Updated : 01/02/2012
As an EU national, you cannot be charged a higher price than local residents when buying products or services anywhere else in the EU, unless the price difference is justified (see below).
Tourist attractions sometimes charge visitors a higher price than local residents. This is unlawful discrimination and you should not accept it.
It is unlawful discrimination when, for example:
If you find yourself in such a situation, you should exert your rights. The EU advice or assistance services can help you with this.
Some price differences are justified (such as higher shipping costs for delivering items to foreign customers).
Bart, from the Netherlands, visits his friend in Germany and goes to a swimming pool. He is charged a higher price than local residents, and wonders if this is unlawful price discrimination.
In this case, the price difference is justified. As the swimming pool is run by the local authority and financed by local taxes, local residents have already contributed to the running of the pool and therefore enjoy a lower entry price.
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In this case, the 27 EU member states + Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway