UK issues travel advice for British tourists visiting Spain this summer

British Foreign Office advises on "extra documents" for Spain-bound tourists

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The British Foreign Office has issued a crucial warning to UK citizens planning to visit Spain this summer. They highlight the necessity of carrying “extra documents” beyond the usual luggage and passport.

This travel advice comes in the wake of Brexit, which has altered the travel dynamics between the UK and the European Union, including Spain.

Post-Brexit travel adjustments

Since the UK’s departure from the EU and consequently the Schengen Area, British travellers are now subject to additional border controls when entering Spain. The Foreign Office’s announcement emphasises the importance of being prepared with not only a valid passport but also supplementary documentation that proves the purpose of the visit is solely for vacation.

Required documentation for a hassle-free visit

Travellers are advised to carry return tickets and proof of accommodation reservation, clearly stating the check-in and check-out dates. For those visiting family or friends, it’s essential to have detailed information about the stay, including an official letter of invitation (carta de invitación) which can be presented in print or digitally via email or mobile message.

The friend or family member who lives in Spain must obtain an invitation letter for the traveller(s). They must direct their request to the Police Station of their place of residence as they will be responsible for processing and issuing it.

Financial proof for the stay

An important requirement highlighted by the British Foreign Office is the need for tourists to demonstrate sufficient funds for their stay in Spain. The Spanish government’s website specifies a minimum amount of €113.40 per person per day, approximately £97, to cover expenses. Tourists may fulfill this requirement by showing cash, cheques, cards, or bank statements.

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Passport validity requirements

Moreover, the official UK Government website stresses the necessity for tourists’ passports to meet current entry requirements.

Your passport must be:

  • issued less than 10 years before the date you enter the country (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

Check your passport meets these requirements before you travel. If your passport was issued before 1 October 2018, extra months may have been added to its expiry date.

Implications for British tourists

This travel advice serves as a reminder for British tourists to prepare thoroughly before jetting off to Spain. It is essential to ensure they carry all necessary documents to avoid being denied entry. The British Foreign Office’s warning aims to facilitate a smooth travel experience for UK citizens visiting Spain.

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