The National Maritime Authority (AMN) has announced a prohibition on using loudspeakers or other portable sound equipment that can disrupt other persons on Portuguese beaches, with fines of up to €4,000.
According to local media, AMN’s ruling determines that the use of sound equipment and the growth of noise-generating activities that may cause a nuisance are prohibited.
AMN invites anyone who is bothered by the noise of speakers or similar equipment to inform the authorities.
“The supervision is the responsibility of the local entities of the National Maritime Authority and the police or administrative authorities competent for the matter or area of jurisdiction,” the document explains.
Individual fines can range between €200 and €4,000, while corporate fines can range between €2,000 and $36,000.
The least fine that holidaymakers would face if they are caught is €200, but repeat offenders can face a bill of €3,400. The fines for groups can amount to €31,000.
The restriction was issued before of the peak tourist season in popular places such as the Algarve, which attracts over one million British citizens each year, while the overall number of British tourists to Portugal each year is around 2.5 million.
Portugal has become a popular tourist destination for British tourists, as there are no longer any limitations preventing them from visiting this coastal country. In other European nations, British nationals must queue alongside all other third-country nationals, which can be time-consuming and inconvenient, whereas Portugal is the first European country to let British nationals to circumvent long lineups for manual checks. Travelers from the United Kingdom were no longer treated as third-country nationals, as required by Brexit.
However, British people are cautioned that new post-Brexit passport restrictions apply in the country, and travelers should ensure that their passport was issued within the last ten years and is valid for at least three months after the date of departure.
Each city in Portugal has its own set of rules and regulations, but they all have a lot to offer. For example, Lisbon is a terrific location for people looking for a city vacation, and it offers some of the most cheap costs, with inflation rising by only 2% since last summer.