Portugal could welcome Brits for holidays from May with no vaccine needed

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Holidays to sunny Portugal could be an option for Brits this summer as the country’s authorities look to welcome back tourists from May.

And, reports suggest this will be regardless of whether you’ve had the vaccine or not.

Rita Marques, Portugal's Secretary of State for Tourism, has said that authorities are pushing to reopen borders to UK travellers soon.

And, that you would either need to have had the Covid-19 vaccine or be able to show proof of a negative test taken before travel.

Rita explained to LBC News that the country could reopen from May or June, dependant on the pandemic’s situation at the time.

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She added on Twitter : "Soon we will receive all those who are eager to visit us, and will be able to do so with confidence and in a safe way."

Portugal is on the UK’s “red list” right now, meaning that UK residents returning to the country will need to quarantine for 11 days in a hotel – costing £1,750.

But, there are hopes it will be removed from this list soon.

Other popular locations which have plans to reopen to Brits in summer include Greece, Cyprus and Turkey.

Cyprus has said it will reopen to vaccinated Brits.

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But, Greece has said it will welcome back tourists who have either received the Covid-19 vaccine or who can show proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken before travel.

Plus, France finally started to allow Brits back in last week – though some quarantine rules remain.

And, Spain is looking to test vaccine passports before allowing holidaymakers to return.

Whether Brits will be allowed to go abroad this summer depends on the UK government’s travel restrictions in the coming months.

Currently, it is illegal to travel abroad for a holiday as part of the national lockdown in the UK.

But, when Boris Johnson unveiled the roadmap for easing England out of lockdown, he revealed that foreign travel could resume from May 17 at the earliest.

This is subject to a review from the government's Global Travel Taskforce in April, though.

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