Portugal talking to Britain to secure 'air bridge' for tourism

in News · 27-05-2020 10:12:00 · 9 Comments

Portugal and Britain are in talks to try and secure an air corridor for tourists that would allow British visitors to avoid a COVID-19 quarantine upon returning home.

Portugal’s tourism-dependent economy has been hard hit by the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns at home and abroad, and authorities are trying to save at least part of the crucial summer season.

Britain, the main source of tourism for Portugal, will introduce quarantine for travellers arriving from abroad from June 8, including returning Britons, who will have to self-isolate for 14 days.


We don’t mind going into quarantine just as long as we can go home. We have been here since March 1st and have had several flights cancelled. Our next one is July , so here’s hoping that something gets sorted.

By Rose Corbett from Algarve on 02-06-2020 08:09

With the ongoing virus cases and deaths along with the lack of crowd discipline in England I think that instead of an air bridge we need a wall

By Jeremy from Algarve on 28-05-2020 08:06

What about Ireland?

By Patrick from Algarve on 27-05-2020 01:18

What about Ireland?

By Patrick from Algarve on 27-05-2020 01:17

What about Ireland!

By Patrick Madden from Algarve on 27-05-2020 01:13

You cant go to the Azores today or anytime soon without a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a hotel before being allowed to go home or start your holiday there, even if you are coming from mainland Portugal. Should we not be sorting out residents being allowed to go home and then tourism within Portugal without mandatory quarantine before trying to sort out UK travel or tourism into Portugal?

By Dave from Algarve on 27-05-2020 12:53

Well, I think it's quite a good idea for self quarantine but how would you know if they actually comply? What about a verification by a certified hospital after the self quarantine? Perhaps that might give an extra benefit for the Portuguese people...

By Gardenias from Other on 27-05-2020 12:31

The whole thing is becoming more and more ridiculous by the day.
It's going back to normal as if nothing ever happened. In the end, people will just shrug it off and ask "what was this all about?".
Portugal needs to diversify its economy like yesterday. The tourism boom & bust cycles are not sustainable anywhere.

By Paula from Algarve on 27-05-2020 12:14

I am currently in UK. Ut would normally be in Portugal this time of year. Before believing anything I read of interest from a newspaper I ask the question. What is the source for this story? Then I check out the source to see if the newspaper is accurately reporting. There is no source for this story so I must assume it is pure speculation.

By Peter Moore from UK on 27-05-2020 10:41
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