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Portugal strikes gold: UK’s green travel list has only three ‘popular holiday destinations’ on it

Portugal’s inclusion on the UK’s green list for ‘quarantine free’ travel from May 17 is golden. The country is one of only three ‘popular summer short haul destinations on the list’ – and the other two are Israel and Gibraltar.

It doesn’t take much to realise Portugal is in pole position.

The other countries on the green list are Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and the Falklands.

UK transport secretary Grant Shapps said in announcing the list:; “We must make absolutely sure that the countries we reconnect with are safe, that their infection rates are low and their vaccination rates are high.

“It means making sure we are not incubating the most dangerous variants, that they’re not and that they have safe and secure surveillance in place.”

The news that is quite honestly the best touristic boost Portugal has had all year, and it comes as the country has managed to hit its target of administering 100,000 vaccinations in a day (click here).

For reactions from the tourism and hospitality sectors, watch this space…

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com