Flight restrictions are "another adversity" – Algarve Tourism Region

By TPN/Lusa, in Algarve · 24-12-2020 07:00:00 · 5 Comments

The president of Tourism Algarve Region has said that the restriction imposed on flights from the United Kingdom due to a new type of the virus that causes covid-19 represents another form of “adversity” for the sector.

“This is a year in which everything happened and the end of the year was already very limited, both by the rules that are observed all over Europe, which are our main markets [of tourists to the Algarve], but also in the national market. And this is yet another adversity, which obviously also has an effect on the region, which is the main gateway for British people to enter the country”, said João Fernandes to the Lusa News Agency.

The President of the Tourism Algarve Region (RTA) thus reacted to the decision announced on 20 December by the Portuguese Government to impose restrictions on the entry of passengers on flights from the United Kingdom to Portugal, authorising only the entry of nationals or legally resident in Portugal, upon presentation of a negative laboratory test of covid-19.

"We had planned about 40 commercial flights - in addition to the planes that arrive at Faro airport with some regularity - for this week's exercise, from Monday to Sunday", said the president of the RTA when referring to the impact that the decision of the Portuguese Government.

João Fernandes acknowledged that the region will “see some cancellations” of these flights, but considered that “the great exercise that the Algarve now has ahead of it is to reach Easter as a safe destination” with regard to the covid-19 pandemic.

“Obviously, it is very important that we take care of all the issues in this matter. It is no accident that all European countries are observing restrictions very similar to those that the Portuguese Government has also presented”, he added.

Asked if even the resumption from Easter may be in question, João Fernandes replied that “it is premature” to make this prediction “when specialists and epidemiologists still reveal a lot of ignorance about this new strain” of the new coronavirus (SARS-Cov- 2), which was detected in the south of England and led several countries to restrict air connections from the United Kingdom.

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I came here with my daughter on the 22nd December 2020. We knew that a Covid test was mandatory at Faro and we agreed to do it. It cost 100euros and was worth every penny we would not want to come here and infect anyone. To my knowledge everyone without a Covid test was tested I quite a long queue, everybody body behaved impeccably and with professionalism and were kind. We tested negative and are grateful for the opportunity to stay here for a while.

By Liz Jones from Algarve on 05-01-2021 04:15

We were refused a flight from edinburgh to faro on Saturday 2nd jan. It was absolutely impossible for us to turn up with any sort of covid test due to test center closures during the new year period- disgusted by ryanair's lack of understanding

By Alan W from Algarve on 05-01-2021 03:43

It's not the flights that are restricted it is the nationality of the passengers. If Portugal were concerned about Covid it would either ban all flights or allow them subject to passengers presenting a negative Covid-19 test. The current position defies logic and sense.

By Ian Lee from UK on 26-12-2020 09:14

Everyone needs to wear a mask OUTSIDE INSIDE EVERYWHERE or else this Virus will destroy the Economy of Portugal completely,God help all the countries that dont adopt this without delay.

By Bobby S from Algarve on 25-12-2020 10:24

The Country is being bought to its knees by the decisions that are having a very negative impact on travellers trying to come to Portugal and Residents 100 euros for a test and hours and hours at the airport best of luck complete madness,just put people in ISOLATION for 10 or a 1000 euro fine for not conforming.
If Faro gets any flights at all what is the political nuts thinking of ,they will kill the economy completely if it's not bad enough already,yet they think this will be sorted and better by Easter Madness complete Madness to think this will be sorted anywhere near summer let alone Easter.What I would like to know is how many so far have had a negative test via the airport test and the information printed.

By Bobby S from UK on 24-12-2020 10:44
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