Portugal has confirmed that children under the age of 18 will not have to quarantine on arrival, so long as they are accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent or guardian.
The news follows days of chaos and confusion, after the Portuguese government added the UK to a list of countries which requires travellers to provide proof of being fully vaccinated or to quarantine for 14 days “at home or a place indicated by the health authorities”.
Initially it appeared only children under 12 were exempt from the policy, leaving many family holidays in doubt.
However, tourist board Visit Portugal has now stated that children between 12 and 18 will be able to show evidence of a recent negative Covid test to avoid self-isolating. This must be either a PCR test taken 72 hours before departure or a rapid lateral flow test taken 48 hours before departure.
Different rules apply for newly green-listed Madeira which doesn’t require UK travellers to have had both jabs and only asks for a pre-arrival PCR test.
Mainland Portugal remains on the Government’s amber list, meaning that arrivals must self-isolate for 10 days (with the option taking a test to be released early). The next international travel review is due on July 15.
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