Spain tightens immigration controls for British travellers at Gibraltar border

Spain’s immigration officers have tightened controls at its border with Gibraltar, native press is reporting.

Police have reportedly this week been asking non-EU arrivals, together with Britons, to supply proof of their onward journey in addition to lodging reservations in Spain earlier than they’re permitted to enter the nation.

Authorities in Gibraltar have raised issues a few “change in method” by Spanish border officers, whereas some non-EU travellers advised press that they had been requested to show their monetary scenario earlier than entry.

British traveller Julie Quartermaine advised The Olive Press: “On the border, we needed to show we had €100 (£84) per day per individual throughout our keep.

“The lady officer was apologetic however mentioned she needed to see sufficient for the ten days we deliberate to be in Spain both in money or in a checking account.

“I needed to pull up on-line banking on my telephone and present I had at the least two grand to cowl me and my husband.”

Julie, from Cheam in Surrey, mentioned it was fairly a shock, including, “There was a person forward of us within the queue emptying out his pockets to indicate he had the money.”

Gibraltar’s chief minister, Fabian Picardo, issued a press release saying he was conscious of the experiences about tighter border measures for these crossing into Spain.

“We’re receiving experiences of a change in method to non-Gibraltarian, third nation nationals, crossing the frontier into Spain. We might be taking on these points with the UK and Spanish authorities,” he mentioned.

Publish-Brexit, the UK is topic to extra stringent guidelines when getting into the Schengen Space, together with Spain.

However such guidelines are formally suspended for arrivals from Gibraltar, whereas the 2 nations negotiate a post-Brexit settlement on border controls.

It’s thought that residents from third nations who’ve a proper to residence in Spain, and people in possession of a Gibraltar Civilian Registration Card, have to this point prevented the additional scrutiny on the border.

The Impartial has contacted the Spanish authorities’s communications division for remark and readability on the present border guidelines.

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