Portugal will resume receiving tourists from most European countries on Monday, the interior ministry said, after months of restrictions to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

In a statement, the ministry said that travelers from European Union countries where the infection rate is less than 500 cases per 100,000 people over a period of 14 days, may “make all kinds of visits to Portugal, including very unnecessary visits.”

Tourists from Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland can also travel to Portugal.

Visitors are required to present evidence of a negative test taken up to 72 hours prior to the flight, and airlines will be fined between € 500 and € 2000 for each passenger who ascends on the plane without evidence of a negative test result.

The ministry said the travel restrictions would remain in effect in five European Union countries – Cyprus, Croatia, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Sweden, as well as Brazil, India and South Africa.

Portugal said yesterday that it will allow British vacationers to enter the country from Monday, causing relief to hoteliers who have already been inundated with reservations after the UK agreed to travel from that day onwards.

Britain placed Portugal, whose economy relies heavily on tourism, on the “green” list of foreign destinations a week ago, so that the British could travel there without quarantine upon their return from Covid-19.

European Union regulations do not prohibit important travel from outside the bloc, making Portugal’s decision to allow tourists to enter the UK an exception.

“We are very excited about this news.” “The impact of the decision is being felt in all types of hotels, from hostels to five-star hotels,” said Eliderico Vegas, president of the Algarve Regional Hotel Association.

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They also welcomed EasyJet, which added nearly 100,000 extra seats to Portugal over the summer, and British travel agency Thomas Cook, which tripled reservations to Portugal last week.

A spokesman for Thomas Cook said: “We have hundreds of customers with their bags packed.”

On Monday, European Union leaders will discuss a proposal to ease travel restrictions for people outside the bloc who have been fully vaccinated or from low-case countries.


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Celebrate in Poland as the terraces reopen

Champagne flakes appeared in Poland at midnight, when bars and restaurants opened their outdoor terraces for the first time in more than six months and many Poles went to party.

Bars and restaurants can now offer outdoor services. The internal service will reopen on May 28 with limited seats. As of October, they can only submit overseas applications.

Moreover, Poles no longer have to wear masks outside in places where they monitor social distancing.

“We were locked in for more than 200 days and it was extremely stressful and stressful for a number of reasons.” Zozia Mukalo, 34, a co-owner of Bar Studio, in a capital city, said, “We didn’t know if we would be able to survive. Life at all. ”Palace of Culture and Science.

“I really feel the emotions a bit like the New Year when everyone has high expectations for the end of the old and the new … We are so happy and a little excited, a little nervous but very emotional.”

The number of new coronavirus cases in Poland dropped sharply in April, and the government began easing restrictions this month.

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In Poland, 3,288 new cases were reported yesterday, compared to 35,251 cases on April 1.

About 35.7% of Polish adults received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 13.6% were fully vaccinated, according to data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.