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New rules when flying to Spain
« on: June 10, 2007 »
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  • As a change from much of the drivel that appears on this site (and to give "SUBSTATION" a chance to have a go at my user name) I thought I would post something that should be useful for residents as well as holiday makers.

    I've just read that travellers to Spain this summer could face delays at airports, because the Spanish authorities are demanding more information about who is visiting their country.

    From June 13, travellers to Spain will have to provide their full given names, surname, nationality, date of birth and passport number. It's all part of new security measures, similar to those that visitors to the US have had to provide for some time, although Spanish visitors will not have to say where they are staying on holiday.

    From next year, most EU countries are going to ask for this advanced passenger information, but Spain is the first to take the plunge.

    The information has to be given before anyone boards an aircraft and there are fears there could be big delays at check-in as everyone stops to fill in forms.

    The smart thing to do is give your details before you travel to the airport endash  most scheduled airlines are going to offer that facility.

    But, inevitably, many people won't do that and the Association of British Travel Agents is hopping mad about the new rule. They say it is a stupid time to introduce it, just before the peak summer season. They've got a point endash  why not trial it in the quieter winter months? Around 12 million people go to Spain every year, two thirds of them in the summer.

    British Airways, Ryanair and easyJet will enable their passengers to give details on line before they travel. All are confident that there will be no delays for passengers on the way to Spain. We'll see

    NikkiGQ

    Re: New rules when flying to Spain
    « Reply #1 on: June 10, 2007 »
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  • Thanks for the information Quondam ! Just another reason for the tourism figures to get even lower !!!

    Its extremely quiet here ! businesses are all suffering dreadfully !

    Ciao for now.

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    Re: New rules when flying to Spain
    « Reply #2 on: June 10, 2007 »
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  • Hi Quondam,

    I am flying with My Travel this year and i phoned them a few weeks ago when i heard about the API....  i have rather alot of trouble getting any answers from their staff!!!  They eventually put me on to someone who said they had thought they had heard something about it...  they even had the cheek to ask me where i heard about it...  then put me on hold again.....??? 

    I was told that it would all be done at the check in desks but we would have to be there at least 3 hours before the flight????  But even then they told us to expect a wait at the check ins as they would have to put the info in manually.......!!!!

    I also ask them if it would be better if I supplied them with the info over the phone and they said no....  it had to be done at the check in?????

    So expect delays if your airlines haven't ask for any details....  we are???

    Regards

    Julie

    Annie

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    « Reply #3 on: June 11, 2007 »
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  • We are travelling to mainland Spain on the 16th June with Excel airways. I telephoned them yesterday and they seemed very vague about the whole thing. I asked if I could put the nec. info on their website and they said there was no facility to do this at the moment. I suggested we should arrive earlier but they said it wouldnt be necessary!!! We will  though as I dont hold out much hope of not being delayed especially as it will only be 3 days after the new regs are introduced. We intend to write down all the required information before hand and hope this may help to reduce any delay.

    el observador

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    « Reply #4 on: June 11, 2007 »
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  • Annie, to save you the time you will find that all of the required info - as specified by quondam at the head of this page - is in your passport already and will almost certainly be input into a computer directly at check-in for those airlines where it is not possible to supply the API via the internet in advance.

    We'll see how things go after Wednesday !

    It'll be a lot busier in late July.

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    Re: New rules when flying to Spain
    « Reply #5 on: June 12, 2007 »
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  • My friend is flying with Thomson and she has spoken to them and they advise her that everything should be normal.  They are scanning all the digital passports, which should all the info they need on it, and if anyone has a normal passport they will have to put the info in manually.  They are advising her to get there 3 hrs before her flight, just in case.....

    Lets hope they sort it out by the 6th July, this is when I am due to come out.....

    Fingers crossed for everyone flying from tomorrow.

    Julie

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    Annie

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    « Reply #6 on: June 12, 2007 »
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  • Thanks everyone for helpful info .Fingers crossed it all goes smoothly. :)

    sebastian

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    « Reply #7 on: June 12, 2007 »
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  • These rules are there to stop the movement or should i say restrict the movements of terrorists known by goverments surely that is not to much of a burden to us all? Do we want another 9/11??