//Green list destinations: Portugal

Green list destinations: Portugal

Portugal is golden beaches, labyrinthine cities, fresh cuisine, and ancient history that can be experienced in medieval town centres. Year-round sunshine ensures the country’s enduring popularity with visitors from around the world, drawn by its diversity of beaches, expansive golf courses, gastronomy and wine, and hospitality of the Portuguese people.

Is Portugal on the green list?

Portugal including the Azores and Madeira made it on to the UK’s green initial list of countries – providing a much needed boost for the travel industry. Sadly, from June 8, the country will be placed on the amber list.

Will I have to quarantine?

The government has set up a traffic light system, which categorises countries based on risk alongside the restrictions required for travel. The Department for Transport said that key factors in the assessment include:

  • the percentage of their population that have been vaccinated
  • the rate of infection
  • the prevalence of variants of concern
  • the country’s access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing

People arriving from amber list countries will have to quarantine for 10 days at home. They will have to take a pre-departure test, then a PCR test on days two and eight, but there will be an option for “test to release” in which they can end self-isolation early if they test negative on day five by purchasing an extra PCR test.

Portugal has confirmed that tourists from the UK will be able to travel to the country from May 17. Visitors must have had a negative PCR result within the previous 72 hours.

How do I get there?

According to Cirium, more than 1,800 flights are scheduled to depart from the UK to Portugal in June – which accounts for almost 345,000 seats available Seven airlines are scheduled to operate flights from the UK to Portugal in June, including Ryanair, easyJet, British Airways, TAP Portugal, Tui Airways, Wizz Air UK and Jet2.