My son's UK citizenship came through today, we're not applying for his UK passport from here (Bolivia) instead we're travelling to the Republic on his Bolivian passport and then we'll drive to Northern Ireland and apply for it when we get there.

We're now looking for flights, and there are no direct flights from anywhere in South America to Dublin. Therefore we're looking at a stopover in Spain.

My question is twofold: firstly Iberia have a flight all under them, which goes through Madrid, and is all within terminal 4 and 4s - would any visa be necessary in that case?

Secondly, if we were to change airlines, and therefore change terminals (from 4S to 2, in case it matters) would we need a schengen visa for that?

I know that Bolivia is NOT on the list of countries that need a transit visa, but as to whether this would be considered transit I'm super confused and the information is mixed online.

Thank you all!

  • What is your citizenship? When you say that your son's citizenship 'came through' today, do you mean that you have received written correspondance there in Bolivia that his application was approved? Your going to struggle to get an airline to allow your child to board without a proper travel document. Just being realistic. – ouflak Jul 31 '19 at 7:30
  • Terms seems to be used interchangeably, however I believe that ‘Transit’ means you are landing to a point between the original departure airport and the final destination airport and continuing your travel with the same flight number. ‘Transfer’ means passengers who have a transit stop and who continue their travel with the same or different airline. In both cases the stop must usually be less than 24 hours. When traveling internationally, a stopover refers to a stay that lasts longer than 24 hours. Others may correct my understanding :-) – Traveller Jul 31 '19 at 8:55
  • @ouflak If the OP is planning to drive from Dublin to N Ireland, as far as the airline is concerned the ROI is the final destination and the Bolivian passport will be enough to TWOV in Spain? timaticweb2.com/integration/… – Traveller Jul 31 '19 at 9:00
  • @Traveller... Maybe could work... – ouflak Jul 31 '19 at 9:30
  • @ouflak I’m British, with a UK passport. He’s now Bolivian and British (received his Certificate of Registration) but he only holds a Bolivian passport. Therefore is his UK citizenship basically ignored as he doesn’t have a UK travel document? – Sarah Louise Jul 31 '19 at 10:49

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