British holidaymakers arriving in Spain have been left shocked after discovering a hike in prices as pub owners add “Covid tax’ to orders.
Bars have added the tax in Spanish resorts to make up cash for personal protective equipment as the industry gets into the swing of a “new normal.”
Despite a Spanish consumer rights group deeming the move as illegal, livid tourists are still finding they are being forced to pay the extra money.
Those arriving post-lockdown have been asked to pay either extra cash per table, or per drink, reports The Sun.
The outlet reports bars across the country are charging “servicio Covid” prompting customers to complain on Twitter.
However, owners claim the charge is justified as businesses are having to spend on gloves, masks and cleaning products.
Along with the charge, some places are closing early according to restrictions, with nightclubs and bars opening in limited timings.
A pint that was previously €3.50 is now being sold at €4 in Bar 97 in Mijas, near Malaga.
Spain isn’t the only country adding charges – tourists found this out the hard way when they visited a beach bar in Bodrum, Turkey.
To their horror, they were charged 369 lira (around £43) for a doner kebab, which totalled almost £175 when they paid for food for four people.
They also forked out 61 lira (around £7.50) for a small cup of coffee – ouch.
These aren’t the only holidaymakers to report a steep increase in travel costs.
Last week it was announced the UK will scrap a two-week quarantine period for people arriving from countries it deems to be lower risk for coronavirus, the Government has confirmed.
Official travel advice against all but essential travel outside Britain will also be eased for some countries and regions.
Taken together, these changes will make it easier for Britons to travel abroad for summer holidays.