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With 17 autonomous communities, each with a distinct culture and history, Spain has incredibly
multi-faceted tourist destinations. To start, its capital Madrid, offers rich cultural experiences with
world-class art museums and architectural marvels like the Royal Palace of Madrid. But there are,
also off-the-beaten-path adventures in Spain for those who’d like a break away from the crowd,
as suggested in a previous post about cycling through Girona’s winding alleyways and out into
the countryside.

Regardless of what type of travel adventure you seek in Spain, you should still take note of any
changes in the country’s rules and regulations to ensure a smooth trip. With that being said,
here’s a look at recent policy changes in Spain and what you can do to ensure safe and stress-free

Proof of financial means

If you’re visiting Spain from a non-European Union (EU) or non-Schengen country, there’s an
additional step you need to take to be allowed entry. You must present proof of having sufficient
funds throughout your entire stay in the country, which must be at least €100 (around $110) per
day per person. This amount represents 10% of the minimum gross interprofessional salary in

The EU deems this as the ‘means of subsistence,’ which can be accredited by presenting cash,
certified checks, traveler’s checks, a credit card accompanied by a bank account statement, or an
updated bank book. Any other resource that proves the amount available can also be accepted, as
long as it’s not a bank letter or online statement. While this may be difficult if you’re traveling
on a budget, it’s best to prepare the specified amount since border guards can refuse your entry
or reduce your length of stay if you have insufficient funds.

Public smoking regulations

In recognition of how smoking affects not just human health but also the environment, Spanish
organizations like Nofumadores.org have been lobbying for smoke-free beaches. As such, those
who smoke cigarettes must be aware of the enforced smoking bans in around 525 beach
destinations in Spain
. All of the ten beaches in Barcelona issue a fine if you fail to adhere to the
policy, with other regions like the Balearic Islands said to follow suit.

Since quitting cigarettes can come with intense cravings and withdrawals, tourists can ease the
transition by trying nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). Among the range of oral NRTs,
nicotine pouches have become increasingly popular. As demonstrated by VELO’s range of
nicotine pouches
that are listed on Prilla, they are discreet, smoke-free alternatives that come in a
broad selection of flavors, from conventional mint and citrus to the more exotic dragon fruit.
Aside from choosing the appropriate strength, beginners are suggested to try a mixed pack of
flavors until they determine their preferred nicotine delivery experience. It’s also common
etiquette to not smoke in all public places, including bars and restaurants, which means users can
also opt for tobacco-free nicotine gum from Nicorette, which has been proven to decrease the
odds of lapsing by 55% in a 2020 study. It should be noted that, despite their ease of use, tourists
must still dispose of these oral NRTs properly to avoid littering.

Limits on alcohol consumption

Due to several reports of drunk and rowdy behavior among tourists, certain regions in Spain have
introduced alcohol restrictions. These include the islands of Mallorca and Ibiza in the Balearic
Islands, which are otherwise known for late-night attractions and nature-oriented getaways.
Some all-inclusive hotels and resorts in the said islands have limited each tourist to six drinks per
day, with three at lunch and three at dinner, and additional drinks are only provided upon
payment. While you can still enjoy your holiday even with the new restrictions, it’s best to check
your hotel’s offerings beforehand and to drink responsibly, especially if you’re a female tourist
traveling alone.

As you enjoy your sun-kissed adventures in Spain, keep these policies in mind to keep yourself
out of trouble and maximize your stay. Overall, it always helps to do sufficient research on your
chosen travel destination, not only for convenience’s sake but to also show respect for a country’s

laws and customs. For more travel tips, guides, and advice, check out the rest of the articles on
this blog.

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