Britons have reportedly been banned from boarding a Ryanair flight from Manchester to Spain due to rules changes due to Covid and Brexit.
John Carey, 50, alleged Ryanair staff were “rude and abrupt,” the treatment of travelers “regrettable,” and the situation a “total shame,” Der Spiegel Report.
And a retired IT worker claims that airline employees refused to board him and six others on the plane to Alicante because “arbitrary rules were made for another country.”
The Traveler, just called Alec, told this Olive press was turned away at the gate on Monday because he and the others did not have a post-Brexit TIE card, a new biometric card that has been issued to UK residents in Spain since July last year.
Alec said he had reviewed the UK government’s latest guidance that buying a property on the Costa Blanca was one of the “reasonable excuses” for traveling to Spain under Covid Lockdown rules.
Alec claims the Ryanair staff were wrong and that he should have flown.
The UK Government’s exemptions for international travel from England include flying “to carry out activities related to buying, selling, renting or renting a residential property”.
In such a scenario, travelers are advised to provide evidence such as proof of contract, a letter or dates from the real estate agent, or a relevant contract or letters detailing the sale.
Alec said: “Ryanair staff made the arbitrary decision to refuse passengers travel on behalf of the Spanish authorities.”
He claims the airline’s staff were unable to provide evidence of their decision to ban the group from travel and were unwilling to discuss the matter further.
Alec and Mr. Carey claimed that a woman with Italian citizenship would return to their family, also living in Spain, but were also refused boarding, which made her cry.
Mr Carey, a property owner in Spain who traveled to see his six- and eight-year-old sons on Easter Monday, claims Ryanair staff were “rude and abrupt” and the situation was “an utter shame,” the Olive Press reported .
He showed evidence that his TIE card application was accepted but was dismissed after falsely showing an outdated Covid test.
He said he looked for a valid one in his pocket but when he returned to the gate he was told it was closed and he could not get in.
Mr Carey, an accountant, was sent back to security where he allegedly had to wait an hour for a Ryanair agent to show him to the country.
He claimed, “You seemed to be on missions with everyone. It was a total shame.
“Ryanair’s treatment of people in Manchester has been deplorable.”
Mr Carey alleged that a married couple had also been turned away from the flight.
He was forced to book a fight from Heathrow via Madrid.
One passenger said, “Given that so many Brits are being flown back at the airline’s expense, I wonder if this was just a cost-cutting move for Ryanair.”
Flight FR4007 left Manchester Airport just after 7 a.m. on Monday and arrived in Alicante about two hours and 20 minutes later, according to online flight trackers.
Ryanair has been asked to comment.
Last week the British were denied entry to Spain at Alicante airport and were sent back to the UK by “overzealous” border officials.
It comes amid confusion over travel rules during the Covid pandemic and after Brexit.
It is illegal to travel abroad from the UK on vacation, but there are a handful of “reasonable excuses” including work, education and property buying.
Travel from the UK to Spain is restricted to EU and Schengen Associated nationals, persons legally resident in the EU or Schengen Associated States, or passengers who can demonstrate that their travel is essential.
The Spanish government has stated that Brits who were legally in Spain before January 1 of this year can find out their residence based on documents such as a TIE card (Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero), a green certificate or proof that they have applied for a TIE card.
You must also show a valid passport.
Last week Spain lifted its total travel ban on people flying in from the UK, anyone but Spanish citizens and those with proof of residence in Spain.
British nationals are now third country nationals due to Brexit and no longer have freedom of movement.