Over the last few days, there has been much scaremongering in the UK press (mainly the tabloids) that Brits visiting Spain “must prove that they can spend at least €100 per day for the duration of their stay as well as a return flight and proof of accommodation”.
The Spanish Ministry del Interior said “Foreigners from third countries – which means those from UK, must prove if required to do so by the officials in charge of controlling the entry of people into Spanish territory, that they have economic resources for entering the country, through cash, travellers cheques, payment letters or credit cards, which must be proven to have sufficient funds available on them”.
The truth is, technically you “can/may” be asked to prove certain things, such as a return tickets, where you are staying and if you can support yourself BUT this is no different to you, as a third country national going to any other Schengen zone/EU country.
This magical €100 per day does not mean you have to spend that amount and apparently, France has an even higher target! Even the UK has a set amount for non-EU nationals coming into the country so no, Spain is NOT victimising Brits as the alarmist tabloids love to portray. 99% of those arriving at Alicante airport for their holiday to Benidorm will sail through passport control and be on their way on the AP7 motorway into the resort to enjoy all it has to offer.
The beaches are full, sun is out, the bars and clubs are back to capacity and the beer is most definitely flowing. Do not be put off booking by reading these alarming sensational headlines – you´ll have, as always, a fabulous time here and want to come back, in the words of Cyndi Lauper “ Time after Time”.
Do not forget, that from May 2023 you will need a visa waiver which costs €7 but once approved it lasts for three years. This is done online, at least 72 hours prior to departure and you will need a valid passport. Hope to see you back soon, enjoying all that Benidorm has to offer.