By Ron Howells •
Published: 11 Oct 2021 • 20:33
Portugal removes the test requirement for fully vaccinated UK arrivals.
Portugal no longer requires fully vaccinated UK citizens to take a Covid-19 test on arrival into the country. This lifting of entry requirements comes after 21 weeks when Brits travelling to the mainland of Portugal had to take a test regardless of their vaccination status or having taken a test before departing the UK.
The UK Foreign Office (FCDO) has now updated its travel advice for Portugal to reflect the new changes to Portugal’s entry rules.
It applies to travellers who have an NHS Covid Pass or an EU digital Covid vaccination certificate showing they have been fully vaccinated with an EU approved Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 days before you travel, or an EU Covid recovery certificate showing they have recovered from Covid-19 no less than 11 days and no more than 180 days of when they are due to travel,
Fully vaccinated travellers must show a digital or paper copy of their Covid vaccination or recovery certificate when checking in for their flights, and complete an online passenger locator card. Those who do not have an NHS Covid Pass or an EU digital Covid certificate must take a pre-departure test before they travel, although children up to the age of 11 are exempt. They must also complete an online passenger locator card.
However, arrivals into Portugal who show a temperature of 38ºC or over – or have signs of being unwell – may be required to take a Covid-19 test and remain at the airport until test results are received.
Fully vaccinated travellers from the United Kingdom will no longer be obliged to present negative results of a Coronavirus test when planning to enter Croatia, as the latter’s government has decided to abolish such a requirement.
Up to this point, Britons were required to undergo a pre-departure PCR test when planning to head to the Balkan country, and proof that they tested negative for the virus, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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