Brexit could cause travel chaos for Britons in Spain on holiday this year at airports | Travel News | Travel


The Spanish airlines association ALA said the summer was going to be “complicated” for tourists. The association said several issues were responsible, including Brexit.

Spanish airports are suffering from a staff shortage as they have struggled to recruit following the pandemic.

Due to Brexit, staff now need to be better trained to deal with British tourists, who make up a significant proportion of tourists to Spain.

The ALA said: “Brexit has made things more complicated because EU staff now need more documentation and accreditation, and on top of that new recruits need to be trained.”

However, Spain said the problems in the country are not as bad as the current chaos at UK airports.

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The association said staff in Spain had been made redundant for the whole of the pandemic as the UK scheme came to an end in September 2021.

This has made it easier for the country to retain workers, although there are still personnel issues.

Some airlines have complained about the lack of staff to deal with tourists from outside the EU.

In a normal year, around 18 million Britons visit Spain, so the impact of Brexit means there will be many more non-EU citizens to be processed by Spanish authorities.


British tourists must have their passports stamped when entering and leaving the EU, unlike EU citizens.

Britons sometimes faced delays of around 45 minutes due to long queues at border control.

Spanish airline Iberia said more than 15,000 people missed flights in March due to passport delays.

Since these problems, the Spanish government has deployed 500 additional police officers to 12 major airports.

This week the British government issued a new warning for British tourists traveling to Portugal.

Although Brits can use the e-passport gates in Portugal, they still need to have their passport stamped by an official.

The government has warned that tourists should keep their boarding passes in case their passport is not stamped.

A boarding pass with the date of their entry into the country must prove when they crossed the border.


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