Nothing preventing English tourists from driving in to Portugal from Spain

70spain driveThe UK is set to open travel corridors on July 6, allowing British tourists to avoid quarantine on their return to the country, with a set of European countries to be released later this week, after being delayed from today.

The BBC had already revealed on Saturday that the list of countries will include Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Norway and Turkey, but not Portugal or Sweden.

However, a British Government spokesman quoted by the BBC has acknowledged that nothing prevents a British tourist from traveling to an airport in Spain, driving by car to Portugal and, after holidays, returning to their country in the same way, by car to Spain and from there by plane to the United Kingdom. Portugal and Spain are set to reopen land borders on July 1.

Portugal's Secretary of State for Tourism, Rita Marques, stressed to the BBC that Portugal was named the safest destination in Europe by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and is a “clean & safe” destination.

"Some countries are on this list and Portugal is fighting for a place," said the Secretary of State, adding that the situation is "completely under control" and a significant number of tests are being carried out.

Cited by the BBC, a government spokesman said the new rules would give Britons “the opportunity for a summer vacation abroad”, but stressed that the relief of measures depends on maintaining a low risk of spreading the virus. The Government “will not hesitate to halt” the new rules if the epidemiological situation develops unfavourably, considering the opening of air corridors to be “encouraging”, but asking that they be extended to more countries, namely Portugal, the destination of around 3 million British tourists annually.

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0 #9 Stuart Wood 2020-07-03 06:59
Quoting Steve:
Yes Norman we're all deniers and conspiracy theorists when we disagree with BBC news and Sky news.
Let's never question the authorities, be a good citizen and accept everything they say. After all they never lied before, have they?


Disagreement is healthy, obsession isn’t! There is a point that swimming upstream doesn’t gain any benefit. Not necessary to accept the “opinion” of experts, but being blind to the majority view, and not reluctantly supporting consensus is simply self serving. Stop watching those news channels if they bother you so much. I stopped watching Fox years ago, but can get enough contrary opinion from other less partisan organizations to help me form my “opinions”.
+3 #8 Steve 2020-07-02 16:36
Yes Norman we're all deniers and conspiracy theorists when we disagree with BBC news and Sky news.
Let's never question the authorities, be a good citizen and accept everything they say. After all they never lied before, have they?
-3 #7 Norman L 2020-07-02 15:58
"By the way nobody denies climate change. It has been constantly changing every since it existed"


Why am I not surprised by that comment? Deny everything and make the rest of the conspiracies up as you go along. Something about 5G, as far as I can remember.

Professor Giesecke: that's worked out well for Sweden, hasn't it? More deaths than others around them.

I got fed up with the X Files long before they finished. I hope you have enough tinfoil hats to be going on with.
+2 #6 Steve 2020-07-02 13:39
Quoting Norman L:

Here's a thought. What if the scientists, doctors and experts are right and the media are simply reporting facts? Maybe the deniers have their own agenda, just like those who deny climate change?

Here's another thought why don't you do some investigation yourself instead of relying on what the media tells you. If the media was really truthful they would be questioning why is the UK government taking advice from Mr Neil (lockdown) Ferguson who has failed on every single prediction since foot and mouth disease. I'm sure that would make front page news on every paper.
Here's a few experts in their field, maybe their expert opinion is more valuable:
Dr Ioannidis professor of medicine and professor of epidemiology and population health.
Professor Knut Wittkowski was head of The Rockefeller University’s Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design for 20 years.
Professor Johan Giesecke, one of the world’s most senior epidemiologists, advisor to the Swedish Government, the first Chief Scientist of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and an advisor to the director general of the WHO.

By the way nobody denies climate change. It has been constantly changing every since it existed.
-3 #5 Norman L 2020-07-02 10:46
Quoting Steve:
Quoting JC:


The seeds of the second wave have been firmly planted.
The seeds of the second wave have been firmly planted in people's mind. That is what propaganda news does best.


Here's a thought. What if the scientists, doctors and experts are right and the media are simply reporting facts? Maybe the deniers have their own agenda, just like those who deny climate change?
+5 #4 Steve 2020-07-02 08:34
Quoting JC:


The seeds of the second wave have been firmly planted.
The seeds of the second wave have been firmly planted in people's mind. That is what propaganda news does best.
-1 #3 JC 2020-07-01 16:07
Ok so just give it a few weeks and watch the intensive care units very carefully.

The seeds of the second wave have been firmly planted.

God help us all.
+5 #2 Mark Holden 2020-06-30 11:50
the land border is supposedly still closed, but i see Spanish reg cars with surf gear going to and from the beach.
+6 #1 Stuart Wood 2020-06-30 07:02
OK, this is now simply crazy! Government officials confirming 'work arounds' for the public to their own policies and I am assuming encouraging lieing to immigration officials on their return to the UK about which countries they visited during their travels. The chase for easy money ramps up alarmingly.

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