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  3. Terrorism
  4. Local laws and customs
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Advice current as at 4:00 am 22 May 2019.

In addition to this travel advice, view the latest updates for UK nationals travelling to and living in Europe.

Liverpool FC take on Tottenham Hotspur FC in the UEFA Champions League Final in Madrid on Saturday 1 June 2019. If you’re travelling to Spain for the match, check our dedicated information and advice page.

Airport security workers at Madrid Barajas Airport began striking on 12 April 2019; it’s unclear when this strike will end. You should prepare for the possibility of delays and allow additional time.

Nearly 19 million British nationals visited Spain last year. Most visits are trouble-free.

If you’re living in or moving to Spain, visit our Living in Spain guide in addition to this travel advice.

If you’re travelling to Spain to do business or provide services, see further guidance on providing services in Spain after EU Exit.

There have been large gatherings of people in Barcelona and other areas of the Catalonia region in relation to the political developments there. Further gatherings and demonstrations are likely to take place. They may occur with little or no warning and even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can escalate and turn confrontational. You should exercise caution if you’re in the vicinity. Demonstrations may also cause some disruption and delays to transport services.

Temporary restrictions may apply to car use in Madrid on days when air pollution levels are high. See Road travel

There have been several deaths as a result of falls from balconies. Don’t take any unnecessary risks, especially when under the influence of drink or drugs. See Balcony falls

Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Spain. See Terrorism

High temperatures during the extended summer months carry an increased risk of forest fires. Check on the outbreak of fires with the local civil protection authority and report any you see immediately to the emergency services on 112. See Natural disasters

There have been reports of an increase in holidaymakers being encouraged to submit a claim for personal injury if they have experienced gastric illness during their stay. You can find more information about the action you can take if you have suffered a personal injury on the Citizens Advice website. You should only consider pursuing a complaint or claim if you have genuinely suffered from injury or illness. If you make a false or fraudulent claim, you may face legal proceedings in the UK or Spain.

You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. For information on the European Health Insurance Card see Health

Be alert to the existence of street crime. Thieves tend to target money and passports so don’t keep them all in one place. Keep a copy of your passport somewhere safe. See Crime

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.


Quick Facts Tourist Information for:

Currency: Euro (EUR)
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Dialling Code: 34
Drive on the: right
Visitors/Tourists: 56,694,000 in 2011
Languages Spoken:
Spanish (official language) 99%
English 24%
Catalan (official regional language) 17%
Galician (official regional language) 7%

Capital City(s):
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Telephone Area Code: 34
Population: 3,265,038 (in 2011)
Latitude: 40.4 Longitude: -3.6833

This tool is being re-developed. The exchange rate is today's; but until development is completed we are using data obtained from a variety of sources in 2013 for the rest of the info, and is not guaranteed to be free of errors - see disclaimer.
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