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Tourist Tax in Barcelona – WHY, FOR WHO and WHAT IS IT?

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Written by Daniella

Tourist tax in Barcelona is one of the most controversial topics to talk about when it concerns your holiday destination, and this tax is still something we have to get used to. The tax measure came into effect in Catalonia in 2012, and it is still in force today.

Any tourist rental property must apply this tax and add it to its tourist rent, and subsequently it must be paid to the city council. In this article we will explain more on tourist tax in Barcelona, and whether you are a tourist or rental property owner, we hope to take away any doubts or questions on the subject.

Tourist tax in Catalonia

First and foremost, you must be aware that Barcelona levies a tourist tax, and the main reason for this is that the autonomous community of Catalonia has a tax for all tourist accommodations in the region.

The hight of the tax depends on the type of accommodation your are staying in and the location of the accommodation, and the fee is therefore different in Barcelona compared to the rest of Catalonia. The name of the tourist tax is officially Impuesto sobre las Estancias en Establecimientos Turísticos (or IEET).

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What does tourist tax in Barcelona mean?

Barcelona’s tourist tax is an extra tax levied on your stay in a tourist accommodation, but only in the city of Barcelona. Prices vary depending on the type of your chosen accommodation.

The tax is, however, limited to a maximum of seven days per person, and the stay must be in the same accommodation and without any interruption.

Children under the age of 16 and tourists that come to the city with a public subsidy from another European country are exempt from paying this tourist tax, and so are those who have been relocated for emergency or health reasons.

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How much tourist tax must be paid in Barcelona?

As of April 1, 2022, tourist tax in Barcelona is as shown in the table below. Tourist tax in Barcelona city and when staying in a holiday apartment costs 4 euros.

Type of accommodation Tariff by Catalonia province Surcharge by Barcelona City Total (per person per night)
5 Star Hotel, luxury camping or similar (EB1) 3,50€ 1,75€ 5,25€
4 Star Hotel or similar (EB2) 1,70€ 1,75€ 3,45€
Other accommodation (EB3) 1,00€ 1,75€ 2,75€
Tourist rental accommodation (EB4) 2,25€ 1,75€ 4,00€
Cruise ship stay over 12 hrs (CR1) 3,00€ 1,75€ 4,75€
Cruise ship stay less than 12 hrs (CR2) 1,00€ 1,75€ 2,75€

Source: GENCAT

As of April 1, 2023, the surcharge by Barcelona City will be 2,75€.

Who pays this tourist tax?

Tourist taxes must be included and shown in the price that is paid by guests. The amount must be mentioned clearly on the invoice. The cost of the accommodation must be stated, and the amount of the tourist tax must be clarified separately. It must include the number of days and the tax code of the type of accommodation.

Pay tourist tax in Barcelona

Pay tourist tax in Barcelona

How and when must tourist tax be settled with the administration?

The tourist tax in Barcelona (or any other Catalan town) must be settled online with the Agència Tributària de CatalunyaTourist tax must be declared and paid every six months, and at the start of every half year you will get 20 days to complete the declaration and payment process.

Tourist tax is levied on customers and guests, but it is ultimately up to the owner of the accommodation to comply with tax regulations and submit corresponding taxes.

Hopefully we have been able to answer all of your questions on tourist tax in Barcelona in 2022. If we haven’t, don’t hesitate and contact ShBarcelona. We are here to help you any way we can.

About the author

Daniella

Daniella enjoys everything the city of Barcelona has to offer. She writes, translates and loves discovering Catalonia and its beautiful nature.

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