Portugal’s hotels have already opened their doors to tourists, even though they’re currently unsure when tourists will be allowed back into the country. The Algarve region, which is especially popular with Britons looking for a cheap holiday, has opened more than a third of its hotels. The region is hoping to have as many as 75 percent of its hotels to be open by next month.
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Next month, the Algarve is also hoping to open most of its popular beaches too.
Around 2.2 million British nationals visited Portugal in 2018 alone, which is a fifth of the country’s entire population.
With the UK Government’s new 14-day quarantine rules in place, it is looking unlikely that tourism will be able to fully restart in the country in the near future.
Britons are now looking at having to take three weeks off work for a one-week holiday if they fly abroad, which is also likely to deter British tourists from travelling abroad.
The current Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice for Britons is not to travel abroad unless it is absolutely essential.
President of Algarve Tourism, João Fernandes said that travel restrictions are affecting many countries.
He said: “This is an issue that obviously affects many countries, not just Algarve. “
He added: “The Algarve is ready to restart its tourist activity.
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“It will be nothing that prevents a vacationer from enjoying a nice sunny day on the sand, but taking care of the necessary rules applicable to the spaces and collaborators supporting the beaches (parking, access, help stations, restaurants, bars or umbrellas and sun beds).”
There is currently a travel ban on all but essential travellers visiting Portugal.
This is meant to remain in place until May 18, but is likely to be extended until the middle of June.
There are currently flights to Portugal from the UK but they are for citizens and residents only, and for those who have urgent reasons to travel to the country.
The Portuguese tourism board has also created a “Clean and Safe” label for establishments.
This means that hotels and other tourist establishments have to meet government standards on hygiene and cleaning measures.
Wizz Air is currently running flights from Luton Airport to Lisbon in Portugal.
But the airline has also said it will restart holiday flights from Luton to Faro in Portugal mid-June.
Prices are reportedly going to start at just £25.99.
Owain Jones, the managing director of Wizz Air UK, said: “Although travel is currently restricted by government regulations, we are planning for the easing of restrictions as the situation improves and our customers are able to start travelling again.”
Portugal has managed to keep its coronavirus case rate fairly low at just over 28,000 compared to its neighbour Spain which has had over 270,000.
The country has had over 1,100 deaths.
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