Travelers arriving in the European Union from third nation countries (non-EU nations) might need to provide proof of adequate funds before entering France or Spain. Though this is no problem for most visitors, anyone on a budget should take note.
The amount of money tourists need to have in order to enter depends on the country. In Spain, €100 per day for a visit’s duration is sufficient.
France has a higher requirement at €120, though the amount can drop to €65 if a traveler provides proof of prepaid accommodations.
The monetary requirement, otherwise known as means of subsistence, is necessary for proving that one can support oneself without problems. There are several methods for establishing means of subsistence:
- Bank statements
- Credit cards
- Employment proof
- Proof of paid-for accommodations
Though proving means of subsistence is technically a requirement, individual travelers might not have to face it. For efficiency reasons, guards only ask a small percentage of travelers for such proof.
However, visitors need to prepare themselves just in case a border guard does request evidence of means of subsistence. Guards choose individuals at random when deciding who to ask.
Unlike Spain, France does make an exception for budget travelers. Tourists may enter the country with €32.25 per day if they can prove they’ll be staying in extremely inexpensive accommodations.
Visitors in other EU nations might also need to prove means of subsistence, though other nations’ requirements generally aren’t as high as those in France and Spain.