Portugal was the best known holiday destination on the ‘green list’, with the classification meaning that travelers returning to the UK do not need to self-isolate on their return. But that will change on Tuesday, June 8th at 4am when Portugal, including the Azores and Madeira, is moved to the “amber list”.
That means anyone entering the UK from Portugal after this time will have to self-isolate for 10 days and complete two Covid-19 tests. It is crucial, however, that the Federal Foreign Office has not yet changed its advice and therefore does not warn against travel.
The change comes after a review of traffic light lists for international travel, with Transport Minister Grant Shapps MP citing rising coronavirus infection rates in Portugal and concerns about a new mutation of a variant as the basis for the government’s decision. For more information on what to consider before booking, the latest rules, and full information on your refund rights, please see our guide to coronavirus travel rights.
Seven goals are added to the red list
In addition to removing Portugal from the Green List, seven travel destinations – Afghanistan, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Trinidad and Tobago – will be moved from the yellow list to the red list on Tuesday June 8th, meaning anyone traveling from these countries will have to enter a managed hotel quarantine, which will cost £ 1,750 for a single traveler.
The government had previously said it would “not hesitate to act immediately” should data show that countries’ risk ratings have changed, leaving a great deal of uncertainty about international travel.