Passport rules in Spain: Brits urged to ‘check passports’ – latest rules in full | Travel News | To travel
Since the entry into force of Brexit on January 1, 2021, travel rules have changed for British passengers wishing to visit European Union (EU) countries such as Spain. Recently, a Briton named Sonia told Express.co.uk how she unknowingly exceeded her 90-day visa and was “detained” by Spanish authorities.
Sonia said: âI was obviously a little naive, but I didn’t know that I was only allowed to stay in Spain for 90 days. I didn’t know anything had changed.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), which provides advice to British travelers, has urged Britons to “check passports” to avoid such situations.
The notice reads: âCheck that your passport is stamped if you are entering or leaving the Schengen area via Spain as a visitor.
âBorder guards will use passport stamps to verify that you meet the 90-day visa-free limit for short stays in the Schengen area.
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Under the latest rules, Britons can travel to Schengen area countries for up to 90 days out of any 180-day visa-free period.
The FCDO states: “This applies whether you are traveling as a tourist, to visit family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sporting events, or for studies or a vacation. short-term training. “
He continues: “If you are traveling to Spain and other Schengen countries without a visa, make sure your entire visit is within the 90 day limit.”
Visits to Schengen countries during the 180 days prior to your trip will count towards your 90 days.
This means that your passport must be valid for at least three months after the day you plan to leave Spain or any other Schengen country.
The document must be less than 10 years old and the three months you need to leave a country must be less than 10 years from the date of issuance of the passport.
FCDO adds: âIf you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, additional months may have been added to its expiration date.
âAny additional months on your 10-year passport may not count toward the three-month minimum requirement. “