UK Holidaymakers Welcome In Portugal


UK Holidaymakers Welcome In Portugal

Portugal’s foreign minister has said anyone in the UK thinking of going to Portugal this summer will be “most welcome” amid coronavirus.

Augusto Santos Silva said he hoped an air bridge between the UK and Portugal could be secured by the end of June.

The UK is set to give more details of its plan to force arrivals into quarantine for 14 days later.

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel will say air bridges to countries with low virus infection rates are possible in future.

This would mean that people arriving from certain places will not have to self-isolate.

However, that will only apply to countries with low Covid-19 infection rates, she is expected to tell MPs. She will also say that the planned quarantine for arrivals is necessary “to prevent a second wave of the virus”.

Meanwhile, Heathrow boss John Holland-Kaye has told BBC Breakfast that travellers will have to fill out details of where they will be staying to quarantine, when they book their flight.

He said there will then be “spot checks” within the immigration area, where the Border Force officers will check if people have filled out their form.

“All of the form-filling will take place before you get on a plane, and will be done online. The government will be able to check information before people get onto a plane,” he said.

Some countries have already started to ease travel restrictions. The German foreign minister Heiko Maas said the country would lift a travel ban for EU countries, as well as the UK and a handful of others – as long as they do not have large-scale lockdowns in place.

However, Germany will advise against travel to Britain for as long as the UK government demands a 14-day quarantine for new arrivals.

Limited nightlife

Portugal’s Mr Santos Silva told the BBC that an agreement between the UK and Portugal could be in place by the end of June, meaning that holidaymakers returning to the UK from Portugal would escape the quarantine rules.

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He said any travel quarantine “was an enemy of tourism”, but that he respected the UK government’s decision to enforce one on almost all arrivals to the UK from next Monday.

Mr Santos Silva said “rules” would ensure that people would be able to holiday safely.

The minister suggested that nightlife in Portuguese resorts this summer would be very limited and people would not be allowed to congregate in groups at night.

He said hotels and apartments which comply with standards set by the tourism board would be labelled as “clean and safe”.

UK Holidaymakers Welcome In Portugal


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