As of 1 January 2021, all passengers from the United Kingdom must bring their passport, although passengers from EU countries and United Kingdom shall use the ABC (Automated Border Control). In the case of British passengers as well as the rest of non-EU passengers, it will be also mandatory to have the passport stamped and to answer a series of questions posed by National Police officers.
Travel of minors or travelling with minors has specific restrictions. Border officers, inside as well as outside the European Union, have specifically been ordered to pay special attention to minors travelling either alone or with a companion
Pets must travel from an airport authorised by the Ministry of Agriculture for the entry of animals from a third country and they will have to fulfill the same requirements pets from third countries currently have.
For these cases, the microchip and the valid rabies vaccine will be requested. As for documentation, the EU passport will no longer be valid, a health certificate will be necessary. Pets coming from Northern Ireland are excluded from these requirements, as they are considered intra-community in this regard.
Airports not authorised for the entry of pets only guide dogs for people with visual impairments may do so, provided that the Ministry of Agriculture has granted an exceptional and punctual authorisation to the owners in each case for them to pass through it. To ask for this authorisation, owners must use the following e-mail address: email@example.com
The Customs office may detect non compliances after examination of the animal. To that end it has the collaboration of the local animal health service. The different options when a non compliance has been itentified are:
The luggage of passengers arriving in Spain from the United Kingdom must undergo customs control upon arrival and the Civil Guard may carry out physical control of the luggage
In the European Union, there are restrictions on products of animal origin and plants in order to prevent the entry of pathogens and diseases.
In relation to plant products, it is worth mentioning that the entry into the European Union of plants from third countries is prohibited without a phytosanitary certificate (seeds, plants, fruits, vegetables, flowers, etc.).
In relation to products of animal origin (meat, milk and products derived from meat and milk, fishery products, etc.), their introduction into the European Union is prohibited. Meat, milk and meat and milk products from the UK are prohibited in any case.
However, there are some exceptions in other products of animal origin, which can only be brought into the EU for private human consumption, and which are indicated below:
Consult the Tax Agency website for an exhaustive list of this type of product and the restrictions for each one.
You can request the refund of the Value Added Tax (VAT) for the goods purchased during the stay in Spain (Peninsula and Balearic Islands) as long as the conditions set are met.
Spanish Government: travelling after Brexit
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: entry points for travellers with pets
Tax Agency: customs information for non-Eu travellers
Tax Agency: procedures and steps in customs for travellers