UK passport holders have been urged to ensure they have the correct documents when traveling to the European Union and Schengen Area countries, as new changes have been implemented to passports and visas issued by both parties when they enter each other’s territory.
In addition, the Foreign, Commonwealth Affairs and Development Office (FCDO), along with the British Embassy in Madrid, Spain, have urged people to hold a valid passport before leaving the country and to ensure that their passport is no more than ten years old and that it has nothing left less than three months. Moreover, the embassy also warns passengers to be careful with their passport because applying and getting a new one can take a long time.
Brits traveling to the European Union are advised to carry their passports at all times, which must remain valid for at least another three months. Furthermore, UK citizens are reminded that they cannot stay in the Schengen area for more than 90 days, every 180 days, TheSchengen.com reports.
The FCDO issued the advice on 14 October and reminded Britons traveling to any European country, that entry rules have been changed since 1 January 2021, as the UK officially left the European Union.
As a result, UK citizens can travel to the Schengen area countries without a visa for 90 days in every 180 days if the person is traveling for tourism reasons, to visit family or friends, for business, to attend cultural or sporting events, or for short-term studies or training .
According to the British Embassy in Madrid, waiting at border control will be different now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, and travelers should expect separate corridors from the EU, European Economic Area and Swiss nationals while standing in line.
Your passport will usually be stamped upon entry and exit unless you can prove that you reside in Spain. You may also need to show: a return ticket, enough money for your accommodation, proof of your accommodation, eg hotel reservation confirmation, proof of address if your accommodation is visited (eg, a second home), an invitation from your host or proof on his address if you are staying with a third party, friends or family,” the embassy reveals.
Furthermore, the Embassy advises visitors to be careful with their passports and reminds them to keep a physical or digital copy of the passport in a safe place. If the traveler loses his passport, he will have to apply for an emergency travel document online.
Moreover, EU countries have also reminded their citizens to carry a passport when entering British territory. Stricter entry rules will also apply to Europeans as Brexit was officially completed on January 1, 2021.
Estonia and Spain have warned their travelers to keep a passport with themselves when they travel to the European Union, as they will no longer be allowed to enter the country by presenting only an ID.