Identity cards in Spain

May 24th, 2019, 08:36 PM
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Identity cards in Spain

Do we need to show passports or driver's license as ID cards when entering museums and Cathedrals in Spain? Would a photocopy of the passport work instead of the real document?

sayohm is offline  
May 24th, 2019, 08:52 PM
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Assuming you are paying full price not in my experience. OTOH I think Spain requires you to travel with ID.
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May 25th, 2019, 05:08 AM
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We were never asked to show our IDs when entering museums and Cathedrals in Spain. I vaguely remember that it was required somewhere in Spain for the audio guide rental. I think it was either in Salamanca Cathedral or Avila Cathedral.
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May 25th, 2019, 05:30 AM
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To enter museums or cathedrales, no, but the law is you must carry ID with you. vinonobile is probably right - if you want to rent a gismo at a museum or elsewhere they'll probably ask for your ID.
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May 25th, 2019, 06:34 AM
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Not sure if that is still the case, but some years ago, I had to show ID for credit card purchases in Spain because my credit card had a bug and I could not do real chip + PIN. So you may need to carry your passport with you anyway?
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May 25th, 2019, 07:39 AM
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I just returned from Spain a couple of weeks ago. At the cathedral in Toledo, you have to leave ID, driver's license or passport, to get the audio guide, which is included in the entry price. You get it back when you turn the audio guide back in. You get the ticket across the street from the entrance.

That was the only place I had to do that, but I think it's also the only place I got the guide.
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May 25th, 2019, 11:35 AM
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A few years ago we were asked for ID when visiting Naval Museum in Madrid
( I think there are some gov offices in the l building) . No other museums.
danon is online now  
May 25th, 2019, 01:02 PM
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Unless you qualify for a reduction (pensioners, students, children).
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May 25th, 2019, 01:12 PM
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In certain monuments (Toledo cathedral, Alhambra), when renting the audio guide, you'll be asked to leave an i.d. as collateral until the audio guide is returned.
In museums, if you ask for reduced price admission, like those that jannie mentions, you'll need to show an i.d. as proof of age.

At the Museo Naval in Madrid, you'll need to show your passport or driver's license, as danon states, because the museum is housed in the Spanish Armada's Naval Headquarters.
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May 30th, 2019, 12:28 PM
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Lots of places ask you to leave something of value (ID or credit card) when you rent an audioguide (in any country). In fact, I think every place I've been does that, they need to make sure you return it. I'm surprised that cathedral would not take a credit card, but only something that is ID. They don't care about your ID, really, just want to make sure you come back. I never leave my passport at such places, just makes me nervous if it got misplaced. I leave my driver's license usually.
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May 30th, 2019, 12:36 PM
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Unless you qualify for a reduction (pensioners ...)."

Damn, they didn't ask me. I must look older than I think
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