Holidays in Spain: the department warns Irish people of the difference in alcohol if they drink during your holiday


After Ireland was hit by a double storm this week, many people will be thinking about booking a holiday somewhere sunny.

Spain is a popular destination for Irish tourists, with thousands already flocking to the holiday hotspot following the relaxation of Covid rules.

Anyone traveling abroad is encouraged to check the Department of Foreign Affairs website for the latest travel advice, which includes practical tips and useful information.

Currently, the Department classifies Spain’s security status as yellow, which means holidaymakers should “exercise a high degree of caution”.

The Department warns that crime levels, namely pick-pocketing, are a problem, while there are a number of other security issues.

Alcohol is one of the safety concerns for Irish visitors to Spain.

A spokesperson explained: “Alcoholic spirits are generally sold in significantly larger quantities in bars and restaurants in Spain than in Ireland.

“The consumption of alcohol in public places, with the exception of licensed bars and restaurants, is prohibited in Madrid, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands.

“Failure to comply with these laws may result in a fine.”

Irish tourists to Spain are also reminded that local laws apply to them as visitors and it is their responsibility to obey them.

“Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behavior may be considered inappropriate, hostile or even illegal,” they continued.

Other safety issues that Irish holidaymakers in Spain need to be aware of are illegal drugs and money.

Regarding illegal drugs, the department said: “There have been deaths involving Irish citizens who used illegal drugs in Spain. The Spanish authorities take the possession of illegal drugs in any quantity very seriously and such activity can lead to imprisonment.

“Authorities in Mallorca and Ibiza are particularly active in drug law enforcement and are likely to prosecute for drug use or possession.”

On Money they said: ‘Everyone in Spain, regardless of nationality, must show ID when using credit and debit cards. You may be able to use a driver’s license or photocopy of your passport, but you may be asked to show your original passport.


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