Portugal: Algarve tourist chief welcomes British visitors
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Portugal is one of the few nations which has made it onto the UK’s “green list” and is welcoming back Britons. However, while holidays may be back on, Covid regulations remain in place with strict rules for beachgoers.
Previously Portuguese cabinet office minister Mariana Vieira da Silva explained face masks will be compulsory in and around beach areas.
However, it seems there are even more regulations in place for a visit to the seaside than just masks.
On Wednesday evening the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) added new travel advice for Britons visiting Portugal.
In this update, it explained the tightened rules also include the use of “sunshades” and “towels”.
The FCDO states: “At the beach, follow the one-way entry and exit signs and use a mask until you reach your spot on the sand.
“Use a mask and footwear while using sanitary facilities.
“Place your sunshade and towel three metres from the next group and keep a social distance of 1.5 metres when walking along the sand.”
Portugal is also updating a dedicated website that will show how busy certain beaches are.
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“Before you set off, check the occupancy levels of the beaches near you and avoid the ones that are marked ‘red’ and ‘amber’,” the FCDO states.
It adds: “All passengers, excluding children up to the age of two, travelling to or through Portugal in transit, must show a negative RT-PCR test result for SARS/COVID-19 at the time of boarding.
Beachgoers are also prohibited from drinking alcohol while they are sunbathing on the sand.
Alcohol is only allowed to be served in designated areas in Portugal.
“It is illegal to drink alcohol outdoors in public places, except for on pavement cafés and restaurants,” explains the FCDO.
“Alcohol cannot be sold after 9pm unless it is with a meal.
“Bars and nightclubs remain closed.”
Anyone in Portugal caught breaking these rules, including the beach-specific regulations, can face fines of up to €100.
Since May 17, Portugal has welcomed back Britons for leisure purposes as long as they can meet specific entry requirements.
“There are no restrictions on travelling to Portugal from England and Scotland,” states the FCDO.
It adds: “All passengers, excluding children up to the age of 2, travelling to or through Portugal in transit, must show a negative RT-PCR test result for SARS/COVID-19 at the time of boarding.
“The test must have been taken within 72 hours of departure.
“Your airline is likely to deny boarding if you cannot provide this at check-in.”
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