Spain tightens controls at Gibraltar border

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Since the beginning of this week, Spanish border guards have tightened their checks on people leaving Gibraltar, according to local media.

In addition, they have also banned the entry of a large number of foreigners, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

Police have forced all citizens of countries outside the European Union, including those holding British passports, to provide proof of onward travel as well as accommodation reservations in Spain before allowing them to cross borders from the country.

Authorities in Gibraltar have raised concerns over reports that Spanish authorities are barring entry to internationals unless they present a valid reason for entry.

In this regard, a holidaymaker from the UK who crossed the Spanish border told Olive Press that Britons are also required to show proof of funds for the duration of their stay in Spain.

“At the border, we had to prove that we had €100 per day per person for the duration of our stay. The female officer apologized but said she had to see enough for the ten days we planned to be in Spain, either in cash or in a bank account,” Julie Quartermaine told Olive Press.

Chief Minister Fabian Picardo, through a statement, stressed that the government had been informed that such measures were suddenly being applied while emphasizing that they would raise the matter with the Spanish and British governments.

“We are receiving reports of a change in approach to non-Gibraltarian third country nationals crossing the border into Spain. We will raise these issues with the UK and Spanish authorities,” Minister Picardo emphasized in this regard.

According to local media, the checks were only applied to people crossing the Spanish border on foot, not in a vehicle.

It has also been reported that third-country citizens who are officially resident in Spain as well as third-country nationals or Gibraltarians with a red residence card are not subject to the recent rules enforced by Spanish police.

According to a spokesperson for the British Embassy in Madrid, Spanish authorities also set and enforce entry rules, as reported by Olive Press.

In addition, the same source recalled that all people planning to enter the Schengen area at Spanish border control would be required to present a return ticket, as well as accommodation for their stay and proof that they have enough money for their stay.

The Government of Gibraltar is expected to provide more detailed information regarding border controls at a later date.

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