You can go to Portugal

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Holidaymakers were perplexed when the Portuguese government announced that the state of calamity (a strident phrase) would be rolled over until the end of the month.

Funchal, in Madeira, open to visitors from the UK as is the rest of Portugal

Did this mean that British holidaymakers wouldn’t be allowed to visit?  

No-one was quite sure for a few hours.

Then, about the middle of the day, the Portuguese foreign affairs ministry confirmed that British visitors would be allowed to enter as from May 17th.

Not only does it mean that the Algarve is open to Britons but so are the Azores and Madeira

But, any person entering Portugal will still have to provide a negative result PCR test, taken no earlier than seventy-two hours before departure.

This kerfuffle coming after On the Beach announced that it wasn’t going to sell summer holidays because of the uncertainty in overseas travel all adds to the nervousness that many holidaymakers might be feeling.

As it is in Portugal, the number of cases has risen slightly this week and the “R” rate has risen to 0.95 from 0.93.

Although yesterday was a day when Portugal recorded no deaths from coronavirus, some holidaymakers might look at those two previously mentioned bits of data and wonder whether Portugal might stay on the green list when the next review takes place.

On the positive side, The Sun newspaper reported today that Brittany Ferries is considering starting a ferry route as early as next month to Porto in northern Portugal from either Plymouth or Portsmouth.

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