Brits warned they now need three documents to enter Spain for summer holiday

Brits love sunny Spain thanks to its nearby location, hot weather and spotless beaches.

But, tourists from the UK will now need to have three additional pieces of documentation when they arrive at the airport.

The Foreign Office has updated its advice on Spain's entry rules, reports the Mirror.

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UK citizens are now permitted to use the e-gates at Spanish border control if “instructed to do so by airport staff”, the government body informs.

Brits entering the country will now need proof of a return or onward ticket, enough money for their stay, and proof that you have somewhere to stay in Spain.

Accommodation proof includes hotel booking confirmations, proof of address if visiting your own property (e.g. second home), or an invitation from your host or proof of their address if staying with a third party, friends or family.

Visitors will also need to prove they meet the Covid-19 entry requirements.

You can do this by showing proof of vaccination, a medical certificate or recovery record showing recovery from Covid-19 within the last six months, or a negative PCR (taken within 72 hours prior to departure) or antigen test (taken within 24 hours).

The Covid-19 requirements do not apply to children under 12 years of age.

A passenger locator form is no longer required to enter Spain.

Foreign Office advice states: “You may also be subject to additional checks at the point of entry including a temperature check, visual health assessment, or testing on arrival.”

The Foreign Office has also reminded British travellers that they will need to have their passports stamped on entry and exit from Spain.

This is due to the fact that the UK is no longer part of the EU, with Brits required to stick to the Schengen visa-free travelling rules.

British nationals can visit Spain, and other Schengen countries, for a total of 90 days within a period of 180 days.

If travellers are planning to stay longer they will need to apply for a visa.

British passports must have been issued less than 10 years before the date you enter the country.

They must also be valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave.

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The Foreign Office adds: “You can use the staffed immigration booths or, if you are aged 18 and over, and are instructed to do so by airport staff, you may be able to use the e-gates, if these are in operation.

"Hand your passport to the border officer for stamping after you have passed through the e-gate.”

This year different Spanish regions and cities have been introducing local rules which restrict the behaviour of tourists.

Some resort areas introduced a “six drink limit” on alcohol in all-inclusive resorts that had Brits up in arms.

While others banned football shirts and “novelty” items purchased from street hawkers.

One area has even introduced a fine for anyone caught urinating in the sea.


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