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Driving to Spain from Portugal


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Hi, has anyone driven to Spain recently?
I plan to drive on Monday to Madrid from the Algarve to pick-up someone from the airport.

I understand the borders are open, I assume that means  no checks, just drive through like it used to be.
Do I need anything? Covid test?
I read the tolls are easy there, just pay with cash or card, no special devices or registrations are needed.
Any advice appreciated.

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Not found any motorway tolls in Spain ?

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Posted by: @itexpert7

I understand the borders are open, I assume that means  no checks, just drive through like it used to be.

Not any more for UK citizens as we're no longer EU citizens (even those of us with Portuguese residency). Now we're supposed to stop at the border and declare our entry, if the border is unmanned it has to be done within 3 days at a police station or an immigration office.

Real Decreto 557/2011

13. Declaración de entrada.

1. Tendrán la obligación de declarar la entrada personalmente ante las autoridades policiales españolas los extranjeros que accedan a territorio español procedentes de un Estado con el que España haya firmado un acuerdo de supresión de controles fronterizos.

2. Si no se hubiese efectuado en el momento de la entrada, dicha declaración deberá efectuarse en el plazo de tres días hábiles a partir de aquélla, en cualquier comisaría del Cuerpo Nacional de Policía u Oficina de Extranjería.

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Wow, thanks, good thing I'm not a UK citizen 🙂

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Wow, thanks, good thing I'm not a UK citizen 🙂

My mistake, I assumed you were due to your previous post about renewing your UK passport.

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@old-bloke 
Wow, you have fantastic memory! I did write that indeed, but it wasn't my passport, it was my daughter's 🙂
Any advice about passing the border to Spain relating to Covid tests? Are you a lawyer? You have amazing knowledge of laws! 🙂

Kind Regards,
Michael.

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@itexpert7 

As far as I'm currently aware there are no covid restrictions at the border. 

No I'm not a lawyer.

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Not sure about the registration... but here in Marvão the border is completely deserted. So there is effectively no (enforced) entry restrictions to Spain, and you just drive through.

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