New UK Air Passenger Regulations

New UK Air Passenger Regulations

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According to the new entry procedure established by the Spanish authorities, which will enter into force on June 19, people visiting Spain from the United Kingdom will be forced to fill out a form with personal information before boarding the plane.

The new rule, promoted by the Ministry of the Interior, will only apply to countries that have not signed the Schengen Agreement, an agreement that allows the free movement of people, without the need to show a passport, among the 15 European countries that do so. they subscribe, but the UK is not included among them.

The system is known as API (Advance Passenger Information) and, according to the new regulations, passengers who do not provide the required information (which includes their full name and surname, nationality, date of birth and the number of their identification document: passport or ID) risk to be excluded from the flight. All foreign passengers from non-Schengen countries visiting Spain must deliver this information to their travel agency or to the check-in counter, if they have booked their ticket through the Internet. In the event that airlines do not provide this information about their passengers to the Spanish authorities, they risk fines of up to 60,000 euros.

Some airlines fear delays because it will take longer to check in for flights to Spain, however others hope to create a series of prior mechanisms that allow them to obtain information before the time of check-in for their passengers, thus avoiding the subsequent delays. Easyjet has already announced on its website that it will collect this information via the web in advance and that it will soon send an email with the details of the procedure to the affected passengers.

British Airways has adapted its online booking system to allow passengers to enter API information through its service "Manage my Booking”. Passengers booking online with British Airways will be asked to enter information at the time of booking or prior to their arrival at the airport. The airline also intends to install self-service stations at airports, where passengers can enter the required information