Spain Cautions British Travellers Of £93-A-Day Rule

Spain Cautions British Travellers Of £93-A-Day Rule

British tourists hoping to enjoy the Spanish sun have been issued with a travel warning as they could be required to prove they can afford their holiday with “on-the-spot checks”.

Many holidaymakers visit Spain in the hope to make the most of the warm Iberian temperatures as they flock to the Spanish coastline.

However, British holidaymakers could be subject to a spot-check rule which would mean that tourists who travel to Spain are required to carry £93-a-day.

Holidaymakers are also being asked by Spanish officials to prove they have a return or onward ticket and pre-booked accommodation.

Accommodation can include a hotel booking or proof of address for those visiting friends or holiday homes.

Spot checks could also require tourists to prove they have sufficient financial means to spend during their visit. 

“Foreigners must prove if they are required to do so by the officials in charge of controlling the entry of people into Spanish territory, that they have economic resources.”

Spain’s Interior Ministry

Proof can be in cash, or by presenting certified checks, traveller's checks, letters of payment, or credit cards.

Schengen Entry Rule

The need for UK visitors to demonstrate sufficient means for the length of their stay and return is defined under the Schengen Borders Code and is not unique to Spain.

“This is not a new requirement and has been in place for some time for visitors from outside of the European Union or Schengen area.

“When entering Spain, these checks are not systematically carried out for every traveller.”

“Likewise, travellers coming to the UK are also required to show that they have specific means to support themselves and any dependents for the duration of the trip and the ability to pay for the return or onward journey.”

Manuel Butler, the Spanish Tourist Office Director (UK)

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