Unvaccinated UK visitors forced to quarantine in Portugal
Update 30/06: NHS App not currently accepted in Portugal as proof of vaccination.
Just as the UK announced its updated green list, which includes favoured holiday destination Madeira, Portugal has declared that anyone travelling from the UK will be forced to quarantine for 14 days unless they can prove they had been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days prior to travel. This is rule came into effect immediately.
Portugal isn't the only country concerned with the UK's rising infection rate; Spain, Italy, Poland, and Malta have imposed similar restrictions, and France is expected to follow suit. German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has declared that the Delta variant of the coronavirus is so widespread that UK citizens should be outright banned from travelling in the EU. This is currently being discussed by the EU's crisis committee.
It is important to note that while Portugal is requiring unvaccinated and newly-vaccinated UK travellers to quarantine, Madeira is not. These current restrictions will last until July 11th, where they will be reviewed and possibly continued.
This is certain to be sad news for UK residents hoping to enjoy the summer sun. Only last month, Portugal was removed from the UK's green list, meaning that returning travellers were not forced to quarantine and only required a single COVID-19 PCR test. Under current rules, you must not only quarantine for 10 days, but also take two PCR tests, which could cost up to £200.
How to prove you are vaccinated
As of the 30th of June, UK travellers must provide physical evidence of their vaccination, as Portugal does not currently accept the NHS App. This applies to anyone aged 18 or older. People under 18 will not be asked to quarantine.
Before departure, you must show a negative PCR test (if you are aged 12 or older), complete a passenger locator form, and have your temperature checked on arrival. If you are traveling to Madeira, you will need to complete extra forms.
Will we be getting refunds?
Unfortunately for consumers, airlines are not obliged to give refunds if you miss your return flights due to quarantining. If your flight is completely cancelled because of changes in travel restrictions, then you will be eligible for a full refund.
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