Posted on 03/06/2020

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Portugal to welcome British tourists for summer holidays

As European countries reopen their borders to tourists, British people have had a tough time, being often blacklisted or told they would have to quarantine when travelling since the Covid-19 situation in Britain is still pretty bad. But Portugal has come in and brought some hope for summer vacation, telling British people they are "all welcome".

Creating an air bridge

Creating an air bridge

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People planning to go on holiday will be able to fly from Birmingham Airport to various places in Portugal, which is great since the country is hugely popular with British people, particularly thanks to its Algarve resorts.

Portugal's foreign minister Augusto Santos Silva even said anyone in the UK wanting to holiday in Portugal this summer would be "most welcome".

And Health Secretary Matt Hancok commented during yesterday's press conference, saying the possibility of an air bridge between the UK and Europe was being looked at.

For Mr Santos Silva, an air bridge between the two countries could even be established by the end of June, and he assured that Portugal would not put any mandatory quarantine in place for British people visiting. Indeed, according to him, "quarantine is an enemy of tourism".

He even said: "During these weeks our diplomats will work together in order to guarantee that British tourists coming to Portugal would not be subjected on their return to England to any kind of quarantine."