As tentative signs start to emerge of a revival for the travel industry, our minds are turning to potential holiday destinations for this summer.
With excellent surfing, outstanding city break destinations and the world’s favourite custard tarts (pasteis de nata), Portugal has long been a favourite holiday destination for Brits.
But can British holidaymakers even get there? And will we be welcome?
Here’s everything you need to know.
Am I allowed to travel to Portugal from the UK
- The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued a blanket warning against all non-essential international travel in March, but this has now been lifted for more than 80 destinations.
Mainland Portugal initially didn’t make the cut – the warning was only eased for the Azores and Madeira – but as of 20 August the whole country was added to the “safe” list after infection rates dropped.
How could I get there?
Flights are operating between the UK and Portugal.
Tap Air Portugal is operating 14 weekly flights between Heathrow and Lisbon.
Ryanair is currently operating one return flight a day between London Stansted and Lisbon – outbound journeys can be pricey, whereas the return leg can be picked up from just £14.99.
EasyJet’s started flying to Lisbon from 7 July from London Luton.
Will they let me in when I arrive?
Yes – border restrictions have been lifted on mainland Portugal and its territories of the Azores and Madeira archipelagos (though the latter two have their own rules on testing and quarantine) for certain countries, including the UK.
The country’s tourist board is doing its utmost to convince tourists it’s safe to return, saying: “The situation is evolving very positively and the majority of the country will be open with minimum restrictions imposed on the population.”
Will I have to quarantine when I arrive?
In continental Portugal, there’s no quarantine or self-isolation period required – although there are temperature checks in place at the airport. If yours is 38 degrees or over, or you show signs of being unwell, you will be referred to the health authorities at the airport and may be required to take a Covid-19 test and self-isolate at your accommodation until the test results are known.