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What Travelers Need To Know About Spain’s New Rules For Visitors

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Spain is one of Europe's most popular vacation destinations and the second-most visited country in the world. More than 49 million foreign tourists visited Spain in 2022.

Flamenco dancers dancing in the street in Seville, Spain.

It's easy to see why. Spain boasts year-round sunshine, a rich cultural heritage, and some of the world's best beaches. But with so many people visiting Spain each year, locals often feel frustrated by the noise and mess they generate.

In a bid to combat this, many of the 17 autonomous communities in charge of governing Spain have introduced new rules and regulations aimed specifically at tourists.

A view overlooking a beach in La Granadella, Spain

From bans on smoking in public to strict dress codes and noise control limits, here’s everything visitors to Spain need to know:

Carry Enough Cash

Visitors to Spain from outside of the EU must be able to demonstrate that they have enough money to support themselves for the whole duration of their trip before they can enter Spain.

Tourists will need to have at least 100 euros ($110) for each day of their vacation, plus another 900 euros ($984) for any emergencies that may arise.

The Spanish Interiors Minister confirmed this rule, stating that “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, travelers' checks, payment letters or credit cards.”

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Border control isn’t stopping every person entering the country to look at their bank statements, so this rule is rarely enforced. But it’s important to know you could be asked to demonstrate your financial status and turned away if it doesn’t meet these limits.

Smoking On The Beach

If your idea of a perfect vacation is lying on the beach with a drink in one hand and a cigarette in the other, then there are certain beaches you might want to avoid on your next visit to Spain.

In 2022, smoking was banned on all of the ten beaches in Barcelona. If you smoke on a beach in the region, then you could be issued a fine.

A no smoking sign on the beach

This year, the Balearic Islands have followed suit and banned smoking on many of their beaches too. A total of 28 beaches are taking part in the scheme. Each banned beach will now boast a 4-meter-tall banner alerting you to the fact that the beach has ‘smoke-free status.’

No fines are being introduced at this time, as the local council is hoping visitors will follow the new rules out of a sense of civic responsibility instead.

Increased Noise Control Rules

Alicante is one of Spain’s most popular regions, but they are now introducing Spain’s toughest-ever rules on noise pollution.

In 2019, rules were put in place that fined visitors and entertainment establishments between 600 euros and 30,000 euros for excessive noise. This included loud music and dancing.

A group of people party at a beachside club.

This year those rules have been strengthened further. Now tourists can be fined for talking too loudly, playing music on the beach, or even scraping furniture if they move it across their patios at antisocial hours.

It brings a whole new meaning to the phrase quiet as a mouse! But this means Alicante is the perfect place to visit if you’re looking for a relaxed and peaceful location.

All-Inclusive Drink Limits

Spanish authorities perceive drunk and rowdy tourists to be a huge problem. In a bid to combat that, the phrase ‘all-inclusive’ no longer means what you would expect in some Spanish destinations.

The towns of Magaluf, El Arenal, Playa de Palma in Mallorca, and Sant Antoni in Ibiza, have introduced drink limits within all-inclusive hotels.

two cocktails on the beach at sunset

Guests can now only have 6 drinks per day as part of these packages: three drinks at lunchtime and three drinks at dinner time. Any additional alcoholic beverages will need to be paid for separately.

New Dress Codes

Finally, last year new rules were introduced by several bars and restaurants on the Spanish island of Mallorca. These aimed to ensure that tourists were dressed in a way deemed appropriate by locals.

Items that were banned included tank tops without straps, swimwear of any kind, soccer strips, and any accessories purchased from street vendors.

woman with drink in pool

Dress codes in Spain can be strict, so it is worth checking if there are any dress codes in place for the locations you wish to visit before you travel.

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Al LeFeusch

Tuesday 20th of June 2023

Love it. Some of these are t actually new, but all of them are worth enforcing.

Shetravels

Saturday 20th of May 2023

I am glad about the smoking but feel uncomfortable traveling with my bank information.. seems like a good way to get my identity stolen

Al LeFeusch

Tuesday 20th of June 2023

@Shetravels, you can redact the account number and home address. It's actually not uncommon for countries to ask for this info. Canada often asks for it when I travel there from the U.S.

Hope

Sunday 28th of May 2023

@Shetravels,

Kay

Thursday 18th of May 2023

This must be a joke? I understand all of the article but the one thing I don't understand is the need for $110 PER DAY and $984 for emergencies. Many people go backpacking there. My friend goes every other year and only budgets to $15-20 a day. You can't force people to only visit your country if you're wealthy. If this is true I will never travel to Spain because there's no need to dish out over $50 a day. Unbelievable they're limiting budget and frugal travelers

Al LeFeusch

Tuesday 20th of June 2023

@Frostine, exactly.

Chris

Sunday 21st of May 2023

@Kay, that’s for travelers from third world countries

Chris

Sunday 21st of May 2023

@Frostine,

Chris

Sunday 21st of May 2023

@Kay,

Frostine

Friday 19th of May 2023

@Kay, no one’s saying you have to actually spend €100 a day in Spain. They just want to know you have money that can get you by if an emergency were to occur. No one, not even a budget backpacker, should be traveling if they don’t have a modest emergency fund or at the very least an emergency credit card.

Evert

Thursday 18th of May 2023

The article is about 2 small islands of spain, ibiza and mallorca. Has nothing to do with rest of spain! The alicante story is not known here, we are from alicante! Fakenews or very poor prepared article

Liz

Wednesday 17th of May 2023

It's their country and they don't want your entitled ass polluting and throwing your cigarette butts on their beautiful beaches If you don't like it, don't go. By the way, Mexico banned smoking ANYWHERE AND EVERYWHERE in PUBLIC PLACES in all of Mexico.