Portugal drops quarantine requirement for unvaccinated UK travellers

Sep 3, 2021

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Portugal’s government has lifted the quarantine requirement for unvaccinated visitors from the UK, a big step that makes it much easier for Brits who are not fully vaccinated to visit the country. The new rules took effect from 1 September and have now been updated on the FCDO website.

Brit holidaymakers who are not fully vaccinated now only need to show a negative PCR test result taken no more than 72 hours before arrival, or a negative antigen test from 48 hours before travel, to enter mainland Portugal. Children under the age of 12 are not required to show negative tests.

Fully vaccinated travellers must, of course, show proof of inoculation and unfortunately vaccination does not remove the test on entry requirement.

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This is a significant change in Portugal’s COVID-19 policies. Previously, you had to have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before travel to avoid having to quarantine upon arriving in mainland Portugal. Authorities had implemented the self-isolation requirement in June. That change in policy came after the U.K. unexpectedly booted Portugal off its green travel list and dropped it to the amber list and its more stringent protocols. Unvaccinated children entering from the U.K. did not need to quarantine provided they were travelling with a fully vaccinated adult.

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The easing of the quarantine mandate for visitors who have not been double-dosed is seen as a promising sign for boosting tourism from the U.K., which is a key market for Portugal’s tourist industry. Around 34,000 Brits currently live in Portugal with millions more visiting each year.

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