North East UK news Portugal holidays in doubt as Portuguese Government extends lockdown measures PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - Trips to Portugal for holidays were set to go ahead from May 17, but Portuguese ministers plan to extend the country's 'state of calamity' to May 30
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Holidaymakers and football fans hoping to head to Portugal face uncertainty after the Portuguese Government chose to extend its "state of calamity" lockdown-style measures until at least May 30. Portugal was due to lift its measures - which ban people from entering the country unless they are a returning resident or need to visit for essential travel purposes - on May 16, a day before the UK Government and Scottish Government were set to allow residents in England and Scotland to travel there on holiday. But guidance published on the Portuguese Government’s website on Thursday stated that ministers had approved a move to continue the current level of lockdown until May 30, at least, BBC reports. The move means it is unclear if holidaymakers will be allowed into Portugal, even if the UK Government puts the country on a 'green list' as planned. Travel firms have been selling flights to Portugal, with destinations like the Algarve, Lisbon and Porto proving popular. Porto is also due to host the Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City on May 29, with 6,000 tickets made available to both English clubs. Flight tickets between Manchester and Porto were being sold for more than £400 after UEFA confirmed it had moved the final from Istanbul to Portugal, MEN reports. Some fans have already forked out for expensive seats to fly to the game, with travel over land through France and Spain subject to quarantine on arrival restrictions for people returning to England. According to the BBC, Portuguese Cabinet office minister Mariana Vieira da Silva said in a briefing on Thursday she had “no information to give yet” when asked if restrictions on travel from the UK would soon be lifted. “Work is going on and as soon as there is a decision it will be announced, but no decision was taken in this cabinet meeting,” she said. Ms Vieira da Silva said under current plans for the Champions League final, a series of restrictions to British fans would apply. As well as the limit on ticket sales, fans will have to fly in on charter planes, arriving and leaving “on the same day”, the BBC said.
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. Guidance from the Department of Transport warns that many green list countries still have restrictions on UK travellers. It advises passengers to check all entry and testing requirements and Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) travel advice for Portugal before booking travel. It is understood the UK Government has been in discussion with Portuguese representatives this week to discuss plans to unlock travel between the two countries. The Government is also in talks with the European Commission on how to safely reopen travel routes on the continent, the PA news agency understands. During the “state of calamity”, entry to Portugal is only allowed if you are a returning resident, according to information on the FCDO website. Entry to non-residents is limited to essential purposes from the UK and other non-EU countries, and EU or European Economic Area countries where the case rate is above 150 cases per 100,000 residents. “Essential purposes” are defined as travelling to live with immediate family members or professional, educational, health or humanitarian reasons. To enter Portugal, proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken with 72 hours of departure is required. Those without proof of a negative test can be refused permission to board a flight, or may be forced to quarantine in government-approved accommodation upon arrival. Portugal could also be subject to an EU-wide travel ban on entry for those living outside the bloc, it has been reported.
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