Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Britons Rushing to Leave Portugal Before New Quarantine Requirements Come into Force

The United Kingdom’s latest entry requirements got British travellers leaving the country before Tuesday morning in order to avoid the ten-day quarantine requirement and be administered two COVID-19 tests upon return, which they have to pay for by themselves.

The move followed United Kingdom’s decision to move Portugal from the green to amber travel list, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

Nearly 40 flights were scheduled at Faro Airport in the Algarve to the UK, which accounts for double the figure of regular flights.

On the other hand, tourists are being subjected to a combination of flights being sold out and numerous seats being sold at inflated prices. For example, Ryanair airline charges £285 for Faro to Bournemouth flights on Monday, whereas on Wednesday, the same flight costs £17.

EasyJet flights from Garo to Gatwick cost £227 on Monday and dropped to £53 on Tuesday.

Previously, passengers have reported long waiting queues at Faro Airport, resulting in many travellers missing flights while waiting to get tested for COVID-19. Portuguese authorities had warned travellers to get tested at local laboratories before departure, but they were subjected to a long-hour wait to get tested to return to their home countries.

Despite the country having back up on border control services, Portuguese authorities struggled to handle work capacity as 189 flights left Faro airport with over 8,000 passengers in the last two weeks.

Many holidaymakers and travelling companies were distressed when the announcement on Portugal was made last Thursday, as it came just 17 days after the ban on international travel was ended.

Nearly 112,000 British tourists were left in limbo after the announcement, which was a result of the traffic light system’s first review. According to British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, the new rules imposed came after COVID-19 mutation was detected in Portugal.

Afghanistan, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Sudan, and Trinidad and Tobago were moved to the red list, in which are grouped countries with a high risk of COVID-19 spread.

Although the European Union is set to introduce its EU vaccination certificate starting on July 1, numerous countries have already started implementing the document, one month ahead of the deadline. The UK has voluntarily exempted itself from the initiative, but Ireland is set to implement the document in order to revive tourism and promote safe travelling.

Based on World Health Organization data, in the last 24 hours, two deaths from COVID-19 and 612 new positive cases were reported in Portugal.

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