The British Embassy in Madrid reminded yesterday that Spaniards will need a passport to travel to the United Kingdom from 1 October, as approved by the British Government almost a year ago. The National Identity Card (DNI) will no longer be a valid document for entering the country, except for Spaniards registered in the UK Settlement Programme, who will be able to continue using the DNI until 2025.
This change was already announced by the British government in October 2020, as part of a package of measures on the new functioning of the British border after the end of the transition period with the European Union on 31 December last year.
“We want to make sure that Spaniards can continue to travel comfortably to my country, so it is important that they are aware of this change and take action if they need to,” said the British ambassador to Spain, Hugh Elliott.
“More than two million Spaniards visited the UK in 2019 and, like Spain, we are keen for tourism to be able to return, provided the regulations to deal with Covid allow it,” he added.