Take passport and TIE card to airport

Fast and slow track for passport control Malaga Airport Credit: Caolán Mc Aree X

One of our readers has just experienced a potential problem when travelling to the UK and has suggested that we share the following advice.

Audrey Pavron explained “I am a British passport holder living in Spain and recently renewed my passport.

“Making my first trip back to England from Malaga Airport, I presented the brand new passport to immigration and was questioned as to why there was no stamp showing my arrival in Spain.

Take passport and TIE

“Naturally as a resident, I didn’t need a stamp but it hadn’t occurred to me that I should have travelled with my residency card (TIE) to prove the fact but I had left it safely at home!

“Even though I had a copy of the card on my mobile phone, it was very touch and go as to whether I would be allowed to travel but happily they did relent and let me go to the boarding gate.”

Whilst some seasoned travellers would automatically know to take their passport and TIE card with them, others who don’t travel as much may not be aware of this and if you don’t have a TIE card but just the Green certificate, be advised that the British Embassy in Madrid has recommended that this be swapped as soon as possible.

Leave time in case of queues

Also leave plenty of time before the flight is due to take off as there is often a long queue at immigration

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John Smith

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    • John Hayward

      24 May 2024 • 11:51

      As an identity card, it makes sense to have the TIE with you so that you can identify yourself. Leaving it home defeats the purpose.

    • John Little

      24 May 2024 • 16:34

      Ah the days of waving that little blue book in the air and demanding to be let through without let or hindrance have gone long long ago. Just like the days when the UK was a white christian nation . Its all in the memory.

    • Mike

      25 May 2024 • 08:10

      OMG. I would hope that this is very much a minority, as it shows ummm 🤔
      There are other benefits with queuing in the EU lane that was not mentioned.

    • Cherry

      25 May 2024 • 15:13

      If you have residency why wouldn’t you take your TIE card with you. You don’t need to travel regularly to know this

    • Bostelmann Hamer

      26 May 2024 • 16:26

      Without the TIE card the passport will be stamped automatically…I’ve left Spain 4 times this year with a TIE card and STILL they stamped my passport.

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