Travelling from the UK to Spain will be restricted until 18.00h on the 19th with the exception of returning Spanish citizens or foreign residents in Spain.
The border control with Gibraltar has also been tightened.
Any one of the following documents must be produced together with your passport to prove that you are a foreign resident in Spain: the EU green certificate, a TIE card (Tarjeta de Identidad Extranjera) or even an application form for a TIE to prove that you have initiated the process*.
*Note however that the application form will only be accepted between the 4th and 11th of this month.
To quote from the Spanish Ministry of Exterior website:
“The UK has left the EU and the transition period has ended. UK Nationals who were residing in Spain before 31st December 2020 have obtained the rights set out in the Withdrawal Agreement.
To prove that they are beneficiaries of the Withdrawal Agreement and therefore their residence status, they can use the registration certificate (known as, green certificate) either A4 size or credit card, or the new residence document-TIE artículo 50 TUE.
Registration certificates issued more than five years ago also remain valid, even if they do not say ‘permanente’ on them.”
For more information see the following web
The British Tabloids reported that British travellers were prevented from boarding a flight from Heathrow Airpot to Madrid and told that there TIE cards were no longer valid, which contradicts the information above provided by the Spanish Embassy in the UK.
Editorial comment: as the Spanish Embassy has since said that this incident should not have taken place, it would be reasonable to suspect that there was another factor involved not mentioned by The Sun and the Daily Mirror; the passengers might have tried use the TIE as a travel document in lieu of a passport. This is speculation on our part however.
Remember, this incident happened in Britain; not Spain, so the problem was at that end.