Spain rubbishes UK reports on ‘punishing’ British holidaymakers

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THE SPANISH government has categorically denied that British tourists are being subjected to additional checks when they enter the country – as reported by some UK-based tabloids.

A ministry for the interior spokesman told Costa Blanca News it was ‘absolutely false’ that this action was taking place.

Costa Blanca News had emailed the ministry press office to ask if Britons were now being asked to show that they had enough money with them to cover their stay and proof of accommodation booked.

In reply the spokesman stated: “Not one British citizen has been denied entry to Spain for this reason.”

UK press outlets reported that Spain could ask UK tourists to prove they have spending money.

What did they say?

The Express ran the online story ‘Fury as EU punishes British tourists who may be forced to spend £85 per day to go to Spain’.

This was later updated with an erroneous ‘clarification’ which stated: “An earlier version of this article was headlined ‘fury as EU punishes British holidaymakers – now UK tourists
forced to pay to enter Spain’.

Full report in Friday’s Costa Blanca News

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