Portugal not a “risky country”

in News · 02-08-2020 20:00:00 · 9 Comments

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has guaranteed that there isn’t "any classification" of Portugal as a "risky country" by Galicia and that the registration decreed for Portuguese who visit the region "does not equate to any restriction" to free movement.

"There is no classification of Portugal as a risky country by the Autonomous Community of Galicia. The communication mechanism established for citizens entering Galicia does not mean, nor could it mean, any restriction to the free movement of Portuguese citizens in the territory of this Autonomous Community of Spain", says a statement.

As published in the Official Gazette of Galicia, travellers from Portugal and five communities in northern Spain visiting Galicia will now have to register and provide contacts.

The clarification advanced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs results from a meeting between the Portuguese ambassador in Spain, João Mira Gomes, and the President of the Junta de Galicia, Alberto Nuñez Feijóo.

According to the ministry led by Augusto Santos Silva, the "communication mechanism" enacted by Galicia "will operate on a voluntary basis", and its purpose "is only to obtain information provided by the citizens themselves to facilitate access to the health care network in Galicia.


Comments:

Morning when supost talking about airbridge? Supost this week new country add to green list ??? Is today is talking?????

By Luis Coimbra from UK on 04-08-2020 11:09

After writing my book, I was lucky to really travel around Portugal and experience the "real country".
What really jumped out most was that overall Portugual is one of the most least dense countries, if not the most in developed Europe.
As I traveled from Algarve up West Coast I was shocked our clean and well kept all the regions were and the hygiene was second to none all across the board. No longer do the holes in the ground remain, these are long gone and now replaced with civilised toilets. That even have fully completed roads that actually lead to real places.
It is extremely hard to understand the thinking and logic behind restrictive measures being placed on Portugal, why, what is the justification?
You could argue that potentially areas in Lisboa are tightly packed but why therefore simply create a health passport system in and out of Lisboa? If yiu go there you are automatically quarantined.
I think the biggest concern really however is the Irish and English peoples inability to control their drinking habits. Is this fair though to penalise the good people of Portugal? The problem seems far more of a issue up and down the country back in the UK.
I can only imagine that Boris remains disjointed from the facts and badly advised but a shame because I think he would benefit from a nice quiet break in the Alentejo to taste the finest black pork supplied by Armenio Costa, so lean it would be great for his wasteland and sage!

By Paul camies from UK on 04-08-2020 05:50

Many in the UK warned of the implications of the legislation introduced at the beginning of the pandemic. And they have been proved right. The UK Government wanted its citizens to holiday at home to bolster the economy and has abused this legislation, to prevent travel to Portugal. Because Spain has greater political leverage, they weren't banned initially but at the first opportunity...Boris acted. Probably because of the numbers holidaying in Spain. Once the holiday season is over, I fully expect Portugal to be granted an air-bridge.

By Steve Ward from UK on 03-08-2020 12:23

It's the masterplan. Stop Brits buying euros and spending money in Europe. Keep sterling in the uk and holiday at home. And if the French fisherman blockade the ports, as they've promised. Even better.

By Fred Hodges from Algarve on 03-08-2020 12:00

When I checked the Worldometer website this morning for the number of new cases in the UK for the week ending 31 July, they report a total of 5,267 cases. Assuming a UK 68,000,000 population, this results in a weekly infection rate of about 7.76 per 100,000.

Meanwhile, Portugal reported 1,380 new cases for the same period which, given a population of about 10,200,000, results in a weekly infection rate of 13.54 per 100,000. So, there is a gap and the rate is about twice as high in Portugal and may explain why the UK air bridge is not yet open.

However, looking at weekly deaths per 100,000 over the same period, Portugal fared much better than the UK.

By Mr Robert Lambert from UK on 03-08-2020 10:30

Hi, I return to Portugal every year as I love the Country and people with a passion.. Currently due to fly out on Wednesday 5 August but because of our government's disgraceful political based decision to not grant a Air Bridge it's not going to happen.. This will be the first time in 15 years I've not summered in your great country... Waiting and hoping Tim Cunningham

By Timothy cunningham from UK on 03-08-2020 09:36

EVERY COUNTRY IS RISKY. THANK GOD WE HAVE THE CURE, THAT'S WHAT MAKE THE DIFFERENCE. PORTUGAL TO ME HAS A MYOPIC MEASURES TO THE VIRUS. FOR EXAMPLE, I HAPPENED TO BE IN THE SAME BUS TWICE IN A WEEK AND NOTICED THE DIRT ON THE WINDOW SHOWING THAT THEY DIDN'T WASH THE BUS WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO BE WASHED EVERYDAY WITH CHEMICALS. EVERYBODY STAYS 2 METROS APART BUT DURING RUSH HOURS, PEOPLE ARE UNREASONABLE CLOSE TO EACH OTHER. JUST MY OBSERVATION.

By PRINCE AWODIKE from Lisbon on 03-08-2020 08:05

How far do the opaque words and the minister's hypocrisy go? There are no restrictions but if you are Portuguese and wish to visit Galicia you have to register in advance!... It would be elucidative to know of what happens if you don’t register?

By Tony Fernandes from Other on 02-08-2020 11:47

Only britain , or should I say only boris thinks that portugal is a no go place to go, but the brits are ignoring him by the thousands, the work from home brigade are now staying in the safest place in Europe and working from Portugal, and boris does not like it, that's why he's trying to hide portugal from british folks by pretending it not a safe place to go with his compulsive lies.

By KARL BLORE from Algarve on 02-08-2020 11:45
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