Don’t start planning summer holidays on the sunny beaches of the Algarve just yet…Portugal has extended entry restrictions and flight bans aimed at deterring non-essential travel from countries with high coronavirus infection rates until 16 May.
While several countries in Europe are beginning to lift COVID-19 restrictions ahead of the peak summer tourism, Portugal has extended its entry ban on countries with high infection rates.
According to IOL, the restrictions have been raised against nations, including South Africa, Brazil and India, which is a new addition to the list.
Nationals from countries where 500 or more infections per 100 000 people have been reported over a 14-day period, including South Africa and other European nations, such as France and the Netherlands, are barred from entering Portugal unless they have a valid reason, such as for work purposes or seeking healthcare. These visitors are required to quarantine for 14 days.
Portugal’s land border with Spain reopened on Saturday 1 May after more than three months of restrictions and border checks.
People from countries where the infection rate is 150 or more COVID-19 cases per 100 000 inhabitants, including Spain and Germany may now travel to Portugal by air, for essential purposes…