Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues travel warning as Britons may be expelled from EU due to passport errors

The British have been warned by the Foreign Office to check their passports before traveler.

That The British Foreign Office has sounded the alarm that Brexit travel rules mean that British travelers going to the Schengen area must have a stamp at the passport control when entering or leaving.

Popular holiday destinations including Spain, Portugal, Italy and France are members of the 26 European countries within the Schengen area.

The current rules for Britons traveling to the EU specify that UK travelers can stay for a maximum of 90 days for a period of 180 days.

Not getting your passport stamped can cause serious problems.

For example, without a stamp proving when a pilot left a country, it may appear to the immigration authorities that someone has exceeded their legally allowed time in a country.

London, England - 30 August 2016: An editorial stock photo of a collection of British passports.  Photographed isolated on a white background.  Photographed with Canon EOS 5DSR
The Foreign Office has warned British travelers to get passport stamps when they arrive or leave the EU

In an update yesterday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs wrote: “Border guards will use passport stamps to check that you comply with the 90-day visa-free limit for short stays in the Schengen area.

“If relevant entry or exit stamps are not in your passport, border guards will assume that you have exceeded your visa-free limit.

“You can show proof of when and where you entered or left the Schengen area, and ask the border guards to add this date and location to your passport. Examples of acceptable proof include boarding passes and tickets.”

The travel warning follows reports that a 72-year-old British woman was denied entry into Spain due to not having an exit stamp from a previous trip.

A handout photo released on 21 February 2020 by the British Home Office press office shows a model with a new blue British passport.
A British pensioner was reportedly denied entry to Spain due to a missing passport stamp

She told Spanish publication : “The guards initially stamped my passport to enter, then they noticed that I had no exit stamp from the one-week visit in June, thereby classifying me as an overstayer and subsequently marking the entry stamp with the letter F and two lines . ”

The pensioner explained that evidence that she had been in the UK was rejected.

She said: “Although I have evidence of returning to the UK via banking activity as well as the test and tracking Covid app, the border guards would not accept or look at evidence nor let me talk to anyone who could help.

“My son, who speaks Spanish, tried to explain that I had other evidence of returning to Britain, but the guards would not accept or even consider looking at it.

“They just kept insisting that I had no stamp, that I had been violated and would be arrested as illegal.”


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