SUN-starved Brits will be given quick entry into Portugal as the nation defies the EU.
UK holidaymakers will be treated the same as EU citizens in the face of Brexit demands – as the Portuguese government opens its airport e-gates to Brits.
This means Britons with e-passports will be able to bypass long queues for manual checks – previously required under Brexit – and use e-gates instead when arriving in Madeira’s Lisbon, Faro, Porto and Funchal .
Under Brexit requirements, the UK will be treated as a “third country” by the EU – but member states will be allowed to set their own travel rules.
Portugal is the first country to abandon the EU’s policy of manual checks at airports and instead welcome the three million British visitors a year via dedicated e-gate channels.
It’s believed the move could prompt other EU countries like France and Spain to follow suit.
Paul Charles, the chief executive of PC Agency, a travel consultancy, told the telegraph: “Portugal is clearly a leader in recognizing that it needs to process a large number of UK visitors as seamlessly as possible or there would be long queues this summer.
“So it’s a smart way to differentiate yourself from other countries that don’t process in the same way.
“I think you will see other EU countries follow this approach otherwise UK travelers will face long delays going to France, Spain, Greece, Italy and other countries.”
The special e-gates at Portuguese airports can also be used by travelers from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Japan.
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In a further boost for Brits hoping to holiday in Portugal, they will no longer have to wear face masks indoors after the country announced they were being scrapped.
The new rules came into effect today – a few hours earlier than originally expected – after they were published in an official state bulletin.
Portugal has also ended the obligation to fill out passenger tracing forms for people traveling to the country.
The easing of face mask rules follows a similar move by Spain.
British tourists arriving in Spain could remove their face coverings for the the first time in almost two years in virtually all indoor locations, including shops and hotels, since Wednesday.
Face coverings are still required to be worn in hospitals and public transport in both Spain and Portugal.
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