Portugal to open to most European tourists from tomorrow

LISBON (AFP) – Portugal will open to tourists from nearly all European countries from tomorrow, the Interior Ministry said, following months of restrictions to prevent the spread
of Covid-19.

Travellers from European Union (EU) countries with coronavirus rates below 500 cases per 100,000 residents during the last 14 days can make “all types of visits to Portugal, including even non-essential visits”, the ministry said in a statement yesterday. It said restrictions, limited to essential trips, would be maintained for five EU countries – Cyprus, Croatia, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Sweden.

It stressed restrictions also remained on non-European countries including Brazil, India and South Africa. “We’re not opening tourism to the whole world. Restrictions remain for third countries,” a ministry spokeswoman said.

Under the rules, passengers above two-years-old heading to the country will still have to present a negative PCR Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours before embarking. Airlines that allow passengers to embark without the test will face a fine between EUR500-2,000 per passenger.

People sit at a cafe terrace in Lisbon, Portugal. PHOTO: XINHUA