Algarve hotels call for an end to mandatory PCR testing for Brits

By TPN/Lusa, in News, COVID-19, Tourism · 03-06-2021 08:00:00 · 4 Comments

The mandatory PCR test to detect covid-19 in tourists arriving in Portugal from the United Kingdom should end to guarantee the Algarve's competitiveness, argues the main regional hotel association.

Speaking to Lusa News Agency, the president of the Association of Hotels and Touristic Enterprises of the Algarve (AHETA) highlighted that the requirement for PCR tests increases the cost of vacations, especially for families, which may be a negative factor for the region in relation to other tourist destinations such as Spain, which has already announced it will not require them.

“At stake, from our perspective, is that the required tests are very expensive, cost three or four times more than simple [antigen] tests, and that, makes the vacations in the Algarve excessively burdensome for tourists”, said Elidérico Viegas.

The president of AHETA defended, therefore, that, as the United Kingdom is the country with the highest rate of vaccination in all of Europe, the Government could "lighten a little" this requirement”.

According to Elidérico Viegas, when choosing a holiday destination, the British market will find that the "family has to pay relatively expensive tests for all" of the elements and "this is reflected in the increase in the cost" of the stay, which "takes away competitiveness [to the Algarve], comparing to destinations that do not have this requirement”.

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Elderico... last week he was promoting that the entire Algarve population needs to be vaccinated. Today he wants to scratch the PCR tests. The logic doesn't add up.

Too many clowns in this circus.

By Joao from Beiras on 03-06-2021 11:41

This is indeed an issue, the problem is also the return leg back to the UK. However it appears that today, 03/06, Portugal may well be removed from the green list. Thank you to all the football fanatics from both here and the UK who seem to have put our recovery into peril. The tourisim industry in the Algarve is desperate for guests but it looks like 2021 will be the same as 2020, miserable.

By Charles Northover from Algarve on 03-06-2021 11:22

Another outrage by the greedy selfish hoteliers

Putting their dirty money above the health of the resident population

This country is a joke,they will do anything for cash.Just look at the Porto fiasco last week a total disgrace and a disgraceful contradiction to how everyone else is supposed to abide by the rules.

Maybe instead of paying almost slave labour minimum wages of 600 euros a month before tax,they should put something back into society and the environment,rather than simply playing by their own rules and disregarding everyone else.

By James from Algarve on 03-06-2021 10:55

Our family were meant to be visiting us in August but due to the blatant profiteering by labs conducting the (not fit for purpose) PCR tests they are no longer coming. The “pandemic” project is fulfilling its goal of the breakdown of society perfectly.

By SS from Algarve on 03-06-2021 10:10
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