Portugal: Holidaymakers share experience of getting back to UK
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Portugal has imposed new quarantine restrictions on UK arrivals amid growing concerns over the spread of the Delta variant. Travellers from the UK who have not yet been fully vaccinated will be subject to 14 days of mandatory quarantine when arriving in the country.
The new rule, which comes into force today, will see UK arrivals having to prove they have had two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine.
It is thought the quarantine requirement will remain in place until at least July 11.
According to the Portuguese authorities, the self-isolation period may be undertaken “at home or a place indicated by health authorities”.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) updates its travel advice page for Britons warning of the new rule change.
In its latest update, the FCDO explains: “From 00:01 on June 28, if you have travelled from the UK to mainland Portugal, you must quarantine for 14 days in the place you are staying or at a place indicated by the Portuguese health authority, unless you can show you have been vaccinated with an EU approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to travel.
“You must be able to show you have completed the vaccination programme.”
It adds: “The rules on quarantining apply to passengers arriving by air, as well as by road, rail or sea.”
While Portugal is currently on the UK’s amber list, its archipelago Madeira is to be moved to the green list as of Wednesday, June 30.
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So far, Madeira has not said it will impose a similar rule.
However, travellers jetting off to the country will still be expected to show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test.
The FCDO states: “With the exception of children up to, and including, the age of 12, all travellers to Madeira and Porto Santo must complete and submit a traveller questionnaire.
“If you are travelling with a child aged 12 or under, include their details in your questionnaire.”
Travellers must also “take a RT-PCR test 72 hours before travel and upload the test result to the traveller questionnaire.
“You may not need a RT-PCR test if you are able to demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status.”
Those who arrive in Madeira without proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test “will have to take a test on arrival and remain in government-provided accommodation until the results are known.”
However, the testing requirement does not apply to those who can provide they have had both doses of the vaccine at least 15 days prior to travel.
“If you live in England, the authorities in Madeira and Porto Santo will accept your NHS COVID Pass as evidence of your COVID-19 vaccination status,” explains the FCDO.
“If you live in Scotland or Wales, the authorities will accept your respective NHS certificate to demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status.
“Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.”
Though mainland Portugal has not yet confirmed the form of evidence required for entry, it is likely the NHS COVID pass will be accepted.
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