Holidaymakers traveling to Spain this summer have received updated passport advice from the UK Foreign Office.
Anyone entering the Schengen area must have a passport issued less than 10 years before their date of arrival and valid for at least three months after their date of departure. These requirements can be checked against the “issue date” and “expiration date” sections of the photo page.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says people should contact the Spanish Embassy if they believe their passport does not meet any of these requirements. Expired passports should be renewed as soon as possible.
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It comes after The Independent revealed that dozens of passengers due to fly from the UK to the EU were wrongly turned away when checking in at the airport due to incorrect advice on the Department for Business website foreign. The newspaper said the government’s mistake “caused widespread confusion and distress” while increasing pressure on an already struggling passport office.
UK residents can travel to Schengen countries – 26 European states, including Spain – for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without needing a visa. Anyone wishing to stay longer should contact the Spanish consulate before travelling.
Spain requires all tourists to be fully vaccinated or recently recovered from Covid-19 unless exempt. The full guidance can be viewed on the Department of Foreign Affairs website.
What do the Ministry of Foreign Affairs passport guidelines say?
If you plan to travel to an EU country (excluding Ireland), or to Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or the City from the Vatican, you must meet the Schengen area passport requirements.
Your passport must be:
- issued less than 10 years before the date of entry into the country (check the ‘date of issue’)
- valid for at least 3 months after the scheduled day of departure (check the ‘expiration date’)
You should check that your passport meets these requirements before you travel. If your passport was issued before October 1, 2018, additional months may have been added to its expiry date.
Contact the embassy of the country you are visiting if you think your passport does not meet these two requirements. Renew your passport if necessary.