Portuguese President highlights "sense of injustice" regarding UK air corridor

in News · 11-09-2020 15:16:00 · 5 Comments

The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, reacted on 10 September to the British government's decision to once again exclude mainland Portugal from the so-called air corridor, declaring that it causes "a sense of injustice".

In response to questions from journalists the head of state pointed out that the Algarve in particular was "unfairly punished for this decision".

"But we must continue, look ahead. What is needed in these critical situations - and I will have meetings this week with the hotel management - is resilience, resistance", added Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

The British government decided on 10 September to remove Portugal from the list of countries considered safe in the current context of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the exception of the autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores, and from 12 September it will again force those returning from the Portuguese mainland to quarantine for a fortnight.

Portugal had been included in the list of countries in the so-called British air corridor three weeks ago.


Mr António Pina, president of AMAL was quoted saying in August that 'the summer in the Algarve had been a success'. Thanks to the Portuguese, the Spanish and other European visitors who spent their summer holidays here, it was not at all the lost summer that was expected. By the time the Brits arrived at the end of August, the area reached its saturation point. With so many people on the move across the whole country the virus started spreading rapidly again.
It is time to stop lamenting and to move on, build from here, and think outside the box in creating better economic solutions for the Algarve and the whole of Portugal.

By Annie from Algarve on 14-09-2020 11:15

Why would the president even question it when Portugal keep flying into panic over a few people catching a cold. Why would anyone want to come.

By Martin from Lisbon on 12-09-2020 10:42

To begin with, Portugal is way safer than UK. Cases in UK are way higher and they let their people in. Portugal should have been strict about Quarantine rules. I Live in Portimao and only in the supermarkets people wear masks. I was very shocked to see no one wearing masks and many have their masks on their elbows. Portugal should be strict with other countries as it is still one of the safest countries in the EU in 2020, however, in all honesty, United Kingdom should have been removed of the safe list as they are in the Covid top 20 list! None of us who live here are ready for an economic collapse.

By piya from Algarve on 12-09-2020 10:33

Is about the people not the money. They shouldn't have open.

By Marc from Algarve on 12-09-2020 10:20

Ce n'est que la conséquence logique des mesures inadéquates prises par le gouvernement portugais début septembre..

By Michel Schuermans from Algarve on 11-09-2020 08:26
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