Tourist tax in Spain is in effect only in the territories of Catalonia and the Balearic Islands and is regulated by the law, DOGC # 6094, instituted March 23, 2012. In 2015, Madrid planned to introduce a comparable tourist tax, but this measure was not approved.
Tourist tax in Spain is also called ‘urban tax’ or ‘fee.’ It is levied from tourists (including both foreigners and residents of other Spanish regions travelling around Catalonia) and is paid to the local budget. The tax rate is established at the municipal level.
The tax is paid when checking out of hotels. In the invoice, this tax stands out on a separate line as “Tasa turística.” It should be mentioned that the tax is charged only for the first seven days of a hotel stay. Starting on the 8th day, even if you continue to stay in Catalonia or the Balearic Islands, you do not have to pay the tourist tax any longer. The tax is levied only from tourists older than 16 years.
How is the tourist tax in Spain calculated?
The tax rate depends on the municipality and class of the hotel.
- Barcelona – 2.5 euros per person/day
- Other cities – 2.5 euros per person/day.
- Barcelona – 1.10 euros per person/day
- Other cities – 0.90 euros per person/day
Other accommodation options (1-3* hotels, hostels, aparthotels, camping grounds, apartments with tourist licenses, etc.):
- Barcelona – 0.65 euros per person/day;
- Other cities – 0.45 euros per person/day.
The above-indicated tariffs include VAT in the amount of 10%.
Catalonia directs all funds obtained from tourist tax payments in Spain to the development of tourism, improvement of service quality, creation of new tourist products and services, development of infrastructure, and the continued attraction of tourists, livability and restoration of the tourist centers, etc.
If you would like to learn more about the tourist tax in Spain, contact our INEEDSpain service center, where our specialists will be glad to answer all your questions.