As of 4 October, the traffic light system that classifies countries according to three risk categories will be scrapped, keeping only a "red list" of countries, for which the limitations will continue to be greater.
The British government intends the measures "to reduce the cost of travel", while continuing to protect public health, said Minister Grant Shapps.
The measures apply to England, as the rules for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are determined by the respective autonomous regional governments, although they have so far remained broadly aligned.
Until now, before returning to England, people travelling from countries on the “amber list”, such as Portugal, had to present a negative antigen test before boarding and carry out a PCR test within the first 48 hours after arrival.
However, for people with full vaccinations, it will be possible to replace the PCR tests required on arrival with antigen tests, which are significantly cheaper.
Non-vaccinated people will continue to be required to take a test before boarding and PCR tests on the second and eighth days after arrival.
Shapps said this system is "simpler and more straightforward", that it will also be cheaper, "allowing more people to travel, meet their families or do business around the world, while boosting the travel industry."
The British Government is a joke with an Idiot of a Prime Minister. The fill every country with infected people through tourism and Portugal are stupid enough to except them. Its about time the Portuguese Government got a grip on the situation and looked after their own People first not the second rate citizens of drunken Britain. Shame on you Portugal.
By J from Lisbon on 18 Sep 2021, 12:37
Just a shame that Portugal won't reciprocate by joining the 19 other EU countries in accepting the UK digital vaccination certificates
By Dan T from UK on 18 Sep 2021, 13:06
This is not correct. You will still need a day 2 pcr test. They hope to change this to an antigen test before the return from October half term holidays.
By Alan Harris from Algarve on 18 Sep 2021, 15:02
can i get in to portugal with a uk covid pass certificate>
By colin roy astbury from UK on 19 Sep 2021, 12:23
"not the second rate citizens of drunken Britain"
By EG from UK on 19 Sep 2021, 16:35
I would like someone to clarify for certain whether this applies for those withEU vaccination certification as well as UK ones. I understood the rules each way are still different depending which you hold?
By Kate Morgan from Algarve on 19 Sep 2021, 18:12
Fly from England to Portugal need a covid test, english covid certificate is not valid now. Lots people lost the flys
By Paula from Lisbon on 19 Sep 2021, 18:16
J from Lisbon should Know there are more Portuguese people living in Britain than British in Portugal, and they may also be travelling here to see their family. A lot of Portuguese people need tourism to help them pay their wages to be able to live. A lot of the British do no go about drunk, just bad publicity. This magazine is to help British and expat people with problems and information.
By Selina from Other on 20 Sep 2021, 07:25
J of Lisbon has never had a happy day in his life. Sad. Jealous of people with money to spend.
By John Whelan from UK on 21 Sep 2021, 14:26
Also note; none vaccinated people arriving in UK will have to quarantine for 10 days or can be early release after 5 days by taking a test.
By Grace Jonathan from Algarve on 04 Oct 2021, 07:59