Portugal travel corridor closed

in News · 10-09-2020 17:02:00 · 7 Comments

Grant Schapps, UK Secretary of State for Transport has just announced that Portugal has been removed from the travel corridor with England.

On Twitter he posted: “Data shows we need to remove PORTUGAL (minus the AZORES and MADEIRA), HUNGARY, FRENCH POLYNESIA and REUNION from the Travel Corridor list to keep everyone safe. If you arrive in England from these destinations after 4am Saturday, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days.”

Data for Portugal released today by the PC Agency shows that Portugal now registers 28.3 cases per 100,000 over the past seven days and 51.3 cases per 100,000 over the past 14 days. This pushes Portugal far above the level of 20, previously stated by the UK government as the threshold for being on the quarantine list.

Already Scotland and Wales have removed Portugal from the safe list of countries to travel to.


I have just been forced to return early from a family villa holiday in the Lagoa countryside due to the removal of Portugal's airbridge and introduction of quarantine. I've been going shopping to the local Portuguese supermarkets all week and I even had a meal out, the way that the Portuguese people and hospitality are handling the virus and behaving made me feel the most safe I have felt in months, relief finally! I returned to my local Tesco this morning to find several people without masks, what if we are the problem UK? Why must we continue to punish those who need our tourism so much. I enjoyed my time in Portugal so very much and I can't wait to return! Thank-you Portugal and all the Portuguese people for always being so brilliant and welcoming.

By Jessica Salmon from UK on 13-09-2020 04:00

Wouldn't it just be easier for Portugal to be the country that 'closes' the corridor. No more movement from the UK to our beautiful country. OK, just for a year or 2 until the UK learns to behave. I understand that that means there will be no more restaurants offering beans on toast or fish and chips on thursday, but hey, this pandemic must be dealt with!

By Harald S. from Algarve on 13-09-2020 03:18

Portugal hat eine verantungsvolle Bevölkerung, die cocid 19 gut gemeistert hat. Ich werde im Herbst wieder nach Portugal fahren, ohne Bedenken.

By Block from Algarve on 12-09-2020 06:31

Les anglais foutent le bordel partout où ils passent!

By Michel Schuermans from Algarve on 12-09-2020 09:54

It seems to me that it's the rest of the world who should block us off... Things are beginning to get out of control here, we have a more than useless government, a willful and apparently dim-witted swathe of the population who feel rules don't apply to them, and an incoherent Covid-19 policy that makes few feel safe... And we're worried about other countries?

By paola gratsos from UK on 12-09-2020 09:04

I know there are a lot of elderly Portuguese residents in the Algarve that welcome this closure. They government need to develop some economic strategy other than tourism, especially when the Algarve is so neglected by them in many ways such as health, road tolls and lack of instrastructure maintanance. The government enjoys the benefits of Algarve tourism but gives back very little to the Algarve residents. Our older Portuguese Algarve nationals do not need the UK tourists here to increase their risk of infection, glad to see the corridor gone.

By Maria from Algarve on 12-09-2020 01:07

I think its disgusting that you have cl8sed the corridor to Portugal, when the young English people flocking into Portugal probably caused this and its mainly situated around the Capital. Why could you have zoned out places, when we afe goung higher than they are. I just feel this is all about control.

By Shaun from UK on 11-09-2020 12:42
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