Green light deal alert: London to Portugal from £30 return for summer travel

May 10, 2021

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Last Friday, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced the long-awaited traffic light system for leisure travel from 17 May. Each destination has been added to a green, amber or red category. The bad news is that most foreign destinations have, at this stage, landed on the amber or red lists, meaning you will have to quarantine on your return, either at home for amber destinations or in a managed hotel facility for red countries.

It’s not all bad news, though. Amongst the small list of green countries, which still requires you to have two COVID-19 tests, was one of the best European options for a summer beach break: Portugal. This has long been a favourite for British travellers seeking a slightly different break from the usual bucket and spade hotspots like Spain, Turkey and Greece.

Even with so few options for a summer holiday right now, there are still great prices to be found to Portugal.

Related: Airlines quickly ramp up summer schedules following green list announcement

While the U.K. ban on foreign leisure travel will end on 17 May 2021, note that as of the time of publication, Portugal is not allowing entry to tourists arriving on flights from the U.K. The Telegraph reports the Portuguese government is meeting on 13 May to discuss reopening the country to foreign tourists such as those from the U.K., so you may want to give yourself a buffer when looking at flights.

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Ryanair will allow you to change the date of your flight up to two times at no cost for bookings made before 30 June, for travel before 31 October 2021, though a fare difference may apply. This is handy if you need to delay your travel until entry restrictions are relaxed.

It’s also worth considering making bookings on credit cards or with companies that are covered by ATOL or ABTA protection so that if the company goes bust before the trip, there is a route to recovering your money. Also, ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.

Airline: Ryanair
Routes: STN to OPO/FAO/LIS
Cost: £30+ return
Travel dates: June and July 2021

Related: 13 of the most beautiful villages in Portugal

Here are a couple of examples of what you can book:

London Stansted (STN) to Porto (OPO) for £30 return:

London Stansted (STN) to Faro (FAO) for £30 return:

London Stansted (STN) to Lisbon (LIS) for £32 return:

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