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09 Oct 2016 18:20 by ericp Star rating. 1 posts Send private message

I am British and  hoping to travel to UK In December for Christmas with my Thai wife and British Child. I have been working in Spain for 5 months and am paying tax and Ni my wife has a residence card as a wife on an eu citizen article 10 residence card . there is not enough time to apply for a family permit will she be refused entry or is she ok to travel to uk with this residence card  Thanks 

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09 Oct 2016 19:23 by steone Star rating in Santiago de la Riber.... 386 posts Send private message

Rather than rely on the second-hand information just telephone the British Embassy and they will give you the definitive answers.



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09 Oct 2016 20:54 by Tadd1966 Star rating in Los Montesinos. 1755 posts Send private message


Perfect answer 


This message was last edited by Tadd1966 on 09/10/2016.

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge”

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10 Oct 2016 08:40 by johnzx Star rating in Spain. 5247 posts Send private message

EricP.                 Unlike many, I have a number of years experience of your problem, based on that, I wish you luck trying to contact a real person at the British Consulate and getting advise in your personal situation, and not just a referrence to the general info provided by UK Gov. 


I am in the same situation as you and after ten years married to a non EU citizen we have booked flight to UK for later this year.  A problem which we had previously encountered when we considered such a trip , was that BA said they would not let my wife board albeit that she had a valid PP and an Article 10 resdencia, so would be alowed to enter UK.    

For my proposed trip I have been trying to get EasyJet to confirm they will let my wife board.  They  refuse to give a  straight answer.

My email to EasyJet:

I have Irish and UK passports. My wife has a Philippines passport and permanent status Residencia in Spain. Please confirm my wife will be allowed to board with her passport and Spanish Residencia card.

Please see;



With regards to your wife's travel documents I can confirm that all passengers on international flights must be in possession of a valid passport and, where required, a valid visa, unless you are flying solely within the UK you’ll need a passport or an equivalent travel document that is in good condition. For visa requirements, contact the Consulate or Embassy of the country you are planning to visit. 

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10 Oct 2016 08:40 by johnzx Star rating in Spain. 5247 posts Send private message


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10 Oct 2016 13:33 by Destry Star rating in MYOB . 289 posts Send private message

After witnessing the third degree that UK Passport Control gave a Canadian National woman at East Midlands airport after arriving from Spain earlier this year, nothing would surprise me. I just wonder if she would have had a better reception at a larger airport where the immigration staff are more conversant with this sort of thing.

Just a thought, good luck.


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