UK Advises Its Citizens to Ensure Their Passports Are Stamped When Travelling to & From the EU

The UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth Office and Development Office (FCDO) has issued another travel advice for Britons traveling to the European Union regarding the post-Brexit rules to which such travelers are now subject.

The FCDO is now advising British travelers to make sure their passports are stamped when entering and exiting the border-free Schengen zone, or else they could run into problems, TheSchengen.com reports.

“Check your passport stamp if you enter or exit the Schengen area as a visitor,” says the new FCDO advice, further noting that at every border control, border guards are required to check passport stamps to ensure that travelers do not exceed the 90-day allowed It is for short stays in the Schengen area.

“If the relevant entry or exit stamps are not present in your passport, border guards will assume that you have exceeded the visa-free limit,” the advice read.

It also advises Britons traveling to the European Union whose passports are not stamped when entering or leaving the complex to ask border guards to add this date and location in their passports by showing evidence of when and where they entered or exited the Schengen area.

This advice comes in light of media reports of several cases in which Britons faced problems due to not stamping their passports. One case is that of a 72-year-old woman, who was refused entry on 26 September to Spain after she did not have an exit stamp from her previous residence.

Until December 31, 2020, as EU citizens, Britons could travel around the entire building using only their ID cards. Since January this year, Britons can only travel to the EU with their passports, as their ID cards are now no longer accepted as sufficient travel documents.

In addition, the FCDO, in an earlier advice, urged Britons to have the following documents with them when traveling to any of the EU countries and the Schengen area:

European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) Travel and return insurance or one-way ticket Sufficient money to prove accommodation for the duration of the stay i.e. hotel reservation confirmation, proof of address if visiting a second home), or an invitation from a host

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Meanwhile, Britons are subject to proof of vaccination requirements when traveling to the premises due to COVID-19. They can prove their vaccination status with an NHS COVID permit, the latter of which has been recognized by the EU since 29 October based on a decision by the EU Commission to recognize it as equivalent to an EU COVID-19 digital certificate.

This means that UK travelers can now travel for non-essential items to all EU countries and the Schengen area as long as they prove they have been fully vaccinated.

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Source: schengenvisainfo.com

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