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Football shirts or swim shorts mean no entry for Brits to Mallorca

It’s no secret that Spain is the most visited country by British tourists, with 18 million visits in 2019 from the sun-seeking public. We flood the Costa del Sol and the Balearic Islands in search of beaches and sun, as well as a relative acceptance of our bullish culture.

But that could change with business leaders in Playa de Palma declaring themselves sick of “drunken tourism”, reports The Sun. The Daily Star reports that resorts on the island have warned travelers that football shirts will not be permitted alongside strapless tank tops, swimwear and accessories purchased from street vendors.

The declaration came very early in the season, but a group of restaurants in seaside resorts have banded together and will now require tourists to obey a dress code. If holidaymakers do not follow the rules and dress improperly, they will be refused entry. So, if you plan to fly to Playa de Palma, make sure you don’t carry any of the prohibited items.

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Prohibited clothing includes:

  • Strapless Tank Tops
  • Swimsuit
  • Swimwear
  • All accessories purchased from traveling vendors
  • Soccer strips

A total of 11 restaurants have signed up to the ban so far, all associated with Palma Beach, but that could increase over the summer. QR codes will be placed at the entrances to inform customers of the dress code.

Palma Beach CEO Juanmi Ferrer said: “The situation on public roads is worse now than in 2017, 2018 and 2019. We already consider the lost season in terms of controlling incivilities. We need the support of the authorities because neither the businesses nor the locals can stop it.”

Juanmi noted that restaurants hope to “re-educate” tourists through “friendly” communication so that they learn to change their attitudes over time. Any vacationer spotted wearing clothing with logos of companies that “promote drunken tourism” will also be banned.

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And, only “simple clothes” will be allowed with rules stating that items from street vendors will see customers kicked out. Playa de Palma has many street vendors selling novelty items like neon clothing, umbrella hats, flashing sunglasses, gold chains, and glow-in-the-dark accessories.

Restaurants enforcing the ban said there would be no flexibility at night while during the day certain allowances could be given. And, the clothing ban is not the first attempt by resorts to curb drunken behavior among rowdy Brits.

Earlier this year, holidaymaker Jason Walker, 42, was furious to discover that his all-inclusive hotel in the Balearic Islands would only serve six alcoholic drinks a day to guests.

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The new rule affects some resort areas in the Balearic Islands, including Palma, Ibiza and Magaluf – but not all hotels, so check the fine print on your holiday contract. Resort regulations now state that “alcoholic beverages will be limited to six per day” in an attempt to curb anti-social behavior on the islands.

There is also believed to be a ban on pub crawls, happy hours and two-for-one drink deals in certain areas and those who break the rules will face hefty fines.

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