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Portugal Eases Entry Requirements

Portugal has eased its entry restrictions for UK travellers.

Coming into effect from Wednesday 1st September, British travellers to mainland Portugal now only need to show a negative PCR or antigen/lateral flow test upon entry and do not need to be fully vaccinated.

The tourist board in the UK welcomed the move but warned the travel trade that the short notice might cause confusion for travellers.

Visitors must take their PCR test up within 72 hours before departing for Portugal, or an antigen test within 48 hours before departing.

PCR or antigen test certificates must show the ID or Passport Number for the visitor; the type and name of the test; manufacturer; date, time and place (including country) of collection; test result; issuing authority and authentication number.

Claudia Miguel, UK director of Visit Portugal, said in a statement to the travel trade that the easing of rules comes as more than 80% of the Portuguese population are now vaccinated.

Miguel also said that the Portuguese island destinations of Madeira and the Azores have different rules so urged the travel trade to check, and said that the short timescale before the implementation of the new rules may cause some initial confusion.

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