Can anybody offer advice on how to deal with entry requirements of EU countries that state you need to prove where you will be staying?
For example, I am from the UK and now that we’re not in the EU, in order to enter Spain, it’s possible that Spanish border control may ask for proof of where I will be staying. Where most people would simply show a hotel booking, a house sitter will not be able to.
In the case of Spain, people staying with family or friends need to acquire an invitation letter known as a “Carta de Invitación.” This needs to be applied for by the family/friend and then given to the person who will be visiting. It costs 74,31€ and takes up to 20 days to process.
I am using Spain as an example, but the same probably applies for other EU countries – and it could make last-minute housesitting in the EU impossible for many British sitters. Even if the time issue is not a factor, it’s quite an inconvenience for the homeowner to obtain this document when they could much more easily offer the sit to somebody who doesn’t need it.
Does anybody have any experience with this? Are Spanish border security actively checking for proof of where non-EU visitors will be staying?
I have travelled all over the world (not housesitting), to many countries that have had similar requirements and of those that have bothered to ask, none of them have ever given more than a passing glance to my hotel reservation, which could have easily been bogus. I’ve just never had to deal with it in the EU before.