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COVID-19: Portugal confirms British tourists with negative coronavirus test allowed to travel from Monday | UK News

Portugal has confirmed that British tourists will be able to visit the country from Monday.

The country’s foreign minister said anyone arriving from May 17 must have had a negative PCR result within the previous 72 hours.

Existing travel restrictions on travel to the country from Britain will end on Sunday, the minister added.

It follows an earlier uncertainty after the Portuguese government declared a “state of calamity”.

It later emerged that this was linked to domestic issues with the coronavirus that could involve local lockdowns or the mandatory wearing of a mask in some settings.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Tuesday that from May 17 the restriction on “stay in the UK” will be lifted, meaning people will be able to travel to Green List countries such as Portugal without self-isolate upon their return.

The latest announcement will come as a relief for holiday companies who have reported huge demand for travel to Portugal after the greenlist was published.

EasyJet has added 105,000 more seats to its flights serving green tier destinations, while Tui plans to use planes that normally operate long-haul routes to meet the influx of people booked to get there.

Thousands of British football fans are hoping to travel to Porto, mainland Portugal, for the all-English Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea on May 29.

UEFA had previously confirmed that 6,000 tickets would be made available to each of the finalists, with the final capacity limit at the Estadio do Dragao still to be determined.

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This notice was published: 2021-05-14 11:37:00