Can I travel to Portugal? UK amber list rules and quarantine restrictions

BRITS who have been fully vaccinated could soon travel to amber list destinations without having to quarantine on their return.

With most of Europe on the amber list, here is what you need to know about holidays to Portugal.

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Is Portugal on the green list?

Portugal was removed from the green list last month, after being added just weeks ago.

Assessments are based on a range of factors, including the proportion of a population that has been vaccinated, rates of infection, emerging new variants, and access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing.

It is now on the amber list – this means Brits will need the following when returning to the UK:

  • A negative test taken pre-arrival
  • A mandatory ten-day quarantine at home
  • Two Covid tests, taken on day two and day eight

If double vaxxed Brits are able to travel to amber list countries, then they will be able to skip the quarantine but will still need to have negative Covid tests.

The Portuguese island of Madeira is not on the amber list – it was added to the UK's green list last week, meaning Brits can visit without having to quarantine when returning home.

What are the travel restrictions for Portugal?

Portugal welcomed Brits back last month without having to quarantine, only requiring a negative Covid test to enter.

However, they have since changes the rules, with only fully vaccinated Brits now allowed to enter.

This means Brits with no jabs or just one jab must quarantine for 14 days on arrival.

According to the UK Foreign Office, the new rules only apply to mainland Portugal.

Stricter COVID-19 rules are being be imposed across the Lisbon region and Algarve tourism hotspot Albufeira as Portuguese authorities try to control a rise in infections that threatens the country's summer holiday season.

Restaurants, cafes and non-food shops in Lisbon and Albufeira must close at 3:30pm during weekends.

Here is the full list of countries on the green list, amber list and red list right now.

Malta is also only allowing fully vaccinated Brits to enter the country, after it was added to the UK green list.

Spain, which once allowed people from the UK in with no restrictions, now requires doubled-jabbed Brits or Brits with a negative Covid test.

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