IRISH holidaymakers could face 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.
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This rule was put in place to protect local wildlife as the chemicals in the products are harmful.
Smoking is also banned on many popular beaches in Spain, although breaking this rule carries a much smaller fine of €30.
Many areas still have smoke-free beaches and zones, including Murcia, the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands, Asturias and Catalonia. So make sure you check local signage before lighting the light.
Meanwhile, Irish holidaymakers remain subject to a number of requirements Land in the popular holiday destination.
According to Spain’s Travel Health to enter SpainAll passengers, regardless of their country of origin, must present an EU Digital Covid Certificate, a negative active infection diagnostic test certificate or a certificate of recovery.
Passengers can present results of a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain or a negative antigen test performed within 24 hours prior to arrival in Spain.
Children under the age of 12 and passengers in international transit are not required to present any of the above documents.
Passengers are also required to complete the SpTH health check form – by manually entering the details of their vaccination, recovery or diagnostic test certificate.
However, your second dose must have been given within 270 days of your arrival in Spain.
If not then you must have a refresher or you will not be allowed into the country.
BIG RULE CHANGE
And a major rule change comes into effect for people traveling to Spain after the Easter holidays.
The Spanish government will remove the obligation to wear face masks indoors, but it will remain in place on public transport.
Health Secretary Carolina Darias confirmed the changes from April 20 ahead of the expected influx of tourists during the summer months.
Masks are still compulsory on public transport, in hospitals and nursing homes.
Irish tourists heading to Benidorm on holiday could also be forced to spend more on their sun break if a new tourist tax occurs.
From next year, stays in Spain could become more expensive as the government in Valencia introduces an overnight stay fee.
The tax is levied on vacationers staying in various types of accommodation – hotels, campsites, hostels and country houses.
The tax could cost 50 cents per night for campsites or hostels, rising to €2 for each night in a four or five star hotel.
The tax is per person, which means that an Irish family of five staying in a hotel or apartment for two weeks could end up paying an additional €140 for their holiday.
https://www.thesun.ie/travel/8659039/urgent-spain-beach-warning-irish-mistake-huge-fine/ Urgent warning to the beaches of Spain for Irish holidaymakers as one mistake could land you €3,000 in fines