Portugal travel: Is it safe to travel to Portugal? Latest FCO advice

Portugal is visited by around 2.5 million Brits each year, with hot summers and stunning beaches perfect for a holiday or long weekend. However travel this year has faced upheaval due to the ongoing pandemic, and restrictions can be brought in at any time.

The Government has made it clear they are not afraid to bring travel restrictions in at any point, with quarantine for countries who face climbing coronavirus cases.

Travellers who visit countries on the Government’s quarantine list must self-isolate for 14 days on their arrival back into the UK.

In what has been dubbed the Government’s ‘whack a mole’ strategy, countries can be placed on the quarantine list with just a few hours notice.

This means for some, holidays have been cut short as they rush to return to the UK before quarantine measures are introduced.

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Is it safe to travel to Portugal? Latest FCO advice

The Government are due to make a statement on whether some countries will be removed from the travel corridor list, meaning travellers would have to quarantine on arrival back to the UK.

Portugal is one country where coronavirus cases have been slowly creeping back up, and with the Government’s no tolerance method when it comes to removing the green light for travellers, it could soon join the quarantine list.

There were 23.0 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in the country in the seven days to Wednesday, up from 15.3 a week earlier.

Holidaymakers booking flights home this week to avoid potential quarantine have been paying hundreds of pounds each due to high demand.

British Airways was selling airfares from Faro – which serves Portugal’s Algarve – to Heathrow for as much as £554.

Current Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice at the time of writing states Portugal remains on the travel corridor list, but this could change.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said a decision on whether to impose restrictions on the countries would be announced on Friday.

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If travelling anytime soon, there are some things to be aware of if arriving in the country, as in mainland Portugal you will be subject to health screening.

If travelling to Madeira, Porto Santo or the Azores, you must take a COVID-19 test before you travel or on arrival.

Greece is also under scrutiny after reports have come of people returning to the UK with coronavirus.

The Scottish Government is requiring travellers from the country to self-isolate for 14 days from Thursday, while Wales has imposed the measure on arrivals from the island of Zante.

In Greece, the seven-day coronavirus case rate is 13.8. 

While in Ireland the rate is 15.3 and 14.7 in the UK.

In Buckinghamshire, two groups of people have tested positive for coronavirus after returning from abroad.

This included a group of teenagers from the Marlow area who are reported to have been on a trip to Zante.

Buckinghamshire Council said some of them were pupils at Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School and all the affected households were self-isolating.

Tour operator Tui also said it was aware of a “small number” of positive COVID-19 test results after a flight from Heraklion in Crete to London Stansted on August 27.

One passenger on the flight, who had been contacted by NHS Test and Trace and asked to self-isolate, complained “hardly anyone” on the flight had been wearing a mask.

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