July 6, 2022

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‘Sophisticated' Brexit might trigger chaos for Britons on Spain holidays this yr

Spain’s ALA airways affiliation has mentioned the summer time is trying “sophisticated” for vacationers. The affiliation mentioned a number of points had been accountable, together with Brexit.

Spain’s airports are struggling with workers shortages as they’ve struggled to recruit following the pandemic.

Attributable to Brexit, workers now must have extra coaching to course of British vacationers, who make up a large proportion of vacationers in Spain.

The ALA mentioned: “Brexit has made it extra sophisticated as a result of EU workers want extra documentation and accreditations now, and along with that, new recruits should be educated.”

Nevertheless, Spain mentioned the problems within the nation aren’t as unhealthy as the present chaos at UK airports.

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The affiliation mentioned that workers in Spain had been furloughed for the entire pandemic whereas the UK scheme got here to an finish in September 2021.

This has made it simpler for the nation to retain employees though there are nonetheless staffing points.

Some airways have complained there usually are not sufficient workers to course of vacationers travelling from exterior the EU.

In a traditional yr, round 18 million Britons go to Spain so the influence of Brexit means there will likely be many extra non-EU residents for Spanish authorities to course of.

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British vacationers will need to have their passports stamped on entry and exit to the EU whereas EU residents don’t must.

Britons have typically confronted delays of round 45 minutes as a consequence of prolonged queues at border management.

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The Spanish airline Iberia has mentioned over 15,000 folks missed flights in March due to passport delays.

Since these points, the Spanish Authorities has deployed 500 extra law enforcement officials to 12 main airports.

This week, the UK Authorities issued a recent warning for British vacationers travelling to Portugal.

Though Britons can use the digital passport gates in Portugal they nonetheless must get their passport stamped by an official.

The Authorities warned that vacationers ought to save their boarding passes in case their passport isn’t stamped.

A boarding cross with the date of their entry to the nation ought to show once they crossed the border.