The Lisbon government has put the UK in the same high risk category as South Africa, Brazil, India and Nepal.
All travelers from the UK to mainland Portugal must quarantine “at home or at a location designated by health authorities” for 14 days – unless they have proof that they have been fully vaccinated at least two weeks earlier.
Portugal was the only dominant European destination on the UK’s original “green list” of destinations without quarantine as of May 17. But it was withdrawn on June 3 by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, who expressed concern about a “Nepalese mutation of the so-called Indian variant”.
Most UK holidaymakers have left Portugal within the four-day deadline and, with Portugal on the ‘orange list’, the number of visitors is low.
The new law comes into effect on Monday June 28 and continues until July 11. It does not apply to children under 12 years old.
The Portuguese government specifies that the decision “can be revised at any time, depending on the evolution of the epidemiological situation”.
The law does not apply to Madeira, which has been brought back to the UK’s green list.
From Wednesday June 30, Malta – also newly added to the green list – will only allow vaccinated travelers from the UK. The only exception is for children under 12.