Latest travel news: Portugal drops costly testing a week after green snub


PHoliday rice in Portugal took a nosedive a week after the destination was announced to be removed from the UK’s green list.

The average cost of a summer break in Portugal, in July or August, fell by 64% following the news last Thursday, compared to the previous week. Search interest in the destination also fell 85 percent, according to data from TravelSupermarket.

A family of four is now able to get a seven-night orange-listed Portugal vacation package during school holidays for as little as £ 180 per person, according to the comparison site.

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The Mediterranean nation has also dropped the requirement for all UK arrivals to have proof of a negative PCR test – instead, travelers can use antigen testing, including flow testing lateral, which are significantly cheaper to buy, to enter the country. This follows news that Which? A group of consumers discovered that travel test companies were advertising deceptive prices, leading to a review. Testing should, however, always be organized in private – and not through the NHS.

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While the government advises against vacations to Orange List countries, the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) does not recommend travel to Portugal, which means that it is not against the law to visit and that travel insurance will be valid. Former Prime Minister Theresa May called the current rules “chaotic”, warning that “we will never be able to travel abroad again” if things don’t change.

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