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Since May 17, 2021, Portugal has opened its borders to most European countries for tourist travel.

It is one of the most attractive destinations for French tourists. While Italy announced the opening of its borders to vaccinated tourists at the beginning of the month, Portugal for its part is beginning a gradual reopening of its borders since Monday, May 17, 2021 for the start of the tourist season, announced on Saturday the Ministry of the Interior.

Travelers from European Union countries whose incidence rate of the coronavirus is "less than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants" will be able to enter Portuguese soil for "all types of travel, including non-essential travel" , details the government in a press release.

A negative PCR test of less than 72 hours

In the same way as in England where health restrictions have been relaxed since Monday, May 17 for certain countries classified on a "green list", a negative PCR test of less than 72 hours will be requested before boarding to travel to Portugal , Madeira or the Azores.

Airlines that will board passengers without claiming a test will risk a "fine of 500 to 2,000 euros per traveler," said the Ministry of the Interior.

Some countries still limited to essential travel

This relaxation of health measures does not concern all nations for the moment. Eight countries remain subject to travel restrictions: • Sweden ; • Cyprus; • Croatia; • Lithuania; • Netherlands; • Brasil ; • India; • South Africa.

Citizens of these countries will only be able to travel to Portugal for compelling reasons - professional, family, health or study reasons - and will be subject to a 14-day quarantine.

Dependent on the tourism sector, Portugal was one of the most affected countries in Europe economically in 2020. "Over the whole of 2020, tourist accommodation establishments will have registered 10.5 million customers. and 26 million overnight stays, corresponding to annual decreases of 61.2% and 63% respectively, after the increases of 7.9% and 4.6% recorded in 2019 ", underlined the Instituto Nacional de Estatística in a published report. February 1, 2021.


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