Portugal’s Tourism Minister Says No Vaccine Needed For Brits This Summer

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Sevilla students in second Covid macro outbreak after Algarve trips
Sevilla students in second Covid macro outbreak after Algarve trips. Image: commons wikimedia

Portugal’s Tourism Minister Says No Vaccine Needed For Brit Holidaymakers From May or June.

RITA MARQUES, Portugal’s Secretary of State for Tourism told LBC News that dependent on the pandemic’s situation at the time, the country could open up to British tourists from May or June, with only proof of a negative PCR Covid-19 test taken before travel being sufficient for entry.

Also posting on Twitter, Portugal’s Tourism Minister wrote, “Soon we will receive all those who are eager to visit us, and will be able to do so with confidence and in a safe way.”

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At the moment, Portugal is on the UK’s ‘red list’, which means that UK residents returning to the country will need to quarantine for 11 days in a hotel – costing £1,750, but, there are hopes that when Boris Johnson makes his foreign travel announcement on May 17, Portugal will be removed from this list, and placed in the green category of the new ‘traffic light’ system that the UK government is going to operate for foreign travel.

Yesterday, easyJet chief executive Johan Lundgren told Sky News, that he expected all major European nations to be among ‘green’ destinations after May 17, meaning travellers will not need to self-isolate on their return, and was then asked whether the green list would include Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Turkey, France, Croatia and Cyprus, despite some having much higher daily case rates than the UK.

Mr Lundgren replied, “Yes, by the time we open up for travel on May 17, and if the government continues to have the plan in place on the two-test system. I wouldn’t see a reason why you wouldn’t have the majority of the countries of Europe in there,” as reported by dailystar.co.uk.


Chris was born in a small village in Wales, where he ran his own successful construction company for many years, before deciding in 1990, to swap the grey skies and rain for the sunshine and lifestyle of the Costa del Sol. Late last year he made the move to Southern Portugal, and is now residing on the Algarve. Having sang and played in a rock band back in Wales, he still likes to go out and entertain in his spare time, singing in restaurants and golf clubs. Interests are of course music, especially from the 60s and 70s, movies, nice restaurants, and has a passion for graphic design and online marketing.

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