Brits travelling to Spain may need ‘extra documents’, according to UK Foreign Office

When travelling abroad it is best to do a thorough check before leaving to ensure you have everything. Those travelling to Spain will need ‘extra documents’.

Brits travelling Spain extra documents
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Brits travelling Spain extra documents

Going on holiday can be stressful for several reasons. First, you need to make sure you have packed your suitcase properly, this includes making sure you have clothes suitable for the weather and not going over the weight limit imposed by the airline.

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Then, the most stressful part is making sure you have all the documents you need for your destination. Naturally, depending on where you are travelling to, the documents required will not be the same.

For British tourists, things have been made more complicated due to Brexit, some countries in Europe now require British citizens to have ‘extra documents’ before they are allowed to enter the country, this is the case for Spain, which is a very popular destination among British holidaymakers.

Brits travelling to Spain need ‘extra documents’

As mentioned above, since the UK voted to leave the European Union, several changes have been put in place when it comes to travelling for UK citizens. As per Express, the Schengen area has changed its entry rules for British travellers.

According to the publication, British travellers will need to make sure they have their passport as well as two extra documents, a valid return or onward ticket (ie flight confirmation) and evidence of accommodation arrangements (ie hotel booking receipt, address if it is a second home..).

Travellers may present these extra documents either physically with a printed confirmation or digitally through an email confirmation.

The UK Foreign Office issued a statement:

If you enter the Schengen area as a tourist, you may need to provide additional documents at the border [...] proof of accommodation for your stay, for example a hotel booking confirmation, proof of address if visiting your own property (such as second home)
[or] an invitation or proof of address if staying with a third party, friends or family. A 'carta de invitation' completed by your hosts is one of the options available.

Brits travelling to Spain may need to show sufficient funds

Moreover, British tourists heading to Spain for their holiday may also need to provide proof they have sufficient funds for the duration of their stay.

The UK Foreign Office added:

As well as a valid return or onward ticket, when travelling to Spain you could be asked to show you have enough money for your stay

As reported by Chronicle Live, the current minimum amount of money required by the Spanish Government is 113.40€ per person per day, which is roughly £97. You can use cash, cheques or credit cards to show proof of your funds.

When travelling, it is important to make sure your passport is valid. As per Express, your passport should be valid for three months before you plan on travelling to any country in the Schengen area and it must be less than 10 years old when entering the country of choice.

If your passport is near its expiration date or has already expired, make sure you get it renewed before travelling to avoid disappointment on the other end.

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Sources used:

Express: ‘Travel warning issued to anyone visiting Spain this summer’

Chronicle Live: ‘Spain warning as UK holidaymakers told to bring two documents to the airport as well as passport’

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