Spain holiday warning as Brits could be fined for taking their shirts off
Some of Spain’s most popular beaches are introducing tough new rules for tourists this summer.
The restrictions come as other countries ease their Covid-19 entry restrictions for travelers seeking an escape after two years of lockdown. Spain is also a popular holiday destination for Brits looking for affordable, sunny travel.
Travel restrictions to Spain have also been reduced to simply requiring proof of Covid-19 recovery, or the vaccination pass and NHS app QR code, but Britons looking to venturing to the islands for a beach vacation should be aware of changing certain habits to comply with new laws.
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The new Spanish rules for tourists
Spain imposed rules on tourists visiting their beaches after the pandemic. The tough new rules mean you can be fined for doing the following:
- smoke on the beach
- light a barbecue on the beach
- walking naked and wearing exposed clothing – women walking around in bikinis or bathing suits, and men walking around shirtless can face costly fines
- get naked on a non-nudist beach
- wash with soap or shampoo at a beach shower – chemicals are harmful to marine life
- take a nap or sleep on the beach
How much are the Spanish fines for tourists?
Fines of up to £2,500 could be imposed on Spanish tourists breaking new rules and regulations, The mirror reports. The biggest fine of £2,500 can come from hosting a beach barbecue in beach areas like Salobrena without prior permission.
A nationwide no-smoking policy has been extended to prevent people from smoking on popular beaches. This means you can be fined £25 for breaking this new policy, especially on beaches and smoke-free areas like Galicia, Murcia, Catalonia, Andalucia, Asturias, Canary Islands and Islands Balearics.
For indecent clothing where tourists walk around in bathing suits or shirtless, you can face a fine of £250. Likewise, it’s illegal to use soap or shampoo in a beach shower in Spain and you can be fined an even higher £620 if caught doing so.
It’s also illegal to sleep on the beach and can land you a fine of £1,240 in Valencia in particular. Public nudity on a non-nudist beach can result in a £620 fine for tourists.