Portugal removes all Covid entry requirements | Holidays in Portugal
Portugal has become the latest country to drop all Covid travel restrictions so UK tourists no longer need to show proof of vaccination or take a test. The country previously required all travelers to show either proof of vaccination or a negative PCR/antigen test, but this changed with the immediate entry into force of the new rules.
The Visit PortugalThe website said the rules applied to all “national territory”, including the Azores and Madeira, but the measures could be reviewed “depending on the evolution of the pandemic”. Face coverings remain mandatory on public transport, in taxis and when visiting care homes, retirement homes and health facilities. Social distancing and frequent hand washing are always advised.
Many European countries, including Austria, Greece and Croatia, have now removed restrictions for British travelers, regardless of their vaccination status. However, some Covid entry rules are still in effect for visitors to France, Malta, the Netherlands and Spain. Arrivals from the UK must present a valid vaccination, recovery or PCR test certificate when entering France, Malta and Spain, and in the Netherlands only tourists holding a vaccination certificate or recovery are allowed to enter the country.
The news comes as British Airways announced it planned to cancel more than 1,000 additional flights this summer from Heathrow and Gatwick due to staff shortages. More than 100,000 travelers planning to visit popular holiday destinations such as Malaga, Palma and Faro will be affected.