Portugal has been removed from the exemption list by the UK government
After a brief fling on the exemption list lasting just 4 weeks, Portugal has now again been removed by the British government.
UK citizens need to be home by 4 AM Saturday morning to avoid having to do a 14 day quarantine period on return.
Transport secretary Shapps announced on Twitter this evening: ” ‘Data shows we need to remove PORTUGAL (minus the AZORES and MADEIRA), HUNGARY, FRENCH POLYNESIA and REUNION from the Travel Corridor list to keep everyone safe.
‘If you arrive in England from these destinations after 4 am Saturday, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days.
‘Through enhanced data, we now have the capability to assess islands separate to their mainland countries. If you arrive in England from the AZORES or MADEIRA, you will NOT need to self-isolate for 14 days.
‘This week, SWEDEN has been ADDED to the Travel Corridors list. If you arrive In England from Sweden, you will NOT need to self-isolate for 14 days.’
Mr Shapps added that all travellers returning to the UK must now complete a Passenger Locator Form to ‘protect public health’ and ensure self-isolation rules.
‘It is a criminal offence not to complete the form and spot checks will be taking place,’ he said.
It’s a devastating blow for Portugal who has recently seen an influx of tourists especially from those who would normally travel from Spain, just as they rebooted their tourism economy it will be now become desolate as their neighbours Spain are encountering.
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