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Airport notices Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas

Borders control

The EU’s new measures to strengthen security checks at its external borders could cause delays at borders checkpoints both entering and leaving the Schengen Area. If you are going to fly, please arrive at the airport well ahead of time.

Under the regulatory changes for Schengen borders, border control agents must check the travel documents of all people crossing external borders against the relevant databases, including individuals entitled to free movement. The security check is performed both when entering and leaving border crossing points.

The Ministry of the Interior recommends that European Union citizens always travel with their biometric passport, and recommends Spanish citizens carry their digital ID. This will allow them to use the automatic ABC checkpoints installed at immigration control stations in the arrivals areas of Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas, Barcelona-El Prat, Palma de Mallorca, Málaga-Costa del Sol, Alicante-Elche and Girona-Costa Brava airports.

Taxes refund

In Spain España the VAT refund procedure is electronic, through the DIVA system.

When shopping ask for the tax free online form (called “reimbursement electronic document” ). When leaving Spain and always before checking in your luggage, you must validate electronically all the purchases' reimbursement electronic documents. To do so, you must go to the DIVA screens located in the airport check in areas.

Remember to always carry passport, purchases receipts and the DIVA form, purchases for which you ask for the reimbursement and boarding card or travel ticket. Without goods there will be no stamping.