Portugal is a popular destination for Britons, whether it is for a weekly summer holiday or something a little more long-term, such as purchasing property or even relocating to the nation. In the last year, the nation has seen a dramatic drop in tourist foot traffic due to the ongoing coronavirus restrictions.
Concerns over a loss of visitors from the UK was then furthered by new rules which came into effect for Britons living in Portugal following the UK’s EU departure on December 31, 2020.
One person who has witnessed the transition firsthand is Tori Porter.
She has lived with her family in Portugal for approximately 11 years.
The fitness and wellbeing communications expert spoke with Express.co.uk alongside her mother-in-law, Agnes Kijonka, CEO of A1 Algarve Real Estate, to describe the “large impact” the tandem rules of COVID-19 and Brexit have had on the nation.
“The Algarve’s economy, in particular, is hugely dependent on tourism, but it hasn’t just been the Algarve that has been badly affected but the whole of Portugal,” explained Ms Kijonka.
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“Portugal is also a huge destination for homeowners, however, most choose to be residents in the UK, therefore Brexit will have a large impact on the economy as homeowners unless a new visa comes in to support this…