Removing Portugal from the 'Green list' was a British political decision

Dr Photo - Removing Portugal from the 'Green list' was a British political decisionThe president of Turismo do Algarve, João Fernandes, today classified the decision of the United Kingdom to remove Portugal from the “green list” of travel as “political”, meaning quarantine for those who arrive in British territory from Tuesday 8th June.

“It is a decision that the British Government took as a matter of internal policy and not as a matter of risk”, he said, stressing that the justification given by the UK authorities “does not use Portugal as a reference” for covid-19 infections, and even Malta, “which has an incidence of nine cases per 100,000 inhabitants, was left out” of the “green list”.

João Fernandes acknowledged that the British decision “has a clear impact on the region”, as the United Kingdom is the “main source market” of tourists to the Algarve, and regretted the “embarrassment” that the measure causes, “from the outset for those who are already here and are scheduled to return after Tuesday, which is the day from which this measure takes effect”.

“We are already witnessing a concentration of repatriation flights and a cancellation of flights for the subsequent period, and of hotel reservations as well. We hope that this measure is reviewed as soon as possible, because it is completely unfair”, he said.

João Fernandes also said that the Algarve had “100,000 passengers arrive, of British origin, during the last two weeks” and that, according to data provided by the Regional Health Administration among British passengers, “there were only a six cases recorded – and all of them are tested”.

“Six cases per 100,000 inhabitants is a much lower number than that registered in the United Kingdom itself, not least because the British, before travelling to Portugal, have to take a PCR [test]”, he added.

Now, he said, the region must “look forward and continue to bet on other markets that are in good demand in the Algarve, such as the German, French, Irish Spanish, Dutch markets”, which are “recognising Portugal as a safe destination and the best beach destination in the world, according to the latest recognition from the World Travel Awards”.

The representative considers that Portugal can return to the "green list" in the next re-evaluation of the British Government, within about three weeks.

"Even clearly being a political decision, the British Government aim to conclude their deconfinement process by June 21st, so it makes sense that this review will be favourable to an opening to several countries, including Portugal", he argued.

João Fernandes also gave a warning to British tourists who "are now returning in a hurry", that they must carry out a Covid test before travel, using the approximately 130 covid-19 testing sites identified on the website www.visitalgarve.pt, and to make sure they are aware of the controls in place to enter UK.

The decision to withdraw Portugal from the “green list” comes just three weeks after the British Government took a decision in the opposite direction, creating positive expectations in the Algarve and national tourism, which have now been dashed.

Original article available in Portuguese at http://postal.pt/

 

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-1 #20 Chip 2021-06-15 11:31
Quoting Brook:
Chip,
I'm not repeating what I have already said on this subject.
Again, please keep up!


What you say is of no interest as you clearly don't understand what is going on.
But I accept your apology.
-2 #19 Brook 2021-06-14 17:37
Chip,
I'm not repeating what I have already said on this subject.
Again, please keep up!
0 #18 Chip 2021-06-13 10:37
Quoting Brook:

PCR is a medical certificate !!! Please keep up.


PCR is a test. If you have one you are given a certifiicate to show when you travel.
Didn't you say you had one recently?
I think you may be losing it.
-3 #17 Brook 2021-06-13 00:10
Quoting Chip:
Quoting Brook:
Stuart,
I cannot understand, why the UK government do not accept a medical certificate which states that you are negative to covid19 on your return to the UK, this means, there movement to either country will not create a crisis, as they DO NOT HAVE COVID19.

They do. It's called a PCR test.

..................

PCR is a medical certificate !!! Please keep up.
0 #16 Chip 2021-06-11 10:25
Quoting Brook:
Stuart,
I cannot understand, why the UK government do not accept a medical certificate which states that you are negative to covid19 on your return to the UK, this means, there movement to either country will not create a crisis, as they DO NOT HAVE COVID19.
And furthermore, a large percentage of these holiday makers are fully vaccinated, so they are no threat to people in either country.
Please explain what is going on !


How many times do you have to be told?
!) The UK does accept, indeed requires, a PCR test result carried out in Portugal on return to the UK.
2) Vaccination reduces the chance of serious illness but does not prevent Covid being caught and transmitted by the vaccinated to the unvaccinated.

Is that clear enough for you?
+3 #15 Norman L 2021-06-07 14:15
Go on, Steve, tell us what the UK - or any other - governments' reasons are.
+2 #14 Chip 2021-06-07 12:08
Quoting Brook:
Stuart,
I cannot understand, why the UK government do not accept a medical certificate which states that you are negative to covid19 on your return to the UK, this means, there movement to either country will not create a crisis, as they DO NOT HAVE COVID19.

They do. It's called a PCR test.
0 #13 Steve 2021-06-07 11:18
Quoting Brook:
Stuart,
I cannot understand, why the UK government do not accept a medical certificate which states that you are negative to covid19 on your return to the UK, this means, there movement to either country will not create a crisis, as they DO NOT HAVE COVID19.
It is because the UK gov reasons have little to do with people's health or safety. Besides the UK gov understands like every scientist that uses this PCR machine that it is useless for diagnosing infections, thus making that negative certificate not worth the paper it is written on. In a sane world it is your doctor that will decide whether you have a contagious disease or not, not an amplification machine. Matt knows this and so does the rest of the criminal gang in Westminster and Boris just does what he's been told.
0 #12 Stuart Wood 2021-06-07 07:49
Quoting Brook:
Stuart,
I cannot understand, why the UK government do not accept a medical certificate which states that you are negative to covid19 on your return to the UK, this means, there movement to either country will not create a crisis, as they DO NOT HAVE COVID19.
And furthermore, a large percentage of these holiday makers are fully vaccinated, so they are no threat to people in either country.
Please explain what is going on !


There have be a lot of dubious decisions made by governments over the life of this pandemic, including herd immunity theories, and we all know how they have gone! The fact is that people should have been aware of the risks of traveling before they left as they have been very well publicized and merits discussed, ad naseum, in the media. If this hadn’t happened they would all bragging in the pub how they managed to get away when others, more cautious, stayed at home.
-5 #11 Brook 2021-06-06 18:20
Stuart,
I cannot understand, why the UK government do not accept a medical certificate which states that you are negative to covid19 on your return to the UK, this means, there movement to either country will not create a crisis, as they DO NOT HAVE COVID19.
And furthermore, a large percentage of these holiday makers are fully vaccinated, so they are no threat to people in either country.
Please explain what is going on !

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