Portugal will allow EU and UK tourists with a negative coronavirus PCR test

Portugal will allow tourist flights from European Union countries with low infection rates and from the UK but passengers must show a negative coronavirus test on arrival the Interior Ministry said on Saturday
Portugal will allow tourist flights from European Union countries with low infection rates and from the UK, but passengers must show a negative coronavirus test on arrival, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday.

Portugal will allow tourist flights from European Union countries with low infection rates and from the UK, but passengers must show a negative coronavirus test on arrival, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday.

The Interior Ministry said on May 15 Portugal will allow tourist flights from EU countries with low infection rates and from the UK, but passengers have to give a negative PCR test on arrival.

The announcement came a day after the Portuguese tourism authority gave the green light to British tourists to enter the country from May 17.

In a statement, it said the ban will be lifted on European countries with less than 500 cases of infections per 100,000 people.

Visitors will have to show proof of a negative test taken up to 72 hours before a flight and airlines will be fined between 500 euros ($607) and 2,000 euros for each passenger who boards without presenting proof of a negative test.

Portugal at present just allows essential flights for professional, study, family reunion, health, or humanitarian reasons.

Travellers from countries where 500 or more cases per 100,000 people have been reported over a 14-day period can only enter Portugal if they have a valid reason, such as for work or healthcare. Arrivals must then quarantine for 14 days.

Source: Reuters