Will I be able to holiday in Portugal this summer season?
For many holidaymakers, Portugal is a much-loved destination as it offers sandy beaches, an enormous number of landscapes, assume Algarve, nice cityscapes such Lisbon and Porto, it’s fast to get there from the UK and most of all it’s inexpensive.
Portugal is at present on the UK journey purple listing – the one European vacation spot on there, together with 32 different high-risk international locations, together with the continent of South America and lots of African international locations.
That implies that direct flights to the UK are banned from these international locations and UK residents coming residence should quarantine for 10 days in a quarantine lodge close to to their port of entry and for out up to £1,750 per particular person for room and board.
In a tit-for-tat measure, Portugal has banned flights from the UK over the Kent variant.
According to UK transport secretary Grant Shapps, Portugal was flagged for inclusion on the purple listing is due to its “strong travel links with Brazil” and by extension fears over the Brazilian variant getting into the UK.
Portugal has taken steps by banning flights from Brazil some weeks in the past. Since then solely two circumstances of the variant have been discovered. By distinction, six have been discovered in the UK in the final two weeks.
Still, the UK stays involved and won’t take Portugal off the purple listing till Portugal can present that there is no such thing as a main threat or that the Brazilian variant just isn’t a risk i.e. that current vaccines can work successfully towards it.
Grant Shapps mentioned travelling overseas would depend upon “everybody having their vaccinations” in the UK – and doubtlessly overseas.
Under the current circumstances, no viable date may even be guessed till the established order on variants adjustments. In any case, it’s unlawful to journey anyplace till May 17 (that magical day when a holiday might be taken – pending a evaluation after all) and Portugal has not given any indication as to when it should take away its ban on non-essential UK arrivals.
We will preserve you posted.