Staff reporter
TONIGHT Spain will suspend its membership of the Schengen open borders agreement as the country steps up to maximum alert in the run up to next Saturday's royal wedding in Madrid.

Passport control at all ports of entry and exit will be extremely strict with everyone having to show a valid form of identification.
While the United Kingdom has not signed up to the agreement, most British passport holders are waved through Palma airport, sometimes there is no passport control at all.

However, for the next week, everyone flying into Palma, and all other Spanish airports, can expect long delays at passport control and to pass through maximum security checks.

The state of alert actually comes into effect at midnight tonight and will be in place until midnight next Saturday, the day the heir to the throne Prince Felipe and the former television journalist Letizia Ortiz, marry in the capital.

Spanish airport authority AENA stated yesterday that all minors must also have their papers in order or be included in their parents documentation.
For Schengen member countries, a valid national identity card will be sufficient while the British can expect to have passports checked at airports, ports and border controls.

Spain will be mounting its biggest ever domestic security operation this week with United Nations AWAC spy planes controlling Spanish airspace.

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