Since the end of the Brexit transition period, new rules have come into force for travel between the UK and Alicante Airport in Spain. We have summarised some of the changes for you below.
You will need a passport to be able to travel between the UK and Spain. National ID cards are no longer accepted. It is important to check the age and expiry date of your passport to ensure that it is valid for travel. Your passport has to meet two criteria:
Please be aware:
The above criteria are based on the information provided by the European Union and the UK Government. Some airlines and tour operators may ask for your passport to be valid for at least 6 more months at the time of travel. Please double-check your airline’s requirements.
You can find more on this in our article “Are your travel documents ready for your holiday?“
You may not need a visa for travel between the UK and Spain after Brexit. If you visit Spain as a tourist, a visa is not needed for short trips. You can stay up to 90 days in any 180-day period. However, if you are also visiting other EU countries, you will need to check that you do not spend more than 90 days in total across all the countries you visit, in any given 180-day period. Different rules apply for business travel and longer stays.
When visiting Alicante as a tourist, do check that your passport has been stamped when you enter and leave Spain. This is important, as border guards will use the stamps in your passport to check that you are complying with the 90-day rule (see above).
Please see here for information about ETIAS and EES – new procedures and systems that are due to be introduced in 2024.
You may have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). These cards can give you access to state health care in Spain at a reduced cost or for free. Both of these are valid if you are travelling to Spain.
You can continue to use your EHIC until the expiry date written on the card. Once it expires, if you are a UK citizen, you will need to apply for a GHIC to replace it. Please note that GHIC and EHIC do not replace travel insurance. For more information on this topic, please also see our page “Travel Insurance“.
Sadly, the days of guaranteed free mobile roaming are over. You will need to check with your mobile phone operator to find out whether you will be charged a roaming fee in Spain. However, a new law has come into force that ensures that you will need to be notified once your roaming charges have reached £45. This will safeguard you from inadvertently spending large sums of money on mobile roaming without realising.
The import/export of food items is now tightly controlled. This applies even to small quantities of food you might wish to take for personal use during your journey or on your holiday. You can no longer take the following with you:
There are some exceptions to this rule – you are allowed to bring certain amounts of the following:
For more information on these rules, please also see the European Commission website.
Visitors to the EU who are travelling back outside of the EU may be tax-exempt. At the Alicante Airport Duty-Free store, look for items with green labels that state ‘only for passengers travelling outside the EU’. You will need to show ID and a boarding pass for a flight bound outside the EU. Please see our Duty-Free page for details on shopping opportunities at Alicante Airport and duty-free allowances for your travel back to Great Britain.
If you have been shopping in Alicante or elsewhere in Spain, you may be eligible for a VAT refund. For more information on this, please see our page VAT Refund at Alicante Airport.
Travelling with your pet from the UK to Alicante Airport has become a little bit more complicated following Brexit. While it is still possible to bring your dog, cat, or ferret with you, this will take some preparation. Your pet will need the following documentation:
In addition to the above, your pet must be:
It is not necessary to perform an antibody titration test against rabies.
For more information about flying with pets, please also see our page “Pets at Alicante Airport“.
|Don’t forget to…|
|✔️||Check the age of your passport and its expiry date|
|✔️||Take your EHIC / GHIC|
|✔️||Decide whether you need travel insurance|
|✔️||Check roaming charges with your mobile phone operator|
|✔️||Check if you are eligible for a VAT refund|