Alcohol restrictions in the Balearic Islands – are you aware?

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If you are planning on a holiday to certain parts of the Balearic Islands this summer, you may need to be aware of some changes that have been introduced with regard to the consumption of alcohol. Whilst these changes came into effect in 2020, their impact on British holiday makers has been minimised due to the lack of travel as a result of the pandemic.

Tour operators, airlines and the UK Foreign Office will be raising awareness of the changes over the coming months as restrictions on travel are lifted from 11 February 2022 so expect to see a lot more information about the changes.

All-inclusive resorts in Magaluf, Playa de Palma and Sant Antonio will now limit service to three alcoholic drinks at lunch and three at dinner. Furthermore, it will not be possible to buy alcohol in shops between the hours of 9.30 pm and 8 am.

Changes designed to impact “booze tourism”

Advertising that encourages the consumption of alcohol has also been banned in some areas. This will include happy hours, multiple drink promotions such as two for one and party boats. Penalties can be imposed for establishments which breach the restrictions on advertising.

In short, the changes are aimed at reducing so called “booze tourism” and the impact it has locally.

When the changes were announced concerns were raised that the measures would impact families who tend to book all inclusive holidays due to their convenience rather than those who were participating in excessive alcohol consumption.

If you have any concerns about the changes and how they might impact on your holiday then it is best to check with your holiday provider.

Fines have been introduced for “Balconing”

Another hot topic to be covered by the rule changes is that of “balconing” which had become an issue in the islands over the last few years.

Balconing has been in the news over the last few years as incidents involving young British holidaymakers made the headlines. It is the practice of either jumping directly from a first floor (or higher) balcony directly into a swimming pool, or of jumping between balconies at height. Authorities have been keen to clamp down on the activity which resulted in numerous fatalities.

Strict fines are now in place which range from Euro 6001 and Euro 60,000. Guests participating in balconing will also be asked to leave their accommodation.

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