Spanish island warning as Brits face fines up to £50,000 for drunken behaviour due to boozing crackdown

BRITS wanting a boozy holiday in Spain this summer have been warned of new rules which are in place.

The Balearic Islands, which includes Majorca, Ibiza and Menorca, introduced new alcohol laws back in 2020.

However, due to the pandemic, many party-goers have failed to return since the new rules were introduced.

Yet as UK tourists are expected to flock back to the islands as travel restrictions are eased, airlines, tour operators and the UK government have updated their advice for Brits, while the Spanish islands have reiterated the new rules that hope to reduce antisocial behaviour.

Holidaymakers staying at all-inclusive hotels across Magaluf, Sant Antoni and Playa de Palma are limited to just six drinks a day.

Buying alcohol at shops is also banned between the hours of 9:30pm and 8am.

Fines of up to €60,000 (£50,000) can be given to anyone caught balconing – when drunk tourists jump between balconies in resorts – or anyone advertising party boats.

Happy hours, pub crawls and two-for-one drink offers have also been banned.

The island's Minister for Tourism Iago Negueruela and the UK's ambassador for Spain, Hugh Elliott are working together to raise awareness of the new alcohol rules.

Last year, Mr Negueruela said the islands would opt for "quality over quantity" when it came to tourists.

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A regional government spokesperson previously said: “Efforts to promote the destination, to provide it with better quality through both public and private sector investments, and position it in an increasingly competitive and global market, have been affected recently by certain un-civic behaviour.

“Most of this type of behaviour is directly related to alcohol abuse in certain tourist areas of Majorca and Ibiza.”

EasyJet has already issued a warning to anyone booking holidays to the islands to be aware of the new rules.

As reported in the Liverpool Echo, a spokesperson for easyJet said: "Due to a change in Spanish law which affects certain resorts in the Balearic Islands, alcoholic drinks are now limited to three per person at lunch and dinner as part of the all-inclusive basis."

There are also new rules in place from today for anyone travelling to Spain.

The country will only permit Brits who can prove they were fully vaccinated against Covid to enter the country.

This means arrivals cannot use a negative Covid test or proof of recovery to enter.

The rules will ruin half term holiday plans for families as many kids between 12 and 17 are yet to be fully vaccinated, meaning they have no other way of being allowed into the country, even if they have evidence of recovery.

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