UK holidaymakers hit out as they slam 'desperate' new Spain holiday rule

Tourists on the beach in Tenerife with lines of sunloungers
UK holidaymakers hit out as they slam 'desperate' new Spain holiday rule -Credit:AFP/Getty Images

UK holidaymakers have expressed their frustration over a new 'daily rule' in Spain, stating 'we simply won't go'. The new regulation has thrown the plans of UK tourists into disarray, as Spain now requires British visitors to prove they have sufficient funds for their stay, whether on the mainland or in the Canary Islands and Balearics.

The new stipulation demands that tourists must have €113.40 (£97) available each day during their visit to Spain.

The Spanish government states: "Foreigners 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, in the amount that, as a minimum, is indicated below:

Currently, the minimum amount to be credited is 113.40 euros per person per day, with a minimum of 1,010.60 euros or its legal equivalent in foreign currency (with effect from January 1, 2024)"

Reacting to this new requirement, one disgruntled Brit retorted: "If the country would stand together and boycott Spain in favour of other Mediterranean countries, within three months they would be begging us to come back. 17 million visitors is a lot of money to the Spanish economy."

"Another Mediterranean country tried to move away from tourism. They forgot how much tourism contributed to the economy," concurred another. "Anti-British? Holiday elsewhere! The money rule shows how desperate they are for our cash," chimed in a third.

"Spain forgets its a poor country ,without tourists they have nothing to sell," added another. However, one person defended Spain, responding: "A poor country? ? lol... Ranked 15th in the list of countries by GDP, just behind South Korea and Australia. lol."

One person commented: "Simply don't go and spend your money in UK or elsewhere instead and those country's will lose out! they will soon put an end to it when they are not receiving any money from British tourism... a while back many of you even took an experimental jab just so you could go on holiday for a week abroad and many suffering now due to doing so or not with us anymore,", reports Birmingham Live.

Another suggested: "Why not take it to a country where you are welcome and not just your money? Vote with your wallet. Spain will get the message, even if by then you've discovered better places and never return to Spain."

A third added: "This is since Brexit. Nobody going into Spain is generally asked( we had to show proof of accommodation in Latvia but no other country has asked) I have heard that a few people landing in Gibraltar and crossing to Spain have been asked. A credit card and return flight details would be sufficient."