Spanish government officials have extended last year’s ban to four locations and ten beaches in the country, with the measure entering force in July, one of the peaking months for tourism.
The government has cited health reasons for the extended restriction imposed in the state and declared that an information campaign would be administered starting in April.
Eloi Badia, Councillor for Ecological Transition, asserted that no one was fined last year. Only the odd absent-minded smoker had to be asked to move to the promenade.
The Spanish government has proposed to extend the current prohibition on smoking in public places, including terraces and beaches.
However, the new anti-smoking law being under revision, which is also expected further to impose a ban on smoking in private cars, is anticipated to be fully drafted only by 2023.
The country’s Health Ministry also urges increasing tobacco prices through extra taxes, while the current law prohibits smoking in many indoor public places.
On the other hand, cafe and bar owners are expected to implement a robust campaign against any change to the current laws.
Previously, Spanish authorities introduced the requirement for third-country nationals arriving in the country to have a minimum of €100 per day to be able to enter the country. The same condition applies to visa applicants- something they must keep in mind when applying for such a document.
“Foreigners who intend to enter the national territory must continue to prove that they have a minimum amount of €100 per person per day, those they intend to stay in Spain with a minimum of €900 or its legal equivalent in foreign currency, provided that they are required by the officials in charge of carrying out the control of entry into Spanish territory, and under the terms established in the aforementioned Order,” the EUR-Lex notes.