Portugal in talks with UK over travel quarantine restrictions

7 July 2020, 23:50

Portugal was left of the government list of quarantine exempt countries
Portugal was left of the government list of quarantine exempt countries. Picture: PA

By Maddie Goodfellow

The Portuguese Prime Minister has said talks are under way with British officials about travel corridors between the two countries after the Portugal was excluded from the list of countries exempt from coronavirus travel quarantine.

Portuguese Prime Minister Antinio Costa said: "The foreign minister had a long conversation with his counterpart.

"It is very important we build a confident relationship."

Mr Costa said his foreign minister has had a long conversation with his UK counterpart.

It comes after the Foreign Office unveiled a lost of more than 70 countries which UK holidaymakers can visit without having to quarantine for two weeks on their return.

Portugal was not listed as one of these countries, which the country called "absurd".

On Friday, Mr Costa tweeted: "Which is the safest place to stay? You are welcome to spend a safe holiday in Algarve! #UK #visitportugal."

The tweet was accompanied by a graph appearing to show the UK having a higher infection rate than the Algarve.

The exemptions from quarantine will apply from 10 July for the countries listed by the government.

The Department for Transport said the approved destinations were chosen as they "pose a reduced risk to the public health of UK citizens".

They said the list is "under constant review".

The full list is as follows:

Andorra

Antigua and Barbuda

Aruba

Australia

Austria

Bahamas

Barbados

Belgium

Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba

Croatia

Curaçao

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Dominica

Faroe Islands

Fiji

Finland

France

French Polynesia

Germany

Greece

Greenland

Grenada

Guadeloupe

Hong Kong

Hungary

Iceland

Italy

Jamaica

Japan

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Macau

Malta

Mauritius

Monaco

Netherlands

New Caledonia

New Zealand

Norway

Poland

Reunion

San Marino

Serbia

Seychelles

South Korea

Spain

St Barthelemy

St Kitts and Nevis

St Lucia

St Pierre and Miquelon

Switzerland

Taiwan

Trinidad and Tobago

Turkey

Vatican City

Vietnam

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