British tourists have hit back after discovering they may need to prove they can afford £85 a day to enter Spain – after the UK leaves the EU.
Proof of having enough cash isn’t the only new requirement either, with Spain saying British entrants may have to present multiple documents upon entering the country under new rules introduced by Brexit.
As well as requesting proof that tourists can spend at least €100 a day – and a minimum of €900 (£766.94) is available – Spanish border agents can also ask tourists to prove they have their passports. Advance ticket and accommodation are booked for stay.
Spanish guidelines say funds can be in the form of foreign currency, traveller’s cheques, cash, letters of credit or credit cards. If tourists cannot prove that they can support themselves financially, they may be denied entry.
The rule, which has surprised some Britons, came into force at the start of the year. Having left the EU due to Brexit, the UK now falls under the ‘third country’ category, meaning more scrutiny.
British tourists have hit back after discovering they may need to prove they can afford £85 a day to enter Spain – after the UK leaves the EU. Photo: Tourists arriving in Barcelona, Spain in July.
Tourists who smoke on Barcelona’s beaches will now face fines.
By Natalia Penza for Mail Online
Tourists found smoking on any of Barcelona’s 10 beaches will face fines under the new rules.
The Catalan capital has become the first major city in Spain to outlaw smoking on all its beaches.
The move is the culmination of a strategy that began last year with a pilot scheme banning smoking on four beaches.
Violators of the new restrictions have been warned they will be fined 30 euros (£25), although council chiefs say they do not expect people to pass the lights. .
The ten beaches affected by the new rule cover just three miles of coastline.
Climate change councilor Eloi Badia said: ‘No one was fined last year.
‘Everyone understood the situation very well and only the absent minded smoker had to be asked to go for a walk.’
Barcelona council chiefs say they have extended the ban for health reasons and to satisfy the majority of beach users, pointing to scientific evidence showing that cigarette butts disappear. It takes about a decade to happen.
The Spanish government has proposed measures to extend the current ban on smoking in public places to include rooftops and beaches.
But the ambitious new anti-smoking law being worked on, which is expected to include a ban on lighting in private cars, is not expected to be fully drafted until 2023.
The country’s health ministry also wants to raise the price of tobacco through additional taxes.
The number of beaches in Spain with a smoking ban has risen from around 15 in the summer of 2014 to around 550 now.
These include 13 beaches in the Malaga province of the Costa del Sol and seven beaches in Majorca.
Smoking is also prohibited on about 25 percent of the Costa Blanca’s beaches, although most fines are not issued to those who light up.
Exceptions include Finestrat Cove, an urban cove of fine sand about two miles from Benidorm, where fines for smoking and vaping can reach €750 (£636).
Many people took to social media to react to the rules, criticizing Spain for introducing financial restrictions on holidaymakers there.
One person wrote on Facebook: ‘Spain seems to be making it too difficult and too elitist for many families. A kick in the teeth to all those who have been going for years. Families and pensioners will be the most affected.’
Another person wrote: ‘Let’s see where they get their tourism from now if people choose other countries.. Good luck Spain!’
Another wrote: ‘Pretty clear what the Spanish are trying to do, ban people coming on holiday who don’t have much money.
‘If people are on full holidays they are not spending money in the local area, therefore not helping the local economy.’
One Twitter user said: ‘If I can afford £85 a day I’d rather go than Spain.’
Others took their anger out on Brexit. One quipped: ‘Brexit really is the gift that keeps on giving.’ Another asked rhetorically: ‘More Brexit benefits?’
‘I remember when Brexiteers told us that nothing would change if we left the EU. What a joke,’ said one angry Twitter user.
But another Twitter user accused Spain of being an ‘anti-Brexit EU country’, and urged his followers to avoid visiting the European country all together. ‘Great. Don’t go to Spain. The Brexiteers are fed up with EU countries pushing us around,” he said.
Someone else on Twitter pointed out that since leaving the Union, Britons are now considered ‘third country’ travelers in all 27 EU states.
The new rules appear to have come as a surprise to many frequent fliers due to the fact that not all British entries into Spain are screened. Although all persons entering Spain must meet the requirements, border guards are not required to check all arrivals.
The UK Foreign Office outlined the rules in a statement.
‘At Spanish border control, you may need to show a return or onward ticket. Show that you have enough money to cover your stay. Show proof of accommodation for your stay, for example, hotel booking confirmation, proof of address if visiting your own property (eg a second home), or an invitation from your host or if Proof of address if staying with a third party, friends or friends. Family,’ explains his guidance.
It added that ‘the Spanish government has clarified that a ‘carta de invitation’ is one of the options available to prove that you have accommodation if you are staying with friends or family. Is.
The Spanish Ministry of the Interior said: ‘Foreigners from third countries must prove that they have the economic means to enter the country when required to do so by those responsible for controlling the entry of people into Spanish territory. , cash, traveler’s checks, letters of credit, or credit cards, which must also prove that they have sufficient funds on them.’
In addition to requesting proof tourists can spend at least €100 a day – and at least €900 (£766.94) – Spanish border agents can ask tourists to prove they have enough money to cover their stay. Advance tickets and accommodation are booked. Photo: A view of Amadores Beach during a hot summer day on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria on July 17, 2022.
The rules are set out in the Spanish Ministries. website.
‘Currently, the minimum amount is 100 euros per person per day, with a minimum of 900 euros or its legal equivalent in foreign currency (effective from 1 January 2022)’, the website says.
The reasoning behind this, it says, is that visitors must ‘reach an amount that is at least 10 percent of the gross inter-professional salary in euros or its legal equivalent in foreign currency for those intending to stay in Spain. be multiplied by the number of days. Number of people traveling at your expense.’
It added: ‘In the event that, when controlling the entry of persons into Spanish territory, it is confirmed that a foreigner lacks sufficient economic resources for the time when he Want to stay in Spain and continue your journey to the destination country. or to return to the country of origin, or if they do not have a designated, non-transferable and sealed ticket or tickets, in the means of transport they wish to use, their entry into Spanish territory is refused by law. will be done.’
Since leaving the EU, Britons are also required to stamp their passports at border gates on entry and exit.
The rule, which has surprised some Britons, came into force at the start of the year. Having left the EU due to Brexit, the UK now falls under the ‘third country’ category, meaning more scrutiny. Photo: Tourists in Gran Canaria
UK Foreign Office guidelines state: ‘Border guards will use the passport stamp to check that you are complying with the 90-day visa-free limit for a short stay in the Schengen area. If the relevant entry or exit stamps are not in your passport, border guards will assume that you have overstayed the visa-free limit.’
The same €100 per day requirement applies to people applying for a Schengen visa from Spain. The daily requirements for Schengen visa applicants vary between each EU and Schengen country.
In Belgium, for example, Schengen visa applicants must prove that they have a pet per day of €95 if they are staying in a hotel, and at least €45.
In France, the minimum daily amount is €120 if the visiting tourist has no proof of prepaid accommodation. If accommodation is prepaid, this amount drops to €65 per day.