Passport warning after UK tourists to Spain were caught out by delays

Travelers are being warned to watch out for delays after airline bosses fear queues are building up at major airports.

The president of the Líneas Aéreas association, Javier Gándara, said that more national police officers were needed to control passengers’ passports, according to the To express.

It comes as passports have to be stamped since Britain left the EU and the Easter rush at Spanish airports has led to delays and long queues at passport checks at popular airports such than Madrid and Malaga.

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Mr Gándara said: ‘This will be the first summer that travelers’ passports to the UK will need to be checked and the first that air traffic is likely to be normal, now that the UK government has lifted all restrictions imposed due to the pandemic.

“There have already been problems at airports over Easter and we must prevent this from happening in high season.

“That’s why it’s important that enough police are assigned to handle the high number of passengers.”

Airlines fear delays will affect holidaymakers at airports like Malaga

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It comes as it was reported that 3,000 travelers missed their flights at Madrid airport over Easter due to long queues for passport control.

However, according to Schengen Via Infos, From May 2022 Britons will no longer need to have their passports stamped as a new entry and exit system is expected to work.

The European Commission’s Migration and Home Affairs says: “The EES will replace the current system of manual stamping of passports, which is time-consuming, does not provide reliable data on border crossings and does not allow systematic detection of overruns. of stay (travellers who have exceeded the maximum duration of their authorized stay)”.

Until the new automated service is operational, those returning from the UK from Europe will need to have their passports stamped to show they have not overstayed their time.

Although you do not need a visa for short stays in EU countries, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, the duration of your stay is limited. You can stay up to 90 days in any 180 day period.

If your passport is not stamped on exit, it will be assumed that you have overstayed.

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