Spain travel rules for Brits explained as tourists warned of latest £97 border requirement

By Staff

Spain travel rules for Brits have changed since Brexit but UK holidaymakers are fuming after realising a £97 rule could see them turned away at the border

UK holidaymakers may be turned away at the airport thanks to a travel rule in force in Spain.

British tourists are being faced with a requirement that is likely to impact those with less money. The Spanish authorities now require UK visitors to show they can sustain themselves financially during their stay, whether it’s on the mainland or the popular islands of the Canaries and Balearics.

The regulation requires that travellers must have €113.40 (£97) available for each day of their visit to the sun-drenched country. Spain is far from the only country to enforce such rules – which are designed to ensure tourists have enough money for their trip and to return to their country of origin at the end of their stay.

Reacting to the financial stipulation online, one disgruntled Brit suggested what is actually a very common requirement was enough to put them off the country for good. They said: “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.”

The good news is that very few people are asked to prove that they have the required amount of money when visiting Spain, with the vast majority of tourists waved through without their paperwork being scrutinised too closely. Many countries do not require proof of sufficient funds but may ask travelled if they have a return plane, ferry or train ticket, in a bid to ensure that visitors plan to return to their home country.

Countries which you can enter without proof of booked plane ticket include Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Germany and France. Generally, the documents you need to submit depend on the country you come from and the purpose of your visit. It is always wise to check the official website of the country you are visiting or consult the embassy or consulate of the country before you travel you can be sure you’ve got all of the right paperwork.

While Spain puts an exact figure on how much money visitors must prove they have when visiting the country, other nations have slightly more vague rules. France, for example, requires holidaymakers to have ‘means of subsistence’.

“You need to provide an acceptable proof of funds that shows your financial ability to travel and bear expenditures during your stay in the Schengen area,” France Visas writes. Acceptable proof includes personal bank statements for the last three months, the last three pay slips, credit/debit cards statements and travellers cheques.

When it comes to Italy – another popular destination among British travellers – there isn’t a fixed amount that applicants need to have, but it should cover your accommodation, meals, internal travel, and emergencies. Holidaymakers may be asked for bank statements stretching back six months.

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