Portugal holidays: Boris ready to amber list after new Covid spike in getaway blow

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The Government is expected to update its travel advice later on Thursday after a meeting of the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC). Portugal was one of the few countries that made it onto the Government’s original green list back in May. Many took the decision to book holidays to the country – particularly the Algarve, a favourite destination for UK tourists.

However, the Prime Minister is reportedly ready to downgrade the country to the amber list, due to fears about rising Covid cases in the country.

This would mean anyone travelling back from Portugal to the UK would have to spend 10 days in quarantine and fork out for two PCR tests.

Boris Johnson told the media on Wednesday the Government would “not hesitate” to take whatever action is necessary to protect the country from further Covid waves.

He said: “You’ve got to wait and see what the JBC says and what the recommendations are about travel.

“We’re going to try to allow people to travel, as I know that many people want to, but we’ve got to be cautious and we’ve got to continue to put countries on the red list, on the amber list, when that is necessary.

“I want you to know we will have no hesitation in moving countries from the green list to the amber list to the red list, if we have to do so.

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It comes as Ryanair boss Ryan O’Leary urged the Government to quickly lift restrictions to some of Europe’s biggest holiday destinations.

He said it was “absolutely imperative” that Greece and Spain were added to the green list.

Mr O’Leary claimed that vaccines were offering sufficient protection against the Indian variant and that “it’s a scariant being used by the science and medical professions to urge caution”.

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