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Expired or lost passports – Spain

You should avoid travelling without a valid travel document, but if you have Spanish nationality you may travel with an expired passport to and from countries that have signed and ratified the European Agreement on Regulations governing the Movement of Persons between Member States of the Council of Europe as long as you comply with the conditions listed under your country in the annex to the Agreement.

In addition, the current National Civil Aviation Safety Program in section 4.1.4es and Attachment Ees provides the possibility to travel with an expired passport, up to five years after its expiry date, to the following countries: Germany, Austria , Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Portugal, Sweden and Switzerland. More Information on travel documents

Despite the provisions of current regulations, in practice, some airlines deny boarding to passengers with an expired travel document. For this reason, it is advised that all passengers travelling by plane are in possession of a valid travel document. Likewise, it is recommended to always consult the Embassy of the country of destination before setting off on a journey.

In case of the loss, theft or expiry of a travel document, consular services can provide Spanish citizens with temporary travel documents with limited validity so that they can complete their trip.

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