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General Discussion / Re: 180 days in Spain
« Last post by pilgrim on Yesterday at 03:49 PM »
Well Done!!
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General Discussion / Re: 180 days in Spain
« Last post by nophead on March 26, 2023 »
Well the email from the chief inspector saved the day and we got through border control without a stamp on my passport or any stamp at all.

We went together to the EU national's half of the border guard kiosk and presented my wife's Irish passport and all our EU documentation that said they should not stamp my passport, they should stamp a separate sheet of paper. The guard was unsure and his mate in the other side of the booth stamping all the British passports said his boss said he had to stamp all British passports.

We showed him the letter from the chief inspector and said is this your boss? He read it out load to us and his colleague and then said OK if you have evidence of being a relation of an EU citizen we don't have to stamp it. We showed our wedding certificate and he waved us through after his colleague scanned my passport.

So if we hadn't emailed the police beforehand I don't think I would have got through without a stamp.

So back for another 44 days after spending 85 days here before and after Christmas. I don't know what will happen when we try to exit but a letter from boss seems to have more power than EU law.
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General Discussion / Re: 180 days in Spain
« Last post by Pete on March 26, 2023 »
We always used to use Sun Holidays for transfers, but this time as we only had carry on luggage, we used the Titsa buses. Works fine if your not in a hurry, and cheap with a Tenmas card.
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General Discussion / Re: 180 days in Spain
« Last post by nophead on March 25, 2023 »
Fortunately we have friends to pick us up but before that we used Sun Holidays for pre booked taxis and they were always very good.  I have heard the owner has sold off all his mini buses but I think he still organises taxis.
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General Discussion / Re: 180 days in Spain
« Last post by Davymar on March 25, 2023 »
We flew home on the 14th with easyjet, at 1pm, there were no real queues or problems, we take two underseat bags plus one 23kg hold bag, the hold bag costs around 80 both ways, agree its become very pricey to take a hold bag, all in all the experience from Manchester and Tenerife proved to be working well, also no problems getting a taxi from Tenerife to Los Gigs and back.
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General Discussion / Re: 180 days in Spain
« Last post by nophead on March 25, 2023 »
We use Easyjet where the basic prices only allows you to put cabin luggage under the seat in front. To put luggage in the hold costs more than the flight, so we don't do it. Since we have an apartment we don't need much luggage and it is quicker to get through the airport without hold luggage.

Haven't had significant queues since the pandemic and we last flew on 8th of March, so must have been lucky.
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General Discussion / Re: 180 days in Spain
« Last post by Tanemera on March 25, 2023 »
When we left TFS on 16 March the electronic gates were closed in area C where it seems all non-domestic flights depart from.  The queue was enormous and Jet2 had a rep trawling the queue taking the details of anyone concerned about missing their flight, including us.  He said the captain had some flexibility on holding the aircraft.  Anyway, we made it OK and there were quite a few passengers after us.

The question I have is, do all UK bound flights leave from area C?  If so, there is no reason to wait until the gate is announced and we could go through passport control sooner.  The present system is chaotic.  There were people in the queue with European passports who were unaware of the fast track lane which splits off at the front of the queue.  There was an agent checking the queue and pulling people out but I am not sure this was 100% effective.

To add to our problems, Jet2 refused to check our "free" 10kg carry-on bags into the hold, which they are normally more than happy to do.  My wife struggles with hers on stairs and I certainly struggle carrying hers and mine up and down the stairs. Then there was nowhere anywhere near our seats to put our bags when we eventually arrived on board. This would still have been the case if we had paid extra for guaranteed locker space, which is another reason for checking them into the hold. I took this up with Jet2 and they said they had no obligation to check-in hand baggage.  Has anyone else experienced this on airlines recently? I suspect it may have been a result of the baggage handlers being on a work-to-rule that day. 
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General Discussion / Re: 180 days in Spain
« Last post by nophead on March 24, 2023 »
In theory, yes. We will see what happens on entry and exist and if we get a fine through the post.

I don't think the stamps count for much. I think it is done electronically but they seem to have stopped using the E-gates for British flights at TFS. The last few times I just went to the border guard who scanned the passport and stamped it. The machines were not in use and I arrived at the front door of the airport whereas it used to be the side door.

I think when ETIAS comes in it might be much simpler. Since mine should be free as a family member of an EU citizen it should be clever enough to know I am travelling with my Irish wife. Probably why it is taking so long to introduce as I don't know it will do that. The stamps make no sense in this technological age though.
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General Discussion / Re: 180 days in Spain
« Last post by pilgrim on March 24, 2023 »
Good for you   well done!!   You have beaten the system!!
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General Discussion / Re: 180 days in Spain
« Last post by nophead on March 24, 2023 »
We emailed the border guards at the airport and got a prompt reply from the chief inspector stating that my passport should not be stamped if we had evidence of being married. Roof and internet are fixed, so we booked flights for Sunday.
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