The Portuguese Ministry of the Interior announced on Saturday that the country will allow tourist arrivals from most European countries from Monday. All types of travel will be allowed by citizens from countries where the number of infections does not exceed 500 per 100,000 inhabitants.
“People from European Union countries with less than 500 cases of infection per 100,000 inhabitants will be able to travel to Portugal of any kind,” the Portuguese Ministry of the Interior said in a press release.
Need a test
However, there are some restrictions. All passengers over two years of age will need to have a negative PCR test result, done in the last 72 hours, before traveling to Portugal. Airlines that accept passengers without tests will be punished with “a fine of 500 to 2,000 euros per traveler,” the ministry said.
Portugal still maintains travel restrictions only to those necessary for eight countries, including five from the EU. These are Cyprus, Croatia, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Sweden, as well as South Africa, Brazil and India. Travelers from these countries are also quarantined for 14 days.
These restrictions do not apply to travel for business purposes, study, family reunification or for health reasons.
Connections with Great Britain
Portugal gave the green light to travel from the UK on Friday. Connections to the country were suspended in January and then re-established in mid-April, but only for journeys deemed “essential”.
On May 29, thousands of UK fans are expected in Porto, where the final of the Champions League football will be played between Manchester City and Chelsea London.
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