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"‘Tourists are welcome’ in Portugal – with no quarantine on arrival"

"As countries reopen their borders across Europe, you’ve probably been wondering whether a Mediterranean summer break is still on the cards. On the one hand, Greece, Italy, Spain and Turkey have all announced they’ll be opening up to overseas visitors in June or July. On the other hand, Cyprus has said it’ll only admit travellers from a short list of countries, at least to begin with. But there’s one country we haven’t heard much about – and it turns out it’s already open for the summer. Portugal is open and ‘tourists are welcome’, according to the country’s foreign minister Augusto Santos Silva in an interview with the newspaper Observador. Although the country’s land border with Spain will remain closed until June 15, travellers arriving by air will not be quarantined. Instead, they will face only ‘minimal health controls’ in accordance with the country’s lockdown rules. After the country experienced a relatively ’rona-free spring, cafés and restaurants reopened in Portugal in May. Hotels and other accommodation will join them from June 1, with local tourism boards awarding a new ‘Clean & Safe’ badge to hotels and restaurants who’ve implemented new hygiene measures – including no free-for-all buffets. Locals and visitors alike are required to social-distance at all times and wear face coverings on public transport, with masks also recommended for all public outings. Beaches will reopen on June 6, and a new app will help monitor capacity to help maintain distance between sunbathers: a sophisticated solution compared to the roped-off cabanas being implemented by beaches elsewhere. With the city delights of Lisbon and Porto and the sunny Atlantic coastline of Albufeira and the Algarve at your disposal, it all sounds pretty dreamy. (It’s worth noting that island provinces outside mainland Portugal will apply stricter rule: Madeira will confine travellers for 14 days and the Azores will require a recent, negative test result before permitting entry.) Flights are already running to Portugal’s three major airports and more airlines are resuming routes soon. Flights will be permitted from all countries in the European Schengen travel zone except Spain and Italy, plus the UK, US, Canada, Brazil and a handful of other Portuguese-speaking countries. It has also been reported that the UK and Portuguese governments are in talks to establish an ‘air bridge’ that would let British holidaymakers skip quarantine measures if they’re returning home from Portugal. So, er, what are you waiting for? See you on the praia. Remember, many countries are still warning against all non-essential travel and some are quarantining all overseas arrivals, including their own returning citizens. Check all the relevant restrictions before you think about travelling."



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