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News broke recently about the potential for British holidaymakers to be required to prove they have a certain level of funds when they travel to Spain. Those jetting off to sunnier climes may have to prove they have money to spend – at least £85 per day, per person – in order to enter the country.
But why are these rules being proposed, and what do they mean for us in the UK?
When you land in the country, you may be asked to prove you have sufficient funds to spend during your stay. Border control could ask all arrivals to prove this in order to ensure they can cover the cost of their break under new rules introduced by the Spanish ministry.
At least £85 per person, per day (about €100) could be required, and a minimum of €900. This is approximately £763. Other equivalent foreign currencies are also acceptable.
Sufficient funds can be proven by providing certified checks, traveller’s checks, credit cards accompanied by a bank statement or updated bank book or payment letters. Letters from banks or internet bank statements will not be accepted, however. You may be asked to provide one or more of these forms of proof.
Financial documents may not be the only thing traveller’s need to enter Spain. As always, a passport will be required – but make sure your passport fits the rules! UK passport holders must meet two entry requirements, independent of one another.
Your passport must be issued less than 10 years before the date you enter Spain. Make sure to check the date of issue carefully! Your passport must also be valid for at least three months after the day you plan to leave Spain. Always check the dates on your passport well before you travel.
Tourists travelling to Spain from the UK will also be required to show proof of a return or onward travel ticket. On top of this, you could be asked to show evidence of your accommodation for the duration of your stay. This could include a proof of address if visiting your own property, such as a holiday home or if you are staying with friends or family. If you are staying in a hotel or Air BnB, for example, you should have a booking confirmation.
If a Spanish National is hosting you in their home, they must provide the Spanish Government with an official document. This is a document requested by someone living in Spain who is hosting a non-EU national. When this has been confirmed by the government, a host must send an invitation letter to their guest, who can present the document to border control as proof of accommodation during their stay. You may be denied entry if you cannot provide this.
If you have dual citizenship with an EU country or have Spanish citizenship, you will not need to provide any form of ‘invitation’ from those who you are staying with. If you are travelling into the country for work reasons, you could be asked to show an invitation from a company or local authority.
Passport stamps must be given on your entry and exit from the country. These are to ensure you are complying with 90-day or 180-day vis-free time periods in the country. This has been applied to all UK passport holders since the UK left the EU.
This all sounds like a hassle on its own – but don’t forget, Spain still requires all visitors over the age of 12 to provide proof of vaccination or negative Covid tests. You must still provide one of the following:
When it comes to proof of vaccination, travellers over the age of 18 must have received two doses of a vaccine (or one dose of a single dose vaccine) at least 14 days before departure. You must also have received it within the last 270 days before the date of travel. You may need to receive a booster to be considered fully vaccinated.
Those ages 12-17 do not need a booster to qualify as fully vaccinated, even if 270 days have passed. Children under 11 years old do not need to show proof of a negative Covid test or proof of vaccination in order to enter the country.
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