Algarve Tourism president Joao Fernandes has hailed the UK government’s decision to lift its travel restrictions on Portugal, claiming the region is among the safest places to be in Europe.
Portugal will be added to the UK’s travel corridor list during the early hours of Saturday morning (22 August) meaning holidaymakers will no longer have to self-isolate for a fortnight upon their return to the UK.
The Foreign Office has also extended Portugal’s exemption to its global no-travel advisory to cover the entire mainland. It had previously only been extended to Madeira and the Azores.
“It was a long time coming, but we are really delighted with the decision to lift the quarantine requirement," said Fernandes.
"We have very low Covid rates. The Algarve is one of the least affected regions in Portugal. The latest figures show just 0.05% cases per 100,000 inhabitants, so it’s one of the safest places you can be.
"We were quick to adopt preventive measures and extensive testing at an early stage to mitigate spread of the pandemic, as a result we have had much fewer cases than other European countries."