Brits in Portugal angry about announced COVID-19 quarantine

TEHRAN, Jun. 07 (MNA) – Many frustrated British travelers were rushing home on Sunday from a shorter-than-expected holiday in Portugal before a 10-day quarantine comes into force.

A lot of British tourists in Portugal are angry and frustrated after their government said last week it was removing Portugal from its "green list" of countries that do not require quarantine on return because of rising COVID-19 case numbers and the risk posed by coronavirus variants detected in Portugal, according to Reuters.

Portugal had been placed on the green list just weeks earlier, but from 0400 GMT on Tuesday it will shift to the "amber list", meaning returning Britons will need to quarantine for 10 days and take two COVID-19 tests.

In the Algarve, the favourite Portuguese destination of British holidaymakers, Faro airport had long queues on Sunday afternoon as more travellers decided to shorten their holiday to avoid quarantine.

Faro airport had 55 flights scheduled to the UK on Sunday, with a capacity to transport more than 10,000 people, compared to fewer than 20 flights from Lisbon airport, according to information on the website of Portugal's airports operator ANA.

The president of Portugal's hotel association AHP, Rui Martins, said the UK's decision "will seriously compromise the entire summer".

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