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Spain travel warning for UK tourists to avoid hefty £8,000 fine

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Barcelona in Spain is hugely popular with British tourists (Image: Getty Images)

Millions of British tourists flock to Spain every year, so if you’re heading to the likes of Palma, Barcelona or Lanzarote this summer, take note.

A travel warning has been issued for those planning to stay with family or friends and friends who are lucky enough to live in Spain.

It turns out, if you don’t sort out the right paperwork, you could be fined a whopping £8,000.

Without a letter of invitation, those staying with friends, rather than in a hotel or rented apartment, could face a hefty fine.

The rules changed following the UK’s exit from the European Union, necessitating the rule for those staying for 90 days or less.

Costa Brava in Catalonia is known for its stunning beaches (Image: Getty Images)

For a loved one to give the letter or ‘carta de invitacion,’ they need to be either a Spanish national, an EU citizen living in Spain or a non-EU citizen with legal residence.

And it’s not just as simple as writing a handwritten letter either. The person you’re staying with will need to apply for the letter of invitation via their local police station, and can take anywhere from 10 days to two months to be completed.



Need inspiration? Here are some of the most popular tourist attractions in Spain

  • The Alhambra and Generalife Gardens, Granada
  • The Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
  • The Prado and Paseo del Artes, Madrid
  • Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao
  • Plaza de España and Parque de María Luisa, Seville
  • Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, Valencia.

If you are unable to show this when you arrive (this will be much easier to do if you’ve booked a hotel or similar), then you could run into trouble.

That’s not the only trap tourists have been warned to look out for in Spain this summer.

Seville is famous for its colourful architecture (Image: Getty Images/500px Prime)

UK holidaymakers travelling to Spain, France and Portugal have been urged to check costs carefully, as certain European hot spots have increased dramatically in price.

Spain on the whole has seen some big price increases since 2020, with flights to Malaga rising 28% to £246 from £129. Ibiza Town has also seen an increase of 17% from £182 to £213.

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