Alicante officials refuse to let dozens of Britons into Spain

British passenger Stuart Miller (pictured), a 47-year-old offshore employee from Manchester, stated the state of affairs on the Spanish airport was ‘completely diabolical’

Spanish border officials refused entry to dozens of Britons and despatched them again to Manchester on the identical aircraft regardless of them having post-Brexit residency.

Forty passengers had been left indignant and confused after they had been turned away from Alicante on Monday and despatched residence, with their baggage caught in Spain till Friday. 

Immigration officials in Alicante had written to the Britons asking them to gather their new residency permits or TIE Cards, a system put in place after Brexit. 

The UK authorities says paperwork proving a profitable residency application needs to be sufficient to enter Spain – however passengers say they had been denied entry by obstructive border guards who had been flanked by armed police. 

Stuart Miller, a 47-year-old offshore employee from Manchester, informed Olive Press that the state of affairs was ‘completely diabolical’ and requested: ‘What extra proof do you want of residency?’.  

Passengers say Ryanair airport workers had permitted their departure from Manchester however they had been shocked to discover a signal on the Spanish terminal saying ‘NO TIE CARD, NO ENTRY’.  

The stranded passengers included a girl who had travelled to Spain to see her sick father who was alone in hospital. 

British passengers had been told by immigration officials in Alicante (file photo) to collect their residency permits, which the UK government says should be enough to enter Spain

British passengers had been informed by immigration officials in Alicante (file picture) to gather their residency permits, which the UK authorities says needs to be sufficient to enter Spain  

Spain seeks to repatriate 3,000 vacationers from Morocco  

Madrid stated in the present day it was working to repatriate some 3,000 Spanish vacationers who’re stranded in Morocco after it abruptly imposed a blockade on passenger flights to Spain as a result of of the pandemic.

The Moroccan authorities introduced on Monday that every one passenger flights to and from Spain and France can be suspended from midnight Tuesday to include the unfold of the virus.

‘This is one other instance of how we have now to be extraordinarily accountable with our journeys at this second,’ stated international minister Arancha Gonzalez. 

The authorities is wanting into methods to assist Spaniards who’re affected by the flight ban to get residence, the minister added, with out giving particulars.

The ban comes throughout Easter week, a peak journey interval as Thursday and Friday are holidays in a lot of Spain. 

Morocco is one of Africa’s hottest vacationer locations, welcoming 13 million international vacationers in 2019, in accordance to the United Nations World Tourism Organization.

Miller stated the the Britons’ ‘fury’ had been heightened by the truth that armed police had been patrolling the checkpoint as well as to the border brokers. 

Those refused entry had to get again on board the aircraft they’d simply flown on, together with scores of others making a one-way journey from Alicante.  

As the dozens of passengers reboarded the aircraft, the flight was subsequently delayed, including additional to rigidity within the cabin.

To rub salt within the wound, they had been then knowledgeable that their maintain baggage wouldn’t be despatched again to Manchester till Good Friday, April 2.

Miller stated: ‘There was no recommendation, no assist and – to be honest – no good motive for us being turned again at Alicante.’

Mr Miller’s spouse Caz warned different travellers: ‘Whatever paperwork you’ve got with you, and whoever tells you that you simply’re okay to journey, be ready to be carted again on to the aircraft and despatched again.’

She added: ‘The most complicated factor is the double-standards. I feel the airport coverage depends upon nothing greater than the temper of the officials on the border.’

At the time of the flight, Spain was solely permitting those that may show residency within the nation to enter from Britain as a result of of Covid-19 restrictions. 

Early confusion when the ban got here in on December 23 noticed individuals being turned away regardless of having the right paperwork to show residency. 

But the UK authorities says that Spanish authorities have ‘formally confirmed’ that related paperwork needs to be sufficient to enter the nation. 

Passengers were sent back to Manchester Airport (pictured) with their luggage only due to follow four days later in an additional setback

Passengers had been despatched again to Manchester Airport (pictured) with their baggage solely due to comply with 4 days later in an extra setback 

The TIE Card system was launched after Brexit to affirm residency for UK nationals who’re allowed to keep beneath the EU withdrawal settlement.  

Documents that needs to be accepted embody a ‘receipt of application for the TIE’ or a ‘affirmation of the constructive end result of your residence application,’ the UK says. 

Ryanair workers had apparently assured travellers that their documentation, together with passports and coronavirus exams, was adequate to get into Spain.

As it occurs, Spain is loosening its border restrictions from this week – however Britain’s continued ban on international holidays makes a resumption of tourism unlikely.  

A spokesman on the British Embassy in Madrid stated they’d been made conscious that travellers had confronted points at Alicante-Elche airport. 

‘When planning to journey from the UK to Spain, a UK nationwide should ensure that they meet each the necessities to depart the UK and people to enter Spain, taking into account that they aren’t the identical,’ the spokesman stated,

‘Until 6pm on March 30 solely those that are legally resident or have adequate documentation to show residency [were] allowed to enter Spain,’ they stated.

From March 31, entry to Spain can even be granted to passengers who can show that their journey is important, in addition to to authorized residents. 

The embassy spokesman added: ‘Ultimately, the choice on whether or not to grant entry into Spain is made by Spanish border officials.’

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