Portugal was removed from the UK’s red list this week, meaning that UK tourists will no longer need to quarantine when they return from the popular holiday destination. Although it was good news for Portugal, travellers now returning from Croatia to the UK have to self-isolate for 14 days. Austria and Trinidad and Tobago were also added to the quarantine list.
The new changes came into place at 4am yesterday.
The Portuguese government was pleased with the UK’s decision.
Prime Minister of Portugal Antonio Costa welcomed back British tourists.
He said in a tweet: “The UK is adding Portugal to its list of travel corridors from Saturday, 22 August. To the Portuguese Community in the UK and to British visitors: bem-vindos, welcome back!”
Now, budget airline TUI has announced that it will be restarting flights and package holidays to Portugal from August 29.
A TUI spokesperson said: “We’re really pleased the Government has confirmed British travellers will be able to holiday to Portugal without the need to quarantine on their return to the UK.
“In line with the latest advice, we will be resuming flights to Portugal from August 29.
“We look forward to welcoming our customers back very soon.”
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TUI is a popular airline and holiday company with thousands of Britons.
TUI is the largest leisure, travel and tourism company in the world, and it owns travel agencies, hotels, airlines, cruise ships and retail stores.
It comes as Jet2 also revealed that it will be relaunching its flight and holiday offers to the Algarve in Portugal as of Monday.
The budget-friendly provider will see its first flights depart to Faro, in the Algarve, from August 24.
Passengers can jet off on weekly flights to the destination from all nine of Jet2’s UK bases.
Airports serving the holiday hotspot include Belfast International, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, London Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle.
Flights to Madeira will continue to run from Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and London Stansted.
According to Skyscanner, bookings for Portugal spiked over 2000 percent immediately following the quarantine exemption announcement.
Flights to Portugal with Jet2 for September are around £130.
Jo McClintock, Senior Brand Director for Skyscanner said Portugal remains a “firm favourite” despite the country being absent from the travel corridor list.
“Travellers in the UK are reacting to changes as they happen and are coming onto Skyscanner to look and book their travel as soon as they know they can get away within the restrictions, generally travelling within a very short time of booking.
“Portugal is a firm favourite and Brits have been longing for the Algarve over the past few months, so we expect it to climb up the top search and booking lists quickly, and to stay there as long as the restrictions allow easy movement travel to the UK.”
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