President expects Portugal to be on green lists this month

in News · 10-08-2020 16:27:00 · 5 Comments

The President of the Republic has said that he hopes that Portugal will, by the end of August, be included on green lists for travel, including the United Kingdom.

"I am hopeful that, as the days go on and until the end of the month, there will be a complete transition from the worst or intermediate lists to the best lists in terms of tourism," said Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

The head of state stressed that tourism is increasing, albeit slowly, and stressed that the pandemic situation in Portugal has evolved positively, which favours the lifting of restrictions on the movement of people.

"This is very important for Madeira, it is very important for the Algarve, it is very important for Porto, it is very important in general for Portugal", he declared.

"There is an evolution in the black lists - let's call it that - in favour of Portugal", he said, reinforcing that "Portugal, in fact, has been following a path opposite to that of many other European societies, which are experiencing new outbreaks, which some consider to be a second wave".

The President of the Republic underlined that the forecasts point to an increase in tourism in the country by the end of the month and that he expects the United Kingdom to change the restrictions it imposes on citizens travelling to Portugal which currently call for visitors returning to the UK to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

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Visited Lisbon which is calm. Nazare bit overcrowded on the street. Beqch very ok. Serra Estrela very ok. Porto some shopping streets and near Douro terasses too much people. Shops are doing very well with restrictive number of people in shops. Feels much better than at home in the Nethwrlands.

By Gert from Porto on 11-08-2020 05:20

Very much looking forward to the day when the US and Europe lift travel restrictions. We plan to move to Portugal when that happens.

By Danny Blank from USA on 11-08-2020 02:36

looking forward to our holiday in Quarteira in September as we do every year.lets hope we dont need to go into 14 days quarantine

By margo edwards from UK on 11-08-2020 08:54

Well Annie I can't wait to get to my home in Lagos we have decided not to eat in we're going to eat out every afternoon and evening just to support all the local businesses which must be suffering beyond beliefI know for a fact that the Algarve has missed tourism this year but hopefully will be able to put that right by the end of August

By Jonathan from UK on 10-08-2020 08:07

We await the madness to descend, with great trepidation!

By Annie from Algarve on 10-08-2020 05:21
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