The Foreign Office has changed its travel advice for Portugal to warn Brits against traveling to an island in the Azores hit by over 1,100 earthquakes this week
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British go further public holidays in the Azores have been warned against traveling to the island of Sao Jorge, which has been hit by over 1,100 earthquakes in the past week.
Local authorities have detected seismic activity on the island, although it’s worth noting that there hasn’t been any significant damage yet. However, as a precaution, authorities are trying to evacuate residents, especially people who are hospitalized or have mobility issues.
As part of the precautionary measures, local authorities have also warned people not to travel to the island unless absolutely necessary, and activities and tours have been cancelled.
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As a result, the UK Foreign Office has updated its warning to Brits: “Portuguese civil protection authorities in the Azores have been monitoring an increase in seismic activity on the island of São Jorge since March 19. As a precaution, they have now activated their earthquake prevention plan and advised against all but essential travel to the island.
“Anyone already on São Jorge Island is asked to avoid the flat areas known locally as Fajãs at the base of the cliffs overlooking the sea in the Municipality of Velas.”
If you should travel to Sao Jorge or the surrounding area, you can learn more and receive further updates Federal Foreign Office website.
The president of the Azores regional government, José Manuel Bolieiro, said in a statement that the authorities prefer to exercise “excessive caution” following recent seismic activity.
Arriving in São Jorge on Thursday, he told local journalists: “Although the events have not yet been dramatic in terms of damage, it is good to be vigilant and to act with excessive caution rather than negligence in this case.”
It is worth noting that the rest of the Azores is currently unaffected by the seismic activity. So if you are planning a vacation to another island, it will likely go ahead as planned.
Travelers going to the Azores are subject to entry requirements that are almost identical to those for mainland Portugal.
Fully vaccinated Brits can visit without needing a Covid test, while travelers who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated will need a negative test before travel. This can be a PCR test performed within 72 hours of travel or an antigen test performed within 48 hours of travel.
All travelers are also required to complete a Passenger Locator Form prior to travel, regardless of their Covid vaccination status.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/travel/europe/brits-warned-against-travel-portuguese-26553055 Britons warned against travel to the Portuguese island, which has been hit by 1,100 earthquakes this week