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New Entry/Exit System in Spain to Impact British Travellers: What You Need to Know

As the European Union prepares to implement its new Entry/Exit System (EES) in October, British travellers heading to Spain are bracing for changes at the border. Under the EES, travellers from non-EU countries, including the UK, will need to use self-service kiosks to scan their passports or other travel documents upon arrival at Spanish airports.
The EES aims to enhance border control by automating the registration process for non-EU citizens entering the EU. For British travellers, this means their names, biometric data, and entry and exit dates will be recorded. Notably, the system will enforce the 180-day limit on non-residents’ stays within the EU, a rule that impacts many British citizens who own holiday homes in Spain.

There’s a growing concern among British expatriates and holidaymakers in Spain regarding the 180-day rule. Many argue that it restricts their ability to spend extended periods at their Spanish properties. Spain is among the EU countries lobbying for a review of this regulation, emphasizing its impact on British citizens with ties to the country.
However, the implementation of the EES is not without challenges. The system, which has faced delays, raises fears of potential airport disruptions. Organizations like the European region of Airports Council International (ACI), Airlines for Europe (A4E), the European Regions Airline Association (ERA), and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have highlighted the need for a smooth rollout to prevent passenger inconvenience.

“The EES will be a game changer for how the EU’s borders are managed. There are, however, a number of issues which must be resolved to ensure a smooth roll out and operation of the new system so that air passengers do not face disruptions,” stated a joint statement from the aforementioned aviation groups, as reported by Euronews.

With the impending launch of the EES, British travellers bound for Spain are urged to familiarize themselves with the new border control procedures. While the system promises enhanced security and efficiency, its successful implementation will be pivotal in ensuring seamless travel experiences for all passengers entering and exiting the EU.

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