PORTUGAL has been put back on the UK’s quarantine list, meaning British holidaymakers will have to self-isolate on their return.
This follows a rise in cases of coronavirus in the country, coming just three weeks after it was considered safe.
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Can I go to Portugal for my summer holiday this year?
Travelling to the country will now involve quarantining for 14 days on your return.
The Foreign Office had previously advised against all but essential travel to mainland Portugal.
Madeira and the Azores are on the UK’s safe travel list after recording low infection rates, but holidaymakers had still had to quarantine on their return from the islands until August 20.
Portugal’s cumulative number of cases per 100,000 of the population over the course of seven days is now 19.4.
One of the government’s main benchmarks for imposing quarantine restrictions is that a country’s cumulative number of cases per 100,000 over seven days is below 20.
Paul Charles, the spokesperson for the Quash Quarantine group, said the current infection rate means the country could be taken off the Government’s travel corridor in the coming days.
He told the Daily Mail: “It will need to see a miracle drop in case numbers by Thursday to avoid being added again to the Government’s on-off quarantine list as it is quickly veering into the red zone.”
Will I need to quarantine for 14 days?
Tourists will now have to quarantine for 14 days when returning home from Portugal, if they arrive after Saturday at 4am.
The UK government previously warned: “No travel is risk-free during this pandemic. Anyone travelling abroad should be aware that our travel advice and exemption list is under constant review as we monitor the international situation.”
Madeira and the Azores have only been allowing visitors who have tested negative for coronavirus within the last 72 hours – but this could change depending on infection rates.
Why was Portugal not an air bridge country?
Portugal was left off England’s holiday quarantine-free list when the full list of air bridge destinations was announced last month.
It is understood the government’s decision not to initially include Portugal on the list was down to a spike in coronavirus cases in the capital Lisbon.
Are there flights from the UK to Portugal?
Most airlines are currently operating a reduced flight schedule to Portugal.
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Are restaurants and hotels open in Portugal?
More than a third of hotels in the Algarve opened their doors as far back as June, with 75 per cent expected to be open by now along with beaches.
Restaurants and cafes are also open, but with strict social distancing guidelines.
Cinemas and theatres opened again on June 1.
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