Spain to Restore Border Checks from May 2 to 4; All Travelers Must Have a Passport to Enter
On May 2, 3 and 4, Spain will suspend the Schengen Agreement and restore strict border checks for all travelers during a European Central Bank summit in Barcelona, the Spanish Ministry of Interior has announced. Anyone seeking entry should be prepared to present a valid passport and may experience increased scrutiny from border officials. This includes EU nationals and foreign nationals entering from other Schengen countries.
At this stage, it is unclear whether passports will be required at all Spanish ports of entry or only at Spain’s border with France, though increased scrutiny can be expected at all entry points.
Beginning in late April and continuing through the summit, travelers should expect increased questioning from border officials and closer scrutiny of their immigration documents. Foreign nationals entering Spain as visitors should carry clear evidence of their return or onward travel and their accommodations. Foreign residents should carry their Spanish residence card at all times.
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