How do we get our passports stamped by the Spanish authorities to show that we’ve returned to Spain?


We are flying back to Madrid from the US, via Lisbon. I understand that our passports will be stamped upon entry into Lisbon and not when we arrive in Madrid. How do we get our passports stamped by the Spanish authorities to show that we’ve returned to Spain?


These are the answers of some Facebook group members:

“I got a National Police Letter but entering in EU should be enough.”

“I would definitely get one. I was asked for mine twice; applying for a regreso while en trámite and as an additional document requested by extranjería for my visa. In madrid, you go to aluche (Madrid) within 72 hours of arrival.”

“As I understand it you can go to the comisaria de policia/extranjería (the same office that does TIE applications, etc.) and ask for your passport to be stamped to show that you’ve re-entered Spain. I’m not aware of the term for making this kind of appointment though, so hopefully someone who does know can chime in.”

(RD 557/2011)
) and take it to the national police in your area within 72 hours of arrival.

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