Yorkshire Times
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Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
8:00 AM 18th May 2021

Portugal Breathes Sigh Of Relief

Photo: Nick Karvounis
Photo: Nick Karvounis
As Portugal gets a boost to its tourism coffers, the travel organisation ABTA has given its thumbs up to the PMs decision to include the popular destination on the UK government’s Green List.

In a statement ABTA said: “It is a popular destination with UK holidaymakers – 2.8 million Brits travelled there in 2018. It offers beautiful beaches, fantastic cities and lovely countryside, not to mention a vibrant café and restaurant culture.

“UK tourism is a really important part of the Portuguese economy, contributing half a billion pounds a year in normal times.

“ABTA is providing advice to holidaymakers looking to book and travel on their first trip abroad since the start of the pandemic which includes checking the Foreign Office travel advice, making sure you have all of your travel documents up to date including passport and travel insurance, and booking a package holiday through an ABTA Member for the greatest level of protection.”

Travel to Portugal – what you need to know:

When boarding you will need to show a negative RT-PCR test, which was taken 72 hours before departure.
You may be subject to health screening when you arrive - your temperature will be checked and you may be required to take a further RT-PCR COVID-19 test.
When travelling home, travellers will need to take a COVID-19 test before they leave Portugal and another PCR test on or before day two of their return to England, Scotland and Wales.
Travellers will need to complete a Passenger Locator Form before they return to the UK.
Travellers are advised to check the Foreign Office advice for Portugal before travelling.
ABTA’s checklist for travelling with confidence includes:
Speak to an ABTA Member travel professional to find the best holiday for you and guide you through each step of the journey.
Check the latest Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office travel advice for your destination to find the latest entry requirements and local rules relating to Coronavirus.
Check the Government’s traffic light list to find out what you need to do for your journey back to the UK.
Make out travel insurance as soon as you book and check its cover for Coronavirus.
Make sure all your travel documents are in order, e.g. your passport is valid for your travel dates and you’ve applied for the visas you need.
Research the new measures that will be in place on your journey and in-destination, e.g. the rules around face coverings and social distancing.
If you’re travelling to Europe, check what extra steps you need to take before you go at

ABTA’s advice on travelling during the pandemic can be found at