Petition for UK to include Portugal on list of air corridors gathers almost 30,000 signatures

in News · 05-08-2020 09:28:00 · 7 Comments

A petition launched by Portugal’s largest English-language newspaper The Portugal News to demand an air corridor between Portugal and the UK has now been signed by some 30,000 people.

The petition argues that Portugal had a "good management" of the Covid-19 pandemic, while other countries had a higher number of deaths per million inhabitants, such as Spain, France and Italy.

The petition further considers that Portugal was left off of the list of countries from which passengers can freely enter the UK due to an “isolated outbreak in the Lisbon area”, and recorded “more cases as a result of more tests” than other European Union countries.

If you disagree with the decision of the UK Government to continue to leave Portugal off the air bridge list, then click here to find details on how to sign a petition and lobby UK ministers.


We wish to visit Algarve as much as everyone else. Going several times in the year. We were totally devastated that Spain remained on list but look what has happened there. We wish to visit 27th August but it does not look like Portugal will have air-bridge with UK. Everyone should be cautious it is understandable.

By Jenny from UK on 11-08-2020 06:43

Much safer in Portugal than in the big UK cities.
As a property owner on the Algarve we really need the freedom to use and look after our properties.

By barry foster from UK on 11-08-2020 10:40

Portugal is doing very well I am very proud of being Portuguese and I am sure if UK stop quarantine for people back from Portugal,Portugal will know how to deal with tourists and emigrants because lots of us will like to go and see our family .if portugal did so well before why is not going to continue to do a work ? Looking forward to go and see my family and I will respect all the rules they ask.

By Sonia from UK on 06-08-2020 02:39

I know Portugal is safe the peoples in Portugal respect the authority and follow the clear instructions given by a good president of Portugal seriously followed rules
More than uk

By Fra from UK on 06-08-2020 12:01

(Note that this comment is solely an opinion and I habe no intentionto offend anyone).
Tourism is just a bad idea this year, let the vaccine come and come next year without worrying about covid, especially considering how bad certain governments are handling it, both the UK's and the Portuguese, and now with the Spanish having a second wave and even though it is Catalonia and Madrid being hit the hardest it's safe to assume Portugal will have it's soon enough if it's a mirror of the first wave.

Stay safe folks!

By Rob from Algarve on 05-08-2020 05:09

its beyond comprehension how Portugal is left off.its safer here than the can only be that Boris wants people to holiday in England to boost their economy

By Michael Grogan from Algarve on 05-08-2020 04:04

What is with the petition? Has everyone gone mad with no regard for their or others lives. Is your holiday worth risking yours and your family's health?

During the past week we are gradually seeing the positive covid-19 cases rise in Algarve. After having been under control for so long. Does the Algarve want to follow in their Spanish neighbours footsteps? It is being reported that the police in the Algarve have been dispersing large groups of Irish and British holidaymakers who are breaking the country’s Covid-19 restrictions, risking the sacrifices locals have made to keep infected numbers down over past few weeks. As well as illegal parties of Dutch youngsters.

Officers from the GNR have been forced to empty restaurants and bars who aren’t sufficiently enforcing the Government’s coronavirus rules and we still haven't gotten the airbridge with the UK.

Is nobody looking at the UK covid cases? Why are you inviting positive cases into our land. We should be protecting our country and ourselves.

For all of our sakes, I hope that common sense prevails.

By Susan Smiley from Lisbon on 05-08-2020 03:43
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