Tipping

How much' Leaving a small tip is customary, although the amount is up to you.
Where' In bars, restaurants and hotels.
Percentage' From 5-10% of the cost of food or drink.

Emergencies

In the event of an emergency, phone 112 and the Balearic Emergencies Service will attend to you in four languages (English, Catalan, Spanish and German). This Service co-ordinates all calls for ambulances, fire brigade and security forces through this telephone number to provide a rapid and effective response in whatsoever emergency.

Family pets

Those who wish to visit the Balearic Islands with their pets must check beforehand to see whether pets are permitted in the accommodation establishments they have chosen and the requirements they must comply with to enter Spain with pets. Furthermore, breeds considered dangerous must travel with a certificate. In any case, the general and specific norms on the use of leashes, muzzles and other applicable laws must be observed. In general, pets are not allowed in bars, restaurants, markets and public transport, except guide dogs. For further information, please consult the Tourism Office.

Opening times

• Business hours: Normal business hours are from 09.30 to13.30 hrs. and from 17.00 to 20.00 hrs. However, supermarkets and department stores are generally open from 9.30 to 21.30 hrs. These shopping centres are also open on certain public holidays.

• Entertainment Centres: Bars, pubs and discos are generally open almost all week until 03.00 or 4.00 hrs. in the morning and, at weekends, until the early hours of the morning.

Public holidays

• 1st January
• 6th January
• Maundy Thursday • Good Friday
• Easter Monday
• 1st May: Labour Day
• 15th August: Lady Day
• 12th October: Virgen del Pilar, Patron Saint of Spain
• 1st November: All Saints Day
• 6th December: Spanish Constitution Day.
• 8th December: Immaculate Conception
• 24th December: Christmas Eve
• 25th December: Christmas Day
• 26th December: St. Stephen's Day

The number of bank holidays and fiestas is decided on each year, although this list may change slightly.
Furthermore, each place has its own patron saint day. Please consult the Tourism Office.

Currency

As in the rest of Spain, the official currency is the Euro.

There are coins of: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, and coins of 1 and 2 Euros.

There are notes of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 y 500.

NOTE! Any amount in excess of 6,011 euros that enters or leaves Spain must be declared.

Electricity

Electricity is, in general, 220 V., although you could find 125 V. on occasion.

Petrol

Petrol Stations sell Unleaded gas (95 or 98 octane) and Diesel. In addition, many service stations also have a supermarket, restaurant, newsagent, etc.

Consulates

GREAT BRITAIN
Isidor Macabich, 45 - 1r
07800
+34 971 315428
Fax: +34 971 301972

Click here to see a list of other Consulates on the Island

Duty Free Allowances

Goods obtained in Mallorca will already include VAT and the applicable duty. No additional VAT or Customs duty will be payable on entry into the UK. There is no limit to the amount of excise goods (such as tobacco or alcohol) you can bring into the UK, provided these are carried by you and are for your own use - which includes gifts. If you bring in goods for resale, or for any payment, even payment in kind, they are regarded as being for a commercial purpose.
If you bring back large quantities of alcohol or tobacco, a customs officer may ask you about the purposes for which you hold the goods. This particularly applies if you have with you more than the following amounts:

  • 3200 cigarette
  • 400 cigarillos
  • 200 cigars
  • 3kg smoking tobacco
  • 10 litres of spirits
  • 20 litres of fortified wine
  • 90 litres of wine
  • 110 litres of beer.

The officer will take into account all the factors of the situation and your explanation. If you are unable or you refuse to provide a satisfactory explanation the officer may well conclude that those goods are for commercial purposes and not for your own use.

If the officer is satisfied the goods are being brought into the UK for a commercial purpose, and are not for own use, the goods will be liable to seizure and may not be returned.
For the latest information please visit:- http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/

Category: Mallorca Life