Important Reminder for UK Tourists: Additional Documents Required at the Airport

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As UK holidaymakers prepare for their summer getaways to Spain, it’s essential to be aware of recent changes affecting travel to the Schengen area, including Spain. The UK Foreign Office has issued new guidance regarding the additional documents now necessary for travelers to present upon arrival at Spanish border control.

Additional Documents Required at the Airport

Required DocumentsDescription
PassportStandard travel document required for all travelers.
Boarding PassNecessary for boarding the flight.
LuggagePersonal belongings for the trip.
Return or Onward TicketVerification of return travel plans, such as a return plane ticket.
Proof of AccommodationEvidence of lodging arrangements, such as a hotel booking receipt, address proof for second home, or an invitation from family/friends.
Evidence of Financial MeansDemonstration of adequate funds for the stay, with a minimum requirement of €113.40 per person per day, approximately £97, and can be shown through cash, checks, or credit cards.
Source: dailyrecord.co.uk

In addition to the standard requirements of passports, boarding passes, and luggage, UK tourists visiting Spain are now advised to carry two extra documents for verification. These documents include a valid return or onward ticket, such as a return plane ticket, as reported by Birmingham Live.

Furthermore, travelers might be requested to provide evidence of accommodation for their stay, such as a hotel booking receipt, proof of address if visiting a second home, or an invitation from family or friends. This verification can be presented in the form of a hard copy receipt or displayed on a mobile device.

In addition to the aforementioned documents, holidaymakers may also need to demonstrate that they have adequate funds for their stay. The Spanish government’s current requirement is a minimum of €113.40 per person per day, roughly equivalent to £97. Proof of financial means can be shown through cash, checks, or credit cards. It’s important to note that while only a small number of visitors have been asked to provide this proof in recent years, it remains a possibility for all travelers.

The UK Foreign Office stresses the importance of being prepared, stating, “If you enter the Schengen area as a tourist, you may need to provide additional documents at the border. When traveling to Spain, you could be asked to present a valid return or onward ticket, evidence of adequate funds for your stay, proof of accommodation, and, if applicable, an invitation or proof of address if staying with family or friends. A carta de invitation completed by your hosts is one of the options available.”

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