Portugal has imposed stricter restrictions on arrivals from the United Kingdom. The new rules mean travellers will have to quarantine for 14 days, either ‘at home or a place indicated by health authorities’, unless they can present proof of having been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before the arrival.
The requirements will initially remain in place until 11th July. However, authorities said that the new rules could be reviewed ‘at any time, depending on the evolution of the epidemiological situation’.
Travellers from the United Kingdom highly hoped that they could visit Portugal free of quarantine this summer, especially when the country was placed on the UK’s ‘green list’ in May.
However, since then, Portugal has been recategorised as an ‘amber list’ destination, meaning that travellers from must quarantine when arriving back in the UK.
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This latest restrictions by the government of Portugal means unvaccinated travellers will now have to quarantine at either end of their trip, making vacations extremely unlikely in the near future.
Note that the above restrictions currently do not apply to the Portuguese autonomous region of Madeira, which moves to the ‘Green Watchlist’ of UK from 30th June 2021.
The news comes as Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, is understood to be pushing for the EU to designate the UK as a ‘country of concern’ because of the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19.
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