Health secretary Matt Hancock has said a decision on Portugal’s quarantine status is likely to be announced on Friday (4 September).
Portugal was added to the UK’s quarantine-free travel corridor list on 22 August following a steady and persistent decline in the country’s rate of coronavirus infection.
Several operators, including Jet2holidays, Tui and Riviera Travel, quickly added additional Portugal capacity, or pledged to restart operations in the country.
However, Portugal is now facing the very real prospect of being removed from the UK’s travel corridor after just a fortnight, with Covid cases having risen to around 22 per 100,000 people over seven days – above the UK government’s 20 per 100,000 over seven days threshold.
A decision on Friday, though, would deviate from previous quarantine updates, typically delivered by transport secretary Grant Shapps in a tweet shortly before 5pm on Thursdays.