Irish tourists are urged to travel with “extreme caution” in top holiday hotspots.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs lists its security ratings for a number of countries including Spain, Portugal, France and Italy on its website.
According to their website, “Safety Ratings are a clear way for us to show you how safe or unsafe we think visiting a country can be and to help you make informed decisions about traveling abroad.”
The four ratings are normal precautions, a high level of caution, avoid unnecessary travel, and do not travel.
Countries in the “high level of caution” category – including Spain, Portugal, France and Italy – have “additional risks such as serious crime and/or terrorism, targeting of foreigners, disease or extreme weather events”.
The Foreign Office says: “Make sure you are well informed and aware of the risks before you go and follow the advice and guidance of the local authorities closely.
“You should be vigilant and plan your journey extra carefully.
“Many Irish people safely visit countries with this classification each year, but we are issuing such a warning to draw your attention to clear risks that we have identified.
“Make sure you are well informed and aware of the risks before you go and follow the advice and instructions from the local authorities closely. You should be vigilant and plan your trip extra carefully.
“Many Irish people safely visit countries with this classification each year, but we are issuing such a warning to draw your attention to clear risks that we have identified.”
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Government advice for Irish travelers includes avoiding protests and demonstrations, staying alert at all times, consider sharing your itinerary and travel plans with friends and family, checking the news and beware of scams targeting tourists.
Irish are also advised to do so to register with the Foreign Office.
In the meantime, Irish vacationers could also find what they are looking for himself with a massive fine for a simple mistake on Spanish beaches.
A number of new local laws have been introduced since the start of Covid-19 restrictions in March 2020.
And they include a ban on beach grills that could cost tourists a €3,000 fine.
Some areas, like the quaint medieval town of Salobreña, ban barbecuing on beaches – and anyone who breaks the rules faces a hefty fine.
While other regions occasionally allow small grills or campfires with prior permission, or on national holidays like San Juan Night in June, tourists should check before lighting one.
This extends to creating a fire pit, having gas cylinders, flammable liquids, or igniting any type of cooking machine.
Breaking the BBQ rule is the biggest penalty tourists can receive on a Spanish beach, but there are a few other rules to keep in mind.
Anyone walking to or from the beach in only swimwear on public roads could be fined €300, and they have reportedly already been handed out to tourists in Mallorca and Barcelona.
When it comes to total nudity, make sure you only undress on an official nudist beach – otherwise you will be fined €750.
It is also illegal to use soap or shampoo in public showers on Spain’s beaches.
https://www.thesun.ie/travel/8659198/irish-holiday-hotspots-security-warnings-spain-portugal-france-italy/ Irish holiday hotspots unveiled ‘high caution’ safety warning to tourists