Portugal, including Madeira and the Azores, as well as Mauritius have been removed from England’s red list.
However, Ethiopia, Oman, Somalia and Qatar were added. The changes come into place at 4am on March 19.
British, Irish and third-country nationals with residence rights – including long-term visa holders – arriving from these countries will be required to quarantine in a government-approved hotel quarantine facility for 10 days.
João Fernandes, president of Algarve Tourism Bureau following the announcement about Portugal coming off the red list. “We are delighted with the decision to take Portugal off the red list. We have been able to overcome a second wave of coronavirus, to reduce the infections levels to some of the lowest in Europe.
“The Algarve has always been a favourite holiday destination with British holiday makers and this announcement is a hopeful sign that we will soon be able to welcome them back in early summer. The Algarve offers so much as a holiday destination and last year we were distinguished as the best beach and best golf destination in the world. We can’t wait to welcome back British visitors and share our beautiful region with them once more.”