Portuguese passport and document warning for UK travelers


Portugal has announced a major update to passport requirements for Britons. ChronicleLive reports that visitors from the UK arriving at airports such as Lisbon, Porto, Faro and Funchal were told earlier this month that they would be expedited during check-in, like EU citizens.

The move allowed Britons to use eGates to skip passport control queues while visitors from many other non-EU countries have to queue to have their passports checked and manually stamped. It was widely welcomed as Portugal is one of Britain’s favorite holiday destinations.

The UK government website has updated its travel advice for holidaymakers. It follows the clarification of the entry conditions of the Portuguese border control.

The update relates to passport stamping and will clear up confusion among some UK holidaymakers over how to use the fast-track eGates system. The latest guidelines make it clear that eGates for UK passport holders are “separate from eGates for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens”.

It states: “Upon arrival or departure, check that you are eligible to use eGates and that you are in the correct queue. When using an eGate, your entry/exit is recorded on the computer system. A border agent may also stamp your passport after crossing the eGate. This is for operational reasons of the airport.”

The government is asking Britons to ensure their passports are stamped by border officials – even if they use the eGate system. “If you use a manned cabin, check that your passport is stamped by the border agent when you enter or exit as a visitor,” the guide says.

“You can use staffed immigration counters or, if you are 18+, designated eGates for the UK and certain other non-EU nationals. Give your passport for stamping to the border official after you have crossed the eGate.”

The travel update has been issued to ensure UK holidaymakers understand the important role passport stamps and eGate records play in policing and enforcing its 90-day visa-free limit for travelers. short stays. The guide states: “Border guards use passport stamps and eGate records to verify that you meet the 90-day visa-free limit for short stays in the Schengen area.”

The Schengen area, separate from the EU, is a group of 26 European countries, including Portugal, which have agreed to abolish their internal borders to promote the free and unrestricted movement of people. The updated UK travel advisory adds: “If the relevant entry or exit stamps are not in your passport or not visible to a border official on the computer system, a border official may assume that you have exceeded your visa-free limit.”

UK travelers are also advised to keep their travel documents handy when visiting Portugal. The update continues: “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 that date and this location in your passport.”

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