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Portugal drops tests for fully vaccinated British travellers

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After 21 weeks wherein British guests to mainland Portugal have been obliged to check earlier than journey, the federal government in Lisbon has dropped the requirement for absolutely vaccinated arrivals from the UK.

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The Overseas Workplace recommendation has been up to date with the change to say no check is required for travellers from the UK to Portugal “when you have an NHS Covid Move … or an EU digital Covid vaccination certificates displaying you’ve been absolutely vaccinated with an EU-approved Covid-19 vaccine at the very least 14 days earlier than you journey”.

All vaccines administered by the NHS within the UK are accepted by the European Union.

Beginning with the resumption of worldwide leisure journey on 17 Might 2020, Portugal was for a short while the one main European vacation vacation spot on the UK’s “inexperienced checklist” – from which quarantine was not required.

The federal government in Lisbon initially insisted on a PCR check earlier than departure from the UK to mainland Portugal, usually costing £80-£100, even for absolutely vaccinated travellers.

The demand was later downgraded to a less expensive and sooner lateral circulate check. However due to extremely complicated info on the Go to Portugal web site many British holidaymakers wrongly believed they have been exempt from the necessity to check if they might present proof of vaccination.

As southern European nations compete for autumn and winter arrivals from the UK, that’s now the case.

Jet2 warns passengers that correct NHS certification – both on-line or on paper – is required. “Please word, what you are promoting card-sized paper Covid-19 vaccination report card isn’t an appropriate type of vaccine standing proof and may’t be used to enter,” the agency warns.

Unvaccinated adults and kids aged 12 or over should proceed to take a lateral circulate check inside 48 hours of arrival in mainland Portugal.

The nation’s Atlantic islands – Madeira and the Azores – haven’t demanded checks earlier than arrival.

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