The UK government has been reviewing its travel corridor list on a weekly basis to halt the spread of coronavirus. Countries at risk of being removed from the list are those with more than 20 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period. Last week saw the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Jamaica removed from the list.
The next update is due tomorrow, with many people anticipating that Portugal will be removed after it crossed the UK’s coronavirus threshold.
One expert, Paul Charles, CEO of travel consultancy, The PC Agency has been posting daily updates on Twitter regarding countries’ case rates.
He posted today: “Weds update: #Portugal stays well above the @transportgovuk ’20’ criteria.
“Difficult for #UKGov to ignore its own rules.
“Good news is that #Italy #Greece are stable in green zone, making the decision by @scotgov seem extreme and at odds with @PHE_uk.”
He added: “#UAE #Jamaica seeing much higher numbers.”
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One Twitter user said: “If Portugal is to go back on the quarantine list, why not just announce it now instead of waiting till Thursday.
“Give people more time to come home and more people with holidays booked to make other arrangements.”
Another said: “Due to fly to Faro on Wednesday and in two minds to go or not.
“May book one way flight out of Portugal to a country not likely to go on quarantine list as a backup.”
Another Twitter user posted: “Think I’m just going to wait until the week of my holiday to decide if I should change it… if Portugal is fine I will stay going there.
“If it’s not I’m going to see if I can move the Greece holiday I moved to next year back for this year.”
One user bought more return tickets for Friday to avoid possible quarantine.
They said: “I just managed to buy another three tickets to return to London on Friday arriving at 23.40 in Stansted avoiding the quarantine, I have been searching since Saturday and I only found three tickets today with Ryanair paying another £1250 for three of us and losing my Sunday tickets, just crazy.”
easyJet has already sold out all its flights from Faro, in the popular Algarve region, to airports in the UK yesterday, Today and Friday.
Flight prices from Portugal back to the UK have also skyrocketed.
British Airways is selling seats on a flight from Faro to Heathrow tomorrow for £554, while the same journey can be made seven days later for just £139.
Skyscanner is currently offering flights tomorrow direct from Faro to London from £75.
However, flights to some regional airports are more than £200.
It’s likely that if Portugal is removed from the travel corridor list then Britons will have until 4am on Saturday to return to the UK without facing quarantine for 14 days.
Thousands of people have travelled from the UK to Portugal since the country was added to the Government’s quarantine exemption list on August 22, with airlines increasing capacity to meet high demand.
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