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The Portuguese Government has announced that British tourists will be welcome once again from midnight on Monday 17th May, but must have had a negative PCR test result within the previous 72 hours.
Portugal was placed on England’s ‘Green List’ last week, meaning that from 17th May, there is no requirement to quarantine when arriving back home.
A statement from the Portuguese Foreign Ministry confirmed the new plan:
“With an air capacity from (at least) 21 airports in the United Kingdom into Portugal, reinforced due to the high demand from this market, the options are wide for the British tourists to visit Portugal from any point… People from the United Kingdom have visited Portugal and celebrated our culture, traditions, landmarks, history, and enjoyed our warm hospitality for decades. We look forward to welcome all travellers coming from the UK.”
João Fernandes, the president of the Algarve Tourism Board, welcomed the decision, “It’s really important because the UK is our main market and there isn’t the concern about the [health] risk because they have the best pandemic indicators.”
I’m sure many readers will be keen to get away this summer, and Portugal is the first ‘mainstream’ realistic option available – as well as being a wonderful destination in its own right. Hopefully we will see more countries added to the Green List in the coming weeks and months.