Going to Spain how strict is £85 spending money per day rule?

tank666
tank666 Posts: 34 Forumite
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edited 2 April 2023 at 9:01AM in Flights, currency & car hire
Only just realised that this rule is in place which seems ridiculous but I understand in place as we left EU. (And its their country and their rules I get that) Do they check a lot of people or hardly bother? If we have a uk bank card and statement with enough funds is that sufficient? We certainly weren't planning to spend anywhere near that amount. Staying in hotel with breakfast included. So just really drinks/snacks then evening meals. Our daughter is only 13 (son 18) and my wife and I aren't big drinkers. Does 85 a day apply to each person even if children? Does anyone have any recent experience of having to do this and how much hassle was it? Thank you in advance.
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  • unforeseen
    unforeseen Posts: 7,280 Forumite
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    I've just come back and nobody at the border controls either here or in Spain checks

    Under the rules, holidaymakers must prove, if they are required to do so by border officials, that they have at least 100 euros (£85.22) per person per day, with a minimum of 900 euros or its legal equivalent in foreign currency.

  • Keep_pedalling
    Keep_pedalling Posts: 16,618 Forumite
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    edited 2 April 2023 at 10:32AM
    You are unlikely to be stopped unless you enter the country looking like a tramp or bag lady. and if by chance you are randomly stopped the production of debit and credit cards seems to be enough. These rules actually apply to other EU countries as well.

  • You are unlikely to be stopped unless you enter the country looking like a tramp or bag lady. and if by chance you are randomly stopped the production of debit and credit cards seems to be enough. These rules actually apply to other EU countries as well.

    And maybe a Trump now 🤔
  • tank666
    tank666 Posts: 34 Forumite
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    Thank you everyone I was thinking/hoping it was one of those rules that rarely gets applied. 
  • eskbanker
    eskbanker Posts: 30,993 Forumite
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    You are unlikely to be stopped unless you enter the country looking like a tramp or bag lady. and if by chance you are randomly stopped the production of debit and credit cards seems to be enough. These rules actually apply to other EU countries as well.

    And maybe a Trump now 🤔
    If you're unfortunate enough to be in that position and are already orange before getting to the sun, you may need to provide evidence of more substantial funds, ready for paying off adult film stars, the taxman, etc.

    Allegedly....
  • NoodleDoodleMan
    NoodleDoodleMan Posts: 3,355 Forumite
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    It is rarely enforced.
    Bona fide holiday makers have nothing to be concerned about.
    It is intended to deter casual travellers entering Spain with limited funds and unable to support themselves financially, especially without accommodation.
    When this non story got publicity on social media outlets etc. a few months  ago in the UK there was a outcry from punters who clearly did not understand the scenario.
  • Grumpy_chap
    Grumpy_chap Posts: 14,881 Forumite
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    Never heard of the rule.

    I am in Spain now.  I don't have that amount of cash.  I have not been arrested.
  • silverwhistle
    silverwhistle Posts: 3,791 Forumite
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    I am in Spain now.  I don't have that amount of cash.  I have not been arrested.

    OMG! Your cash has been stolen?!

     To be honest I'd imagine flashing a credit card would be enough nor will they check your credit limit..
  • ellenvan
    ellenvan Posts: 173 Forumite
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    We have never been asked and travel to Spain and Portugal often.
  • unforeseen
    unforeseen Posts: 7,280 Forumite
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    I would think the people who are more likely to be checked would possibly be young people with just a backpack. The type who are probably planning a cheap hiking holiday. 
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