Faro airport ‘ready to carry out Covid tests’ – and you can go home to await result

Faro airport is ‘ready to carry out Covid tests’ on the 4,000 Brits believed to have reservations for holidays in the Algarve over the next two weeks. The only real issue is whether they can get here.

Airlines are already ‘cancelling’ flights. No-one seems able to understand whether the travel ban brought in due to the new variant of the virus is going to be lifted imminently, or whether it will persist into the New Year.

Amazingly, despite all the restrictions of the pandemic and the advice to people to ‘stay close to home’, SIC television has been reporting today that hotels in the Algarve are expecting up to 4,000 tourists from the United Kingdom over the festive period.

The Resident has also been receiving inquiries from dozens who had planned to fly into Portugal over the next few days – many asking where they will be able to isolate if they submit themselves to a Covid test on Portuguese soil (ie if they have no time or opportunity to take one pre-departure).

According to SIC’s report today, people will be expected to isolate ‘at their hotel, or at home’.

That said, this opens the possibility for planes to fly in carrying passengers who will test positive for the virus, but leave the airport before their infection is detected.

For now, hotels receiving calls from concerned clients are telling them to ‘be calm, the situation may sort itself out in the next few days’.

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com