UK EU rules mean Brits could be 'turned away' from Portugal as holiday ban lifts last minute news
PremierLeague-News.Com- Restrictions imposed on travellers from outside the EU bloc may obstruct Brits' holiday plans after the UK's holiday ban lifts on May 17
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Brits travelling to Portugal could be turned away at the borders once a ban on international holidays lifts on May 17, reports suggest. The UK government has confirmed that Brits will be permitted to travel to a limited number of 'green list' countries, including Portugal, from next week without the need to quarantine on return to England. But EU travel restrictions imposed on travellers from outside the bloc may obstruct their holiday plans. EU countries have reportedly banned non-essential travel from non-EU states, with an official describing the restrictions as 'diplomatically delicate' to reverse, the Mirror reports. A senior Portuguese official told The Times newspaper: "If they don’t resolve it the alternative will be thousands of British visitors being turned away at the airport, which is not a good scenario. "This is an awkward position for the presidency to be in." Read More Related Articles The rules on travel which are changing on May 17 Read More Related Articles Everything Manchester Airport passengers need to know as Brits get travel green light The Portuguese cabinet will meet to discuss the issue today - but the European Commission is not due to discuss the measures until next week. Under the UK's so-called traffic light system, which has been adopted by England and Scotland, countries are divided into three categories – green, amber and red. Travellers who visit a country on the green list when international travel resumes from May 17 will not have to quarantine upon their return, while those coming from amber countries will isolate at home, and those from red countries in a government-approved facility. The government will review its list every three weeks, with countries potentially added or removed partly based on their Covid-19 case rates and the success of their vaccine rollout. Read More Related Articles All the lockdown changes from May 17 as Boris Johnson confirms step three of roadmap Read More Related Articles The 12 countries on the travel green list from May 17 Portugal is one of 12 countries included on England's 'green list', with the majority of European countries featuring in the 'amber list'. One online travel agent said last night it was suspending the sale of all holidays before August 31 due to the uncertainty.
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. He said on Wednesday that his firm had “no interest in selling holidays that are unlikely to happen” and would suspend sales for trips in June, July and August.
Mr Cooper said: “We don’t know enough yet about how the traffic light system will work in practice, and it doesn’t currently give any certainty or clarity beyond a three-week window. “In the coming weeks and months – until vaccination programmes across Europe and beyond are further along in their rollout – it is very likely that we will see regular fluctuations in destinations’ traffic light classifications, and so there is likelihood of disruption or even cancellations for the many customers who want to book more than three weeks in advance.” Mr Cooper said the temporary suspension of sales will be reviewed in line with the next government announcement. He added: “Unlike many of our competitors, we have no interest in selling holidays that are unlikely to happen, as our business model enables us to put customers first, rather than needing to get cash in the door to contribute to high fixed costs, and offering refunds in the form of a voucher when holidays get cancelled. “This is a temporary measure that we will review in line with the next government announcement. “In the meantime, we will focus our efforts on helping and advising our customers who already have bookings of their options to either still go on their holiday, amend their holiday or, where the holiday is cancelled, refunding them in cash within 14 days.”
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Meanwhile, just one in nine people in the UK is confident of going abroad on holiday this summer, according to a YouGov poll. A survey of 4,247 adults in Britain, carried out on May 12, also found 71 per cent of respondents have not booked any summer holiday yet while 20 per cent have made plans for a UK staycation. Despite being among the first groups to be vaccinated, only nine per cent of the over-65s said they believed they would go abroad in 2021, but 17 per cent of Brits aged 18 to 24 were confident they would get away.