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26th Jul 2022

Brits lose it as Spain wants to make tourists prove they can spend £85 a day

April Curtin

View of the city from Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

Proof of accommodation and a return or onward ticket could also be required

Tourists heading to Spain could be required to prove they have enough spending money to fund their trip – and people aren’t happy about it.

Spanish authorities at border control may ask visitors to show they have enough money to fund their trips at a rate of €100 per day, equating to £85. This requirement could go even further, according to the UK Foreign Office, with tourists asked to show they have at least €900 (£766.94) as well as a return or onward ticket, and proof of accommodation.

A number of holidaygoers have already taken to social media to voice their anger.

“That will be me not going on principle,” one said, “I’ll spend my money elsewhere.”

“Boycott on Spain for £85 starts now,” another added.

Acceptable evidence of accommodation will include a hotel booking confirmation, an invitation from a host, or an address if visitors are staying with a third party, the UK Foreign Office states.

And when it comes to providing financial proof, the Spanish Ministry del Interior states: “Foreigners from third countries must prove if required to do so by the officials in charge of controlling the entry of people into Spanish territory, that they have economic resources for entering the country, through cash, traveller’s cheques, payment letters, or credit cards, which must also be proven to have sufficient funds available on them.”

Brits must also check their passport is stamped if they enter or exit the EU Schengen area via Spain.

The UK Foreign Office guidelines explain: “Border guards will use passport stamps to check you’re complying with the 90-day visa-free limit for short stays in the Schengen area. If relevant entry or exit stamps are not in your passport, border guards will presume that you have overstayed your visa-free limit.”

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