British expatriates “banned from boarding for Spain due to invalid identity documents after Brexit” | UK News

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A number of #British expats hoping to return home to #Spain have said they have been barred from boarding their flight at #Heathrow airport.

#Two airlines have reportedly claimed that their proof of residence was no longer valid after the end of the #Brexit transition period with the EU on #December 31.

#It comes amid stricter travel measures due to a new COVID-19[feminine[feminine variant that has been blamed for a faster spread of the coronavirus UK.

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#Spain has banned all travel from #Britain, except for its UK nationals and citizens with a right of residence.

#Spanish and UK authorities have said that a green EU citizenship certificate with a foreign national identification number issued by #Spain is still valid for UK nationals residing in #Spain.

#But #British #Airways and #Iberia staff have reportedly refused to allow some people into the country in the past two days.

#Patricia #Moody, 69, was among seven UK residents of #Spain who were unable to board a BA / #Iberia flight to #Madrid from #Heathrow on #Saturday.

#Ms #Moody, who for almost four years has called the #Spanish town of #Zurgena in #Almeria home, said: “Absolutely gutted. #Eviscerated. #Because my husband is not well. #Yeah, that ruined everything.

” #We’re going home. #Spain is at home. #We classify it as at home. #And my husband is in urgent need of medical attention, we are running out of tablets, so we have to be home. ”

#Ms #Moody later said she and her husband spent £ 1,900 to get tested for the virus, get to the airport and book new tickets after staff refused to take them on their first flight.

“We were in contact with the airline, we did the COVID test, we stayed at the #Sofitel (hotel) for the rest period, 24 hours, and nothing,” added #Kenneth #Moody.

A subsequent attempt to board, after questioning the couple, was also unsuccessful.

#Kristian #Goode, who works for an engineering firm and lives in #Madrid with his wife #Alicia, was also puzzled.

“I was just on the phone with the #British #Consulate in #Madrid and you were diverted to a #London number,” #Mr. #Goode said.

“They registered it with the #Spanish authorities, but they cannot tell us if they will get a response,” he continued.

#Spain has rolled out a new system called TIE to register permanent foreign residents. #But there was a backlog due to a high number of applications.

#Spain’s #Foreign #Ministry said both proofs of TIE and ‘green certificate’ application for EU citizens were still valid for UK residents traveling under the new health restrictions in effect until #January 19. .

The #British #Embassy in #Spain said the confusion “should not happen”.

“The #Spanish authorities confirmed today that the green residency document will be accepted for return trips to #Spain, as stated in our travel advice,” he said.

#British #Airways and #Iberia, both of which are part of the IAG group, did not immediately respond to written questions from the media.

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