Like much of the rest of Europe, Spain has adopted a law against smoking in enclosed public places. The 2006 law was further strengthened in 2011 and, of course, it also applies at Alicante Airport.
Smoking anywhere inside the terminal building is strictly prohibited. If you fancy a cigarette before you check in your luggage or before going through security, you will need to do this outside the terminal.
Please note that, due to Covid, the rules around smoking outside are currently stricter than usual. At the moment, you can only smoke in a public outdoor space in Spain if you are able to keep a minimum distance of two metres from other people around you. While smoking, you are required to stay in one spot – smoking while walking is not permitted.
If you are considering going back outside for a smoke after check-in, do remember that it can take some time to get through security. You don’t want to leave it too late and risk missing your flight!
If you have just landed and are keen to light up, you will have to wait until you have cleared passport control, retrieved your bags, and exited the public arrivals hall. For your onward journey, please keep in mind that smoking is not permitted in most rental cars, in taxis, or on public transport.
For many years there was no option to smoke at Alicante Airport after clearing security. However, this finally changed last autumn. A smoking area is now available to passengers on a new terrace, which is part of the Budweiser Bar. This has become a popular space for smokers and non-smokers alike, as it also offers good views. Against the backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea, you can watch the planes take off and land at Alicante Airport. You can have a drink and a bite to eat, as well as a cigarette before it’s time to go to your departure gate.
Smoking in the toilets at Alicante Airport is not recommended, as it is likely to trigger the smoke alarms. This will result in a hefty on-the-spot fine and the procedures involved in this will hold you up, which could even cause you to miss your flight!
The same law that prohibits smoking in public buildings also extends to vaping. However, most airlines and airports will allow you to have e-cigarettes in your carry-on luggage, as long as the fluid is under the 100ml limit. If you are considering a sneaky drag on an e-cigarette, do be mindful that this may trigger the smoke alarms. Please also see the section on smoking fines above.