Brits must prove they can spend €100/day in Spain

Post-Brexit entry requirement

Daily Mail spend headline

The Daily Mail headlines that proof of having a minimum amount of €100 per day available to spend is not the only new requirement to visit the country, with Spain saying British entrants may have to provide a range of documents when entering the country under new rules introduced because of Brexit.

In addition to requesting proof tourists can spend at least €100 per-day – and have a minimum of €900 (£750+) – Spanish border agents could ask tourists to prove they have an onward ticket and accommodation booked for their stay. According to the Express, the funds could be in the form of foreign currency, traveller’s cheques, cash, payment letters or on credit cards.

If tourists are unable to prove they can support themselves financially, they could be denied entry. The spending rule, which has taken some Brits by surprise, has been in force since the beginning of the year. Being outside the European Union on account of Brexit, the UK now falls under the ‘third country’ category, meaning more checks are done.

The Express reported earlier today that Spain had announced new restrictions on UK tourists entering the country. They now need to possess proof of a return or onward ticket, enough money for their stay, and evidence they have somewhere to stay in Spain.

The newspaper reports that travel firms are unhappy with the toughening of policies, arguing Brits contribute hugely to the large tourism market.

Spanish e-gates U-Turn

The changes also follow a U-turn on moves to ease airport congestion for holidaymakers arriving in Spain by allowing UK passport-holders to use automatic e-gates to enter the country. UK arrivals must still get their passport stamped manually even if they use the e-gates to enter Spain.

The UK Foreign Office stated: “At Spanish border control, you may need to show a return or onward ticket; show you have enough spending 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.”

It added: “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.”

Visitors from the UK may be asked to prove they have at least €100 (£85.22) to spend in Spain per day, and a further minimum of €900 (£766.94), or its legal equivalent in foreign currency.

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, traveller’s cheques, payment letters, or credit cards, which must also be proven to have sufficient funds available on them.”

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16 thoughts on “Brits must prove they can spend €100/day in Spain”

  1. Welcome to brexit Britain and the end of freedom of movement. But hey, this is what leavers voted for, so they can’t complain and, as they kept telling us, they knew what they were voting for.

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  2. I’m not sure about the meaning of ”€100 a day + €900”. One logical reading would be that for 14 days you need to have €2300.

    It makes sense in a certain way because the longer your stay your (well at least our) average daily spend goes down. As a result after four weeks in Madeira about 1/3 of the €100 a day I have with me (for 2) goes back with me.

    If this is €100 per person it seems excessive to me (but then I tend not to frequent Harry Maquire level bars – where even €100 doesn’t go far).

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  3. Does Spain treat Americans, Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders in the same way ?
    This is Brexit revenge, I hope Brits choose Portugal to spend their money or any other country.
    In 2021, British tourists visiting Spain spent close to 4.8 billion euros in total, which represents an increase of 53 percent versus the previous year. However, this figure still remained 73 percent below the total British tourism spending recorded in the Iberian country in 2019.
    Stupid is as stupid does.

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      • I believe that Spain applies the same 100 euro a day to Africans arriving in Ceuta?
        You see, Africans are not members of the EU.
        Seems fair to me.

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    • Countries outside the EU are given third country status. The U.K., when a member of the EU, were key players in the devising and drawing up of these rules. How ironic that “we” should choose to be on the wrong side of them. Of course, those who led the leave campaign should have known this, but for some reason chose not to broadcast the fact during the referendum campaign, not even on the side of the infamous bus. I wonder why?

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  4. I really hope that we dont end up with the people who cant meet the spanish criteria here as they would be of only minor economic benefit to madeira just like the all inclusive brigade and the cheapo cruise ship passengers who only buy a coffee in Funchal . These rules are sensible and prevent the impact of one tourist on the infrastructure being greater than their worth economically.

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    • We will have visited Madeira five times this year by the time Christmas comes round. We stay at an excellent four star Hotel, the Bright Star, who serve a good breakfast. Every night we dine out at one of four extremely good restaurants, two main courses, one sweet, two spoons, and a bottle of house red, we take coffee every morning in Funchal, spending lunchtime over a beer or three, take a taxi every night, whilst using the excellent bus service during the day. I usually finish the evening with a book and a glass of something in a quiet bar. After tipping I may have spent 100 Euros. I know I can meet the Spanish criteria, tell me, do I meet yours ?

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