Spain passes new law that could make summer holidays cheaper for Brits

Spain has enacted new law affecting Brits traveling for the summer and mid-term holidays in May – but it could actually make your holiday cheaper

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Spain has passed a new law that also affects holidaymakers

Spain holidays could get a little cheaper for Brits thanks to a new law that has come into force in the country.

Anyone who’s been to Spain will know that the food there is incredible (hello paella!), but when you’re dining out, those food and drink costs can add up quickly.

However, Spanish authorities have enacted a new law that could help keep some of the costs down. Because since April 11, all bars and restaurants in the holiday hotspot have been legally obliged to offer free tap water as an alternative to bottled water that is subject to a charge.

As reported by GlasgowLiveNew regulations have come in that state: “Hospitality establishments must always offer consumers, customers or users of their services the opportunity to consume unpackaged water free of charge and in addition to the offer of the same establishment.”

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If you are traveling to Spain on holiday and planning to eat out most of the time, then you might want to consider a trip to the Costa del Sol; The resort was recently recognized as one of the best Top 10 cheapest travel destinations for Brits when it came to the cost of food, coffee, alcohol and other beverages.

Travelers from the UK heading to Spain received another boost earlier this month when Benidorm’s beaches went “back to normal” for the first time in two years..

At one point in the pandemic, restrictions included socially distanced sandy plots for sunbathers, time restrictions, and even a pre-reservation system that often resulted in long lines.

These measures have now been fully lifted while other amenities such as sunbeds have been reintroduced.

Bars and restaurants are required by law to offer free tap water under the new law


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The country has since lifted a mask requirement for beachgoers, as they are no longer mandatory outdoors. Rules on wearing face masks indoors are set to be lifted from April 20.

Currently Spain is open to British tourists who are fully vaccinated or have recently recovered from Covid. In any case, you must be able to prove your status.

To be considered fully vaccinated you must have completed a full vaccination course at least 14 days prior to travel. If you have completed this more than 270 days (nine months) before your trip to Spain you will need a booster shot to qualify as fully vaccinated.

Although the rules apply to anyone aged 12 and over, Spain has eased its restrictions on unvaccinated youngsters aged 12 to 17 who can visit if they have proof of a negative Covid test.

It is worth noting that the country also recently scrapped travel preparation forms for vaccinated travelers.

  • Travel restrictions can change quickly due to the nature of the pandemic. Always check the latest Foreign Office travel advice for a destination before booking or traveling. Spain passes new law that could make summer holidays cheaper for Brits

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