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Portugal Permits Non-Essential Travel From Brazil, Removes Quarantine for Britons

Portuguese authorities have updated entry rules for the UK and Brazil, allowing non-essential travel from the latter after about a year and a half.

Announcing the decision today, 1 September, the authorities announced that travel from the UK will now be possible for all travelers without the need to quarantine, including those who have not received a vaccination. However, the requirement to submit negative results for a PCR test or a rapid antigen test performed within 72 hours prior to arrival in Portugal, is still a must.

Until September 1, only Britons vaccinated with one of the vaccines Portugal accepted as valid proof of immunity – including PFzier, Moderna and AstraZeneca – were eligible to enter without quarantine. On the other hand, the unvaccinated were subjected to a 14-day period of self-isolation.

With the new entry restrictions update, travelers from Brazil can finally enter Portugal after 18 months of being denied entry, despite being Portugal’s largest immigrant community. However, these people were eligible to enter for essential purposes, such as work, study, and family reasons.

Travelers from Brazil will also be exempted from the quarantine requirement if they provide negative test results, just like Britons.

The decision, announced on August 31, became effective on September 1 and is set to remain in effect until at least September 16.

Both countries recently recorded a decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases, with the United Kingdom – with a population of 66.65 million – recording 31,931 cases in the past 24 hours, according to data from the global organization. While Brazil, with a population of 211 million, has recorded a total of 10,466 cases.

According to the vaccination rates of these two countries, so far, Brazil has fully vaccinated 29 percent of its population, while the United Kingdom has fully vaccinated 64.4 of its population.

Meanwhile, 83.2 percent of Portugal’s population of 10.28 million have been vaccinated, and the vaccination of children aged 12 to 15 is set to begin on September 4. The country recorded 1,908 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases recorded since the beginning of the epidemic to 1,037,927.

Portugal’s Minister of State Mariana Vieira da Silva also announced last Friday that several other restrictions within the country will be eased, including increasing the number of people allowed to sit together in indoor restaurants and cafes from six to eight and from ten to 15 outdoor areas.

On weekends, negative tests or digital COVID certificates are still required for indoor areas, as well as hotel stays.

In accordance with travel from the rest of the world, visitors from the European Union can enter without restrictions with only an EU COVID passport. Travel from the US remains unchanged despite the European Union’s recent recommendation to impose travel restrictions on non-vaccinated American travelers, which have already been imposed by countries such as Italy and Bulgaria.

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