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Heathrow and Gatwick: Brits can now skip long airport queues at popular destination after new travel rule introduced

MyLondon logo MyLondon 29/06/2022 Kat Pirnak
Brits will be able to skip long queues due to this new change © 2022 Getty Images Brits will be able to skip long queues due to this new change

The aviation industry continues to struggle coping with chronic delays, long queues, and cancellations as a result of staff shortages. Luckily, one of the most popular destinations for British tourists has created a new travel rule which will help travellers skips long airport queues. Holidaymakers will no longer be forced to wait hours in queues at Spanish airports.

It comes after new rules were introduced to allow British passengers to use Automated Border Control eGates at a number of airports across Spain. The change will speed up waiting times as tourists from the UK were not previously allowed to use them. The Spanish tourist board, Spain UK, confirmed the new rule on social media saying: "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."

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Many tourists have already taken to praising the move. One woman wrote: “Used the eGate at Lanzarote today, very fast and efficient at Arrecife airport thank you.” Another said: “Went through Palma airport and totally hassle free. Through eGate, passport stamped, lastly Covid pass checked. Staff were brilliant.”

However, passengers will still have to wait in line to receive a stamp in their passports after entering the country. 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 and exit is recorded on the computer system. A border officer may also stamp your passport after you have passed through the e-gate; this is for airport operational reasons."

Without an exit stamp, tourists may be seen as overstaying in the country. Following Brexit, Brits are only allowed to stay in the country for just 90 days over a 180 day period. However, this will no longer be the case next year, once the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) is introduced. The system will instead require British tourists to pay approximately £6 to enter the country.

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