I just got back from holiday in Spain & italy.
Not my first time in europe i was in Malaga last year in May & was also in Barcelona this past bank holiday in May.
I travelled with my EU partner as I have a resident card, issued here in England about 2 years ago.I have never had a problem entering or leaving Spain.
Im from South Africa & she is Italian.
This past trip I was stamp in Sicily and then after a week we flew to Malaga.
On our exit from Malaga, back to London we were stopped by border staff cos they said that I needed a Schegan Visa to be in Spain.I told them im travelling with my partner and they asked me if we were married? I said no, we are unmarried partners...then he asked for proof to show him, that we were together and i said well that resident card is the proof...but then i remembered I had brough a bill for our council tax, as I did a payment online whilst on holidays.I gave him the document.They took our passports, he called his superiors and he typed something in the system...At this point out flight was boarding.
I said to him, can you please explain I was in malaga last summer & i was in Barcelona this spring and I have been stamped but nobody has ever asked me these questions and if there was a problem, how come nobody has ever mentioned anything to me....he said the rules could have changed from last year, but in that case, how can the airlines let me board and how come upon arriving italy i didnt have this problem..
His co-worker also made it clear I needed Schegan, but once again my argument was, look I have arrived twice in Spain and I have never had this problem.
On my first trip to Spain, I carried all my directive documents in spain that i printed out on the net, but I realised that I never have a problem so I didnt bother to cary them anymore...We just made the flight, but he said I might be stopped if I decide to come to spain again, unless i have a schegan.We love going to Spain cos the weather and planning a trip in August, but I have been back almost a week and this situation still bothers me.I went on the Spanish visa embassy website and it clearly states that Resident Card holders can travel with their partners.
Any advice on what to do with this situation?