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Authorities in Britain lift flight & maritime bans from Portugal

Authorities in Britain lift flight & maritime bans from Portugal

Portugal has been removed from England's travel red-list, Britain's Department for Transport said on Monday, adding that a ban on flights had also been lifted as it was confident the risk of importing coronavirus variants had reduced.  

Travelers from the country will not have to quarantine in a government-approved facility but will still have to self-isolate at home for 10 days, as is the case with travelers from other countries, and have to take a test on day two and day eight to end self-isolation early.  

"Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores) and Mauritius will be removed from England’s red list. The flight and maritime ban from Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores) will also be removed, following evidence that shows the risk of importing a variant of concern from these destinations has reduced," the Transport Ministry said. 

"Portugal has put steps in place to mitigate the risk from its links with countries where variants have become a concern, and now has genomic surveillance in place. "  

Passengers from these destinations who arrived before 4am on Friday 19th March must stay in their hotel for the remainder of their ten-day quarantine period.


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