Spanish government wants to try and ease queues at key holiday airports. | Majorca Daily Bulletin reporter


Some good news for British tourists flying to the Balearics and other parts of Spain, the Spanish government has said that British travellers can now use automated border control eGates in a bid to ease huge queues building up in terminals such as in Palma.

Spain’s tourist board, Turespaña, in the UK tweeted: “British citizens can now use the Automated Border Control eGates for Schengen passport holders at selected Spanish Airports: Alicante, Barcelona, Bilbao, Girona, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Madrid, Málaga, Mallorca, Minorca, Valencia, Fuerteventura, Sevilla, Tenerife Sur.”

According to the Foreign Office, "when using an e-gate, your entry/exit is recorded on the computer system". This means that British tourists will have their passports electronically stamped, although they still may be required to have it physically stamped by border control.

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So be advised to double check the airport customs procedure on arrival because passports must be stamped on arrival and departure. And as the Bulletin has already reported, keep hold of all boarding cards in case of any confusion.