Thomas Cook warns Brits as new ‘six drinks a day’ rule comes into effect in Spanish hotspots

Thomas Cook has issued a warning to British holidaymakers as new rules come into effect relating to drink restrictions for all-inclusive Balearic holidays in Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca

Tourists enjoy the sun on Cala Compte beach
New drink limits are introduced in the Balearic Islands

Thomas Cook has warned holidaymakers heading to Spain on holiday that a new rule of “six drinks a day” is being introduced in the Balearics.

To crack down on drunken behavior by tourists, the Balearic government has introduced a new rule across the islands, including Mallorca and Ibiza, that limits the number of drinks Brits can enjoy during all-inclusive holidays.

UK holidaymakers are limited to six drinks a day alongside lunch and dinner, meaning you can only have three drinks per meal. In essence, the new rules mean Brits will not be able to enjoy drinks by the pool.

The Daily Star reports that Thomas Cook has issued a warning to Britons booking package holidays for the upcoming summer season over the new rules. (The brand sells holidays to Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca).

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An email sent to customers who booked these trips read: “Please note that the Balearic Islands government has issued a decree imposing a new restriction on all-inclusive meals.

“A maximum of six alcoholic drinks can be served per person per day, and these drinks are only offered at lunch and dinner (3 each).

“Please note that new All Inclusive restrictions are in place in Magalluf, El Arenal, Playa de Palma in Mallorca and Sant Antoni in Ibiza.”

Drinks by the pool are not provided for under the new rules


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Other rules also include the end of pub crawls, the sale of alcohol in shops between 9.30pm and 8am, while some areas will not be able to advertise party boats.

Earlier this year, when the idea of ​​a drink limit was discussed, the Balearic Islands’ tourism minister, Iago Negueruela, said: “We want British tourists – we don’t want that kind of tourism.

“British tourism is essential to our islands. We share the British Government’s view that some images of British tourists are embarrassing.

“We want to stop bad behavior. We will increase the police presence in these areas and the number of inspectors – we will have zero tolerance for tourist excesses.”

Currently the Balearic Islands are open to fully vaccinated Britons for holidays. This means that you have received a full vaccination course. To be considered fully vaccinated this must be completed within 270 days of travel, otherwise you will also need a booster shot.

Those who can show evidence of recovery from Covid within the past six months can also attend.

Unvaccinated children aged 12 to 17 can also visit Spain provided they can show a negative Covid test. This must be a PCR test done within 72 hours of arrival in Spain as antigen tests are not accepted.

While the rules are correct at the time of writing, travel restrictions can change quickly during the pandemic. Therefore always check the latest travel advice from the Foreign Office for Spain before you book or travel.

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