Minister ensures Portugal complied with rules on entry of British tourists

By TPN/Lusa, in News, COVID-19, World, Tourism · 23-06-2021 20:10:00 · 3 Comments

The Minister of Foreign Affairs has assured today that Portugal complied with public health rules regarding the entry of British tourists, after Angela Merkel's criticism of the European lack of coordination regarding travel in the European Union.

“What we said was that British travellers who come to Portugal, with a negative test on arrival, can enter Portugal. That does not mean that Portugal is open to the English without taking care to check their health conditions in regards to covid-19”, said Augusto Santos Silva in the European Affairs parliamentary committee.

“It is difficult to understand the positions of some member state governments that now want to propose new criteria. What we have done in relation to the British is that from the 1st July the new criteria will be mandatory within the EU”, said the minister, who was answering a question from the PCP on travel rules for EU citizens.

On Tuesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized the lack of common rules in the European Union (EU) regarding travel, giving as an example the situation of increased contagion in Portugal, which in her view “could have been avoided” , referring in particular to the permission given by Portugal, which currently chairs the Council of the EU, for the entry of tourists – such as the British.

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The government decisions have to weigh the socio-economic impact of restrictions as well as the public health benefit. Restrictions can destroy people’s livelihoods and the families they support. Just as infections can. You are assuming UK tourists are the dominant source of the Delta variant, which seems unlikely given the relative prevalence in LVT versus Algarve.

By Adrian from Lisbon on 24-06-2021 09:51

Maddow, wait for what?
UK tourists tested negative 2x before at arrival and departure?
How's the spread promulgated? Are the tests as flawed as been suggested time and again?
Then how are we measuring the pandemic without tests? Most positive cases have mild or no symptoms.

By Paula from Algarve on 24-06-2021 06:37

It was an unnecessary risk which Portugal has taken again by letting tourists from the UK. They could have waited until July or Aug.

By Maddox from Lisbon on 23-06-2021 10:05
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