Portugal to quarantine unvaccinated British tourists for 14 days

A woman wearing a protective mask walks in Lisbon downtown amid the coronavirus disease pandemic, in Lisbon, Portugal, June 24, 2021. — Reuters pic
A woman wearing a protective mask walks in Lisbon downtown amid the coronavirus disease pandemic, in Lisbon, Portugal, June 24, 2021. — Reuters pic

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LISBON, June 28 — Passengers arriving in Portugal from Britain must quarantine for 14 days from Monday if they are not fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, the Portuguese government said in a statement late on Sunday.

The new rule, which will remain in place until at least July 11, comes amid a surge in cases in Portugal, where the number of daily new Covid-19 infections is back to February levels, when the country of just over 10 million was still under a strict lockdown.

Daily positive cases have also been rising in Britain for a month.

Britons arriving in Portugal by air, land or sea must show proof they are fully vaccinated or self-isolate for 14 days at “home or at a place indicated by health authorities,” the government said in a statement.

Britain, one Portugal’s biggest sources of foreign tourists, removed the southern European destination from its quarantine-free travel list earlier this month. Germany declared Portugal to be a “virus-variant zone” last week, a measure that will trigger severe restrictions on travel to and from the country.

Portugal, which faced its worst battle against the coronavirus earlier this year, is on Britain’s amber list, meaning holidaymakers must self-isolate for 10 days when they return home and take expensive Covid-19 tests.

Portuguese health authorities have blamed the more contagious Delta variant, first identified in India but rapidly spreading in Britain too, for the recent rise in infections. Over 70 per cent of Covid-19 cases in the Lisbon area are from the Delta variant. — Reuters

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