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PORTUGAL: Why is Portugal not on the air bridge list?

PORTUGAL holidays are not back on the menu from the UK just yet, as the Government prepares for another potential U-turn in the face of coronavirus demands. Why is Portugal not on the air bridge list?

Portugal may rank amongst some of the UK’s most coveted tourist destinations, with millions likely eyeing a future vacation to the summer hotspot this season, but they may be disappointed by recent movements within the Government. Officials are now looking to overturn the UK’s embattled quarantine policy in a bid to allow the tourism industry a fighting chance ahead of a faltering economy. A new policy will look to form “air bridges” with other nations, but Portugal may not make the list of proposed destinations.

Why is Portugal not on the air bridge list?

The incoming air bridge scheme partners the UK with other countries without the need for a quarantine on entry.

Government rules currently require people to self-isolate for two weeks in a property after landing, which matches the average holiday length and effectively rules out most visits.

The new policy will mean this is not necessary for some destinations between the UK and other nations with low coronavirus incidence.

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— Express