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New rules in Spain 🇪🇸 What do they mean?

You may have heard about this in the papers, here's what Spain's new rules really mean, and how likely you are to be affected.

Published by
Caitlin Moore·26/07/2022
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British holidaymakers who wish to enter Spain this summer may be subject to new rules on arrival, but don't cancel your Spanish holidays just yet, we're here to tell you what the new rules mean and how you might be affected.

The UK Foreign Office, said: "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.

"The Spanish government has clarified that the ‘carta de invitation’ is one of the options available to prove that you have accommodation if staying with friends or family.”

This means that as a UK passport holder you may be asked at Spanish border control to:

  • Show proof of your return or onward flight - if you're booked on a package holiday, have booked return flights or an onward flight this will be easy to provide.

  • Show proof of accommodation for your stay - unless you were planning on sleeping on the beach, this won't be an issue. You can show a hotel booking confirmation, proof of address, or an invitation from your host or proof of their address if staying with a third party, friends or family.

  • Show you have enough money for your stay - you may be asked to present suitable evidence that you have at least €100 (£85.22) to spend on each day of your holiday, as well as a further minimum of €900 (£766.94), or its legal equivalent in foreign currency. You can present this in cash, traveller’s cheques, payment letters, or credit cards, which must also be proven to have sufficient funds available on them.

  • You don't actually have to spend this money - you can show them you have a suitable limit on a credit-card if you are asked.

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