Bookings for Portugal holidays are surging, regardless of the nation’s borders remaining closed to vacationers. Within the wake of the inexperienced checklist announcement, tour operator Jet2 is reporting a 1,300pc week-on-week rise in vacation reservations, whereas Ryanair has launched a further 175,000 seats on its UK-Portugal routes this summer time.
Holiday company Not Simply Journey is experiencing a ‘frenzy of exercise’ for Portugal bookings, in line with co-founder Steve Witt, and Tui has additionally introduced new flights between the UK and Madeira and the Algarve.
Nevertheless, mainland Portugal stays off-limits to tourism, with no indication of when holidays might resume. Because the UK’s Overseas, Commonwealth and Growth Workplace warns, ‘In case you are travelling from the UK, you’ll be able to solely enter [Portugal] for important functions, equivalent to to reside with quick members of the family, or for skilled, instructional, well being or humanitarian causes.’
Nevertheless, tourism to Portuguese islands Madeira and the Azores is presently permitted, with solely the requirement for pre-arrival PCR exams.
Journey businesses are promoting Portugal itineraries within the hope that the nation’s restrictions might ease, but when tourism stays off-limits they are going to be pressured to rebook or refund holidaymakers. Some are extra cautious than others: whereas Ryanair’s new flights will launch on Could 17, Jet2 has delayed its resumption of flights and holidays till June 24.
Portugal is one in all simply 12 locations on the ‘inexperienced checklist’, introduced by transport secretary Grant Shapps final week – that means that holidays can resume from Could 17, and travellers returning to the UK is not going to be required to quarantine.
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