Britons traveling to Spain must show they have £85 for each holiday day and prove two things under new restrictions
HOLIDAYS traveling to Spain could be refused entry into the country if they cannot spend £85 each day of their trip.
Furious Britons have denounced border control restrictions which stipulate that tourists entering the country must be able to prove the weight of their wallet.
Border guards have the right to prevent foreigners from entering Spanish territories and to demand three additional documents from them.
One requirement is that travelers must be able to prove that they can support themselves financially during their stay.
The Spanish Home Office gives a minimum spend of 100 euros per person per day, the equivalent of £85.
Travelers who are arrested must then prove their funds by certified checks, payment letters, credit cards or travelers checks, for example.
But without that amount of money, sun-seekers could be denied entry to Spain.
The little-known rule has been in force since the start of this year, now that the UK falls under the ‘third country’ category outside the European Union.
Surprised Britons reacted to the restriction on social media, shocked to find Spain can refuse travelers with less money.
As controls are only applied occasionally, many had no idea they existed.
One Facebook user commented: “I think Spanish resorts are going to be a bit empty…….”
Another added: “£85 per day per person…what if you are all inclusive?
“This rule would prevent me from wanting to go to Spain because I consider my banking as personal and I won’t show my accounts to any foreigners. It’s a stupid rule that will slow down their tourism.”
A third social media user said: “What the Spaniards are trying to do is quite obvious, restrict people who come on holiday and don’t have a lot of money.
“If people are on an all-inclusive vacation, they’re not spending money in the area, so they’re not helping the local economy.”
The Foreign Office also outlines the two other documents that the British may have to provide to Spanish border control.
These include a return or onward ticket, as well as proof of accommodation for the stay, such as a hotel reservation.
If you are staying with family or friends, you may need an “invitation letter” instead.
The requirement is only occasionally enforced with on-site checks, but the furor online could discourage cash-strapped travelers who have saved up for a trip.
Britons have already been warned of soaring flight prices and the risk of cancellations this summer.
While many are also cutting costs to afford a break, as the cost of living crisis intensifies.
The Foreign Office says: “At the Spanish border control you may need to: present a return or onward ticket; show that you have enough money for your stay; present proof of accommodation for your stay , for example, a hotel reservation confirmation, proof of address if you are visiting your own property (e.g. second home), or an invitation from your host or proof of address if you are staying with a third party, friends or of the family.
“The Spanish government has clarified that the ‘carta de invitation’ is one of the options available to prove that you have accommodation if you are staying with friends or family. More information is available from the Spanish Ministry of Interior.”
The Spanish Ministry of the Interior website states: “Currently the minimum amount to be credited is 100 euros per person per day, with a minimum of 900 euros or its legal equivalent in foreign currency (effective January 1, 2022 ).”
He adds: “In the event that, when carrying out the entry control of people into Spanish territory, it is verified that a foreigner does not have sufficient economic resources for the time he wishes to stay in Spain and continue their journey to the country of destination or to return to the country of origin, or do not have the nominative, non-transferable and closed ticket(s), in the means of transport they intend to use, their entry into Spanish territory will be refused in accordance with the law.