Spain entry requirements: New travel rules as UK tourists could be asked to prove they can pay £85 to enter

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British tourists traveling to Spain may have to prove they can afford to be there. (AFP via Getty Images)
British tourists traveling to Spain may have to prove they can afford to be there. (AFP via Getty Images)

Thinking about taking a holiday to Spain some time soon? You could be asked to prove you have sufficient funds to enter the country.

It comes after new rules were introduced by the Spanish ministry. Now, border control could ask arrivals to prove they can cover the cost of their break.

Spanish border control staff are able to request proof that tourists have access to €100 per day during their stay, have a minimum of €900 (£766.94) money available in total.

UK tourists currently also should have proof of a return or onward travel ticket, as well as evidence of accommodation for the duration of their stay. This can be a booking confirmation, proof of address if visiting their own property (such as a holiday home) or proof of address if staying with friends, family or someone else. These rules apply to all tourists from outside the EU or the Schengen area and came into force on January 1, 2022.

These are requirements that came in post-Brexit, and add to the conditions UK tourists already have to meet to travel to Spain. That includes proof of full vaccination – or a negative test or previous infection for all visitors aged 12 or over.

How much do you have to prove you have available to spend per day?

Under the new rules, you could be asked to prove that you have enough funds, but what counts as “proof of sufficient funds”?

  • Certified checks (that’s a personal check that the bank has certified from your personal funds)

  • Traveller’s checks (paper cheques sometimes used by people travelling to other countries)

  • Payment letters

  • Credit cards (this should be accompanied by bank account statements or an updated bank book)

Why are the new Spain travel rules being introduced?

The Spanish Ministry del Interior stated: "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, travellers’ cheques, payment letters, or credit cards, which must also be proven to have sufficient funds available on them."

The UK Foreign Office explains the rules in the following statement: “At Spanish border control, you may need to show a return or onward ticket; show you have enough money for your stay; show proof of accommodation for your stay, for example, a hotel booking confirmation, proof of address if visiting your own property (eg second home), or an invitation from your host or proof of their address if staying with a third party, friends or family.”

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen, speaking to the Mail Online, said EU leaders were punishing Britain for its choice to leave the EU, likely against the wishes of many EU citizens.

He said: "When it comes to British tourists, the Europeans appear to be cutting off the tourists’ noses despite their own face as a punishment for Brexit.”

Do you need any other documents to enter Spain?

If you are fully vaccinated, you just need to show your NHS Covid pass, and you won’t need to complete Spain’s health control form.

If you are not fully vaccinated and do not have an NHS Covid Pass, you will need to complete Spain’s Health control form.

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