The European Union is going to introduce a €7 visitor visa fee in 2024. Non-EU citizens and travellers from outside the Schengen zone, including the British, will have to pay a €7 application to enter.

The visa fee was to have been introduced by November 2023 but was delayed due to issues with the European Union's new Entry/Exit System. Those under 18 or over 70 will not have to pay.

Starting this year, a number of European cities have also introduced or increased their tourist taxes including:

  • Barcelona's city tax goes up and is levied on official tourist accommodation.
    • The fee increased to €2.75 per night on 1 April 2023.
    • On 1 April 2024, the fee will rise to €3.25.
  • Valencia has announced it will introduce a tourist tax at the end of this year or starting in 2024.
    • Depending on the accommodation type, the tax will be between 50 cents and €2 per night.

A tourist tax (sometimes called a culture tax or bed tax) is already charged in:

  • Austria.
  • Belgium.
  • Bulgaria.
  • Croatia.
  • Germany.
  • France.
  • Czech Republic.
  • Greece.

Useful guides on this topic

Travel (self-employed)
What journeys qualify for tax relief? Where is the base of operations? What is business travel? Can a home be a workplace? What case law is there?

Travel (employer's guide)
How do employers apply the tax rules to travel costs? What is available for subsistence costs? What are the rules on home-to-work travel?

Travel and Tax: At a glance
What are the rules for claiming tax relief on the costs of travel, subsistence and accommodation?


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