The UK’s International Workplace has warned British travellers to rigorously examine their passport on leaving international locations inside the EU’s Schengen Space to make sure positive they’ve acquired an exit stamp.
For the reason that finish of the Brexit transitional interval in January 2021, Britons should have their passports stamped on entry and exit when visiting the 26 international locations inside the European zone, together with France, Spain, Italy and Greece.
Failure to point out these stamps interferes with proof of size of keep – which is required now there’s a 90-day time restrict on visiting these international locations in any 180-day interval.
The comparatively current rule change means it’s attainable that airport employees might overlook to stamp British passports every time their holders enter and exit the nation – and travellers might overlook to examine stamps have been issued in each instructions.
Following some confusion across the stamps, International Workplace journey recommendation is being up to date for guests heading to the related elements of Europe.
The brand new steering consists of: “examine your passport is stamped in case you enter or exit the Schengen space… as a customer”.
“Border guards will use passport stamps to examine you’re complying with the 90-day visa-free restrict for brief stays within the Schengen space,” it continues.
“If related entry or exit stamps will not be in your passport, border guards will presume that you’ve got overstayed your visa-free restrict.
“You possibly can present proof of when and the place you entered or exited the Schengen space, and ask the border guards so as to add this date and placement in your passport. Examples of acceptable proof embody boarding passes and tickets.”
In September, a British lady was refused entry to Spain as a result of she had additionally visited in June, however border guards had not stamped her passport on departure – that means Spanish information confirmed she had exceeded the time restrict.
“I used to be denied entry to Spain on 26 September attributable to my passport not being stamped on exit on a earlier one-week go to to Spain, which began on 4 June,” stated the 72-year-old, named solely as Linda.
“The guards initially stamped my passport to enter, then they observed I had no exit stamp from that one-week go to in June, thereby classing me as an overstayer and subsequently marked the entry stamp with the letter F and two traces.”
Linda stated that although she had proof she had certainly left the nation and returned to the UK in June, Spanish airport officers wouldn’t permit reentry with out the exit stamp.
She fears that the difficulty will persist indefinitely, since she nonetheless doesn’t have a passport stamp proving that she left Spain for the UK again in June.