Portugal officially off the UK “red list”

By TPN/Lusa, in News, COVID-19, Tourism, UK · 19-03-2021 01:00:00 · 6 Comments

Direct flights to the UK are now authorised and Portugal has been removed from the “red list” of countries as of 19 March, bringing hope to the tourism sector of Portugal.

The decision was taken “following indications that the risk of importing a worrying variant from these destinations has been reduced,” states the UK Ministry of Transport, noting that “Portugal has taken measures to mitigate the risk of its links with countries where the variants have become a concern and now has genomic surveillance in place”.

However, air connections are not expected to resume immediately, as the Portuguese Government has extended the suspension of flights, commercial or private, with origin or destination in the United Kingdom and Brazil until 31 March.

Despite this easing of restrictions, the lockdown rules due to the Covid-19 pandemic remain in England, so it remains prohibited to travel without valid justification, meaning that holidays in Portugal remain off the cards for now.

The Minister of Internal Administration, Eduardo Cabrita, stated that the departure of Portugal from the British ‘red list’ is “something extremely positive”, and demonstrates the “recognition” of the “path” that Portugal has followed “in the last few weeks”.

“It is naturally something extremely positive because there was no basis for this inclusion of Portugal in this list”, defended Eduardo Cabrita.

He added that Portugal has “particularly low incidence indicators” with regard to the pandemic situation and sais that the country needs to “continue the effort to consolidate these results” and will remain “attentive” to the risk of the variant detected in the United Kingdom and “its impact on Europe”.

“But, obviously for Portugal, these decisions, both the German decision last Friday and this British decision, are the recognition of the path that, collectively, we have been taking in recent weeks”, he concluded.

The removal from the “red list” has also been welcomed by the president of the Algarve Tourism Region (RTA) who has said that the new situation is “welcome” and reflects the “positive epidemiological situation” in Portugal.

“For the Algarve it is good news, because the British market is one of the main outbound tourism markets, it allows British citizens to plan their summer vacations and to be able to begin to start taking care of their travel insurance, which was not possible for them with Portugal included in the list”, João Fernandes told Lusa.

For João Fernandes, the British position “gives a clear signal that the destination [Algarve] is prepared to receive tourists from that country, but it is not yet the final signal that is desired.

“The signal we want is for British citizens to be able to travel abroad, a reality that will only become clear as of May 17, because at this moment they can only go on essential trips,” he recalled.


The British have a deadly convid variant, that not only affects Europe, but also the USA,Canada, & the World. The British have the habit of being snubs, and blaming others. Just to save face. & Divert attention from their own problems. Tony, Canada

By Tony from Other on 19-03-2021 11:34

Porton Down

By James from Algarve on 19-03-2021 05:41

Look we are delighted that Portugal is off the red
list. But they should not have been put on it in the first place. Viruses mutate into variants, the flu viruses has hundreds of mutations every year and it kills 25,000 Brits annually even with flu jab. Same for SarsCov2! In fact Portugal had plenty of variants when Britain announced the Brazilian, S African variants. Variants are no big deal !

By James McDonald from UK on 19-03-2021 02:23

There are people that are always going to have a difference of opinion,but it's the EU you should be having a go at,it's just not the English,look at the rest of Europe and the world a right bloody mess what's the Algarve meant to do most hotels shut,businesses closing or closed for good,thousands of people out of work its just a few of you tucked up in your home with no worries,its a lot bigger picture than you few,unless you want society to collapse completely because the EU cant continue to bail everyone out .Life is all a gamble but it needs to be done.Finally the UK found the variant because they have the best places in the World at PORTLAND DOWN were the world turn to for help.That is the only reason it's called the UK variant it could have come from anywhere in the world like it came from China in the first place.

By Bobby S from Algarve on 19-03-2021 11:24

I agree!

By Diana from Beiras on 19-03-2021 10:24

What shall they do in Portugal ?
We have the general rule: Stay home !!
With some exceptions for buying food. going to hospital....

Shall the turist be locked in in their rooms?

Or gather arounf the pool with ½ meter distace ?
And fill restaurants that are closed ?

Why do they think that tourist can do everthing. And resideces need to fooolow hard rules ??

The British mutation is today dominating the spread of Covid19.
Whay do we want that here ?

By Gustav from Algarve on 19-03-2021 01:12
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