More than 29 people have already signed the petition demanding that the British Government end the restrictions on travelers from Portugal.
The petition to the executive of Boris Johnson was created by British citizen Charles Barrett who has been on vacation in Portugal for six years with his wife and 12-year-old twin daughters.
"Portugal and its people need tourists to live and survive through this pandemic and tourists need Portugal for its security, beautiful resorts, friendly people and cheap holidays to recover and relax after such a long confinement", argues the Scotsman who lives in Dunlop, Scotland.
The petition has already received support from Portugal News, an English newspaper published in Portugal aimed at tourists from the United Kingdom and British residents in the country.
“We launched this campaign to raise awareness about the situation in Portugal and to give logical arguments about why the British Government should change its mind”, wrote Portugal News at the launch of its campaign on 21 July.
In addition to the petition, the English-language newspaper asks British citizens to write to the deputy representing their area of residence to demand an end to restrictions for Portugal.
"This is having a big impact on British citizens who love to visit Portugal, British citizens working in the Portuguese tourism sector and Portuguese citizens who depend on the tourism industry", according to the model letter created by Portugal News to send to British parliamentarians.
"For your my deputy, I want you to contact the Government to demand a change in the status of Portugal so that a quarantine of 14 days is not required when returning from the country", it can be read in the document.
“Good management is having a corridor between countries that allows the detection of [cases]. Pushing tourists through the back through Spain is not good management and a weak tracking system because people will continue to visit Portugal ”, according to the text of the petition.
Considering that “this is a purely political decision” and that there is a “dual criterion”, the petition wants citizens to contact Boris Johnson and Grant Shapps, Minister of Transport, to demand that Portugal be removed from the black list.
The petition to demand an end to restrictions applied to Portugal can be signed here.
Portugal is negotiating the end of the quarantine with the United Kingdom
On August 3, the Secretary of State for Tourism of Portugal said that Portugal is in talks with the British Government to try to convince London to lift restrictions on travelers from Portugal.
"We have been in contact with the UK, providing all the information required by the British Government," said the Secretary of State for Tourism in an interview with Bloomberg.
“We are not sure when the decision will be reviewed, but we will not retaliate”, assured Rita Marques.
The United Kingdom is the largest outbound market for Portugal, weighing 20% of total tourists to the country. Tourism is an essential sector for the country, accounting for 15% of the economy.
“We don't believe that quarantine is the right solution. People must be tested and if that is not possible then they must comply with the rules when they come to Portugal ”, he said.
“We believe that August and September will be strong months, and we will see how it goes in October and December. The situation is under control ”, guaranteed the minister.
On July 24, the Portuguese government again criticized the British for maintaining restrictions on flights originating in Portugal.
“What I agreed with the British Foreign Minister was accomplished. We had the indispensable meetings, and we exchanged the essential information ”, said the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Parliament at the time.
“From the moment that the British authorities finally explained to us what the five criteria they considered for their decisions were, we demonstrated that the Portuguese epidemiological situation was very positive, namely: in relation to testing capacity; as to the lethality rate; as for the reproduction index, the so-called R; regarding the health system's response capacity; as for the number of cases per 100 thousand inhabitants, we also demonstrate that this number of cases has been decreasing ”, stated Augusto Santos Silva.