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New uncertainty for British tourists as Portugal extends “state of calamity” until May 30 | UK News

Britons who hope to vacation in Portugal when travel restrictions are lifted next week face new uncertainty after the country extended its “state of calamity”.

The second highest level of alert will remain in place until May 30 at the earliest, nearly two weeks after the country was added to a “green list” of destinations where holidaymakers can go without having to go. ‘isolate on their return.

Portugal would have been one of the few options for travelers looking for a quick sunny break, like many other countries on the “green list“Are either closed to tourists, either too cold or too far away.

Portugal would have been one of the few options for British tourists seeking the sun

Other popular hot spots such as Greece, Italy, Spain and France are on the amber list, requiring 10 days of isolation and two COVID-19 tests upon their return to the UK.

The new restrictions cast a shadow over the Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea which is due to take place in Porto on May 29 – an event which has already been moved from Turkey, which is on the red list.

When asked if restrictions on travel from the UK would be lifted, Portuguese Cabinet Minister Mariana Vieira da Silva said she had “no information to give at the moment”.

In comments reported by the BBC, she said: “Work is ongoing and as soon as a decision is made it will be announced, but no decision has been taken at this cabinet meeting.”

She said UK fans could still come and watch the football match, but would have to fly in charter planes, arriving and departing on the same day.

The world’s largest travel agency warned her on Thursday may be forced to cancel holiday flights to Portugal, just as the UK is re-authorizing them, due to the EU’s continued ban on non-essential travel from countries outside the EU.

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This notice was published: 2021-05-14 02:53:00