PORTUGAL has scrapped pre-arrival Covid tests for Britons, in a welcome move ahead of the half-term break.
Currently, anyone traveling to Portugal from the UK needs to take a Covid test prior to entry.
The rules were introduced back in Novemberwith a PCR performed no more than 72 hours before travel, or an antigen performed no more than 48 hours before travel.
However, from next week, fully vaccinated Britons will not need to take any more Covid tests to enter school.
The Portuguese government said in a statement that “those presenting an EU COVID Digital Certificate by any means or other recognized proof of vaccination” will no longer need them.
The move, approved in a cabinet meeting, is in line with European Union rules.
It did not say when the decision would go into effect, but the rules now in effect are meant to last until February 9.
The Home Office has yet to officially confirm if the UK vaccine passport form will be accepted but it is hoped that they will.
Still, it’s great news for Britons looking to take a mid-term break, saving them money as well as any stress caused by additional restrictions.
At the beginning of January, Portugal eased some COVID regulations allowing students to return to schools and nightclubs to reopen but kept the requirement of negative testing for all incoming passengers. into this country.
To be fully vaccinated, Britons must have had a second shot less than nine months ago, or a booster shot.
New rules come like Spain tightens entry restrictionswith anyone over 12 years old must be fully vaccinated to be allowed to enter.
Proof of recovery is not accepted and anyone who had their second stab more than nine months ago has certainly had their enhanced stab.
France followed suitwith all arrivals having to have their second stab nine months ago or have their booster.
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