The President of the Republic said today that "it is evident" that the country would like to have more British tourists and that it is monitoring "what is happening with Tourism" and "in particular" the British situation.
On the sidelines of a visit to the multinational Contineltal / Mabor, in Vila Nova de Famalicão, Braga, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said that in places affected by the lack of British tourists due to the restrictions caused by the pandemic of the new coronavirus, he has found “great desire from all seize the opportunities ”and an increase in tourists from other places.
Portugal remains outside the travel corridors that exempt passengers from quarantine on arrival in the United Kingdom, despite the British Government having added five countries today.
“I have been following what is happening in tourism and in particular in areas particularly affected in terms of British tourism. I will visit all the municipalities in the Algarve, I have already been to Madeira, they are areas, in addition to greater Porto and Greater Lisbon, they are particularly sensitive to the evolution of British tourism ”, he said.
"It is evident that we would prefer to have more British tourists, but that is not why we are going to treat badly, on the contrary, we will treat even better, the 40 thousand Britons who live in Portugal", he pointed out.
The Head of State also said that he has “found it is a desire for everyone to take advantage of all opportunities, Portuguese people doing tourism in Portugal, European neighbors, who do not have these limitations, in Portugal, namely Spaniards”.
“I was able to verify the high number of Spaniards who arrived since the opening of the borders, but even French, from other European countries, Dutch, Swedes and even non-Europeans”, he enumerated.
Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia and the islands of St. Vincent in the Caribbean were added to the list today by the British Ministry of Transport, following an assessment of the risks of infection with covid-19.
As of July 28, people traveling from these countries to England do not need to comply with the required 14-day quarantine, then the rest of the nations (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) must apply the British government's decision.
The Ministry of Transport adds that it may introduce “changes weekly (if necessary) to reflect the changing health landscape internationally”, adding countries to the list or imposing restrictions if a country's health situation deteriorates.