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British Tourists Warned They Will Face Huge Fine For Urinating In The Sea In Spain

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British Tourists Warned They Will Face Huge Fine For Urinating In The Sea In Spain

Brits vacationing in Spain could now face a £645 (AUD $1,1356 or USD $791) fine if they are caught urinating in the ocean.

The rule has certainly sparked questions about how authorities are planning on policing it.

Are authorities going to interrogate every tourist who looks a little too ‘relaxed’ in the water, or will they take note of the number of bathroom trips?

The Daily Mail reports lawmakers in Vigo, a city in the Galicia region, will now be charging people 'relieving themselves’ in the sea off the Spanish coast.


The city council has deemed the act a 'minor infraction' and 'an infringement of hygiene and sanitary regulations'.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

More public toilets will be installed around the beach to deter people from urinating in the water.

Authorities will also fine those leaving rubbish and anyone who brings a gas cylinder or barbecue to the beach.


Additionally, using soap in the ocean is prohibited.

People playing ball or attempting to reserve a spot on the beach with a towel will also be charged under the new regulations, which are set to come into effect July 18th.

We know what you’re thinking: what fun a bunch of sponges. But this isn’t the only Spanish region restricting beachgoers.

In Barcelona, despite walking around shirtless or in a bikini outside beach areas is the norm amid scorching temperatures, you could face a fine of up to £260 (AUD $457 or USD $319), according to The Sun.


That seems surprising for the so-called party capital.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

Similarly, in Majorca, if you show off your sick rig in public areas, you can be charged a hefty £500 (AUD $880 or USD $613) for the minor transgression. 

So, it’s best to take your kit off at an official nudist beach where you can truly embrace your birthday suit.


UK Foreign Travel Advice also warns travellers that the ban is not only restricted to Barcelona and Majorca, informing that other parts of the country will impose fines for merely walking around ‘bare chested’.

It also adds: "For security reasons, some public authorities in Spain don’t allow the burka or niqab to be worn in their buildings.

"If you visit town council buildings wearing a burka or niqab, you may be asked to remove it while inside."

Featured Image Credit: Alamy.

Topics: News, World News

Charisa Bossinakis
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