Portugal ‘extremely unlikely’ to be added to UK air bridge list despite drop in cases

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    Portugal is a popular holiday destination with Britons which is known for its stunning scenery and rich culture. However, despite its popularity and decrease in coronavirus cases, the country still remains absent from the UK’s quarantine exemption list. This means that anyone flying from Portugal to the UK currently faces 14 days in quarantine on their arrival.

    Portugal’s Ministry of State and Foreign Affairs said that the country’s absence from the list is a decision that is not supported by facts.

    They said: “It is a decision that is neither substantiated nor supported by the facts.”

    It comes as Spain was removed from the “air bridge” list after a spike in cases last month.

    The country now has the highest case rate in Europe.

    Spain saw huge spikes in the regions of Aragon, Navarra and Catalonia.

    The move from the government has meant that fewer Britons are now choosing to holiday in Spain.

    Jon Thorne, an expert at Skyscanner, said government changes to the “air bridge” list directly impact consumer behaviour.

    He said: “The significant drop in searches and bookings to Spain from the UK on Skyscanner last week was a direct reaction to the current restrictions in the UK and uncertainty around travel to and from holiday favourites there.

    “Over the last few months, we have seen a direct correlation in search and booking data following changes in guidance.”

    Belgium, The Bahamas and the Andorra were also removed last week from the travel corridor list.

    However, Malaysia and Brunei were added to the list.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned that ministers will “not hesitate” to reimpose quarantine rules for arrivals from other countries in the future.



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