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At Faro it is probable that Irish and EU passport holders coming from the UK or Ireland will be able to use the gates. The third world previously known as the UK will have to undergo the ritual examinations to be allowed into Portugal. There was a pretty big scrum at the passport control area when I passed today, going the other way. Not as bad as when I arrived that night two weeks ago, but pretty bad.

No such issues at Gatwick this afternoon. Plane took off 45 minutes late in the end, perfectly acceptable by air travel standards. Landed at Gatwick 1435, off the aircraft at 1449, no waiting at all at the electronic gates, which are of course open to those of many nations unlike those at Faro, had my bag at 1512 and was on the station heading for my train at 1530.

I am wondering that since UK passport holders will need the ETIAS 'visa' to enter the EU from next year, will the UK retaliate? All measures so far to 'keep them out' having failed unless you are are a second rate footballer or can row. Will an extra layer of bureaucracy have any effect?

And of course there will be a fee to pay for the ETIAS, which will be valid for three years. I can't yet find out how much this will cost. Presumably those of us living in Portugal using UK passports will have to have one to be able to come back.

How do I get a Portuguese passport?

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Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells.

PS it is very hot and humid here.
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The Portuguese government announced at the beginning of May that they would allow UK citizens to use the electronic booths. It seems no one told the airport's.
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In April this year the Portuguese government announced they would allow UK passport holders to use the automated booths from May. (As reported in The Resident)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cubsur Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14/July/2022 at 09:13
Seems one of the problems is that there are not enough staff available to stamp UK passports for those coming through the e gates and staff the desks at the same time.

It is bizarre that in this digital electronic age where everyone's comings and goings are scanned and recorded on countless databases that someone has to physically bash a rubber stamp onto a piece of paper.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Big Col Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14/July/2022 at 12:30
A rubber stamp which, of the four my wife and got (two in and two out) on only one can you read a date. They are so feint.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cubsur Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15/July/2022 at 08:58
That's your card marked, more than my job's worth mate, cannot read the date, you're barred.
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Ah but we got those BLUE passports, as promised by brexiters!  Wink

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My friends passport has a number of stamps non of which are legible and they ask him at security when he was last in Portugal. Wonderful system.
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