As stricter quarantine regulations for unvaccinated British visitors take effect in Portugal, the FCDO has issued a warning.
PORTUGAL vacations are now subject to additional restrictions, with the country imposing a 14-day quarantine on all unvaccinated UK visitors. How can British citizens verify that they have been vaccinated?
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has issued a new warning to British tourists considering a trip to Portugal. Britons who want to visit the countries on the amber list will have to produce proof that they’ve had both doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine.
If they do not comply, they will be subjected to a 14-day obligatory quarantine.
“If you have traveled from the United Kingdom to mainland Portugal, you must quarantine for 14 days in the place you are staying or at a location indicated by the Portuguese health authority, unless you can show you have been fully vaccinated with an EU approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to travel,” the FCDO says in a new update.
The new rule does not apply to children under the age of 18.
Quarantined British citizens are needed to fill out a form ahead of time.
Those who have been vaccinated, according to the FCDO, must make sure they have enough proof with them.
It explains that “your NHS appointment card from vaccination centers is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your immunization status.”
Instead, travelers can utilize the NHS Covid pass or an official letter from the NHS.
The pass may be downloaded as a smartphone app and is accepted in most countries; however, Malta has only accepted paper confirmation in recent weeks, causing some uncertainty.
People who have had a second dose of the vaccine are eligible for the NHS Covid pass two weeks later.
Similar requirements apply to individuals traveling to Madeira or Porto Santo.
“You will be excluded from demonstrating an RT-PCR test on admission to Madeira and Porto Santo if you have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 180 days, or if you have had both doses of the vaccine at least 14 days before to travel,” adds the FCDO.
“The authorities in Madeira and Porto Santo will accept your NHS COVID Pass as proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status if you live in England.
“If you live in Scotland or Wales, your NHS letter will be accepted by the authorities.”
All visitors to Portugal must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”