To enter Spain, British vacationers could also be requested to show that they’ll spend no less than €100 per day.
Beneath post-Brexit guidelines, Spanish border officers can ask travellers to point out that they’ve ‘financial assets’ to cowl the price of their journey.
This quantities to €100 for every day of their journey. They need to additionally possess a minimal of €900 for his or her entire keep.
Brits have taken to social media to vent their fury, blasting the brand new rules as “silly”.
However the Spanish Tourism Workplace has hit again, declaring that the foundations have been in drive since January – and that they aren’t “systematically utilized” to each traveller.
So what precisely are the brand new journey necessities – and the way extensively enforced are they actually?
What are the brand new guidelines for UK travellers in Spain?
British vacationers getting into Spain can technically be requested to show that they’ve no less than €100 a day in the course of their keep.
Border officers settle for a number of types of proof together with international foreign money, traveller’s cheques, money, cost letters or bank card allowances.
Along with these necessities, vacationers could also be requested to point out proof of a return or onward ticket, and proof that they’ve a spot to remain throughout their time within the nation.
The UK Overseas Workplace listed acceptable proof as “a lodge reserving affirmation, proof of tackle if visiting your individual property (eg second residence), or an invite out of your host or proof of their tackle if staying with a 3rd celebration, pals or household.”
The principles – which have been in place since 1 January – have been just lately picked up by British media, leading to a storm of on-line criticism.
“Spain shouldn’t be well worth the trouble. There have to be higher locations to go,” tweeted UK TV persona Gillian McKeith.
“Brits ought to overlook about Spain and develop their journey horizons!” one other consumer exclaimed.
How extensively enforced are the Spain entry guidelines?
Technically, anybody who doesn’t meet the entry necessities could possibly be denied entry to Spain.
However the Spanish Vacationer Workplace has hit again at criticism, declaring that the foundations truly apply to the whole Schengen space.
“The requirement for UK travellers to have the ability to illustrate adequate means in the course of their keep and the return is established within the Schengen Borders Code and isn’t a Spain-specific requirement,” mentioned Manuel Butler, Spanish Vacationer Workplace director (UK).
“This isn’t a brand new requirement and has been in place for a while for guests from exterior of the European Union or Schengen space.”
Being exterior the European Unionthe UK now falls below the ‘third nation’ journey class, that means extra checks are carried out. It is a pure consequence of Brexit.
However simply because the foundations could be utilized doesn’t imply they normally are, Butler says.
“When getting into Spainthese checks aren’t systematically carried out for each traveller,” he explains.
Certainly, Britain truly has related necessities for these visiting the nation. The UK Authorities web site informs vacationers that they need to present “adequate funds to cowl all affordable prices in relation to [their] go to”.