Portugal holidays: Britons offered loophole to Algarve to avoid ‘ridiculous travel ban’

Portugal holidays: Britons offered loophole to Algarve to avoid ‘ridiculous travel ban’

The UK government published a list of countries last week that can be travelled to without Britons facing quarantine rules on their return. Despite being a very popular holiday destination with Britons, Portugal did not make the cut which left many British holidaymakers disappointed. It comes as Portugal has experienced a sudden spike in coronavirus cases in its Algarve region and Lisbon.

“We want to see a return to normal international travel with Portugal, but we can only act once we are certain that we can do so safely and responsibly.

“At the current time we are advising against travel to mainland Portugal.

“The requirement to self-isolate on return to the UK from Portugal remains in place, including those who have returned from Portugal by transiting through other countries.

“We call on all travellers to act responsibly in order to minimise the risk to UK public health of visitors importing infection.”

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website says islands surrounding Portugal such as Madeira and the Azores are exempt from FCO advice.

The website reads: “From 4 July, Madeira and the Azores are exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel.

“This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

“However, the requirement to self-isolate on return to the UK from Portugal, including Madeira and the Azores, remains in place.”

The FCO added that anyone arriving in mainland Portugal will be subject to a health screening.

The website added: “Your temperature will be checked and if it is high or you show signs of being unwell, you will be referred to the health authorities at the airport.

“You may be required to take a COVID-19 test and to self-isolate at your accommodation until the test results are known.”

The country’s prime minister, Antonio Costa has said that his foreign secretary has spoken to the UK’s counterpart, Dominic Raab over the travel quarantine exemption.

Mr Costa said: “The foreign minister had a long conversation with his counterpart.

“It is very important we build a confident relationship.”

Published at Wed, 08 Jul 2020 10:23:00 +0000