BRITS travelling to Spain this summer have been warned that they could need to provide extra documents on arrival.

The Foreign Office has issued an alert to anyone arriving in the country from the UK.

Documents required by tourists when crossing the Spanish border include:

  • A return or onward ticket
  • Proof that you have enough money for your stay
  • Proof of accommodation for your stay. This includes a hotel booking confirmation, proof of address if you own the property, or an invitation from a host if staying with friends or family. To find out more, visit the Spanish Ministry of Interior.

Those holidaying in Spain this summer were given a welcome boost last month, after new rules were announced that allow Brits to use eGates at a number of airports across Spain.

This will speed up many of the long waits, as tourists were previously not allowed to use them.

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According to the Spanish tourist board: "British Citizens can now use the Automated Border Control eGates for Schengen passport holders at select Spanish Airports: Alicante, Barcelona, Bilbao, Girona, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Madrid, Málaga, Mallorca, Menorca, Valencia, Fuerteventura, Sevilla, Tenerife Sur."

But holidaymakers are still being warned to make sure their passports are being stamped even if using the eGates.

The Foreign Office states: "On arrival or departure, check you are eligible to use the e-gates and that you are in the right queue.

"When using an e-gate, your entry/exit is recorded on the computer system.

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"A border officer may also stamp your passport after you have passed through the e-gate; this is for airport operational reasons."

Without the exit stamp, you could be seen as overstaying in the country.

This is because the new restrictions allow Brits to stay just 90 days over a 180 day period.

A woman was banned from entering Spain as she didn't have an exit stamp in her passport, leading them to think she overstayed her visit.

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Another holidaymaker who returned from Majorca said that they didn't get their passport stamped when they left the country – which led to them being held for an hour when they later visited another Germany.

There are lots of new rules in place across Spain this summer – here are the ones you need to know about.

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