Travelers from the UK going on holiday to Portugal can still quickly pass through border control despite Brexit, as they can use the same gates as EU citizens
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Portugal has confirmed that UK travelers arriving at airports such as Lisbon, Porto, Faro and Funchal can use eGates alongside EU citizens, rather than having to queue with other non-EU travelers and risk longer queues.
The move comes as British holidaymakers make up a significant portion of Portugal’s tourism numbers. It is estimated that the UK was the second largest contributor to Portugal’s total tourism revenue in January and February this year.
The border control message comes just weeks after Portugal confirmed it was dropping its passenger locator form requirements (although it’s still mandatory if you’re traveling to Madeira or Porto Santo).
Other entry requirements apply to travelers.
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Fully vaccinated Brits can enter without Covid tests, but if you are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated you will need to show a negative Covid test. This can be either a PCR test performed within 72 hours of travel or a lateral flow test performed within 24 hours.
It’s not just Covid travel rules that have changed; Portugal has also relaxed some of its local Covid rules.
For example, the Portuguese health minister announced earlier this month that indoor face masks would no longer be mandatory, with the exception of public transport and care homes.
This means that masks are no longer required both indoors and outdoors, provided that the distance rules can still be observed for the latter.
Returning to the UK should also be made a little easier for Brits as there are no longer travel rules such as passenger locator forms or Covid testing regardless of your vaccination status.
However, if you’re planning to travel over the summer holidays, you might want to check your pre-holiday administration a little earlier this year.
In the past few weeks there have been travelers from the UK asked to check their passportsas the Home Office faces a backlog of applications – including extensions – following the impact of Covid.
It is estimated that over five million Brits have had their passport applications delayed as travel restrictions meant they could not travel abroad, but now holidaymakers are facing delays of up to 10 weeks.
Meanwhile, new rules apply Brexit affect whether your document is considered valid. A family of four were left £3,000 out of pocket after they broke the little-known rule and were therefore unable to board their flight to Portugal.
That’s because a number of EU countries in the Schengen area require your passport to be no more than 10 years old at the time of issue – but most countries also require your passport to be valid for at least three (sometimes six) months according to Your travel data.
For example, if you are traveling to Portugal, where your passport must be valid for three months after travel, your passport must have been issued nine years and nine months before your travel date to meet both criteria.
- Travel restrictions are correct at the time of writing but are subject to rapid change due to the nature of the pandemic. Always check the latest information from the Federal Foreign Office before booking or embarking on a trip.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/travel/europe/portugal-fast-track-brits-arriving-26812731 Portugal is to speed up Britons coming on holiday at border controls