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Portugal to allow UK tourists from May 17

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Tourists from the UK will be allowed to visit Portugal from Monday, the country’s minister of state for foreign affairs has said, according to the BBC.

Anyone arriving in the country will need to have had a PCR test 72 hours before departure, according to VisitPortugal, the website developed by the country’s National Tourism Authority.

Work is also under way to ensure there is enough testing capacity in Portugal, it adds.

The announcement comes despite Portugal extending its “state of public calamity” on the mainland – the second highest level of alert – for a further 15 days from Monday, until 30 May.

Authorities in the UK already announced that travellers from England and Scotland wouldn’t have to quarantine upon their return from Portugal and other “green list” countries from 17 May.

However, those countries have their own restrictions on who can visit.

At present, Portugal allows flights to and from the UK, but only for essential travel, such as for business, study, family reasons, health or humanitarian reasons.

Those travel restrictions will only be lifted from 17 May.

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