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1. Posted by here4life (Budding Member 9 posts) 7y

Do I need to notify the spanish goverment ahead of arriving? I am going from Paris to St Jean de Port, then Roncesvalles to Santiago.

I flew from Ireland to Madrid before and needed to notify through the airlines. Do I need to by land?

2. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 7y

Why did you need to notify the Spanish Government before? I don't understand.

3. Posted by bertles86 (Inactive 108 posts) 7y

Don't see why they need be notified, Eire and Spain are both in the EU so there are no limits on travel. Unless you're a crim or something, and they need to be told of you past criminal record?

4. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 7y

Hi,
I'm Irish and I travel in and out of Spain the whole time without any need to notify anyone (except my bank manager, Joke!).
As the others have said, unless you've been deported from Spain previously or have a criminal record there's no need to notify anybody.

5. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 7y

There is a new rule for British citizens to notify the Spanish authorities before entering but this is done easily on the web site that you book your flight on. I'm not sure about Irish citizens though. I also have no idea whatsoever why this new rule has come into place.

6. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 7y

Quoting bwiiian

There is a new rule for British citizens to notify the Spanish authorities before entering but this is done easily on the web site that you book your flight on. I'm not sure about Irish citizens though. I also have no idea whatsoever why this new rule has come into place.

Do you have a link to a reference for this information? I'm unable to find anything about this online.

Also the original question is about arriving in Spain overland, so a reference link would be useful as you only mention flying there.

7. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 7y

Quoting mojorob

Quoting bwiiian

There is a new rule for British citizens to notify the Spanish authorities before entering but this is done easily on the web site that you book your flight on. I'm not sure about Irish citizens though. I also have no idea whatsoever why this new rule has come into place.

Do you have a link to a reference for this information? I'm unable to find anything about this online.

Also the original question is about arriving in Spain overland, so a reference link would be useful as you only mention flying there.

http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travelling-and-living-overseas/travel-advice-by-country/europe/spain

Its about the 7th point in the list. It is only for people flying into Spain.

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 20, 2008, at 1:35 AM by bwiiian ]

8. Posted by monkeycat (Full Member 109 posts) 7y

if you are flying into Spain from abroad you do need to provide advance passenger information in the same way you do if you are flying to the US. However, I assume you are travelling overland, in which case you don't need to tell them anything.

As an aside, if you are flying to Spain, most airlines have a link on their websites where you can provide the information through them to the Spanish authorities. If, like me, you disapprove of giving the government your details, it has been known that if you "accidentally" provide the wrong passport number and expiry date for example, absolutely nothing happens. No one arrests you. No one cares. So really what is the point of this bureaucracy?

Tom

9. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 7y

Quoting monkeycat

If, like me, you disapprove of giving the government your details, it has been known that if you "accidentally" provide the wrong passport number and expiry date for example, absolutely nothing happens. No one arrests you. No one cares. So really what is the point of this bureaucracy?

The information Spain is requesting is the information found on your passport, so by entering the country from outside the Schengen area you're agreeing to offer that information anyway (by presenting your passport to border control). I don't know how you can disapprove of this, it's not like you're required to give any further information like where you will stay, places you visit or anything else like that.

10. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 7y

Quoting bwiiian

There is a new rule for British citizens to notify the Spanish authorities before entering but this is done easily on the web site that you book your flight on. I'm not sure about Irish citizens though. I also have no idea whatsoever why this new rule has come into place.

Maybe it's to do with all the drunken Brits at the beach resorts - I remember seeing Cops tv show there when I was staying in London!