Agência para o Investimento e Comércio Externo de Portugal


The Portuguese ministry of foreign affairs on Thursday welcomed the decision of the United Kingdom to “restore the usual mobility of people” between the two countries, “of particular relevance” for the more than 300,000 Portuguese living in that country.

The British government announced today the inclusion of Portugal in the list of countries with “travel corridors” to England whose passengers are exempt from a two-week quarantine imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


 In a statement, the ministry considered the measure a “very important decision” which “will allow the normal mobility of people between Portugal and the United Kingdom to be restored, whatever the reason for travel”.


“It is, in fact, a measure of particular relevance to the more than 300,000 Portuguese living in the UK, as well as to the more than 30,000 British who have chosen to live in Portugal as well as to the many hundreds of Portuguese students at British universities and workers and professional staff who have to move regularly between the two countries”, the ministry said.


The ministry pointed out that the British decision is the result of “intense bilateral work” at the political and technical level of transmitting “all the information concerning the Portuguese epidemiological situation and evolution” and constitutes “the recognition of the progress of the situation in Portugal, namely the capacity to test on a large scale, detect positive cases, control their transmission and treat them in the most appropriate way”.


The statement also said that the decision announced today by London “will come into force at 04:00 next Saturday, 22 August”, after which “all travel to Portugal is considered safe by the British government and no person arriving in the UK from Portugal will be subject to a quarantine period”.


“The United Kingdom joins Poland, Greece, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Malta, Romania, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark and Cyprus in lifting restrictions on the mobility of passengers from Portugal”, the communiqué concludes.


The British government today included Portugal in the list of countries with “travel corridors” to Englans, the other nations may follow suit, whose passengers are exempted from a two-week quarantine imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


“The data also show that we can now add Portugal to the countries INCLUDED in the travel corridors,” said Transport Minister Grant Shapps on Twitter.