Portugal to allow EU and UK tourists with a negative coronavirus test

Visitors will need proof of negative result within 72 hours of flying

Tourists relax in a cafe in Porto, Portugal, as the country gets ready to welcome visitors back. Reuters.
Tourists relax in a cafe in Porto, Portugal, as the country gets ready to welcome visitors back. Reuters.

Portugal will allow tourist flights from EU countries with low infection rates and from the UK, but passengers must show a negative coronavirus test on arrival.

The announcement came a day after the Portuguese tourism authority gave the green light to UK tourists to enter the country from Monday.

The Interior Ministry said the ban would be lifted on European countries with less than 500 infections per 100,000 people.

Tourists from Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland are also allowed to start flying to Portugal.

Visitors will have to show proof of a negative test taken up to 72 hours before a flight and airlines will be fined between €500 ($607) and €2,000 for each passenger who boards without presenting proof of a negative test.

Portugal currently allows only essential flights for professional, study, family reunion, health or humanitarian reasons.

Travellers from countries where 500 or more cases per 100,000 people have been reported over a 14-day period can only enter Portugal if they have a valid reason, such as for work or health care. Arrivals must then quarantine for 14 days.

Updated: May 15, 2021 06:59 PM

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