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Unvaccinated Britons can travel to Portugal without quarantining as COVID rules change

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Unvaccinated Britons can travel to Portugal without having to quarantine after the nation relaxed its COVID rules.

UK visitors, aged 12 and over, will only need to show proof of a negative PCR or rapid antigen coronavirus test result to enter the country.

Previously, travellers had to show they had been fully vaccinated with an EU-approved COVID-19 vaccine, including Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna, upon entry to mainland Portugal or they would have to quarantine for 14 days.

Coronavirus PCR tests must be taken up to 72 hours before departure, or a lateral flow test up to 48 hours before. People must also complete a passenger locator card before they travel.

The new rules will be in effect until at least 16 September.

Travellers to the Portuguese islands of Azores and Madeira must show either a negative PCR test or a vaccine certificate to avoid a two-week quarantine.

However, they can have a free test on arrival if they agree to go into “prophylactic isolation” – a 12 to 24-hour waiting period for the test result.

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In the UK, Portugal is on the amber travel list and fully vaccinated people entering from the southern European country do not have to self-isolate.

But a COVID-19 test is needed three days before entering the UK and a PCR test two days after arriving.

People who aren’t fully jabbed need to quarantine for 10 days and take a further day eight PCR test.

Earlier this week, Italy changes its rules for UK travellers so they will no longer have to quarantine when they arrive if they are fully vaccinated and can show a negative COVID test.