Portugal issues another travel warning to holidaymakers due to confusion over electronic gates


Holidaymakers traveling to Portugal this summer have been warned of confusion surrounding its electronic door policy. British tourists have received further clarification on the confusing entry requirements to Portugal.

Earlier this month Britons were told they would be fast-tracked on check-in once they landed in the country, like EU citizens. It ensured that UK visitors could use electronic gates and avoid the passport control queues that non-EU countries had to follow.

Chronicle Live reports that the latest advice on Gov.uk reads: “Check that your passport is stamped by the border official when entering and exiting Portugal as a visitor.” This is a slight change from the previous version of the guide, which previously stated: “If you are using a manned cabin, check that your passport is stamped by the border official when entering or exiting as visitor.”

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The ‘If you use a manned cabin’ line has since been dropped as all Britons must have their passports stamped no matter which door they use. The advice continues: “You can use the staffed immigration desks or, if you are 18 and over, the designated electronic gates for the UK and certain other non-EU nationals. Hand in your passport for stamping to the border official after going through the electronic gate. »

The initial update has been released to ensure UK holidaymakers are aware of the important role passport stamps play in controlling its 90-day short-stay visa-free limit. “Border guards use passport stamps to check that you are complying with the 90-day visa-free limit for short stays in the Schengen area,” the guide says.

“If the relevant entry or exit stamps are not in your passport, a border official may assume that you have exceeded your visa limit. If you are missing entry/exit stamps, you can show when and where you entered or left the Schengen area and ask the border official to add this date and place in your passport.

“Examples of acceptable evidence include boarding passes and tickets.” The Schengen area is a group of 26 European countries, including Portugal, which have agreed to abolish their internal borders, allowing the free movement of people.

The Western European country is a favorite holiday destination for many Britons, who make up a large proportion of their overseas visitors. Other entry requirements relating to Covid-19 remain in place.

Those who are fully vaccinated are allowed to enter the country without taking a test while unvaccinated or partially vaccinated Britons will have to provide proof of a negative Covid test, either by a PCR test carried out within 72 hours before travel, or by a lateral flow test carried out within 24 hours of your trip.

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