Holiday plans were thrown into chaos yet again for British tourists marooned in Portugal as the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, announced that the country had been removed from the UK’s quarantine exempt list.
HUNGARY has also been removed from the quarantine exemption list, meaning holidaymakers must now rush home or face two-weeks in isolation.
Travellers arriving in England from French Polynesia and Reunion must also self-isolate for 14-days from 4am on Saturday.
The ‘safe to fly’ travel corridor between Portugal and the UK had only been opened on August 22, but due to rising coronavirus cases the popular holiday destination has now been removed from the governments ‘green list’
Two of Portugal’s islands, Madeira and the Azores, are however exempt from the new rule under the Government’s plan to impose regional travel corridors.
Both Portugal and Hungary have seen daily cases rise above 20 per 100,000 people, figures from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) show.
Portugal has shown a steady rise in cases since it had been removed from the UK’s quarantine list three weeks ago.
It now reports a total of 1,852 deaths amid 62,126 confirmed infections.
It also registered 646 new cases of coronavirus yesterday, which is the nation’s highest figure since April.
Airlines are already being accused of profiteering as seat prices double leaving many people angry and frustrated.
Travellers stuck in France recently experienced the same situation when the UK removed it from the ‘green list’.
Wales and Scotland had already imposed their own self-isolation rules on Portugal, with Nicola Sturgeon also recently mandating 14-day isolation for arrivals from Greece and Wales adding six Greek islands to its list.