Portugal has been removed from the UK’s travel ‘red list’
Visits to view real estate have been given a massive boost for Brits as Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores) will be removed from England’s red list effective from 4 am on Friday 19 March.
You can see the Gov.uk link here
The flight and maritime ban from Portugal will be removed following evidence that shows the risk of importing a variant of concern from these destinations has reduced. Portugal has put steps in place to mitigate the risk from its links with countries where variants have become a concern and now has genomic surveillance in place.
This means that passengers arriving in England from Portugal will no longer be required to quarantine in a government-approved facility for a minimum 10-day period (which had cost £1,750 per person).
However, they must still self-isolate in their own home for 10 days on arrival in the UK and take a Covid-19 test on day 2 and day 8.
They will also be able to end self-isolation early through the Test to Release scheme.
The Portuguese government has already indicated that it hopes to reopen tourism from mid-May to British holidaymakers who have been vaccinated or tested negative for Covid-19, while the UK’s ban on international travel is set to be lifted at around the same time - 17 May at the earliest. Direct flights from Portugal to the UK are also set to return from April.
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