Foreign Office travel advice for Spain, Greece, Turkey and the Canaries this summer

Landscape with Garachico town of Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
There are Foreign Office guidelines in place for many destinations to keep tourists safe -Credit:Getty Images

Anyone who is jetting off somewhere warm and sunny on holiday this year has been reminded to keep up to date with the latest Foreign Office guidance in order to keep safe.

Some of the most popular tourist destinations - Spain, Greece, Turkey and the Canary Islands - all currently have some kind of information in place to protect holidaymakers when they're visiting.

Although the vast majority of trips to these places should be hassle-free, it's still important to familiarise yourself with what's going on in order to avoid any potential danger or trouble.

So, with that in mind, here are some of the key pieces of Foreign Office guidance for Spain, the Canaries, Greece and Turkey, as reported by Wales Online.

You can read up on guidance for other countries by visiting the website.


Terrorism in Spain

Terrorists are likely to try and carry out attacks in Spain, according to the Foreign Office.

Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreign nationals. Stay aware of your surroundings, keep up to date with local media reports and follow the advice of local authorities.

Protecting your belongings

Be alert to the risk of street crime. Thieves use distraction techniques and often work in teams. Take care of your passports, money and personal belongings, particularly when collecting or checking in luggage at the airport, and while arranging car hire.

Dress code

In some parts of Spain it’s illegal to be in the street wearing only a bikini or swimming shorts. Being bare-chested is also illegal in some areas in Spain.

Alcohol laws in the Balearic Islands

Local laws limit the sale and availability of alcohol in areas of some resorts on the Balearic Islands, including:

  • Magaluf (Calvià), Mallorca

  • Playa de Palma, Mallorca

  • San Antonio (San Antoni de Portmany), Ibiza

Canary Islands

Protests against tourism in the Canary Islands have made headlines recently. According to research by the Spanish financial services company CaixaBank, the Canary Islands is highly dependent on the tourism industry.

As the islands are owned by Spain the FCO hasn't issued specific advice for them. However you can see the full Spanish advice that applies to them above.


Political demonstrations

Greek authorities have increased security at some prominent locations, including tourist sites, due to events in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Stay aware of your surroundings, stay away from demonstrations and follow the advice of local authorities.


It’s illegal to smoke in all indoor public places. The penalty for violating this law is a fine of up to 500 euros.


Possession of even small quantities of illegal drugs can lead to a long prison sentence.

Alcohol, drugs and use of nitrous oxide can make you less alert, less in control and less aware of your environment.

Nitrous oxide is illegal to buy or sell for recreational use in Greece. You can be arrested or fined if found in possession.

Forest fires

There are active wildfires across Greece, including in populated areas on the mainland and a number of islands.

Wildfires are highly dangerous and unpredictable. The situation can change quickly. Follow “112 Greece” on X (formerly known as Twitter) for official updates.

You should:

  • take care when visiting or driving through woodland areas

  • make sure cigarette ends are properly extinguished

  • not light barbecues


Terrorism in Turkey

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Turkey.

Most terrorist attacks have occurred in southeast Turkey, Ankara and Istanbul. You should remain aware of your surroundings, keep up to date with local media reports and follow the advice of local authorities.

Street robbery and pickpocketing

Street robbery and pick-pocketing are common in the major tourist areas of Istanbul. Be aware of your personal belongings and make sure they are always secure.

Dress visiting mosques

Dress modestly if you’re visiting a mosque or a religious shrine to avoid causing offence.

Stray dogs

Most towns and cities have stray dogs. Packs congregate in parks and wastelands and can be aggressive. Take care and do not approach stray dogs. If you’re bitten, get medical advice immediately.

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