Portugal holidays: FCDO issues new update on Portugal as nation reassesses ‘risk levels’

Portugal added to England’s travel quarantine list amid pandemic

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The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has updated its travel advice page for Portugal after the nation provided additional information on “entry requirements” and “risk levels” in some regions. While Portugal is currently on the UK’s “red list”, with flights temporarily suspended, British residents who need to return home can do so via alternative routes.

However, upon entering the UK they will be required to quarantine in a Government approved hotel, footing the bill for the 10 day stay themselves.

Portugal has since updated its entry requirements for Madeira, Porto Santo and mainland Portugal.

Furthermore, there has been a recent “re-assessment of risk levels” in the Azores.

On its Portugal travel advice page, the FCDO explains: “Travel to Portugal is limited to EU/EEA nationals and their family members; UK and other non-EU/EEA nationals who are officially resident in Portugal or in another EU member state; and UK and other non-EU/EEA nationals who are travelling for essential purposes.”

Those hoping to enter Portugal are required to take an RT-PCR Covid test within 72 hours of departure and will only be permitted entry if this test is negative.

In a new update, the FCDO adds: “If you arrive in Madeira or Porto Santo without an RT-PCR test, you will be required to take one at the airport and to repeat it five to seven days later.

“From the day you arrive in Madeira or Porto Santo until you receive the results of this additional test, you must remain in isolation.”

Restrictions across Portugal vary based on the current Covid risk assessment.

Until further notice, there is a band on travelling between municipalities on weekends from 8pm on Friday until 5am the following Monday.

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The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a “state of calamity”.

Until further notice residents must stay at home on weekdays from 7pm to 5am and on weekends and public holidays from 6pm to 5am.

The autonomous region of the Azores is currently in a “state of emergency”.

Across the Azores there are five levels of risk including “very low”, “low”, “medium” and “high”.

Each level has its own corresponding restrictions, however, currently all islands are classified as “low risk”.

However, the FCDO adds: “In response to an increase in the number of cases, there are restrictions on travel to and from the northern part of the parish town of Rabo de Peixe on the island of São Miguel until further notice.

“You should avoid travelling to or through this area of the town.”

For British residents and nationals hoping to return from Portugal, there are also strict requirements in place.

“Visitors who have been in or transited through Portugal (including the autonomous regions of Madeira and Azores) in the previous 10 days cannot enter England,” states the FCDO.

“British and Irish nationals, and third-country nationals with residence rights in the UK arriving in England from Portugal, including the autonomous regions of Madeira and Azores, will be required to quarantine in a hotel.

“UK nationals in Portugal who wish to return to the UK will have to travel via other airports.”

Those allowed to enter the UK include holders of certain visas, such as the leave to enter or remain, students and workers.

It also includes those who have rights of entry under the Withdrawal Agreements, as well as family members of EEA nationals with rights under the same agreement.

Arrivals will be required to pay £1,750 for the 10 days spent in the quarantine hotel, plus an additional £152 for any extra days they need to stay due to a positive Covid test.

“You could be fined up to £10,000, imprisoned for up to 10 years, or both, if you do not provide accurate details about the countries you have visited in the 10 days before you arrived in the UK,” warns the Gov.UK website.

“If you break the quarantine rules you may face a penalty of up to £10,000.”

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