when travelling to a Schengen country within the European Union (EU).
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has shared information about these changes courtesy of the British Embassy in Madrid.
Advice states: “The rules for travelling to European countries changed on January 1, 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.”
“Check your passport is valid for travel before you book your trip, and renew your passport if you do not have enough time left on it.”
“Make sure your passport is valid for at least three months after the day you plan to leave Spain or any other Schengen country.”
The Embassy has said that queuing at border control may also be different now that the UK isn’t a part of the EU anymore.
It states: “At Spanish border control, it is likely you will need to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing.”
“Your passport is usually stamped on entry and exit unless you can demonstrate that you are a resident of Spain.”
“You may also need to show: a return or onward ticket, enough money for your stay, proof of accommodation for your stay, for example, a hotel booking confirmation, proof of address if visiting your own property (for example, a second home), or an invitation from your host or proof of their address if staying with a third party, friends or family.”
Whether travelling for leisure reasons or for the upcoming football match, visitors to Spain are advised to “take care” of their passports at all times.
The Embassy warns that “obtaining a replacement is costly and time-consuming.”
It advises: “Remember to keep a photocopy or scanned copy of your passport somewhere safe.”
“If you lose your passport, you’ll need to apply for an Emergency Travel Document online.”
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